It’s Coquelin’s birthday, and other Arsenal anniversaries

Here are all the main events in Arsenal’s history from 13 May.  The full list across the whole year will be published in Arsenal: The Chronology.


13 May 1904: Archibald Gray joined Woolwich Arsenal from Hibernian with whom he had won the Scottish League and Cup, playing 51 league games.  He played in Arsenal’s first ever first division game.

13 May 1933: Eddie Hapgood made his international début.  In all he played 30 times for England.  See also here

13 May 1967: Sheffield W 1 Arsenal 1.  George Graham got the goal – his 11th league goal of the season to make him top scorer, as Arsenal finished unbeaten in the last 12 in Mee’s first season, and ended 7th in the league.

13 May 1991: Birth of Francis Coquelin.  He played for AS du Bourny, and Stade Lavallois before moving to Arsenal in July 2008.  After loan spells with Lorient and Freiburg he returned to Arsenal and after a five match loan to Charlton became the first choice defensive midfielder and was hailed by Thierry Henry as “the police officer”.

13 May 2005: Just two days after beating Everton 7-0 Arsenal finished the season with a 2-1 away defeat to Birmingham to come second in the league, 12 points behind Chelsea.

13 May 2007: Portsmouth 0 Arsenal 0.  The draw left Arsenal 4th in the league. A win would have taken them to third.   Portsmouth finished mid-table.  Seven years later they were in the fourth tier.

13 May 2012: WBA 2 Arsenal 3, and Arsenal secured Champions League football once again -for the 15th consecutive season.

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