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On This Day September 1st In Arsenal’s History 

On this date in 1892 Royal Arsenal kicked off another season of friendlies at the Invicta Ground with a fixture against the 1st Highland Infantry. The Royals had fun with James Henderson (2), Gavin Crawford (2), George Davie, Charles Booth and Arthur Elliott (2) all scoring to make it an 8-0 victory in front of 3,000 fans.

Today in 1893 one of the founder members of Dial Square Football Club, Jack Humble, presented the Manor Ground to the press and proudly, a copy of the updated Division 2 fixture list as Woolwich Arsenal became the first football club in the south of the country to be admitted to the Football League.

Today in 1894 Royal Arsenal played a match at Sincil Bank against Lincoln City that Arsenal would lose 2-5. Joseph Heath and debutante Peter Mortimer got the goals for the London side. Trainer Sam Hollis also gave debuts to William Sharpe, Harry Storer, John Caldwell and Robert Stevenson on the opening day of the Division 2 season.

It was a friendly today in 1895 as Woolwich Arsenal took on Rossendale FC. A 4-0 win for the aspiring south London team with Henry Boyd, F.J. Johnson both scoring and Frank McAvoy getting a brace.

On this date in 1897, new manager Thomas Mitchell (Pictured) took charge of Woolwich Arsenal for the first time in a home match against Grimsby Town. Patrick Farrell, William White, James Monteith and Andrew Stevens all scored in a 4-1 victory. Mitchell handed out debuts to no less than eight players; Roger Ord, Fergus Hunt, Craig McGeoch, James McAuley and goalscorers Farrel, White, Monteith and Stevens.


Also on this day in 1897 future Arsenal full back Andy Kennedy was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Kennedy joined Arsenal from Crystal Palace in 1922 and played 128 matches at left back before leaving for Everton in 1928.

Another friendly before Division 2 business on this date in 1898 as Woolwich Arsenal welcomed Gravesend to the Manor Ground. Not the best way start as the London club couldn’t score and were beaten 0-1.

On this day in 1900, 8,000 people turned up at the Manor Ground, Plumstead to watch Woolwich Arsenal take on Gainsborough Trinity on the opening day of the season. Goals from John Blackwood & Peter Turner gave the home side a 2-1 win. Manager Harry Bradshaw gave first team debuts to; Walter Place, Thomas Low and both scorers Blackwood and Turner.

In the 1902/1903 season Woolwich Arsenal combined Division 2 fixtures with matches in the London League Premier Division. Today in 1902 was a fixture in the latter competition at the Boleyn Ground against West Ham United. It ended in a 1-3 victory for the Plumstead side thanks to goals by Joseph Connor, William Gooing and John Coleman.

Same date in 1903 was the London League Premier Division again and this time Woolwich Arsenal has travelled to north London to play Tottenham Hotspur. John ‘Tim’ Coleman got the goal that made it a 0-1 win for the Gunners.

Today in 1904 Bristol City travelled to the Manor Ground for a friendly. It was a tight match which ended in a 3-2 win for the London side after Tim Coleman scored and Charlie Satterthwaite hit twice for the victory.

A trip to the north west for Woolwich Arsenal today in 1906 as they visited Hyde Road to take on Manchester City. Tim Coleman opened the scoring for the London team before Peter Kyle scored a brace on his debut. Charlie Satterthwaite got on the scoresheet aswell to complete a 1-4 for the Gunners.

Another away match today in 1909. The trip to Villa Park was not a successful one. Although Charles Lewis scored it was no answer to Aston Villa who won 5-1 on the day. It was an unhappy debut for both inside left Frank Heppinstall and centre forward Thomas Drain.

Manchester United came to the Manor ground on this day in 1910 and took the points after a 1-2 win. Debutante Willis Rippon got Arsenal’s goal. Centre forward Alf Common also made his debut for the club in the match.

Despite the outbreak of World War I the FA decided that the 1914/1915 season should go ahead. Newly named ‘The Arsenal’ opened their season at home at Highbury against Glossop North End. Centre half Chris Buckley and inside left Frank Bradshaw made their debuts in the match. Bradshaw got on the scoresheet after fellow first timer Henry King had scored twice in The Arsenal’s 3-0 win.

1917 and Arsenal’s match today was in the London Combination League at The Arsenal Stadium against Queens Park Rangers. Goals from Fred Groves and Charles Lewis gave the Gunners a 2-0 victory.

A trip away to Liverpool beckoned today in 1919. Two goals from Henry White and one from Billy Blyth were just enough to give Arsenal a 2-3 victory at Anfield. Dan Burgess mae his Arsenal debut after signing from Port Vale.

