It was 14 November, 1934.
Fifty thousand fans huddled into Highbury, unaware that they were about to witness a brutal encounter between England and world champions Italy which would later be dubbed ‘The Battle of Highbury’.
Barely two minutes had passed when a fierce challenge from England’s Ted Drake snapped opponent Luis Monti’s ankle. The challenge unnerved Italy as they conceded three times in 12 minutes – Eric Brook, who had already seen a penalty saved, striking twice before Drake added another.
The visitors, still fuming from the earlier challenge on Monti, decided to get physical.Read More »from Italy v England: 81 years on from 'The Battle of Highbury'