Arsenal impasse leaves fans with few ways to vent their frustrations | Amy Lawrence

In the mid-1980s Arsenal supporters gathered outside the boardroom to shout ‘sack the board’. But how do today’s fans reach Kroenke and Usmanov?

Len Shackleton, a footballing maverick who was earning the maximum wage of £17 per week by the end of his luminous career in 1957, chose a particularly striking way to outline his disdain for the men who ran football clubs. In his autobiography he dedicated an entire chapter to the occupiers of the boardroom titled “The Average Director’s Knowledge of Football” – it consisted of a single blank page.

Having fallen out with various directors, Shackleton curtly referred to them as “those people upstairs”. It just goes to show that a disconnect between the proletariat and the businessmen who get to make decisions about club affairs is a thread that goes way back in the history of the game.

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In the mid-1980s Arsenal supporters gathered outside the boardroom to shout ‘sack the board’. But how do today’s fans reach Kroenke and Usmanov?Len Shackleton, a footballing maverick who was earning the maximum wage of £17 per week by the end of his luminous career in 1957, chose a particularly striking way to outline his disdain for the men who ran football clubs. In his autobiography he dedicated an entire chapter to the occupiers of the boardroom titled “The Average Director’s Knowledge of Football” – it consisted of a single blank page.Having fallen out with various directors, Shackleton curtly referred to them as “those people upstairs”. It just goes to show that a disconnect between the proletariat and the businessmen who get to make decisions about club affairs is a thread that goes way back in the history of the game. Continue reading…

https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/oct/06/arsenal-impasse-fans-frustrations-kroenke-usmanov

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