George Graham snubs Anfield for Highbury


Friday, September 30 – 1966
Arsenal will sign Chelsea forward George Graham this morning in a deal that will give Chelsea £50,000 and inside forward Tommy Baldwin.
Liverpool – already Arsenal’s rival for Huddersfield full back Bob McNab – were beaten in the race for Graham last night when he agreed to go to Highbury.
Now Arsenal manager Bert Mee will go all out to lure McNab and complete a £100,000 strengthening of his side.
McNab travelled to London last night for talks with Mee after spending the day with Liverpool manager Bill Shankly.
A day of transfer duelling looked like ending in deadlock until Graham said:
“I am signing for Arsenal. I have made up my mind and I hope that everything will go through in the morning.
“I heard that Liverpool were interested and I delayed things for a while just in case they might have something to offer.
“But nothing came of it, and I am more than happy to be going to Arsenal. I wanted to leave Chelsea, but I didn’t want to leave London.
“Arsenal are a fine club. They have Dave Sexton as their coach, and he did more than anyone for me when he was at Chelsea.
When McNab arrived in London, he said: “I must find out what Arsenal are prepared to offer.
“It is unlikely that there will be any decision overnight, and I may even return home to Huddersfield before making one.
“My wife doesn’t mind where I move to. I shall not contact Liverpool until I have made up my mind one way or the other.
Both Arsenal and Liverpool have agreed on a £40,000 fee for McNab.
With England full back Gerry Byrne unlikely to play for several weeks because of knee trouble, Liverpool desperately need a man of McNab’s calibre for their European Cup campaign. Shankly said last night:
“We have talked to McNab and had him medically examined. He I a very good player and we hope we can get him.”
(Daily Mirror, 30-09-1966)

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