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Charlie Buchan - Gunner, Grenadier and Gentleman

March 3 2008

Played in Britain in association with Philosophy Football invite you to an evening of retrospection, conversation and wit.

Charles Buchan, creator of Football Monthly - 'the world's great soccer magazine' was some guy. Spurned by Arsenal in 1910 because he demanded they pay his expenses as a youth player he was then signed by Southern Leaguers Leyton, before becoming Sunderland's all time top scorer, hero of the First World War trenches, Herbert Chapman's first signing at Highbury and, in later life, a Fleet Street reporter and BBC commentator. He also helped set up the Football Writers' Association, which 60 years ago voted for England's first Footballer of the Year - yes, that's right, Stanley Matthews.

Was there ever a fellow more grand than Charlie Buchan?

Find out more with:

  • Simon Inglis - football author and editor of The Best of Charles Buchan's Football Monthly
  • Tom Watt - BBC London presenter and North Bank chronicler
  • Jon Spurling - the alternative Arsenal historian

Plus special Arsenal guests - to be announced


  • Location: Offside Bar & Gallery
    271-273 City Road,
    London EC1V 1LA -
  • Date: Thursday April 17
  • Time: 7.00 - 9.30pm (doors open 6.30; evening meals available)

During the evening there will be an auction and raffle of Arsenal-related prints from the Charles Buchan era, in aid of Bob Wilson's Willow Foundation, in association with the Offside Photographic Agency.

Special price signed copies of Played in Britain's Charles Buchan Gift Books will also be on sale.

Entrance free but to guarantee your place email with your name and the name of any guests.

This event is in association with Philosophy football

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