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Birmingham City


Division One
St. Andrew's
August 29, 1962

Arsenal's last visit to St. Andrew's ended in a rather notorious 2-2 draw and that was also the outcome way back in August 1962 - the date of our latest FreezeFrame.

Eduardo was centre stage for all the wrong reasons a couple of seasons ago but fellow forward Geoff Strong had a much happier time 48 years ago. He scored both goals as Arsenal earned a point in their fourth fixture of the campaign.

Strong, pictured scoring in our image, had a productive season. He netted 21 times, going on to score 77 in 137 games for the Club. That's a very handy ratio but Strong was outdone by Joe Baker, who is also pictured above.

Baker notched 31 goals in the 1962/63 campaign and left Arsenal after scoring 100 in just 156 appearances - a rate even Thierry Henry and Ian Wright could not match.

With Strong and Baker in full flow, Arsenal were a match for most defences in Division One back then. But while the Gunners were prolific going forward, they were rather less proficient at the other end, keeping just seven clean sheets in 1962/63.

A 5-5 draw at Blackburn summed up their entertaining yet unrewarding style and that lack of defensive resilience meant Arsenal could only finish seventh that season.

The Club had have to wait another seven years for a trophy - the Fairs Cup - but only one man in the team listed below would still be a regular. His name? George Armstrong.

Arsenal team: McKechnie, Magill, McCullough, Clamp, Brown, Snedden, Armstrong, Strong, Baker, Barnwell, Skirton.

FreezeFrame is a regular series on Arsenal.com which brings you a classic image ahead of every match. Roll your cursor over the players and click for more information.

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26 Mar 2010