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 1973
Below are the Anniversaries from October 29.
29 October 1892: Royal Arsenal almost emulated their FA cup record victory with a 10-1 defeat of City Ramblers. Booth, Elliott and Henderson all got hat tricks, with the other goal coming from George Alexander Davie.
29 October 1908: Alex Wilson born in Lancashire, and played for Overton Athletic and Greenock Morton winning promotion to the first division with then in 1929. He was signed by Chapman in May 1933.
29 October 1911: Bernard Joy born. He played university football and then went on to play for the amateur side Casuals and won the prestigious FA Amateur Cup in 1936 plus ten caps for England amateurs as well as playing for Arsenal.
29 October 1932: Arsenal 8 Leicester 2, continuing a run of 9 wins, drawn 2 and lost 1 in the league. Hulme 3, Bastin 2, Coleman 2, Jack got the goals in front of 36714.
29 October 1965: Jimmy Magill transferred to Brighton after playing 116 games for Arsenal. He also played 26 times for N Ireland. In 1969 he moved to Denmark and had a successful career as a manager before stepping down for the last time in 1996.
29 October 1973: Robert Pirès birthday. Robert had a Portuguese father and Spanish mother and found learning both French and English difficult. After he had left Arsenal to play for Villareal he did an interview in fluent Spanish and the UK journalists, having not done their homework and not realising Spanish was one of his native tongues berated him for not having bothered to learn English properly. He scored a hat trick in the first game of the “49”.
29 October 1977: Trevor Ross played his last game for Arsenal. His transfer to Everton took several weeks to complete, and during that period he had a major falling out with Terry Neill.
29 October 1983: Tony Woodcock scored five against Villa by the 48th minute. Final score 6-2. In all he scored eight in three consecutive matches.
29 October 1994: Everton 1 Arsenal 1. This was the start of an 18 match sequence in which Arsenal scored 16 goals, winning just four games. The problem with scoring was reflected in the end of season stats: Wright got 18, Hartson 7 and no one else more than four.
29 October 2008: Arsenal 4 Tottenham 4. Bentley scored against his old club – perhaps the highpoint of his career. Silvestre, Gallas, Adebayor, van Persie scored the goals for Arsenal.
29 October 2011. Chelsea 3 Arsenal 5. Van Persie scored three, to make it three wins in a row for Arsenal in a run that continues for eight games until 10 December.
Elsewhere on this day:
On this day in 1929 the tomb of Genghis Khan was discovered. Although he is represented as a savage in many histories he actually made enormous advances in the structure and organisation of society, including the introduction of the world’s first postal service which carried messages across the huge Empire that he created in Mongolia and China. The book on postal services (which perhaps I might humbly report I wrote) which featured this fact so outraged the Royal Mail that they demanded its withdrawal from publication, in order to protect their claim that the UK was the first country with a universal postal system.
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