Ian Wright warned by police about his abusive behaviour towards a group of Arsenal fans.

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 this day in 1896.

Here are the stories from this day in history…


13 December 1890 Old Westminsters 1 Arsenal 4 in London Senior Cup.  Arsenal had hopes in this trophy having reached the final the previous year, but went out in the next round.

13 December 1897 Arsenal 3 Rushden 1 in United League.  Only 1,000 turned up, but it was Arsenal’s fourth successive win in the United League.

13 December 1902: Arsenal were involved in one of the greatest FA Cup shocks of the era: Brentford 1 Arsenal 1.  In this season Brentford came bottom of the first division of the Southern League with 2 wins and one draw all season

13 December 1960: Rangers 4 Arsenal 2, in the continuing series of games initiated by Herbert Chapman.  This was the 12th match in a series that finally ended in 1968/9.

13 December 1975: Last game of 49 for Geoff Barnett.  He then moved on to Minnesota Kicks.  He later managed the Kicks, before returning to England to run a pub, and then went back to Minnesota where he worked as a “Starter” at a golf course.

13 December 1976: Alan Hudson signed from Stoke.  He had been a mainstay as playmaker for Chelsea, but their financial crisis, and Hudson’s singular nature led to his transfer to Stoke in January 1974.

13 December 1976: John Radford signed for West Ham.  He had played 475 league games for Arsenal and scored 149 goals, winning the League, FA Cup and Fairs Cup.  He played one season for WHU, and one for Blackburn before dropping into non-league football.

13 December 1988: David Hillier’s first appearance (a testimonial v Shrewsbury).  He went on to make over 100 appearances for Arsenal before playing for Portsmouth and Bristol City, retiring from football in 2003.

13 December 1997: After the 1-3 home defeat by Blackburn Ian Wright was warned by the police about his abusive behaviour towards a group of Arsenal fans.  Match 18 of the 2nd Double season – the last defeat before the Double was achieved.   The second double: part 1, part 2, part 3.

13 December 1998: Arsenal lost 3-2 away to table topping Aston Villa.  Having taken a 2–0 lead, through two goals scored by Bergkamp, Arsenal let in three goals in the second half to lose the match.  This debacle was followed by a 19 match unbeaten run, which took Arsenal to the edge of winning the championship themselves.  This was the only game in which Arsenal conceded more than one goal all season.

13 December 2000: Tomas Danilevicius signed from Lausanne Sport for £1m.  He played two league games and one FA Cup tie before being loaned to Dunfermline.  After that he returned to Beveren in July 2001 before going on to Italian football.

13 December 2015: Aston Villa 0 Arsenal 2 followed one win in the previous four, but still took Arsenal back to the top of the league with goals from Giroud and Ramsey.

13 December 2016.  Everton 2 Arsenal 1.  The result ended a run in the League, 10 wins and four draws and started a run in which Arsenal only won 8 of the next 18, leading to the club missing out on the Champions League for the first time after 19 consecutive years – a record which was only surpassed by Real Madrid.


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

November 1918: war ends, FA / League quarrel, Henry Norris is called on (again).

Yesterday’s anniversaries:  When were Arsenal forced to play a league and an FA Cup game at the same time?

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

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