The world's greatest ground? A photographic centenary celebration of Highbury

2. Three Lions at Highbury

It didn't take long for England to start playing at Highbury, especially after Arsenal's controversial 1919 promotion to the First Division. A dozen England matches were held at the Arsenal Stadium (as it was always officially known) between 1920 and 1961. 
 
In this shot from 9 December 1931, Bill "Dixie" Dean moves menacingly toward Ricardo Zamora. The becapped stopper, after whom the Spanish goalkeeper of the year award is still named, wouldn't back down - in a Spain-England game two years earlier he had played on with a broken breastbone and helped the home side win 4-3, becoming the first team outside the British Isles to beat the English. 
 
No such luck on this occasion at Highbury, now proudly bearing the south-end clock which had been installed in 1930. In front of 55,000 cheering spectators, Spain were beaten 7-1...
 

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Only realise now how lucky I was that my first ever Premier League match was at Highbury, taken by a season ticket holder during my first visit to London. Thank you Barrie! :-)