Ex-Arsenal manager George Graham was clueless about iconic boozy Tuesday Club
Legendary Arsenal manager George Graham admitted he didn’t know about the Gunners’ boozy ‘Tuesday Club’.
The 78-year-old was responsible for building one of the greatest sides in English football history. Over the course of nine trophy laden years at the club between 1986 and 1995, Graham won two first division titles, the FA Cup, and two League Cups.
His Arsenal side was built on the rock solid defensive foundations of Lee Dixon, Tony Adams, and Steve Bould, the creativity and relentless energy of Paul Merson and the sharp shooting of Ian Wright. However, in and amongst the glamour and the success, there was also tidal waves of beer and wine within his Arsenal side.
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Ardent Arsenal fans will all be familiar with the iconic Tuesday Club. During the 1990s, the likes of Dixon, Merson, Adams, and Perry Groves would regularly arrange some very boozy drinking sessions every Tuesday.
As a result of the club’s hardest training sessions often being reserved for Tuesday, the Gunners were usually given the day off on the Wednesday. And after working hard on the training pitches, they would then go off and play even harder in the nearby pubs and clubs.
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However, the ex-Arsenal boss exclusively told Daily Star Sport he was often not even aware of the drinking sessions. “No, I didn’t even know about them,” Graham said when asked if he was ever tempted to join his players at the pub on Tuesday.
“But, they delivered, that’s the main thing. On the Saturday, I’m talking about.”
Not only were their performances seldom, if ever, affected, they delivered trophy after trophy during his reign.
Even now, his Arsenal sides are still revered in football history. And the legendary manager even admitted he believes a huge part of their success was the camaraderie within the team.
“No not really, I was confident in the work we were doing in the week,” Graham added, when asked about his team’s social activities. “There was great camaraderie among the team and that’s why we won a couple of titles.”
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