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Anniversaries 09: September

September Anniversaries.  Last major update 10 November 2017

Note: The anniversary file pages have over time been split and split again as they have grown.  Please use the at the foot of the page to find the month you want.  Source details appear there also.

1 September 1888: The first recorded pre-season friendly, in which Arsenal first team (The Probables) played the reserves (The Improbables).  A second match was arranged one week later, after which the matches against other clubs began.

1 September 1893: Kentish Mercury reported Jack Humble, the Woolwich Arsenal chairman, had presented the new Manor Ground to the press, along with an updated list of Division II fixtures.

1 September 1894: John Caldwell debut in the 5-2 defeat to Lincoln, after joining Arsenal from Hibs.  He played in all 30 league games in his debut season, and in the club’s FA Cup match.

1 September 1897: First match for Fergus Hunt (who immediately became the top scorer, getting fifteen goals in each of the 1897-98 and 1898-99  seasons) and Roger Ord who went on to play 99 league games.  Both players had been with Middlesbrough Ironopolis during their one and only season in the league.

1 September 1897: Andy Kennedy who gained two caps for Ireland, born.  He was signed by Leslie Knighton for Arsenal in 1922 having played original for Glentoran.

1 September 1902: Roddy McEachrane first game.  Preston 2 Arsenal 2.  McEachrane played in 28 of the games in the season as Arsenal came third.  The following season both Preston and Arsenal were promoted.

1 September 1904: First game for Archibald Gray and Charlie Satterthwaite in a pre-season friendly.

1 September 1906:  Arsenal beat Manchester City away 1-4.  It was the last victory on the opening day of the season until 1913, in the first match at Highbury.

1 September 1909: First match for Frank Heppinstall. Aston Villa 5 Arsenal 1.  He had transferred from Swindon Town and went on to play 18 league games this season.  See also here

1 September 1910: Arsenal open new season with a 1-2 home defeat to eventual champions Man U in front of a crowd of 15,000   It was Alf Common’s first game.  See here for review of the team  Willis Rippon scored in his first match

1 September 1914: FA agree that football for the 1914/15 season should continue despite Britain having declared war on 4 August 1914.

1 September 1914: Arsenal played their first league match (v Glossop) as The Arsenal, winning 3-0 in front of a crowd of 7,000.  Crowds were very much down throughout the season because of the war.  It was the first  game for Frank Bradshaw  Christopher Buckley and Harry King who two goal

1 September 1934: First home match for George Allison. Arsenal 8 Liverpool 1.  Ted Drake and Ray Bowden each score hattricks in front of 54,062.  Having won the league for the last two seasons expectations were very high despite Chapman’s death.   It was Jack Crayston’s first game.

1 September 1953: Ted Platt sold to Portsmouth.  Ted never made it as the first choice keeper, playing only when Swindin was injured until, in 1952, with Swindin out for much of the season, Ted Platt played in only the first three games, and after letting in five goals in that short sequence he was replaced by Jack Kelsey.

1 September 1970: Arsenal 0 Leeds 0.  League match 7 of the first Double season. This was one of only three draws at home that season – every other home league match was won.  But after six games played Arsenal were still just sixth.

1 September 1983: Jose Antonio Reyes born.  Reyes joined Sevilla FC at the age of 10. and went on to play 86 games for Sevilla before moving to Arsenal.

1 September 2001: Greg Lincoln signed for Stevenage Borough.  He was a Premier Youth League winner in 1998 but never played for the first team.  He had trials with a number of clubs before moving to Stevenage, but he only got one game with them.

1 September 2003: Francis Jeffers loaned to Everton for season.  After that he moved to Charlton and continued moving from club to club until reaching Accrington Stanley in 2013.

1 September 2008: Kieran Gibbs signed a new contract with Arsenal after a loan period with Norwich.  By the start of the 2015/16 season he had played 111 league games for Arsenal.  He was eventually sold in 2017.

1 September 2009:  Uefa banned Eduardo for two games for “deceiving the referee” in Arsenal’s play-off match against Celtic after a furore by the media.  This totally overturned the standard view that the referee’s view was final.  He was subsequently found not guilty and pardoned.  No one from the media apologised.

1 September 2014: Ignasi Miquel sold to Norwich for £1.5m.  He played five times for Arsenal and seven times for Leicester on loan before his departure.

1 September 2014: Ryo Miyaichi loaned to Twente for the season.  But after eight games in the first team he was moved across to the reserve team and played 14 times for them.

2 September 1893: Woolwich Arsenal 2 Newcastle Utd 2.  This was the first ever league match of the club with the goals coming from Shaw and Elliott.  Also see this report   And the original reports in the press

2 September 1899: First league match under Harry Bradshaw.  It was also the first game for James Jackson who went on to play 183 league games for the club, and James Tennant who played 51 across two seasons before moving on to Middlesbrough.

2 September 1901: First appearance for Thomas Briercliffe, Arsenal 2 Barnsley 1.  He played in all 34 league games that season and scored 11 goals.

2 September 1905: First appearance for James Sharp who had transferred from Fulham and for Jimmy Blair who had been transferred from Kilmarnock.  The season marked the first serious drive towards promotion by Woolwich Arsenal.

2 September 1908: First game under George Morrell: Arsenal 0 Everton 4.  Although Arsenal lost four of their first five games under Morrell, they recovered to end a very creditable sixth in division 1.

2 September 1912: Start of final season at Plumstead: Arsenal 0 Manchester United 0.  The crowd was 8724 for this match played in the monday evening twilight.

2 September 1916: Debut for Arthur Hutchins in a wartime friendly.  He had played with Croydon Common, who were the only Southern League club that failed to return after the first world war – Hutchin’s registration passing to Arsenal.

2 September 1939: Arsenal 5 Sunderland 2 (Dark 4, Drury).  This was the final match before World War II, the season then being abandoned after 3 games.  The crowd was 17,141.  A barrage balloon rose from behind the ground at the final whistle.

2 September 1958: Stan Charlton’s last game: Burnley 3 Arsenal 1.  He had made 110 league appearances, scoring three goals.  In December he moved to Leyton Orient and helped them gain promotion to the first division where their first match was against…. Arsenal.

2 September 1958: Cliff Holton’s last game.  He moved on to Watford, and then to Northampton where he became the club’s highest ever scorer in a single season.  He then moved on to Palace, Charlton, Watford (again) and Orient.

2 September 1961: Chris Whyte born in Islington.  He played 90 games for Arsenal including playing alongside David O’Leary in the early 1980s.  He played for Arsenal from 1978 to 1986.

2 September 1964: Johnny MacLeod sold to Aston Villa after 130 league games for Arsenal.  He continued playing until 1975 although the last three years were on a part-time basis.

2 September 1976: Eddie Kelly sold to QPR.  He had played 222 times for Arsenal including 175 in the first division and stayed one year at QPR and then was signed by Frank McLintock at Leicester, leaving after three seasons as they were relegated and then promoted as champions.  

2 September 2009: Bendtner signed new long term contract.  He was at Arsenal from 2005 to 2014, and his longevity at the club drew much criticism both for his lack of goals (24 in 108 league games), his perceived arrogance and eccentric lifestyle.

2 September 2009: Denilson signed new long term contract.  There was hope for some time that he might become a replacement for Gilberto Silva, as a defensive midfielder, but although his positioning was excellent, his passing out lacked much of Gilberto’s simplicity and accuracy.

2 September 2012: Arsenal played their third league match after two without scoring and perhaps surprisingly beat Liverpool away 2-0.

2 September 2013: Arsenal announced that they had signed Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid for £42m.  It was by some margin Arsenal’s record signing thus far.

2 September 2014: Arsenal confirmed the signing of Danny Welbeck from Man U.for about £16m in the last few hours of the transfer window.  It was a transfer that surprised and to some degree split the fanbase.

3 September 1898 John Dick played his first league game for Arsenal – a 1-0 away victory over Luton Town.  He was an ever present that season, playing in every league and cup match.

3 September 1904: First game in the first division; and the first under Phil Kelso.  As with Arsenal’s first game in the second division the match was against Newcastle away, and again Arsenal lost – 0-3 on this occasion.  Newcastle went on to win the league.  This was also the first game for James Henry Bigden a stalwart of West Ham, and Archi Gray who came from Hibernian.

3 September 1905: Jimmy Dunne born. He started with Shamrock Rovers, and then moved to New Brighton scoring six goals in his first eight league games. Then it was Sheffield United, who signed him in February 1926 – which is when he became a star.

3 September 1906: Final game for Jimmy Blair, a 4-1 away defeat to Bury.  He played 13 league games and scored three goals for Arsenal.

3 September 1910: Bury 1 Arsenal 1. It may seem strange to think of Bury in the first division, but they were – and indeed they won the FA Cup in 1900 and 1903, holding to record for the highest score in a Cup Final.

3 September 1921.  Sheffield Utd 4 Arsenal 1 as Arsenal made it three defeats in succession at the start of the season for only the second time (the previous being 1894).

3 September 1932.  Arsenal 6 Sunderland 1 (Hulme 3, Coleman, Jack, Bastin) as Arsenal started an amazing 18 match run in which they won 15, drew 2 and suffered just one defeat scoring 66 goals in the process (3.66 a game)

3 September 1936: George Swindin played his first game for Arsenal as Arsenal lost 2-0 to Brentford.  He was signed by Allison after playing for Bradford City for two years.

3 September 1977: Ritchie Powling’s last game.  Arsenal 3 Nottingham Forest 0.  He had played 55 league games in all and scored three goals before moving on to QPR.

