Two Arsenal players suspended for playing an unofficial game

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

Our headline is taken from 1912

Special feature:

Highbury: from start to end with previously unseen pictures of the end of the stadium.

Below are the Anniversaries from  October 28. 

28 October 1893: Arsenal conceded 15 goals in three consecutive games losing 0-5 at home to Liverpool on this day.  It was Arsenal’s worst defeat at home equalled only in very particular circumstances on 14 February 1925 in the game against Huddersfield.

28 October 1912: Arsenal reserves lost their 100% record, two of the reserve players were suspended by the FA for playing a non-registered Sunday football game (football was not allowed on Sunday under league rules), and the London press retreated on their suggestion that Arsenal was moving to Harringey.

28 October 1922,  Bob John league debut: Arsenal 1 Liverpool 2.  He went on to play 421 league games for Arsenal and won the FA Cup and three league titles with the club.

28 October 1936: Sunderland 2 Arsenal 1 in the Charity Shield with a crowd of 30,000 at Roker Park.

28 October 1953: Racing Club de Paris 2 Arsenal 4, in the continuing series of matches to raise money for ex-servicemen, initiated by Herbert Chapman.

28 October 1975: Graham Rix debut in a testimonial at Charlton having been signed by Bertie Mee.  However he had to wait until April 1977 to make his first league appearance.

28 October 1992: Cup Match 3 of Arsenal’s Cup Double season.  Derby 1 Arsenal 1 in the 3rd round of the League Cup.  Campbell scored as he had scored the only open play goals in each of two games against Millwall

28 October 1997: First and last appearance for Isaiah Rankin in away game against Tottenham.  His career took in 14 clubs with his most games played in a two year spell at Brentford.  He finished his career at Hendon in 2014 after 394 games and 73 league goals.

28 October 1998.  Remi Garde became the first non-UK/Ireland national to captain Arsenal in Derby 1 Arsenal 2 in the league cup.  Vivas scored – the other was an own goal.

28 October 2000: Arsenal 5 Manchester City 0.  It was the fourth of five consecutive wins. Cole, Bergkamp, Wiltord and Henry (2) got the goals.  It was the second of five games in the season in which Arsenal scored five or more in the league.

28 October 2003: Debut for Cesc Fabregas to make him at the time Arsenal’s youngest player aged 16 years 177 days.  The game ended 1-1 and Arsenal then beat Rotherham in the league cup 9-8 on penalties.  Wiltord took the first (and missed) and the winning kick at the end.

28 October 2007: Arsenal drew 1-1 with Liverpool after seven straight league wins.  Gerrard gave Liverpool the lead on seven minutes and Fabregas equalised on 80 minutes.

28 October 2008: Freddie Ljungberg signed for Seattle Sounders after an unhappy time at WHU for whom he played 25 games.  He retired in 2012, but returned in 2014 to play for Mumbai City before starting a coaching career at Arsenal.

28 October 2009: Arsenal reserves beat Liverpool 2-1 in the league cup.  Merida and Bendtner got the goals.



Elsewhere on this day: 

On this day in 1903 Evelyn Waugh was born.  His novel “Decline and Fall” brilliantly exposed the nonsense that was the British education system and the British class system, while novels such as “Scoop!” did the same with the British newspaper industry of the 1930s.  He gave us the brilliant phrase “Up to a point Lord Copper” when the newspaper owner spouted his daily round of mindless gibberish, which at one point involved stating that Adolf Hitler was a good democrat.  It remains, perhaps, the best reply to most of the “news” published in the papers today.

Here’s one tiny quote:

“I read the newspapers with lively interest. It is seldom that they are absolutely, point-blank wrong. That is the popular belief, but those who are in the know can usually discern an embryo of truth, a little grit of fact, like the core of a pearl, round which have been deposited the delicate layers of ornament.” 

Yesterday’s anniversaries:

Arsenal man scores hat-tricks in three consecutive games!


The latest post from our series on Henry Norris at the Arsenal

Arsenal Players in the wartime league, 1916/17


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