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William Reynolds examines just why Arsenal Women are so special – on and off the pitch

Football is often called a working-class game, a game for the masses, a game with the ‘Everyman’ at its centre.

William Reynolds @GoonerFanzine similar things while he was chairman of Fulham. Even going so far as to try and merge the two clubs together.

Is that really true?

Football teams were primarily formed in the 1880s and 90s from teams of factory workers, mill workers and so on.

He was later found guilty of bribing other club owners to keep Arsenal in the first division.

Arsenal fans our hands aren’t clean, not by a long way. Hurts though it does to admit that.

Yet, what is glossed over is who owned those factories - and by extension - who ran the teams, that would go on to become the teams we know and love today.

The rules and laws of the game were written by the ruling elite, the One percent.

Sir Henry Norris, a business owner, primary slums which he built in North London, he was also the Conservative MP for Fulham East.

Norris was a man who was primarily concerned with the acquisition of power and accumulation of wealth. The wellbeing of the people involved or the businesses under his stewardship.

There is nothing to like about this man, nothing at all, he put Arsenal in voluntary liquidation to suit his own purposes and he did

The idea that big money had only just entered the game is completely wrong

The idea that big money had only just entered the game is completely wrong. Those with wealth have always been in charge of the game. The Saudi League has of course taken that to a whole new level which now seems to be almost imaginary. It is more akin to playing Monopoly than a real-world transaction.

The Saudi takeover of Newcastle and The UAE ownership at Manchester City have completely moved the goalposts.

It’s strange to think that Blackburn were seen as the big money upstarts when the Premier League began.

What this shows is as the money goes up, we adjust as fans - not that it’s a particularly a good thing, it’s the truth of the matter though.

Gone are the days of the players you’d see down the pub or in the street. My mum’s family lived down the road from the Moores’ at the height of Bobby’s fame, he used to do the school run. That doesn’t happen now.

The thing that hasn’t changed is that clubs are run by rich faceless men in suits, who see the players and the clubs as property.

So why is the women’s game different?

Because it certainly is. There is a completely different feel to the games. There are many reasons for this of course. It is important to make it clear that it is not because the standard of the women’s game is any lower. It is not

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