This day in 1925 was notable for a few reasons. Arsenal awaited the visit of Spurs to play Herbert Chapman’s Arsenal in his first match as manager. It was a 1-0 defeat for the Gunners and Charlie Buchan’s first game in his second spell at the club. While Buchan was starting again, centre forward Donald Cock was playing the last of his three appearances for Arsenal before moving to Clapton Orient. This date was also the first time that referee’s had to apply the new ‘offside’ rule.
Two former Arsenal directors were banned from football and had to step down at the club on this date in 1927. Mr G.W. Peachey and Mr Jack Humble had been found to be involved in illegal payments to players and profiting from the sale of players. Their involvement was clarified as being that they were only remiss in allowing the indiscretions to take place rather than instigate them. Former officials Sir Henry Norris and William Hall were found to have been the culprits in Arsenal Football Club’s illegal activities.
Today in 1949 Arsenal signed youth goalkeeper Jack Kelsey from Welsh side Winch Wen. Kelsey played in 352 matches for Arsenal before retiring having also been Wales international goalkeeper.
In 1987 on this day Kevin Richardson (Pictured) made his debut for the club. Portsmouth visited Highbury. The Hampshire side were obliterated 6-0 with goals from Tony Adams, Paul Davis, David Rocastle & a hat trick from Alan Smith. Smudger’s first goal in the match was his first ever goal for the club. The last time that Arsenal had beaten any side 6-0 had been 24 years before. Richardson would go on to complete 122 appearances for Arsenal before signing for Real Sociedad in 1990 for £750,000.
Ainsley Maitland-Niles celebrates his birthday today. The Arsenal academy player was born in Goodmayes, London in 1997. Ainsley joined the Hale End academy at the age of six and progressed through the ranks to the Under-21’s, becoming a professional in October of 2014. On the 9th of December that year he made his debut against Galatasaray in the Champions League when he replaced Aaron Ramsey. He came on as a substitute four days later in the Premier League match against Newcastle United, replacing Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. In the summer of 2015 he joined Championship side Ipswich Town on a season long loan.
Today in 2013 Mathieu Flamini returned to Arsenal after signing on a free from AC Milan. He had been given permission to train during pre-season at London Colney and ended up staying and signing a three deal with the club he had left in 2008.