1970–71 Arsenal F.C. season

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Arsenal
1970–71 season
ChairmanDenis Hill-Wood
ManagerBertie Mee
First Division1st
FA CupWinners
League CupFourth Round
Inter-Cities Fairs CupQuarter–finals
Top goalscorerLeague:
Ray Kennedy (19)

All:
Ray Kennedy (26)
Highest home attendance62,087 vs Chelsea (3 April 1971)
Lowest home attendance26,379 vs Ipswich Town (28 September 1970)
Average home league attendance43,776

During the 1970–71 English football season, Arsenal F.C. competed in the Football League First Division where it became just the fourth side in history to win the league and FA Cup double. Having defeated Anderlecht in the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup Final the previous year, Arsenal defeated Manchester United 4–0 in the first home game. For the first time in their history, Arsenal remained unbeaten at home for the entirety of the league campaign, losing just once there in all competitions – 0–2 to Crystal Palace in the Football League Cup fourth round replay.[1]

The defence of the Fairs Cup ended with a quarter-final defeat to West Germans FC Koln on away goals, but Stoke City lost after a replay in the FA Cup semi-final in April. [1]

Nearest challengers Leeds United had already finished their season, standing one point clear of the Gunners. Thus, a win would clinch Arsenal the title, as would a 0–0 draw, as the goal average system(the division of goals scored by goals conceded) was still being used.[2]

At White Hart Lane, they played Tottenham Hotspur, the last side to win the double, in the 1960–61 season, and Arsenal won,[3] going on to Wembley to defeat Liverpool.[4]

Final league table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GAv Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Arsenal (C) 42 29 7 6 71 29 2.448 65 Qualified for European Cup
2 Leeds United 42 27 10 5 72 30 2.400 64 Qualified for UEFA Cup
3 Tottenham Hotspur 42 19 14 9 54 33 1.636 52 League Cup winners, qualified for UEFA Cup
4 Wolverhampton Wanderers 42 22 8 12 64 54 1.185 52 Qualified for UEFA Cup
5 Liverpool 42 17 17 8 42 24 1.750 51 FA Cup runners-up, qualified for Cup Winners' Cup
Source:[citation needed]
(C) League Champions

Results[edit]

Arsenal's score comes first[5]

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

Football League First Division[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
15 August 1970 Everton A 2–2 49,684 George, Graham
17 August 1970 West Ham United A 0–0 39,004
22 August 1970 Manchester United H 4–0 54,117 Radford (3), Graham
25 August 1970 Huddersfield Town H 1–0 34,848 Kennedy
29 August 1970 Chelsea A 1–2 53,722 Kelly
1 September 1970 Leeds United H 0–0 47,749
5 September 1970 Tottenham Hotspur H 2–0 48,931 Armstrong (2)
12 September 1970 Burnley A 2–1 12,675 Kennedy, Radford
19 September 1970 West Bromwich Albion H 6–2 33,326 Armstrong, Graham (2), Kennedy (2), (o.g.)
26 September 1970 Stoke City A 0–5 18,153
3 October 1970 Nottingham Forest H 4–0 32,053 Armstrong, Kennedy (3)
10 October 1970 Newcastle United A 1–1 38,024 Graham
17 October 1970 Everton H 4–0 50,012 Kennedy (2), Storey (pen.), Kelly
24 October 1970 Coventry City A 3–1 30,017 Graham, Kennedy, Radford
31 October 1970 Derby County H 2–0 43,013 Radford, Kelly
7 November 1970 Blackpool A 1–0 17,115 Radford
14 November 1970 Crystal Palace H 1–1 34,503 Radford
21 November 1970 Ipswich Town A 1–0 22,856 Armstrong
28 November 1970 Liverpool H 2–0 45,097 Radford, Graham
5 December 1970 Manchester City A 2–0 33,027 Armstrong, Radford
12 December 1970 Wolverhampton Wanderers H 2–1 38,816 Graham, Radford
19 December 1970 Manchester United A 3–1 33,182 Graham, Kennedy, McLintock
26 December 1970 Southampton H 0–0 34,169
9 January 1971 West Ham United H 2–0 49,007 Graham, Kennedy
16 January 1971 Huddersfield Town A 1–2 30,455 Kennedy
30 January 1971 Liverpool A 0–2 43,847
6 February 1971 Manchester City H 1–0 46,122 Radford
20 February 1971 Ipswich Town H 3–2 39,822 George, McLintock, Radford
27 February 1971 Derby County A 0–2 35,875
2 March 1971 Wolverhampton Wanderers A 3–0 33,644 Armstrong, Kennedy, Radford
13 March 1971 Crystal Palace A 2–0 35,022 Graham, Sammels
20 March 1971 Blackpool H 1–0 37,372 Storey
3 April 1971 Chelsea H 2–0 62,087 Kennedy (2)
6 April 1971 Coventry City H 1–0 37,029 Kennedy
10 April 1971 Southampton A 2–1 30,231 McLintock, Radford
13 April 1971 Nottingham Forest A 3–0 40,727 George, Kennedy, McLintock
17 April 1971 Newcastle United H 1–0 48,106 George
20 April 1971 Burnley H 1–0 47,484 George (pen.)
24 April 1971 West Bromwich Albion A 2–2 36,858 McLintock, (o.g.)
26 April 1971 Leeds United A 0–1 48,350
1 May 1971 Stoke City H 1–0 55,011 Kelly
3 May 1971 Tottenham Hotspur A 1–0 51,992 Kennedy

