Arsenal secured their first league title in seventeen years on that day in 1971, thus completing the first stage of their attempt to win a League and Cup pair.
Liverpool were waiting for the FA Cup final five days later, but first Arsenal had to go to White Hart Lane to play their bitter rival Tottenham Hotspur in the final game of the league season. Leeds United have been Arsenal’s main rivals all season and were a point ahead at the top of the table. The Yorkshire side had beaten them 1-0 last week and would have won the title if Arsenal lost or averaged goals if the match ended in a draw.
To add an extra twist to the lineup, Tottenham won the League and Cup twice exactly ten years earlier, becoming the first club to do so from Preston North End in 1889. They were desperate to stop Arsenal from repeating their record and had the perfect opportunity. for that.
Fans lined up in front of White Hart Lane all day. It was a crowd of nearly 52,000 people who were lucky enough to enter and watch the match, and it was estimated that so many fans were locked out of the ground.
The Arsenal winner came in the 87th minute, thanks to a shot by Ray Kennedy from a cross by George Armstrong. Kennedy had joined the ranks of the club and was only 19 years old. He made his first appearance on the team just 20 months earlier. He had made a vital away visit in the Fair Cup final in the first game of the previous season, but the goal that Arsenal won in the league is the one he is best known for.
Five days after the Spurs victory, Arsenal beat Liverpool 2-1 after extra time to finish the double. Fast forward to 2004 until the last time Arsenal won the league. They drew 2-2 against the Spurs to win the White Hart Lane League again!
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