3 September 1988: “Never take too much notice of the first home game” was etched in the minds of supporters as Arsenal lost the first home game of the season: Arsenal 2 (Marwood, Smith) Aston Villa 3.  After five games and two defeats Arsenal were 7th.  We did however win the league.

3 September 1994: Billy Wright died aged 70 of stomach cancer.  After leaving Arsenal, he became a television pundit and Head of Sport for ATV and Central Television, before joining the board of directors at Wolverhampton Wanderers.

4 September 1891: Fred Pagnam born.  He was one of those rare men who while playing for Liverpool refused to be involved in the match fixing scandal of 1915 and testified against Liverpool at the subsequent hearing.  Not surprisingly Liverpool sold him as football resumed in 1919.

4 September 1893: First game for Frederick Davis -a friendly against Doncaster Rovers.  He went on to play 137 league games for Arsenal – the only league club he ever appeared for.

4 September 1915: Arsenal played their first ever wartime game in the London Combination – against Tottenham, winning 2-0 at Highbury in front of 14,819 fans.  Beale, of Man U played in goaled as a guest player, allowable under the wartime rules.

4 September 1923 Jock Rutherford – the oldest man ever to play for Arsenal, joined the club for the second time, after a short period managing Stoke.  Even after leaving Arsenal aged 41 he went on to play for Clapton Orient.

4 September 1926: Jimmy Dunne played his first game for Sheffield Utd… a 4–0 win against Arsenal. It would have been the first time the Chapman saw the man who became his last big money signing.

4 September 1937 – Arsenal beat Wolverhampton 5-0 to give a dream start of three straight wins and 12 goals, but then it started to go wrong with just one win in the next five, before Arsenal recovered and went on to win the league.

4 September 1946: Football League resumed at Highbury after the war although this match (Arsenal 1 Wolverhampton 6) showed that Arsenal were not the powerhouse they had been before the war.

4 September 1948: First game for Doug Lishman.  He had served in the Royal Marine Commandos during the Second World War and took part in the Walcheren Island landing in Holland.  He signed as a professional for Walsall after the second world war in August 1946 and in May 1948 moved to Arsenal for £10,500.

4 September 1956: Final match for Don Roper. He got two league winner’s medals, and played as a regular for Arsenal until 3 December 1955 – his final match being a 1-2 home defeat to Preston on 4 September 1956.   He played 321 matches for Arsenal in total, scoring 95 goals.

4 September 1963: WBA 4 Arsenal 0.  This made it three defeats in the opening four games with a goal record of scored six, conceded 16.  The result left Arsenal 21st out of 22 – with the 22nd team having a game in hand.

4 September 1968: Jim Furnell sold for £8,000 to Rotherham United; he having played 167 league and cup matches for Arsenal. He moved to Plymouth Argyle in 1970, retiring from playing in 1976.   In 2003, Jim Furnell was named as goalkeeper in Plymouth’s greatest all-time team, by the club supporters.

4 September 1975 – Walley Barnes died aged 55.  Towards the end of his playing career he was also manager of Wales, and then moved on to work for the BBC, and was  commentator on the very first edition of Match of the Day in 1964.  

4 September 1979: Arsenal’s biggest league cup win beating Leeds 7-0 after a 1-1 draw at Elland Rd.  Alan Sunderland got a hat trick and Liam Brady scored two penalties, Nelson and Stapleton the other scorers.

4 September 1986: Perry Groves signed from Colchester whom he had joined in 1981.  He played 142 league games for them and scored 26 goals before moving for  £50,000: the first Arsenal signing of George Graham.

4 September 2000: Igors Stepanovs signed from Skonto Riga for £1.35m as cover for the injured Tony Adams.  He had played 129 times for the Latvian team.  He retired in 2011 having played 100 times for Latvia and became manager of the national under 17 squad.

4 September 2009 Johan Djourou underwent surgery on his left knee cartilage after injury on international duty. Apart from one game he did not feature again until 2011..  

5 September 1891:  Gavin Crawford’s debut for Royal Arsenal and he is reputed to have been the first professional signed by the club.   He played 83 senior games scoring 49 goals for Royal Arsenal 1891 to 1893  and went on to make 138 league appearances becoming the first man to reach 100 games for Arsenal.

5 September 1903: Percy Sands’ first League game: Arsenal 3 Blackpool 0.  He was a south Londoner, who trained as a teacher, signing for Arsenal from Cheltenham Town.

5 September 1908: Notts C 2 Arsenal 1.  First game for David Greenaway. At the age of 19 he came south to London looking for work, and became one of George Morrell’s first recruits for the side.  

5 September 1970.  Arsenal 2 Tottenham 0 to make it 3 wins 3 draws and a defeat.  League match 7 of the first Double season.  Armstrong got both goals.  The return match was played on the last day of the season and won Arsenal the league.

5 September 1977: Richard Wright born.  He joined Ipswich Town as a trainee, and played more than 200 times for them between 1995 and 2001 before moving to Arsenal.

5 September 1992: Wimbledon 3 Arsenal 2, the 3rd defeat in the first seven league games.  Ian Wright got both Arsenal goals in a game played in front of 12,906 fans.  

6 September 1902: League debut for Tim Coleman against Preston North End.  He had joined after periods with Kettering and Northampton Town.

6 September 1905: Morris Bates died from TB aged 41.  He was the captain when Royal Arsenal won their first two trophies.  He played 73 first team games for Royal Arsenal between 1896 and 1890.

6 September 1913 First match at Highbury.  Arsenal beat Leicester Fosse 2-1 in what was the first opening day victory since 1906.  20,000 present.  George Jobey scored the first Arsenal goal at the ground but was later taken off injured.  See also George Jobey,  The Day it Began and Season Ticket Prices.

6 September 1926: Bolton 2 Arsenal 2.   As Chapman got into his second season he responded to a 0-4 defeat to Sheffield United in the third game of the season by giving debuts for Wally Hardinge, Joe Lievesley. Jack Lambert and Jack Lee

6 September 1958.  Arsenal beat Everton 6-1 away.  Looking back it seemed like a freak result, until 15 August 2009.  Herd scored four, Groves and Bloomfield the others.  Amazingly three days later Arsenal beat Bolton by the same score – the only time this has happened in Arsenal’s history.

6 September 1986: Last game for Stewart Robson before moving on to West Ham and then Coventry City.  In five years he played 150 times for Arsenal in the league scoring 16 goals.

7 September 1896 Arsenal 3 Rushden Town 2.  The first ever United League match for Woolwich Arsenal.  The club entered its first team into the 8 team league with the matches arranged to bring some income in addition to that of Football League games.

7 September 1889: Charlie Booth’s first league game for Wolverhampton prior to moving to Arsenal.   In total he played 73 games and scored 10 goals before moving to Woolwich Arsenal in 1892 – the year before the club joined the league, and played in Arsenal’s first ever match.

7 September 1912:  Having drawn their opening game, Woolwich Arsenal travelled to Liverpool for their next fixture having never won at Anfield, drawing two and lost seven, with Liverpool winning the corresponding fixture 4-1 the previous season.  This year it was 0-3.

7 September 1949  WBA 1 Arsenal 2.  Freddie Cox’s first match with the goals scored by Lewis and Barnes.  Freddie went on to play 32 of the remaining games of the season.

7 September 1945: Peter Storey born.  He was a member of the Arsenal youth team in 1961/2 and then moved into the first team making his debut in 1965 and going on to play 391 league games for Arsenal.

7 September 1991: Arsenal 1 Coventry 2.  Lee Dixon from ten yards out from his own goal near the touch line, punted the ball back to Seaman but it went beyond his grasping hand.  It caused Arsenal’s first home defeat in a year and a half.

7 September 1996: Final match of Stewart Houston’s reign as temporary manager; 2-2 draw with Aston Villa.  He had managed six games while waiting for Arsène Wenger to arrive, but won just two of them.

7 September 2007: Arsène Wenger signed a contract extension rumoured to be costing the club £4m a year – a figure on a par with many of the players in his teams.

7 September 2012: Chuks Aneke loaned to Crewe Alexandra for whom over two seasons he played 70 games scoring 20 goals.  In 2014, he signed permanently for Zulte Waregem.

8 September 1888: The first Football League games were played – although without complete agreement on how the League table would be constructed.  The first ever League goal was an own goal by Aston Villa defender Gershom Cox.

8 September 1894: Henry Boyd scored his first goal.  Of all the players who played 30+ games for the club he had the highest goals to games ratio scoring 32 goals in 41 league games between September 1894 and December 1896.

8 September 1954: First of just two games for goalkeeper Ralph Guthrie.  A 2-1 away defeat to Manchester City.  He signed from Tow Law Town but after two seasons moved on to Hartlepools Utd.

8 September 1970.  Arsenal offered £125,000 for WBA midfielder Bobby Hope but the deal came to nothing and Hope stayed at Albion until 1972, when he moved to Birmingham City.

8 September 1984: Arsenal topped the league for first time in 12 years after beating Liverpool 3-1 at Highbury in front of 50,006.  Arsenal had won three, drawn one and lost one – but sadly slipped in the next match – a 2-1 defeat to Ipswich.

8 September 2001: Chelsea 1 Arsenal 1.  League match 4 of the third Double season.  Henry scored, and after four games Arsenal had two wins one defeat and one draw.  But perhaps more interestingly, Arsenal had scored 10 and conceded 3.

