Arsenal forward makes it ten goals in nine games.

This is our daily review of Arsenal anniversaries taken from the Arsenal day by day  files prepared by the AISA Arsenal History Society.


Below are the Anniversaries from  October 17.  

Our headline story comes from 1914.

17 October 1902: Fergus Hunt rejoined Arsenal from WHU.  However he only played three games but then moved on to  Fulham.  Later he played for  Burton United and Shildon Athletic and retired from football in 1907.  

17 October 1914: Harry King makes it 10 goals in nine games in Arsenal 2 Blackpool 0.  He ended the season with 26 goals in 37 league games.  (If you are interested in this era, a detailed account of the 1914/15 season now appears in the “Norris at the Arsenal” series).

17 October 1936: Bob John played his 15th and final game for Wales

17 October 1947: Thomas Fitchie, the only man to be signed five times by Arsenal, died.  He was a travelling salesman with Jacques & Co a sports goods and games manufacturer. They encouraged his football career as an amature as it allowed them access to the clubs and the players who were his team mates.

17 October 1951: Arsenal’s 2nd match under floodlights. Arsenal 3 Rangers 2. 62,000 were present.

17 October 1953:  A 2-5 home defeat to Burnley on this day followed a 4-1 away win at Tottenham, and this in turn was followed by a 5-1 away win at Chelsea.

17 October 1970: Arsenal 4 Everton 0.  A hammering of the champions served notice that there was something special about this team.  League match 13 of the first Double season.  Arsenal up to second.

17 October 2000: John Lukic became the oldest player to appear in Champions League v Lazio.  By drawing 1-1 Arsenal secured their place in the second phase after just four matches.  Arsenal ended up top.   First and last appearance for Julian Gray and Brian McGovern

Yesterday’s anniversaries are to be found at:

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