13th August 1990
For a man who knew the club’s history inside out, George Graham would have expected some backlash for suggesting that Arsenal and Tottenham should groundshare. That it is a footnote to an article about transfer speculation tells you all you need to know about how seriously the idea was taken.
But Graham’s motivation is underlined by the quality of players discussed in the previous paragraphs. Ian Wright went on to greater things, I seem to recall, and Bright wasn’t a bad player but the equivalent today of someone like Pelle of Southampton, that kind of level. That Salako was talked of as being kept out of the Palace side by Wright and Bright is no surprise. Garry Thompson, though? It’s a damning indictment although I had always recalled Salako as more of a winger than centre forward.
It was a poor time for player standards in England as a post next week will underline – no wonder Graham was looking for “top Europeans“…!