A more sombre occasion this month as we reflect back to February 9, 1952, when the players and officials of Spurs and Arsenal led the observance of a minute’s silence at White Hart Lane in tribute to King George VI who had recently died.
Chairman Fred Bearman and manager Arthur Rowe, plus captain Ron Burgess and his team, together with their Arsenal counterparts, are pictured pre-match as they stand before a hushed 66,438 crowd.
The band played ‘Abide with me,’ the players wore black armbands and our programme was printed in black ink instead of the usual blue with the cover featuring a brief tribute under the heading ‘The Nation’s Great Loss.’
We were sixth in the table before the game and, having just lost 2-0 at league leaders Manchester United and being eliminated from the FA Cup at the Lane by Newcastle United in the previous game, Rowe’s men desperately needed a win.
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