FA Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R3 6 January 1971 Yeovil Town A 3–0 14,500 Kennedy, Radford (2)
R4 23 January 1971 Portsmouth A 1–1 39,659 Storey (pen.)
R4 R 1 February 1971 Portsmouth H 3–2 47,865 Storey (pen.), George, Simpson
R5 17 February 1971 Manchester City A 2–1 45,105 George (2)
R6 6 March 1971 Leicester City A 0–0 42,000
R6 R 15 March 1971 Leicester City H 1–0 57,443 George
SF 27 March 1971 Stoke City N 2–2 55,000 Storey (2; 1 pen.)
SF R 31 March 1971 Stoke City N 2–0 62,500 Graham, Kennedy
F 8 May 1971 Liverpool N 2–1 (aet) 100,000 Kelly, George

League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R2 8 September 1970 Ipswich Town A 0–0 21,564
R2 R 28 September 1970 Ipswich Town H 4–0 26,379 Kennedy (2), Radford, Roberts
R3 6 October 1970 Luton Town A 1–0 27,023 Graham
R4 28 October 1970 Crystal Palace A 0–0 40,451
R4 R 9 November 1970 Crystal Palace H 0–2 45,026

Inter-Cities Fairs Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R1 L1 16 September 1970 Italy Lazio A 2–2 60,000 Radford (2)
R1 L2 23 September 1970 Italy Lazio H 2–0 53,013 Armstrong, Radford
R2 L1 21 October 1970 Austria SK Sturm Graz A 0–1 13,000
R2 L2 4 November 1970 Austria SK Sturm Graz H 2–0 37,667 Kennedy, Storey (pen.)
R3 L1 2 December 1970 Belgium Beveren H 4–0 33,444 Kennedy (2), Graham, Sammels
R3 L2 16 December 1970 Belgium Beveren A 0–0 16,000
QF L1 9 March 1971 West Germany 1. FC Köln H 2–1 40,007 McLintock, Storey
QF L2 23 March 1971 West Germany 1. FC Köln A 0–1 50,000

Squad[edit]

[1] Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
- GK Scotland SCO Bob Wilson
- GK England ENG Geoff Barnett
- DF Northern Ireland NIR Pat Rice
- DF Scotland SCO Frank McLintock
- DF England ENG Peter Simpson
- DF England ENG Bob McNab
- DF Northern Ireland NIR Sammy Nelson
- DF Wales WAL John Roberts
- MF England ENG George Armstrong
- MF Scotland SCO George Graham
- MF England ENG Jon Sammels
No. Pos. Nation Player
- MF England ENG Peter Storey
- MF Scotland SCO Eddie Kelly
- FW England ENG Ray Kennedy
- FW England ENG John Radford
- FW England ENG Charlie George
- FW Scotland SCO Peter Marinello

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b James, Kelly & Andrews (2018). Arsenal: The Complete Record. p. 308.
  2. ^ James, Kelly & Andrews (2018). Arsenal: The Complete Record. p. 307.
  3. ^ James, Kelly & Andrews (2018). Arsenal: The Complete Record. p. 306.
  4. ^ James, Kelly & Andrews (2018). Arsenal: The Complete Record. p. 307.
  5. ^ http://www.statto.com/football/teams/arsenal/1970-1971/results