Bobby Flavell was born on this date in 1921 in Annahill, Scotland. He was never signed to Arsenal but he was a player for Airdieonians when World War II broke out and while he was in England he guested for Arsenal in the wartime leagues. Despite the fact that he also made guest appearances for the shitty Middlesex club (we were sharing their ground I guess so….), he gets a mention as another player to have donned an Arsenal shirt.

40,000 fans made their way into St James Park for Arsenal’s match against Newcastle United today in 1923. Arsenal were unable to reply to Newcastle’s one goal so 1-0 it ended.

A goal from Andrew Neil was enough this day in 1924 when Manchester City went home empty handed from Highbury after losing 1-0.

Three games on this date all against Bolton Wanderers. First at home in 1926 where Joe Hulme was on target twice to give Arsenal a 2-1 win. When the Lancashire side returned in 1928 Arsenal again scored two, this time with no reply. James Brain and Harold Burston Peel getting the Gunners goals. In 1930 when it was Arsenal’s turn to go to Burnden Park, a hat trick from Jack Lambert and a strike from Joe Hulme secured a convincing 1-4 win for the London side.

George Allison took charge of Arsenal as manager for the first time this day in 1934. Liverpool had travelled to Highbury and the manager gave a debut opportunity to right half Jack Crayston who thanked the boss by opening the scoring. The floodgates opened when Ray Bowden scored a hat trick, Cliff Bastin added a goal for good measure and not wanting to be outshone Ted Drake got his first Arsenal hat trick in Arsenal’s 8-1 demolition of the Merseyside club. George Allison needless to say was a happy man.

When Huddersfield Town came to Highbury this day in 1937 their one goal was not enough as Jack Crayston, Cliff Bastin & Ted Drake were all on the scoresheet again in a 3-1 win for the Gunners.

Today in 1945 in the Football League South Arsenal (using White Hart Lane as their home ground), had a fixture against Coventry City. there were 20,943 in attendance to watch a 0-0 draw between the sides.

Today in 1951 it was Sunderland’s turn to visit Highbury. A hat trick from Doug Lishman made sure they left without points after they were defeated 3-0.

Goalkeeper Ted Platt was sold to Portsmouth this day in 1953. Despite being at the club for 15 years he had only made 57 appearances after struggling with the dominance of first choice keepers George Swindin and Jack Kelsey. 

The deal done and on with the day’s match, a home fixture against Sheffield United. A poor performance by Arsenal who were gifted a point by a Sheffield own goal in a tedious 1-1 draw.

39,973 paid their money to watch Arsenal take on West Bromwich Albion at Highbury this day in 1956. The Gunners won the match 4-1 thanks to two goals from Don Roper and one each for Derek Tapscott and Mike Tiddy.

Highbury welcomed Nottingham Forest today in 1959. What followed was a hard fought match which ended honours even and a point a piece at 1-1, with Arsenal thanking David Herd for their goal.

1962 and Arsenal ended today on the losing side. Although Alan Skirton scored for the Gunners at Turf Moor, their hosts Burnley won the match 2-1.

On this day in 1970 after 6 league matches Arsenal lay 6th in the table. The visit of Leeds United was next but neither side could muster a goal so 0-0 it ended. No one was thinking of a ‘double’ winning season at this point.

Another 1-1 draw this day in 1973. St James Park the venue and it took Charlie George to equalise after Newcastle United’s Terry McDermott had opened the scoring.

Same scoreline different stadium today in 1979. Sammy Nelson secured a point for Arsenal in the 1-1 draw at Elland Road against Leeds United.

Jose Antonio Reyes celebrates his birthday today. He was born in 1983 in Ultrera, Spain. Arsene Wenger paid £10.5m for the Spaniard in 2004 and after his move from Sevilla he made his debut on the 1st of February that year against Manchester City. He made 110 performances in an Arsenal shirt scoring 23 goals before being sold to Atletico Madrid in 2007 for €12m.

The home game against that shitty Middlesex club today in 1990 was a bad tempered but ultimately unentertaining match and each team took a point after a 0-0 draw.

In Chisnau today in 1996 David Seaman was the only Arsenal man on show for England as they played Moldova in a World Cup qualifying match. A clean sheet for Safe Hands and a 0-3 victory for England.

In Munich today in 2001 Germany hosted England in a World Cup qualifier. Three Arsenal players took part in a famous night for England fans as they won the match 1-5. David Seaman and Ashley Cole were joined by new club mate Sol Campbell in a defence that did it’s job well on the night. More than 12,000 kilometres away France had an international friendly with Chile at the Estadio Nacional Julio Martínez Prádanos, Santiago De Chile. Robert Pires, Patrick Vieira and Sylvain Wiltord all lined up for France in the match that Chile won 2-1. Fellow Gunner Thierry Henry replaced Wiltord at half time. The Republic of Ireland were at Lansdowne Road, Dublin to take on the Netherlands in a qualifier. No Arsenal interest in the match until the 72nd minute when Giovanni van Bronckhorst joined the play. He could do nothing to help avoid a 1-0 defeat for the Dutch side.