8 September 2016: Crystal Palace signed Matt Flamini who had been released at the end of the 2015/16 season.  He thus made his final transfer move without once having been the subject of a transfer fee.

9 September 1893: Arsenal’s first defeat in the league: Notts County 3 Woolwich Arsenal 2.  Elliott and Shaw scored Arsenal’s goals making it one draw and one defeat in the opening two matches.

9 September 1911: First game for George Grant.  His career incorporated Woolwich Arsenal, The Arsenal and Arsenal, ending with the cessation of football for the first world war.   In all he made 57 appearances  and scored four goals.

9 September 1923.  Tim Williamson dropped as goalkeeper after a series of poor performances, with Arsenal having lost all four opening games conceding 10 scoring one.  It was the first time Arsenal had failed to get a single point in the opening four matches.

9 September 1969.  Arsenal 3 Glentoran 0.  Fairs Cup 1st round 1st leg.  The start to the first Euro trophy.  Graham got two of the goals and Gould the third, but only 24,292 turned up at Highbury.

9 September 1976: Pat Howard signed   Arsenal were using O’Leary and Simpson as their central defenders for the season, but with both out injured emergency cover was sought and Howard arrived from Newcastle.

9 September 1981: Steve Gatting sold to Brighton and Hove Albion.  Having only played 58 league games for Arsenal he went on to play 316 times for Brighton in the league, before ending his playing career with Charlton.

9 September 1981: Norway 2 England 1 in the World Cup stunned the nation leading Norwegian journalist Bjørge Lillelien to say, “Your boys took a hell of a beating” which became internationally famous.  Sadly Bjørge died in 1987 aged 60 from cancer.

9 September 1987: Alexandre Dimitri Song Billong was born in Cameroon.  One of 28 children, at 16 he moved to France and signed for Bastia becoming part of the team after one season, and was selected for France Under 16s.

10 September 1904: Arsenal’s first home match in the First Division.  Arsenal 0 Preston North End  0.  It took Arsenal four games to get a win, but ultimately they finished a creditable 10th out of 18 in the top league.

10 September 1910: Woolwich Arsenal 0 Sheffield United 0.  The crowd was 14,000 and the result left Arsenal with two draws and a defeat from the first three games,  At least having already lost three key players in the first two games there were no more injuries.  Arsenal were 12th out of 20, and just one point above the bottom placed club.

10 September 1930: The Daily Mirror published its picture of the clock with a 45 minute face was installed at the Laundry End of Highbury, a picture which thus help Arsenal History Society correct an error in the long-told but erroneous story about the origins of the Arsenal clock.

10 September 1931: Jimmy Brain sold to Tottenham for £2,500.  He had scored 125 goals in 204 league games but with his form failing and Jack Lambert, David Jack and Dave Halliday in the squad he was given a transfer.  He played 45 times for Tottenham in the league and scored 10.

10 September 1947.  Arsenal beat Bolton 2-0 to complete six straight wins at the start of the season for the first time ever.  Arsenal were not beaten until game 18 on November 29.

10 September 1958.  David Jack died, aged 60.  After retiring from playing, he became manager of Southend United, Middlesbrough and Shelbourne Utd, retiring in 1955.  

10 September 1962: David Court league debut in Aston Villa 3 Arsenal 1.  Joe Baker scored.  The result left Arsenal with five defeats and a draw in the last six games.

10 September 1968: Pat Rice international debut.  Between 1968 and 1979 he played 49 times for Northern Ireland.

10 September 1980: Graham Rix full international debut.  He had played seven times for England’s under 21s and went on to play 17 times for the first team but without scoring.

10 September 1988: Tottenham 2 Arsenal 3.  The “surreal free for all” as all five goals came in 12 minutes in the first half.

10 September 1994: Second consecutive 0-0 for Arsenal, and fourth goalless game in a row,  It was part of a run in which Arsenal won only two in the first eight games of the season.

10 September 1995: Last appearance of Eddie McGoldrick.  Man City 0 Arsenal 1.  After five games Rioch got his first win as Arsenal manager with Wright’s third goal of the season.

10 September 2002: Arsenal 2 Manchester City 1.  Arsenal went top after this 5th game unbeaten.  It was also the first of five consecutive wins.  Wiltord and Henry scored.

10 September 2008: Theo Walcott became the youngest player to score hat-trick for England in 4-1 win over Croatia played in Zagreb.

10 September 2011: After a strange transfer deadline day, two defeats and a goalless draw Arsenal got their first win of the season, 1-0 against Swansea with Arshavin scoring.

10 September 2016: Following one win, one draw and one defeat Arsenal beat Southampton with a goal from Cazorla in the fourth minute of added time.  Southampton had five players booked, four of them in the last eight minutes of the match.

11 September 1893.  The first ever league win.  Woolwich Arsenal 4 Walsall Town Swifts 0; John Heath scored the first ever Arsenal hat-trick in the Football League.

11 September 1900: Jimmy Brain born.   He played for Ton Pentre having worked previously as a coal miner and at the age of 23 he was sold to Arsenal.   

11 September 1943: Alf Kirchen’s final match, played in the wartime league.   In the war he joined the RAF as a physical training instructor, and played 116 wartime games for Arsenal scoring 81 goals but was injured in this game which meant he was unable to return to playing professionally after the war.

11 September 1946: John Roberts born in Abercynon, Rhondda Cynon Taff and played initially for Abercynon Athletic while also working as a railway fireman.  He moved to Swansea Town in 1963, turned pro in 1964, gradually moving from being a forward to a centre half (number 5).

11 September 1976: Arsenal 2 West Ham 0.  First game for Pat Howard having been signed two days before from Newcastle to cover for O’Leary and Simpson, both of whom were injured.  Ross and Stapleton scored.

11 September 1979: Paul Davis’ first appearance for Arsenal, in the Ted Drake’s testimonial against Fulham.  It ended 2-2.

11 September 1998: Fredrik Ljungberg  joined Arsenal  from Halmstads BK. It was said that Arsène Wenger had never seen him play when he signed him.  It seems unlikely but Ljungberg repaid the faith by scoring within seconds of coming on against Manchester United in his debt on 20 September 1998.

11 September 2003: 16 year old Cesc Fabregas joined Arsenal from FC Barcelona (for whom he had signed aged 10).    It is said that his first coach, Señor Blai, reportedly did not select Fàbregas for matches against Barcelona in an attempt to hide him from their scouts.  The same story is told word for word about Bellerin.

11 September 2004: Arsenal win 5th consecutive game of the season beating Fulham 3-0 away.  In these five opening games Arsenal scored 3 or more each time, and scored a total of 18 goals.  

11 September 2010: Arsenal continue their perfect home form beating Bolton 4-1 and making it 10 goals in two home games.  Koscielny, Chamakh, Song, Vela scored.

12 September 1878: Jimmy Ashcroft, Woolwich Arsenal’s first England player, born.  He played for Wilbyn’s United, Garston Copperworks, Everton and Gravesend United, before reaching Woolwich Arsenal.   He is recorded as being an amateur for Everton, and so presumably was also of the same status for the clubs listed before that.

12 September 1912: Leslie Compton born in Woodford.  Like his brother he played cricket for Middlesex, but it was at football that he excelled.   He came to Arsenal straight from Middlesex Schools, and played as an amateur in 1930.

12 September 1925: Sammy Haden’s cross shot is going in, but Buchan touches it at the last second, and costs Arsenal £100.  It was Buchan’s first goal for Arsenal, and as a result of the transfer deal, Arsenal paid £100 per goal (approx £5300 in 2015).

12 September 1929: Sidney Hoar sold to Clapton Orient for £1000.  In all, he played 117 matches for Arsenal and scored 18 goals, then playing at Orient for one season before retiring in the summer of 1930 at the age of 35.

12 September 1953: Arsenal lost 7-1 away to Sunderland.  It was the 8th game of the season and Arsenal were left bottom of the table with two draws and six defeats.  They scored six and let in 18 in these games.  

12 September 1953: Final appearance for George Swindin.  He had played 271 league games and 23 Cup games and was granted a free transfer to become player manager of non-league Peterborough the following spring.

12 September 1958: Billy McCullough signed from Portadown in N Ireland, one of George Swindin’s first signings.  He was initially deputy to Dennis Evans, but eventually took over at left back.

12 September 1966: Alan Skirton sold to Blackpool for £65,000.  He played 144 league games for Arsenal as a winger and scored 53 goals.  After Blackpool he moved on to Bristol City and Torquay.

12 September 1970: Burnley 1 Arsenal 2 in front of just 12,675.  League match 8 of the first Double season.   Kennedy and Radford scored to make it four wins, three draws and one defeat thus far.

12 September 1987: Nottingham Forest 0 Arsenal 1, as Arsenal start a series of 10 straight wins (ending November 14).  Alan Smith scored and it was also the start of five games without conceding a goal.

12 September 1996: Pat Rice took over from Stewart Houston as manager, after it became clear that Houston was not in line to take over from Bruce Rioch.  Pat managed three games, winning all three, scoring eight conceding one, before Arsene Wenger arrived and made Pat his deputy.

12 September 1998: Arsène Wenger announced that he was looking for a new striker to replace Ian Wright, and would like to sign Emile Heskey.  He didn’t but instead used Anelka and Kanu, along with Bergkamp, as the main source of goals until Thierry Henry arrived.

12 September 1998: Freddie Ljungberg signed for £3m from Halmstads BK for whom he had played 79 games and scored 10 goals.  He went on to play 216 games for Arsenal and scored 72 goals.

