The world's greatest ground? A photographic centenary celebration of Highbury
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17. Rebel in the marble halls
Arsenal's new signing George Eastham admires Highbury's marble entrance hall on 18 November 1960. Actually, the famous marble halls weren't marble, but terrazzo - but the point was the same.
Eastham is an important figure in football history. In 1959 he had refused to sign a new contract with Newcastle and demanded a move, but the Magpies refused, and furthermore refused to release his registration to anyone else.
This was legal at the time, but Eastham – who was eventually sold to Arsenal after going on strike for months - fought it in the courts; in 1964, a judge ruled partly in his favour, greatly improving players' freedom to move between clubs.
Eastham, who was a member of England's World Cup squads in 1962 and 1966 but didn't play a single minute, later emigrated to South Africa, becoming a vocal opponent of apartheid and coaching local black youth players.