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I think that the distinction brought up in the question is actually one in the same. The depressed years of the 1930s can be seen as "the good old days" for FA football. Certainly, political uncertainty, economic challenge, as well as overall adversity was felt in many domains. Yet, football was a sport that started to emerge as a staple of life in England. The dominance of Arsenal in the FA helped to make the sport more appealing to Londoners, and those in England. Their dominance, akin to the New York Yankees' "Murderers Row" of the 1920s, was assisted by a foundation of teamwork and spirit of cooperation. Certainly, this resonated with the British who found themselves struggling to rebuild after World War I and recognizing a certain feeling in the air that the worst was year to come in World War II. Arsenal's status as the team of the 1930s, complete with five titles in the decade, helped to bring to light that football passion and zeal was a part of those depressed years, helping to illuminate much in the darkness of the times.
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