Exceptional Rules

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The ‘Players Instructions and Training Rules’ book was compiled in the 1940s by Assistant Manager Jack Crayston and approved by Manager Tom Whittaker. It had to be produced to the Commissionaire at the official entrance to Highbury to gain access to the stadium.

The rules included:

'All players who are not engaged in business shall attend the grounds for training punctually at 10am, daily (matchdays excepted) and shall be under the orders of the trainers for the remainder of the day. All players engaged in business during the day must attend at the grounds for training on Tuesday and Thursday evenings (or oftener if required) between 6 and 8pm, unless they have made other arrangements for training that have been approved by the manger.

'All players who have not been selected to play in any of the teams, and who have not been advised otherwise must be at the ground on matchdays and report to the trainer in time to strip and play should any emergency arise and their pre-match meal must be adjusted accordingly.

'Immediately players receive information that they are selected to play in a match, they must see their playing kit is in proper condition, and particular attention must be given to the boots which must be in accordance with FA regulations.

'There has been cause for complaint of the excessive use of stores belonging to the Club, particularly medicine, and it has recently developed into abuse. Players will use all stores with the greatest economy.

'No smoking will be permitted in the dressing rooms. Players selected in matches, and reserves, must refrain from smoking after 11am on the matchday until the match is over.

'The player shall not engage in any business or live in any place which the directors (or committee) of the Club deem undesirable.

'Members of the Arsenal staff are available at all times to assist you in any playing or domestic problems you may have. Do not hesitate to call upon them.'