Aston Villa in late summer and autumn

by Tony Attwood

In what is becoming a bit of a series, I’m selecting a few events involved this weekend’s opponents that took place in the early part of the season.

It gives us a chance to remember the last of the 49, as much as anything else.

The Prelude…


23 August 1952: Arsenal 2 Villa 1 starts the march to the last ever championship…  until Mee wins the double in 1971.


23 August 1955: Arsenal 1 Cardiff 0.  First home win of the season.  The next came on 1 October, in a defeat of Aston Villa.


24 August 1991: Aston Villa 3 Arsenal 1.   As league champions Arsenal had opened the season with two defeats and a draw – scoring three and letting in 7.


27 August 2003: Arsenal 2 Aston Villa 0.  The 3rd league match of the unbeaten season


19 August 2006: Gilberto scores his first league goal for Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium in 1-1 draw with Villa.


17 August 2013: Arsenal lose first match of the season to Villa at home amid referee decisions so odd that even the press start mentioning them.

And in September itself


17 September 1910: Aston Villa v Arsenal


16 September 1912: Arsenal lose 0-3 at home to Villa.  Crowd: 6805


2 September 1964: John MacLeod sold to Villa


3 September 1988: Having won the first match of the season 5-1 away to Wimbledon, Arsenal lose the first home match 2-3 to Aston Villa.


7 September 1996: Final match of Stewart Houston’s reign as temporary manager; 2-2 draw with Aston Villa

The Aftermath


16 October 2004: The last of the great 49, a 3-1 home win over Villa

The books
The complete Arsenal Anniversary series is to be found on the Arsenal History Society site.



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