12 September 2009: Tomáš Rosický came on after 51 minutes v Manchester City, marking his return with a goal and an assist.  However Arsenal lost 4-2 to make it two wins and two defeats in the first four matches, scoring 13 conceding 8!

13 September 1890: H. Simmons played for Royal Arsenal Reserves at centre forward for the first time, despite having only one arm.

13 September 1909: Ray Bowden born in Cornwall.  He started out as a solicitor’s clerk but his goal scoring with Looe (in one match he scored ten) led to him being spotted by Plymouth Argyle with whom won a Division Three (South) title in 1929/30 moving to Arsenal in March 1933 for £4,500.

13 September 1932: Birth of Ralph Guthrie.  He started out with Tow Law Town and was transferred to Arsenal in December 1952, at a time when the club already had Swindin and Kelsey on its books as keepers.

13 September 1933: John (Jack) Lambert last appearance.  The following month he was transferred to Fulham.  He had played 143 league games and scored an amazing 98 league goals plus 11 in 16 Cup games, and still some of the crowd booed him.

13 September 1949: Freddie Cox signed from Tottenham for £12,000.  Freddie served as a fighter pilot for the RAF during the war, and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.

13 September 1958: Arsenal beat Tottenham 3-1, with 65,565 inside Highbury.  Nutt and Herd (2) scored.  That made it 25 goals in the first seven games with five of the seven games won.   

13 September 1966: Arsenal’s first ever League Cup match – at home against Gillingham.  It ended in a 1-1 draw with 13,029 present.  20,566 turned up for the replay, another 1-1, before Arsenal won the third game 5-0.  Baldwin scored in all three games, getting two in the final game, but Arsenal went out in the next round.

13 September 1977: George Armstrong sold to Leicester.  He played in both the League Cup finals under Bertie Mee that led up to the three triumphs, and was one of the three all-match players in the Double season.  He set up the winner in the final game of the league season against Tottenham.

13 September 1978: Steve Gatting first appearance for Arsenal versus Lokomotiv Leipzig; Arsenal won 3-0.  He then retained his place throughout much of 1978-79 but did not appear in the cup final against Manchester United.  

13 September 1986: Perry Groves first game for Arsenal – Luton 0 Arsenal 0.  It was the second of four matches in which Arsenal failed to score, the first three being 0-0, the fourth a 0-1 defeat.

13 September 1997: Ian Wright broke Cliff Bastin’s record with a hattrick against Bolton (the second of which actually broke the record, although Wright revealed his celebratory t-shirt after the first goal).  

13 September 1998: Guardian reported that Chelsea had just failed to hi-jack Arsenal’s bid for Ljungberg.  The notion of clubs attempting to “hi-jack” bids continued with evidence and was still going strong in 2015.

13 September 2003: Arsenal 1 Portsmouth 1.  The 5th league match of the unbeaten season.  Arsenal were hampered by a yellow card for Campbell on just 10 minutes and another for Toure on 40.  Henry scored to equalise an earlier goal from Sheringham.

13 September 2006: Tomas Rosicky scored his first goal for Arsenal in Hamburg 1 Arsenal 2 in the Champions League.  Gilberto Silva got the other goal.  Arsenal won the group, losing just one match, to CSKA Moscow away 1-0.

13 September 2008: At 16 years, 8 months, 4 days Jack Wilshere became Arsenal’s youngest player replacing Robin Van Persie on 81 minutes in the game against Blackburn.  Arsenal won 4-0

13 September 2011: Henri Lansbury signed a contract extension with Arsenal.  He had joined in 2007 and from 2009 took a series of loans to Scunthorpe, Watford, Norwich and West Ham before signing for Nottingham Forest in 2012, for whom he played over 100 games.

13 September 2016: Arsenal drew 1-1 with PSG launching a Champions League campaign in which, in the group stages, Arsenal won four and drew (the two against PSG to win the group.  Both sides had a player sent off in the third minute of added time.

14 September 1901: Alex James born in Lanarkshire.  He joined Raith Rovers in 1922 and played almost 100 league games for them before joining Preston NE in 1925.

14 September 1923: Doug Lisham born in Birmingham.  Having served in the Royal Marine Commandos during the Second World War and taking part in the Walcheren Island landing in Holland he signed as a professional for Walsall in the run up to the return of football after the second world war in August 1946 and in May 1948 moved to Arsenal for £10,500.

14 September 1949: Freddie Cox Arsenal home debut having signed from Tottenham. – Arsenal 4 WBA 1.  Lewis, Goring, Roper and Barnes scored.  Freddie went on to play 79 games for Arsenal in the league, scoring nine goals.

14 September 1991: Crystal Palace 1 Arsenal 4.  The start of a run of four successive wins in which Arsenal score 20 goals, after just 10 in the first seven matches.  

14 September 1996: Tony Adams admitted he was an alcoholic.  He recovered however, to become the first player ever to captain a league winning team in three different decades.

14 September 1999: Fiorentina 0 Arsenal 0.  It was the start of the second season of playing Champions League games at Wembley.  Arsenal won only one of the games, and the experiment came to an end, although it showed Arsenal could get crowds of over 70,000 when space was available.

14 September 2002: Arsenal beat Charlton 0-3 to continue the unbeaten start to the season.  As Double winners the previous season Arsène Wenger said, “We know we can win the league. We know we can be stronger. At this stage last season we were not as good as we are now.”  Arsenal did win the cup but came second in the league.

14 September 2004: Arsenal 1 PSV Eindhoven 0 in the first match of the Champions League group stage. Arsenal then drew the next four matches but following a 5-0 win in the final game, topped the group.

14 September 2005: Arsenal’s lowest attendance of the season against Thun in Champions League.  Capacity at the Emirates was always reduced for Champions League games due to the demands of Uefa.

14 September 2009: Eduardo’s two match ban for “deceiving the referee” was annulled after it was not established that the referee had been deceived.  The precedent of challenging, changing and then un-changing the referee’s decision was set.

14 September 2013: Arsenal went top of the league after 3-1 away win to Sunderland.  Game 9 in the sequence of the all-time record of away wins.  Giroud and Ramsey (2) got the goals.

15 September 1890: Arthur Hutchins born.  He played for Croydon Common of the Southern League before the 1st world war, a club that Henry Norris was possibly associated with.   Hutchins then played as a guest for Arsenal during the war, over 100 times, with Croydon Common ceasing to play.

15 September 1900.  James Ashcroft played against Burton Swifts and in every subsequent match for four years thus creating a record in terms of the sequence of time, but not in terms of the number of games.

15 September 1923:  Arsenal 1 WBA 0; the second goal in two games for Voysey.  After four straight defeats at the start of the season it was Arsenal’s second win in a 3-in-a-row run.

15 September 1953: Chelsea 0 Arsenal 2.  Having won the league the previous season Arsenal had to wait until this, the 9th match of the season for their first win, by which time they were bottom of the league.  Both goals came from Lishman.

15 September 1971: Arsenal’s first European Cup game: Stromsgodset IF 1 Arsenal 3.  Simpson, Marinello and Kelly scored in Norway in front of 23,000.

15 September 1993: Odense 1 Arsenal 2 in the Cup Winners’ Cup as Arsenal progressed towards victory in the competition.  Wright and Merson scored with Keown conceding an own goal.

15 September 1994:  Omoria (Nicosia) 1 Arsenal 3 at start of CWC campaign towards the second consecutive final and start of Wright scoring run of 12 consecutive games.  Merson got the other two goals.

15 September 1997: Paul Shaw transferred to Millwall after 12 league games and 2 goals over six years, including loan spells with Burnley, Cardiff and Peterborough.  He continued playing until 2011, amassing over 400 league games and scoring 106 goals.

15 September 2001: Arsenal beat Fulham away 3-1 to go top of the league.  League match 5 of the third Double season.  Ljungberg, Henry and Bergkamp scored to make it three wins, one draw and one defeat thus far.

15 September 2002: Arsène Wenger proclaimed, “We know we can win the league. We know we can be stronger. At this stage last season we were not as good as we are now.”

15 September 2007: A 3-1 win at Tottenham made it four wins and one draw in the first five games.  Adebayor (2) and Fabregas scored, in a run of seven consecutive games in London, all of which were won.

15 September 2010: Arsenal beat Braga 6-0, launching a new season in the Champions League.  Fabregas (2), Arshavin, Chamakh, and Vela (2) scored.

15 September 2012: After two goalless draws and a 2-0 win at Liverpool Arsenal beat Southampton 6-1.  Podolski, Gervinho (2), Walcott and two own goals.

16 September 1912: Arsenal lost 0-3 at home to Villa, their fourth consecutive defeat from the start of the season.   With the word spreading that after waiting for three years to find local buyers from the club, Henry Norris was moving the club, it was not surprising that the crowd was just 6805, although that was not the lowest during this first and only relegation season in the club’s history.

16 September 1937: Arsenal v Arsenal Reserves was the first live game ever on TV.

16 September 1953: Paul Barron born in Woolwich, near Arsenal’s original ground in Plumstead, and as per Bob Wilson qualified as a teacher before becoming a professional footballer.   He played non-league football for Welling United, Wycombe Wanderers and Slough Town, before turning pro and signing for Plymouth Argyle in July 1976

16 September 1966: Colin Addison signed from Nottingham Forest by Bertie Mee in his first season for £45,000 but was hampered by injury and was sold on in 1967.  He played in a variety of positions wearing the number 8, 10 and 11 shirt, playing 17 leagues in the first season and 10 in the second.

