Get ready for Comet Layth’s ‘Miracle’ Letchworth book signing!

Layth Yousif

Layth Yousif - Credit: Archant

Comet journalist and Arsenal fan Layth Yousif is marking the success of his Miracle of Copenhagen book by holding a signing at David’s Bookshop in Letchworth tomorrow from 11am to 1pm.

His book tells the story of the North London giants last European triumph when they won the 1994 European Cup Winners’ Cup trophy in wonderful, wonderful Copenhagen.

Layth, a season-ticket holder of 30 years – who now also reports on Arsenal matches from the press box – was at the Parken Stadium in Denmark’s capital city when Alan Smith’s volley saw George Graham’s team win 1-0 against Italian side Parma in May 1994.

Those memories, and the repeated failures of Arsene Wenger’s team, inspired him to write a book, The Miracle of Copenhagen, commissioned by publishers Amberely.

Born and bred in London, the father-of-three, who has lived in Hitchin for more than a decade, said: “A couple of years ago, I was standing with old friends in the Highbury Barn pub near The Emirates, and much-missed Highbury, after another European disappointment.

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“All our stories kept returning to our glorious European Cup Winners’ Cup run and triumph of 1993/94.

“We were all in our late teens and early 20s at the time and for many of us our first European away game was the never-to-be-forgotten 7-0 win in Liege.

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“We went to all the games home and away that season including Torino, PSG – and, of course, the final in Copenhagen.

“I called the book The Miracle of Copenhagen as the team was continually written off.

“But through the old Arsenal way of never giving in we triumphed against what were on paper far superior teams.

“Perhaps our teams of the last few years could take a leaf out of George Graham’s tough sides – they certainly should have done after ”

The book draws on interviews with players, including Alan Smith himself, as well as fans and journalists.

Layth will be signing copies of his book from 11am to 1pm at David’s Bookshop in Letchworth which is his favourite independent bookshop in North Herts.

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