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Our players have always been front page news – as John Fennelly’s ongoing series on magazines from the past clearly illustrates. This month we go back to April, 1921, as we prepared for the FA Cup Final.

Arthur Grimsdell had everything. He was the outstanding footballer of his generation, captain of Spurs and England. Yet, committed and able as he was, the game was always his day job.

Cover_fullIndeed, after lifting the FA Cup at Stamford Bridge in 1921 following our victory over Wolves, Arthur set off for the train station. While his team mates boarded a charabanc for the victory parade back to Tottenham, Grimsdell went home to Watford for his tea.

Grimsdell, who was born in Watford in 1894 and would die there 68 years later, started out in local schools football before joining the Hornets who were then playing their football in Cassio Road.

And, as this copy of Sport Pictures picked up on, his early career followed a similar path to two players he would come up against on that rain-soaked Chelsea pitch – Wolves skipper Val Gregory and George Edmonds.

Gregory, from nearby Pinner, joined Watford in 1911 where his three brothers were also on the books. Grimsdell signed as a professional there that same year while Edmonds, who had played in the same schools representative side as Arthur, arrived in 1913.

But Grimsdell never played in the same Watford team as George as he made the move to Spurs at the age of 18 in March, 1912, after establishing a massive reputation as a schoolboy star. Like Edmonds, Arthur was a centre-forward at the time, but we switched him to centre-half before he settled down in the half-back line – where Gregory also played.

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