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GGM 37 - 1932, Gillespie Road tube station changes to 'Arsenal'

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GGM 37: Local tube station changes to 'Arsenal'

Arsenal are the only football team in London with an Underground Station named after them.

This is largely down to foresight of Herbert Chapman, who pushed hard for the Tube stop just behind the North Bank to be re-christened. “Whoever heard of Gillespie Road,” he said at one point in the talks. “It is Arsenal around here!”

The idea had first occurred to Chapman when he visited the newly-relegated Arsenal in 1913 as manager of Leeds City. It took months of lobbying and the change meant that thousands of tickets, maps and signs had to be replaced. Even machinery had to be re-configured.

Eventually, on November 5, 1932, Arsenal made its debut on the London Underground.

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The Moment - In pictures
Gillespie Road Tube Station in 1907

Gillespie Road Tube Station in 1907

Arsenal Station in the 1950's

Arsenal Station in the 1950's


Fans gather at the station in 1955

Supporters gather at the station in 1955

Fans emerge from the station in 1975

Fans emerge from the station in 1975


Arsenal tube station as it is today

Arsenal tube station as it is today

The familiar

The familiar "Gillespie Road" tiling


Tube map 1932 - Detail

Tube map 1932 - Detail

Tube map 1933 - Detail

Tube map 1933 - Detail


[ Thursday, June 21, 2007]


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