The bronze bust of Herbert Chapman

One of Highbury’s most famous features is the bronze bust of Herbert Chapman. It is situated in the Marble Halls and is the first thing visitors see as they walk up the steps of the East Stand.

The bust was crafted by Sir Jacob Epstein and commissioned just before Chapman died in 1934. As a professional player, Chapman featured for Northampton (twice), Sheffield United, Notts County and Tottenham.

He became a manager at 29 and his first steps began at White Hart Lane. Lying in the bath after the final game of the 1906-07 season, team-mate Walter Bull said he’d just got the player-manager’s job at Northampton but suggested Chapman was a better candidate. He applied and a great career had begun.

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