The Day We Went To Arsenal


Shortlisted for the Lakeland Book Prize 2015The Day We Went Arsenal book cover




In 1951 tiny Carlisle United from the Third Division North played the biggest game in their brief history when they were drawn to play the mighty Arsenal in the 3rd round of the FA Cup. It is an event that has gone down in Carlisle folklore.

The tie caught the imagination of the whole city and several trainloads of fans went down to London to see their team take on the cup holders. Incredibly the Blues played out an honourable draw and brought the tie back to Brunton Park.

The whole city reached fever pitch and the queue for tickets that stretched for two miles became legendary. It was the first major post-war event for the city and is therefore a key part of Carlisle's 20th century social history.

United's manager was a little known Scot called Bill Shankly. His unswerving self belief rubbed off on the whole city who dared to dream of the biggest upset in cup history.


Publisher: DB Publishing 

Publication date: 1 March 2014 

Format: Paperback & e-copy 

Category: Sport & History 

Illustrations: B&W photographs ISBN: 978-1780913674


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What they are saying about the book...

The author has captured the essence of the day and of the occasion beautifully in this book. A Cultured Left Foot (Arsenal fans' website)

Martin Daley tells the story not of a football match but one that covers the social history of the austere, mundane lives of local people in a post-war era.

The event is etched in the memory of a generation of Carlisle people, whether they were fans or simply caught up in the fever of the occasion. It was an event that allowed them to believe that great things could be achieved by the underdog. 

Cumberland & Westmorland Herald



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