16 September 1969: Debut for goalkeeper Malcolm Webster against Tottenham following an injury to Bob Wilson.  Arsenal lost 3-2 and Webster was dropped in favour of Geoff Barnett, after conceding eight in three matches.

16 September 1970: Lazio 2 Arsenal 2.  (Radford 2).  After the match the two teams were to have a meal together but a fight broke out, into which most of the players joined.  In 2016 at an AISA AGM Bob Wilson said much of the problem came from the fact that the Lazio team were given a banquet and the Arsenal players simply had scraps.   Arsenal won the return leg 2-0.

16 September 1972: Arsenal 0 Liverpool 0.  Jimmy Hill who was part of the TV team filming the game, took over after one of the linesmen was injured during the match.  

16 September 1996:  The first game for Patrick Vieira coming on as a substitute as Arsenal beat Sheffield 4-1,  Wright scored three, to go to the 100 goals mark. He scored three more in the next three games.

16 September 1996: Pat Rice became the manager of Arsenal while awaiting the arrival of Arsène Wenger from Japan.  Upon the sacking of Rioch, Stewart Houston was put in temporary charge, but he then resigned to take over QPR, and Pat Rice stepped in.   

16 September 1997: First European game under Arsène Wenger.  Paok Salonika 1 Arsenal 0.

16 September 1998: Arsenal’s first match in Champions League away to Lens. A 1-1 draw.  Arsenal finish third in the league section.

16 September 1981: First appearance and first goal for Raphael Meade against Panathinaikos.  He had joined the club in 1977 as a schoolboy.

16 September 2014: Due to injuries to Mathieu Debuchy, Calum Chambers and Nacho Monreal, Bellerín made his Champions League debut for Arsenal against Borussia Dortmund.  He soon became established as a regular first teamer.

17 September 1896: Andrew Young born.  He played originally for Blyth Spartans and then Aston Villa before Leslie Knighton paid £2,000 for him – twice the maximum that manager Knighton claimed he was restricted to by Henry Norris.

17 September 1910: Aston Villa 3 Arsenal 0.  It was the fourth match of the season and part of a run of three defeats and four draws from the opening game.  Arsenal scored just two goals in this run, but won the 8th match 4-1 with only a slightly changed side.

17 September 1910: Last match for Frank Heppinstall.   In total he made 23 league appearances becoming a regular fixture in the latter half of his first season and the start of his second and final season.  He moved to Stalybridge Celtic and finally Hamilton Academical.

17 September 1938: Reg Cumner first league appearance for Arsenal: Wolverhampton 0 Arsenal 1 – Arsenal’s goal being scored by…. Reg Cumner.    He was one of the players who came through the Margate academy to play for Arsenal

17 September 1943: Wally Barnes joined Arsenal to play for them in the wartime league.  The story is that  Portsmouth’s scout in 1937 was on a cycling trip, stopped for a rest, saw a game going on in a local field and deciding to have a look noticed Wally asked if he wanted to turn pro.  Wally turned him down.  See 17 Sep 1955.

17 September 1955: Wally Barnes last appearance on anniversary of joining the club.  He played 267 league games, winning both the League and the FA Cup with the club.

17 September 1960.  League debut for Geoff Strong.  Arsenal 5 Newcastle 0.  Goals from Herd (3), Strong and Clapton.  Geoff played 19 games in his first season and scored 10.  See also here

17 September 1966: Colin Addison makes Arsenal debut in Arsenal 1 Blackpool 1.  It was Bertie Mee’s first season and was Arsenal’s third consecutive 1-1 draw and the fifth game without a win after winning the first three of the season.

17 September 1988.  Arsenal 2 Southampton 2.  Paul Davis suffered trial by TV and was banned for nine matches for hitting Cockerill of Southampton who had dished out racial abuse in the 9 April game between the sides.

17 September 1996: The Guardian announced, “Arsenal get Wenger on £2m deal”.  The media had made Johan Cruyff the favourite to take over, but it was Arsene Wenger who got the job on 30 September 1996. He officially assumed the role on 1 October

17 September 2000: Nigel Winterburn joined West Ham.  He had played 440 league games for Arsenal and scored eight goals and went on to play 82 more for WHU, making an incredible career league total of 687 games.

17 September 2003: Arsenal lost 0-3 to Inter Milan in the Champions League, despite suffering no defeats in the league all season.

17 September 2006: For the fourth league match in a row Arsenal scored zero or one goal – in this game beating Man U 0-1 for their first win of the season.  Adebayor was the scorer.  Henry and Gilberto had got the other two thus far this season.

17 September 2011: Arsenal lost to Blackburn 4-3 making it three defeats in five opening league games.   Gervinho, Arteta, Chamakh all scored.  See also the review from the ground.

18 September 1930: William Harper returned for second spell with Arsenal having previously left Arsenal to play in the American Soccer League.  He replaced Keyser in goal, and played 19 games in the season, to win himself a league winners’ medal.

18 September 1953: Tommy Lawton signed from Brentford.  He played 38 games and scored 15 times before retiring but Tom Whittaker admitted in his autobiography that the signing was one of desperation on his part, and not a success.

18 September 1976: Stephen Hughes born. He started his football career at Arsenal, where he played in 76 league games, 40 of them as a sub , scoring 7 goals.  He was a member of the 1997-98 league winning side.

18 September 1994:  Arsenal’s fifth game in a row without a win ended Arsenal 2 Newcastle 3,  But after four games without scoring Arsenal do at least get one from Adams and one from Wright.

18 September 1999: Thierry Henry who came on as a sub scored his first goal for Arsenal to beat Southampton 1-0. He received the ball from Adams, with his back to goal, 20 yards out, turned and shot.  Henry said, “My goal today was very important for me. I have missed at least 14 or 15 chances for Arsenal and my confidence was low.”  It was Arsenal’s last appearance at the Dell.  Henry didn’t score again until 28 November when he got both goals in a 2-1 defeat of Derby.

18 September 2013: Arsenal beat Marseille 2-1 to make it 10 away wins in a row in all competitions – a club record.  Ramsey and Walcott scored in the Champions League campaign in which 3 teams ended up with 12 points.

19 September 1903: Woolwich Arsenal 8 Burton Utd 0.  It was the third win in a row in a sequence of eight straight wins, and the first of two that ended 8-0.  Briercliffe (3), Coleman (2), Gooing, Shanks and Linward scored as Arsenal headed for promotion.

19 September 1914: Stockport 1 Arsenal 1.  Harry King made it seven goals in five games.   Only 6000 saw the game, but that was still not the lowest crowd of the season.

19 September 1929: Cliff Bastin’s first game. He signed for Arsenal for £2,000 on 27 April 1929 after 17 games in the Third Division South for Exeter.  Arsenal beat Huddersfield 2-0 with Lambert and John scoring.  

19 September 1937: Geoff Strong born born in Kirkheaton, Northumberland on 19 September 1937 and being a talented schoolboy sprinter and top athlete seemed destined from the start to make his living from sport but trained as a machine-tool fitter while playing for Stanley United, until he joined Arsenal in a £100 deal as a 20-year-old in November 1957.

19 September 1951: Many publications claim this match against Hapoel Tel-Aviv was Arsenal’s first floodlit game.  But that was actually at Canning Town where Arsenal played Thames Ironworks on 16 March 1896.  This was the first of the modern era.

19 September 1963: David Seaman born.  He began his career at Leeds United but player manager Eddie Gray turned him down, so he joined Peterborough then in the 4th division.  In 1984 he went to Birmingham for £100,000 and in August 1986 he moved to QPR for £225,000.   His goalkeeper coach was… Bob Wilson

19 September 1970: Arsenal 6 WBA 2.  The Arsenal programme published letter criticising Evening Standard’s reporting of the club.  League match 9 of the first Double season.  It was Arsenal’s highest score of the season.  Arsenal scored 4 goals in three games, otherwise it was three or fewer goals per game.

19 September 1993: After losing the first game 3-0 at home Arsenal made it 5 wins and 1 draw but then lost on this day 1-0 to Man U

19 September 2001: Stathis Tavlaridis joined Arsenal from Iraklis Thessaloniki for £1m.  He only played one league game for Arsenal, and after two loan spells joined Lille where he played 77 games.

19 September 2005: Arsenal beat Everton 2-0 as the sequence of winning only every other game continued.  The sequence ran across 11 games ending on 5 November.  It was also Alex Song’s debut.

19 September 2009: After two consecutive defeats Arsenal started a run of six wins and a draw with 4-0 victory over Wigan.  Vermaelen got two, Eboue and Fabregas the other two.

20 September 1913: First use of “Victoria Concordia Crescit” – Victory through Harmony – in the club’s programme.  It was used by Henry Norris (although may have been suggested by George Allison) to symbolise the hard work and dedication that had taken Arsenal to Highbury, and was only later taken on as the club’s motto.

20 September 1952: George Wood born in Douglas in Lanarkshire and played as a goalkeeper for Arsenal between 1980 and 1983.  The story is that at Lanark Grammar he was an outfield player but his PE teacher converted him to goalkeeping duties.  He went on to play for Lanark United and Forth Wanderers before joining East Stirlingshire.

20 September 1962: Danny Clapton transferred to Luton.  He had played 207 league matches plus 18 cup games, and scoring 25 goals (all in the league), and later went on to play for Corinthians of Sydney.

20 September 1980: George Wood debut on his birthday.  The plan was that he would eventually replace Pat Jennings, but Jennings played on until he was 40, and moved on to Crystal Palace in 1983.