Francis Jeffers went on a season long loan to Everton today in 2003. He returned to the club that Arsenal paid £8m to in 2001 for his signature after what is generally considered a disastrous stay. In the summer of 2004 he was sold to Charlton Athletic for £2.6m after 8 goals in 39 matches for the Gunners.

Denmark invited Portugal for an international friendly today in 2006. Arsenal’s Nicklas Bendtner came on as substitute for Denmark in the 71st minute and he scored in the 90th to seal a 4-2 home victory.

This date in 2007 and a young Kieran Gibbs signed a professional contract with Arsenal. He joined the youth ranks in 2004 when Wimbledon FC disbanded. He made his debut in the League Cup vs Sheffield United on the 31st of October. He had a loan spell from January 2008 until the end of the season. He went on to make over 100 appearances for Arsenal so far in the left back slot after the departure of Gael Clichy and the unsuccessful stay of Andre Santos and fights for the first choice position with Nacho Monreal.

At the home of Barnet FC on this date in 2008 Arsenal and Chelsea’s youth teams met. Mark Randall and Rui Fonte got goals for the Gunners but the away team won the match 2-3.

UEFA handed Arsenal player Eduardo a two match ban this day in 2009 after finding him guilty of ‘deceiving the referee’ (diving in the penalty box to you and me) in the Champions League Qualifier against Celtic.

The Under 18 boys got a win at London Colney today in 2012 as goals from Isaac Hayden and Tarum Dawkins made it 2-1 against Everton’s youth side.

Finally, many fans were disappointed today in 2015 on transfer deadline day. Some fans had expected/wanted at least one or more additions to the squad but on the final day of the window Arsenal did no business leaving their one first team summer signing as Petr Cech. Also released academy player Jack Jebb joined Stevenage today on a one year deal.

On This Day August 31st In Arsenal’s History

David Ospina was born today in 1988 in Medellin, Colombia. He signed for Arsenal during the World Cup in Brazil in 2014 for £3.16m from Nice. He made his Arsenal debut on the 23rd of September against Southampton in the Capital One (League) Cup. After playing for his country again in the Copa America in the summer of 2015 he returned to find his competition for the goalkeeping job had changed from Wojciech Szczesny who went on loan to AS Roma to new signing Petr Cech.

Today in 2001 Silvinho was sold to Celta Vigo after making 80 appearances for Arsenal and scoring 5 goals.

Today in 2005 saw David Bentley sent out on loan to Blackburn Rovers and Justin Hoyte to Sunderland.

A lot of activity on deadline day, today in 2011. Gilles Sunu left Arsenal on his way to Leyton Orient. André Santos from Fenerbahce for £6.2m, Per Mertesacker from Werder Bremen for £8m, Yossi Benayoun (on loan from Chelsea) and Mikel Arteta from Everton for £10m all signed with Arsenal.


On This Day August 30th In Arsenal’s History

On this day in 1913 the first 90 minutes of football was played at Gillespie Road. Although it would be a whole seven days before the first competItive match at The Arsenal Stadium. Arsenal and Arsenal Reserves had the privilege of playing out the first full match.

Today in 1919 Arsenal began their record breaking run in the top division of English football. Their first match in Division 1 was coincidentally against the first team Woolwich Arsenal ever played in league football in 1893. The Gunners had made the trip to St James Park to play Newcastle United. It was Leslie Knighton’s (Pictured) first game as manager. Four players would also make their debuts for the club on the day. Right back Alf Baker, centre forward Henry White, Clement Voysey and Ernie Williamson in goal all played in the 1-0 defeat to the Geordies.


17,137 fans watched this day in 1939 as Arsenal wore officially sanctioned numbered shirts for the first time in a league match. They beat Blackburn Rovers 1-0 at Highbury through a Cliff Bastin goal and the FA had finally sanctioned the idea that Herbert Chapman had been instrumental in introducing.

On this date in 1983 David Dein paid £300,000 for a 15% stake in Arsenal Football Club. Chairman Peter Hill-Wood said about Dein; “I think he is crazy but we’re glad to have him. Some rich men like to buy yachts or fast cars, he chooses to put his money into a football club. It is dead money really.”

Finally, it was one out, one in on this day in 2011. Arsenal sold Armand Traore to Queens Park Rangers for £1.5m and spent £1.8m on South Korean Park Chu-Young who signed from AS Monaco. Traore had played 32 times for the first team since joining in 2006 from the same AS Monaco.

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