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The Arsenal Stadium Mystery | 1939

There's quite a clue to the location in the title. Eccentric Inspector Slade (Leslie Banks) is called on to investigate the poisoning of a football player during a match between Arsenal FC and (fictitious) amateur team, the Trojans.

Although mostly shot in the old Denham Studio, since demolished, which stood on the North Orbital Road in the village of DenhamBuckinghamshire, the pitch scenes were filmed at Arsenal's traditional ground, Highbury Park.

Highbury, aka Arsenal Stadium, which stood on Avenell Road, London N5, had been home to the famous north London football club since 1913, though its outstanding art deco East and West Stands were built in 1930. It wasn't feasible to expand the ground in such a built-up residential area and in 2005 the club moved to the brand new Emirates Stadium a little to the southwest.

All is not lost, though. Parts of the old ground were listed and those stands have been incorporated into the Highbury Square housing development.