20 September 1996: Eddie McGoldrick sold to Man City for £300,000.  He had played 57 league games for Arsenal and was a substitute in the Cup Winners’ Cup final.

20 September 1998: Ljungberg scored within seconds of coming on for his debut against Manchester United.  “Fergie shell-shocked by awesome Gunners” wrote Henry Winter as Arsenal won 3-0 with goals also from Anelka and Adams.  It was Arsenal’s first win after four draws.

20 September 2002:  Arsène Wenger pronounced that, “Arsenal can go unbeaten all season” to huge derision from media.  “It’s not impossible as Milan once did it but I can’t see why it’s so shocking to say it. Do you think Manchester United, Liverpool or Chelsea don’t dream that as well? They’re exactly the same. They just don’t say it because they’re scared to look ridiculous, but nobody is ridiculous in this job as we know anything can happen.”

20 September 2008: Arsenal made it 10 goals to 1 across three victories over three by beating Bolton.  Eboue, Bendtner and Denilson scored, adding to three from Adebayor and three from Van Persie, plus another from Denilson in the previous two games.

20 September 2011: One of the lowest ever Emirates attendances 46,539 saw Arsenal 3 Shrewsbury Town 1 in the League Cup.  Shrewsbury took the lead but Gibbs, Oxlade-Chamberlain and Benayoun gave Arsenal the win.

20 September 2016: Arsenal beat Nottingham Forest 0-4 in the League Cup.  Forest included Bendtner and Lansbury, both of whom we booked and scored through Xhaka, Holding, Lucas and the Ox.  One year later he was playing for Liverpool as they were knocked out in the 3rd round of… the League Cup.

21 September 1889: Arsenal beat Tottenham 10-1 in the opening game of the season.  Arsenal played six games between this date and the end of November and scored 50 goals, letting in five.

21 September 1894: Bob Buchanan signed for Arsenal from Burnley.    He played for two seasons playing in 42 league games and scoring 16 goals.

21 September 1925: Herbert Chapman finally saw Arsenal win at home on the seventh league game of the season as Arsenal beat West Ham 3-2.  Buchan got two and Neil the third.

21 September 1927: Last game for Samson Haden – a 0-4 defeat against Corinthians.  He joined Notts County for whom he played 289 league games, and then became player manager and later manager of Peterborough until retiring in 1946.

21 September 1946: Arsenal lost 0-1 at home to Derby in front of 60,643.  For the first time in the first seven games of the season Reg Lewis didn’t score.  In the previous six games he had scored nine – the only other person to score being O’Flanagan who got one in the previous match.

21 September 1954:  First game for David Herd in a friendly.  He played his first league game in February and made three appearances this season. In the final game of 1950/51 he and his father both played in a league match for Stockport – only the second time this had happened.

21 September 1970:  Emmanuel Petit born.  He was signed by Arsène Wenger for Monaco at the age of 18 and soon became a regular player in the midfield.  By 1996/7 he was captain of the side that won the French League.

21 September 1990: Brian Marwood transferred to Sheffield Utd having played 52 league games and scored 16 goals.  He made one appearance for England in 1989.

21 September 1997: Nigel Winterburn scored from 30 yards against Chelsea to win the game 3-2 in the 7th league game of the 2nd Double Season.  Bergkamp got the other two goals to bring his total thus far to seven.  The second double: part 1, part 2, part 3.

21 September 2003:  After a 0-0 draw at Manchester United, Arsenal players were fined by FA for their part in a “mass brawl” after the match.  The 6th league match of the unbeaten season.

21 September 2006: Ashley Cole published the autobiography which destroyed his reputation as man of integrity as he described himself as having been physically sick on hearing Arsenal’s new contract offer.

21 September 2010: Arsenal beat Tottenham 4-1 away in the League Cup in extra time.  Tottenham had three players booked in the first half, as Lansbury put Arsenal in the lead.  Nasri scored two penalties and Arshavin the final goal in extra time..

21 September 2012: Conor Henderson loaned to Coventry City.  He never played for Arsenal, and eventually moved to Hull, for whom he also never played, finally finding  a club that he could play for in 2014 with Crawley Town.

22 September 1894: The start of the first great league run – 7 games without defeat starting this day by beating Bury 4-2 at the start of Arsenal’s second league season.

22 September 1891: Charlie Buchan born in Plumstead.  He signed for Arsenal in 1909, but an argument with George Morrell relating to his expenses while he was training to be a teacher caused him to decline a professional contract, and he moved on to Northfleet United and then Leyton in the Southern League before being offered a contract by Sunderland    Buchan’s first signing for Arsenal is here.

22 September 1897: Woolwich Arsenal were playing Loughborough in a United League game when the game was abandoned with 8½ minutes remaining – probably due to failing light.  Regulations in the United League were not as strict as those in the Football League and it was agreed that the remaining minutes be played on 22 December 1897 following the Football League fixture between the two clubs. Ten of the eleven players that played in the first fixture played in the second fixture, with Paddy Farrell playing in place of Frank McAvoy making Farrell Arsenal’s first substitute in a league match.

22 September 1954: Dave Bowen made his international debut.  He played 19 times for Wales and managed the principality from 1964 to 1974.

22 September 1970: Manu Petit born.  He began playing football at ES Arques-la-Bataille before being signed by Arsène Wenger AS Monaco at the age of 18. He went on to play 222 league games for Monaco.

22 September 1978: Chris Whyte given new contract.  He played 90 league games between 1978 and 1986 plus 13 on loan to Crystal Palace.  He was sold to New York Express, one of four US indoor football teams that Chris played for before ending his playing career in Finland in 2000.

22 September 1992: Cup Match 1 of Arsenal’s Cup Double season.  Arsenal 1 Millwall 1 in the League Cup.

22 September 1999: For only the ninth time Arsenal played a home match in front of 70,000+.  The match, at Wembley, was against AEK Athens and Arsenal won 3-1.  Ljungberg, Henry and Suker scored.

22 September 2001: League match 6 of the third Double season.  Arsenal 1 Bolton 1, with Jeffers scoring.  That made it three wins, two draws and one defeat, and left Arsenal in second place in the league.

22 September 2007: Adebayor scored three as Arsenal beat Derby 5-0 during a run of seven consecutive wins.

22 September 2008: Johan Djourou signed a new contract with Arsenal.  In all he stayed ten years at Arsenal playing 86 league matches before moving to Hanover.

22 September 2012: Park became the first Korean to score in the Spanish league, but despite scoring 25 goals in 91 games for Monaco he never attained such scoring ability again.

23 September 1905: Tom Arnold made his league debut for Arsenal, having been signed in May 1905.  He only made one other appearance before moving on to Coventry City in 1907.

23 September 1912: After five games Arsenal won their first match – a 3-1 away win against Sheffield Utd who were reduced to 10 man through injury early on.  It took Arsenal to 13th in the league, while Tottenham remained bottom with 0 points.

23 September 1922: Tottenham 1 Arsenal 2.  After the match the FA held an enquiry. Smith of Tottenham was found guilty of using bad language and suspended for a month. Graham was censured for retaliation.  Tottenham were warned about the behaviour of their crowd, and were warned of ground closure if further trouble ensued.

23 September 1932: Dennis Compton signed as an amateur.  He started his football career at Nunhead in 1934/5 before moving to Arsenal, where he made his début in 1936.  He also played for England in wartime matches.

23 September 1936: Dennis Compton senior debut in friendly v Rangers.  As a cricketer he played in 78 Test Matches as a slow left arm bowler, and one of England’s most remarkable batsmen.    He  scored 123 centuries in first-class cricket.   A stand at Lord’s was named in his honour

23 September 1936: George Eastham born.  He started out with Ards before moving to Newcastle United in 1956.

23 September 1953: Danny Clapton debut in a friendly against South Africa some 15 months before his first league game after which he went on to become the club’s regular outside right.

23 September 1955: Gordon Nutt signed from Cardiff after a game between Cardiff reserves and Arsenal reserves.  He made his début within a couple of hours of signing on 24 September 1955 in a 3-1 away defeat at Sunderland.  Mike Tiddy was also signed from Cardiff at the same time.

23 September 1972: Ex Arsenal man Terry Anderson scored twice against Arsenal for Norwich.  It concluded a run of one win in seven league games.  Storey and Radford scored in a 2-3 defeat.

23 September 1976: Terry Mancini was granted a free transfer to Aldershot.  His transfer from QPR had come as a surprise but he had helped shore up the team that was experiencing its roughest time since before Chapman.

23 September 1995: Dennis Bergkamp scored his first two goals for Arsenal in the 4-2 defeat of Southampton at Highbury.  Adams and Wright scored the other goals to make it seven unbeaten.

23 September 2000: A 1-1 draw with Ipswich (with a goal from Bergkamp) made it 3 draws and 3 victories in the last six.  Arsenal then went on to win the next five.

23 September 2008: Arsenal put out a youth team and beat Sheffield U 6-0 in League Cup.  Fabianski, Hoyte, Djourou, Song, Gibbs, Randall, Ramsey, Merida, Wilshere, Bendtner, Vela.  Among the substitutes was Francis Coquelin.

24 September 1904: Arsenal 2 Wolverhampton 0. Charlie Satterthwaite scored Arsenal’s first goal in the first division, after three goalless games.

24 September 1908: Eddie Hapgood born in Bristol the ninth of the ten children. He left school at 14, and worked in his brother’s milk round business while playing for St Philip’s Adult School Juniors, in Bristol.   He was then spotted by a director of Bristol Rovers and given a trial but not liking the contract he opted for Kettering Town.   See also here

24 September 1955: Signing of, and first game for Gordon Nutt.  Gordon made his début within a couple of hours of signing in a 3-1 away defeat at Sunderland.  It concluded a seven match run without a victory.

24 September 1965: Anders Limpar born.  He started out with IF Brommapojkarna, followed by Örgryte, and then Young Boys Bern and finally, before reaching Arsenal,

24 September 1977:  Steve Walford first game; Norwich 1 Arsenal 0.  He had signed from Tottenham, for whom he had played two games, and went on to play 77 league games for Arsenal.

24 September 1996: Borussia Monchengladbach 3 Arsenal 2. Arsenal went out of the Uefa cup in the 1st round having lost by the same score at Highbury.  Bergkamp was injured early on; Wright and Merson scored for Arsenal.

24 September 1997: Arsenal beat WHU 4-0 to make it 3 wins and 3 draws thus far.  The Independent says, “Brilliant Bergkamp humbles Hammers.”  8th league game of the 2nd Double Season   The second double: part 1, part 2, part 3.

24 September 1995: Steven Burtenshaw fined £10,000 for his part in the George Graham bung scandal.  He stayed at the club until 1996 when Bruce Rioch took over.

24 September 1999: Stuart Taylor loaned to Bristol Rovers for whom he played four games.  He had further loans to Crystal Palace, Peterborough and Leicester City.

24 September 2003: Six Arsenal players charged by FA after a 0-0 at Man U, probably with “failing to allow Man U to win”   Lauren, Keown, Vieira and Parlour banned.

24 September 2010: Arsenal suffered their first league defeat of the season after six games – a 2-3 home loss against WBA.  Nasri got both goals.  Arsenal then lost their next game 2-0 away to Chelsea.

24 September 2011: A 3-0 defeat of Bolton (with Van Persie (2) and Song getting the goals).  It was only Arsenal’s second win in six during which they had scored 11 and conceded 12.  The next game was a defeat to Tottenham.  

24 September 2016: Arsenal beat Chelsea 3-0 to make it four wins in a row and seven goals in the last two games.  Alexis, Walcott and Ozil scored all in the first half while two Chelsea players were shown yellows but no Arsenal player was carded.  No one could remember when such a card total had happened previously.

25 September 1909: Arsenal’s keeper Hugh MacDonald was injured in 3-2 victory over Chelsea.  Despite the fact that the injury left him seriously immobile he played in the next game and conceded 7.  See also here.

25 September 1935: Bernard Joy’s first game in a friendly against Rangers.  He played throughout his career as an amateur, and played his first league game in April 1936.

25 September 1963: Arsenal beat Staevnet 7-1 in Fairs Cup. Joe Baker and Geoff Strong each scoring three.  It was Arsenal’s first away game in Europe.

25 September 1991: Ian Wright’s first game: Leicester 1 Arsenal 1 in the league cup.  He scored, naturally.  Arsenal won the second leg 2-0, with Wright scoring again.

25 September 1995: Dave Bowen died.  After managing Wales he re-joined Northampton between 1969 and 1972 as general manager, and later secretary, while also working in journalism (as a reporter for the People) and bookmaking, before finally retiring.  A stand at the Sixfields Stadium is named after him.

25 September 2004:  The 0-1 away defeat of Man City made it 6 wins and 1 draw in the league. Cole scored the goal.  This was also the final match of the longest unbeaten away sequence in league football: 27 games from 5 April 2003.

25 September 2008: Untold Arsenal predicted that Arsenal would sign a midfielder for £40m.  On 2 September 2013 Arsenal signed Mesut Ozil.

26 September 1932: Debut for FR “Tiger” Hill in friendly v St Johnstone.  Aberdeen alleged that five of their players were involved in a betting scandal, but no charges were made either by the club or the authorities, although the players never played for the club again.  After the match fixing scandals before the 1st world war worked against Arsenal, this one benefitted the club as Chapman moved quickly and signed Tiger Hill.

26 September 1938: Ted Drake scored both goals as Arsenal win FA Charity Shield v PNE, 2-1.  As was the tradition at the time, the game was played not at Wembley but at one of the participants’ ground: in this case Highbury

26 September 1958.  Kenny Sansom born.  He started playing for Crystal Palace youth teams while at school, and made his first team debut aged 16. He captained Crystal Palace to win the FA Youth Cup and the England Youth team playing 172 for Palace before joining Arsenal.

26 September 1970.  Stoke City 5 Arsenal 0.  League match 10 of the first Double season.  Arsenal in 4th, but the away record reads won 1 drawn 2 lost 2, five goals for, 10 against.  Arsenal were unbeaten in the next 14.

26 September 1981: John Hawley debut for Arsenal in a 0-0 draw with Manchester United at Highbury.  He scored in his second game – a 1-2 away defeat to Notts County

26 September 1991: Joe Hulme died.  He worked in the second world war as a policeman and was manager of Tottenham from 1945 to 1949 and was the manager founding the side that won the league in 1951.  He then moved into journalism where he became highly established and recognised as a writer.  

26 September 1998: Sheffield Wednesday 1 Arsenal 0 – the champions’ first defeat of the season.  This was the game in which De Canio was sent off and then pushed the referee to the ground and was heavily criticised in the press for his lack of remorse.

26 September 2002: Arsenal beat Leeds away 4–1 to create record for scoring in 47 consecutive games, and for 22 away league games without defeat.

26 September 2003: After consecutive draws Arsenal beat Newcastle 3-2 with two from Henry and one from Gilberto Silva.  The 7th league match of the unbeaten season.

26 September 2010: The day it became clear that there was something seriously wrong with the official versions of Arsenal’s history as it was revealed that the story of Bobby Buist causing Arsenal to become professional could not possibly have happened.

26 September 2015: Leicester 2 Arsenal 5 was Leicester’s worst defeat and Arsenal’s best win of the season.  An Alexis hattrick plus goals from Walcott and Giroud gave Arsenal the win.

27 September 1957: Ted Platt’s last game.  Ted then moved to Portsmouth  where he played 31 games before moving on to Aldershot with whom he played 16.  His final club was either Worcester City or Ashford (Kent) according to which source one opts for.

27 September 1978: Arsenal got their biggest two leg Uefa Cup winning margin beating Lokomotiv Leipzig 4-1 away.  Brady, two from Stapleton and then Sunderland, were the goalscorers.   It was also the first game for Paul Vaessen

27 September 1997: Everton 2 Arsenal 2 with goals from Wright and Overmars.   9th league game of the 2nd Double Season, with Arsenal still undefeated.  The second double: part 1, part 2, part 3.

27 September 2004: Gilberto Silva scan revealed that he had life threatening back problems.  However he recovered and played with Arsenal until 2008.

27 September 2008: After three wins in which Arsenal had scored a total of ten goals, Arsenal were unbelievably beaten 1-2 by Hull in their second defeat in the Emirates.  The Arsenal goal came from McShane who turned it into his own net.

27 September 2012: Craig Eastmond loaned to Colchester Utd.  He later transferred to Colchester for whom he played 61 league games before moving on to Yeovil in 2015.

27 September 2012: Sanchez Watt loaned to Colchester Utd.  It was the last of six loan spells for Sanchez, before he signed for Colchester, playing 50 games before leaving in 2015.

28 September 1907: Preston 3 Woolwich Arsenal 0.  First league game for Joe Shaw.  He started out with first division Bury, his home town club, and then moved on to non-league Accrington Stanley, before reaching Plumstead in 1907. The result made it four defeats in the first six games.

28 September 1924: Death of Arsenal’s first successful manager Harry Bradshaw.  After leaving Arsenal he was Fulham’s first professional manager, won the Southern League twice in succession and election to the Football League. He then went on to become secretary of the Southern League, where he stayed until his retirement in 1921.

28 September 1946: Final appearance for Cliff Bastin.  After retiring from football he ran a cafe, wrote for the Sunday Pictorial and went on to be a publican, and died aged 79 back in his home county of Devon.

28 September 1946 International debut for Laurie Scott.  In all he played 17 times for England and four times for England B while at Arsenal.

28 September 1963: Having been 21st in the league after four games Burnley 0 Arsenal 3 made it five consecutive wins, lifting the club to sixth.  During the run Strong got four and Baker six goals.

28 September 1965: Alan Skirton became Arsenal’s first substitute of the modern era in a 1-1 draw with Northampton

28 September 1966: Tommy Baldwin final appearance. He then became part of the deal that brought George Graham to Arsenal.  After falling out with the Chelsea management over his social life he was loaned out before playing for Gravesend, Seattle Sounders and Brentford.

28 September 1985: David Rocastle debut in 0-0 draw with Newcastle.  He went on to make 13 starts in his first season.  Also here

28 September 1991.  Southampton 0 Arsenal 4.  Ian Wright scored both his first league goal and his first hat trick for Arsenal and went on to score 24 goals in 30 games in his first Arsenal season.

28 September 1992.  Arsenal 1 Manchester City 0, the first win after 2 draws and 2 defeats.  Ian Wright scored in front of just 21,504.

28 September 1996: Arsenal 2 Sunderland 0 made it three wins out of three for Arsène Wenger, six undefeated for Arsenal.  Hartson and Parlour got the goals in the second of a sequence of six in which Arsenal did not concede a single goal.

28 September 2002:  Leeds 1 Arsenal 4.   Arsenal beat Nottm Forest’s record of 22 away games without defeat.  Olivier Dacourt of Leeds commented on the team,”We’re all fighting for second place now. It was demoralising. They just pass and move, pass and move. You find yourself working for nothing.”    Arsène Wenger called the performance as “edging nearer to perfection… We are playing great, Total Football.   Danger comes from everywhere.” Leeds manager Terry Venables said: “Manchester United have been exceptional for 10 years – but I’ve not seen anything as good as that.”   Arsenal also beat Chesterfield’s 72 year old record of scoring in 47 consecutive league games set between December 1929 and December 1930 in the Third Division north.  Arsenal player Jack Lee, who was transferred to Chesterfield in 1928, was very much part of Chesterfield’s run.  

28 September 2007: Despite a period of privation as Arsenal work to pay off the debt arising from building the stadium, Arsène Wenger said if he was handed £100m transfer fund he’d hand it back.

28 September 2013: Arsenal made it a record breaking 12 consecutive away wins beating Swansea 2-1, as they also equal all time record of 8 consecutive away PL wins, set by Arsenal on 11 May 2002.

29 September 1900: League debut for Frederick Coles, in a 1-0 win over Chesterfield.  His previous teams are listed as Nottingham Post Office, Notts County, and finally Nottingham Forest

29 September 1911: Bernard Joy was born in Fulham.  He played university football and then went on to play for the amateur side Casuals and won the FA Amateur Cup in 1936 plus ten caps for England amateurs.   He was captain of the 1936 GB Olympics team.

29 September 1919: First senior game for John (“Jack”) Butler.  He had played for Fulham Thursday (known in some reports as Fulham Thursdays), Dartford and Fulham although different sources disagree on the order in which he played for those clubs.  He signed for Arsenal as a reserve in 1914.

29 September 1948: First game for Arthur Shaw.  He came from Brentford, Arsenal and made 64 league appearances.  He also played for England Amateurs, and won the league with Arsenal in 1952/3.

29 September 1951: Arsenal 1 Tottenham 1.  The game is noteworthy because of the variation in crowds reported.  Ollier has 68,164 while Newkey-Burden in “Gunners Lists” (a book which acknowledges Ollier as a source) has 72,164.  That figure would make this the third highest crowd to see a home league match for Arsenal.

29 September 1952: Leslie Compton’s final game.  All Stars 4 Arsenal 2.  The benefit match for Arsenal goalkeeper Alex Wilson.  Lishman and Logie (with a penalty) scored for Arsenal.

29 September 1962: Birmingham 2 Arsenal 2 (both goals from Geoff Strong).  Final game for Gerry Ward.  He left Arsenal in July 1963 and went to Leyton Orient having played 84 times and scored 10 goals.  He had one season at Orient where he was an almost ever present but left Orient and played instead first for Cambridge City and then Barnet as well as being Barnet’s manager in 1973.

29 September 1969: Ray Kennedy first appearance.  As an apprentice he was rejected by Sir Stanley Matthews at Port Vale, returned to the north-east, played amateur football and worked in a sweet factory before being spotted two years later by an Arsenal scout.

29 September 1993: Arsenal 1 Odense 1 as Arsenal headed to the CWC final.  Campbell scored the goal, with the Odense equaliser coming in the 86th minute, but Arsenal held on to go through 3-2 on aggregate.

29 September 1994: Arsenal 3 Omonia 0 as Arsenal got through the1st round of the CWC.  Wright got two and Schwarz the third to give Arsenal a 6-1 victory over the side from Cyprus.

29 September 2001: Richard Wright debut in a 2-0 away win against Derby.  He had just one season with Arsenal but made just enough appearances to qualify for a league winners’ medal.  This made it just one defeat in first seven of the season; League match 7 of the third Double season.

29 September 2002: Arsène Wenger described his side’s approach as “Total Football”.  Arsenal had just beaten Leeds away 1-4, in a run of the first nine games of the season in which they won seven and scored 24 goals.

29 September 2004: Rosenborg 1 Arsenal 1 (Ljungberg).  Arsenal had already beaten PSV Eindhoven and looked set fair for the next stage. They made it but not quite how with the victory that they might have hoped for.

29 September 2007:  Top of the table Arsenal made it a perfect September beating WHU 1-0.  Arsenal had beaten Fulham, Manchester City, Portsmouth and Derby at home, and Tottenham away and drawn away with Blackburn.

30 September 1893: Arsenal let in six for the first time, in a defeat at Newcastle.  It was particularly disappointing after two fine wins in which the club scored seven and let in one.

30 September 1912: Arsenal played Chelsea in a one-off match for the London Professional Footballers’ Association Charity Fund. The professional London clubs played one such game each year from 1908 to 1913 and the gate receipts, after deduction of expenses, were distributed to various institutions throughout London.

30 September 1913:  The Woolwich Gazette reported that the whole North stand Grandstand was gutted by fire which started at the refreshment bar, at the junction with the western end of the stand. It was apparently witnessed by more people than had seen the team play for much of the previous season!

30 September 1933:  Jimmy Dunne signed for Arsenal and immediately played in a 6-0 win over Middlesbrough.  He was Chapman’s last big name signing and went on to score nine goals in 21 games that season.

30 September 1946: Arsenal’s Dr Kevin O’Flanagan and his brother played for Ireland v England.  He played for Ireland at both football and rugby, was also a sprint champion, scored for Ireland in a 1938 world cup qualifier against Norway and played both for Northern Ireland and for the Irish Free State.

30 September 1964: Archibald Devine, who played in the last game in Plumstead, died. He had 14 transfers; 11 clubs, 1 cap, 1 cup winner’s medal.  After his football career he worked as a miner and a docker.

30 September 1966: George Graham signed from Chelsea, Tommy Baldwin sold to Chelsea who also received £50,000 from Arsenal.  George had played 72 league games for Chelsea scoring 35 goals and won the League Cup, in 1965.

30 September 1996: Arsène Wenger appointed as Arsenal manager (although some sources quote 28th and others 29th).

30 September 1995: Chelsea 1 Arsenal 0.  This was the first defeat for Bruce Rioch as Arsenal manager in the eighth league game.  The club recovered however and won the next two without conceding.

30 September 1997: Arsenal 1 PAOK 1.  Arsenal exited the Uefa cup in the first round losing 2-1 on aggregate.  However in the long term the defeat was forgotten as Arsenal went on to the semi-final of the League Cup, and to win the FA Cup and League Double for the second time.

30 September 1998: Arsenal beat Panathinaikos in front of second highest Arsenal home crowd ever as part of the experiment of playing Champions League games at Wembley.  Arsenal won 2-1.

30 September 1998: Laurie Brown died aged just 61.  He is remembered for signing for Tottenham from Arsenal and then playing for Tottenham against Arsenal the next day.  After leaving Tottenham he worked with several clubs as a player manager, and then manager in non-league football.

30 September 2005: Graham Stack cleared of rape after long running case.  He transferred to Reading, but continued a long series of loans before holding down a regular goalkeeping position with Hibs and then Barnet

30 September 2006: On his 10th anniversary Arsène Wenger led Arsenal to a 2-1 victory over Charlton and a third consecutive victory and one of five wins in a row.  Van Persie got both goals

30 September 2011: Almunia loaned to West Ham.  In 2012 he moved to Watford, for whom he played 76 games before retiring on medical advice, after a rare heart condition was picked up during a medical with Serie A side Cagliari Calcio.

30 September 2011: Arsenal chairman Stan Kroenke reported as saying “Arsène Wenger is one of the greats – he will be in charge for as long as he wants.”




The Anniversary files now have over 5000 entries, and are now divided into monthly sections.


The anniversaries file aims to be the biggest database of Arsenal events ever produced.  However in trying to build it I always openly acknowledge that some of the details recorded here will be  wrong, and facts will be inaccurate and will need correcting, not least because information may be taken from inaccurate sources, or (in my specialist way) I may have made copying and typing errors.   So far over 200 people have contributed to the articles that make up the anniversary files, and if you can help us improve the data, please do either comment on an article (and I’ll correct the file itself), or write a new article for us. A correction and a citation of sources would be good however, rather than just saying “you’re wrong”.   A special mention as always must go to Andy Kelly and Mark Andrews, who have done so much to aid the development of this site by adding so much original research.   But whether you can add original research or corrections with the right data, or articles on people we have not yet covered, that will be very welcome indeed.

Source note:

The dates in this file are being added to all the time, and come from a whole variety of sources including the internet and a variety of printed volumes.  If you notice an error please write to Tony@schools.co.uk – ideally with a correction.  (Just telling me I am wrong, without giving a clue to either the right information or how you know I am wrong, is not quite as helpful as it might be).

I would particularly like to mention Richard Lerman and David Brown, and their wonderful (but now tragically out of print) volume The Gunners: Day to Day Life at Highbury”, which is a mine of information.  Also thanks of course to Andy Kelly, who has not only supplied dates and information, but who was involved in the “Day to Day Life” volume, and quite rightly is acknowledged therein.   Also to Arsenal Football Club whose own On This Day appears on www.arsenal.com   And “Arsenal On This Day” by Paul Donnelley (Pitch Publishing).  Also where would any of us be without “Arsenal a complete record” by Fred Ollier (Breedon Books), and “Arsenal the football facts” by Dean Hayes (John Blake).  If I have missed another sourcebook, please do let me know and I will correct this at once.

If you know of any anniversary dates not yet listed, please do write in and add them.   Not only are new dates being added at the rate of about half a dozen a day, but so are links being added to articles on this site.  It is intended to produce a book based on this site in due course – but the date gets put back as I find more and more info.