20 May Arsenal events: from the king’s funeral to the cup double

These details are taken from the Arsenal Anniversary files that include around 5000 such events taken from across Arsenal’s entire history.

The complete Arsenal on this day index is now here and the files for May and June have recently been fully updated.   Work is continuing all the time on the data, and when completed the entire set of stats will be published in date order as “Arsenal: The Chronology”.

If you find an error or note an omission, please do write to Tony.Attwood@aisa.org and let me know.


20 May 1910: The funeral of King Edward VII.  Arsenal’s attempts to sell shares in the re-born club had been forced to stop during the period of mourning, but were allowed to re-start on the following day.

20 May 1928: Debut for Charlie Jones.  Danish XI 0 Arsenal 1.  Although he had only played with lower league clubs Chapman deemed him to be the man the club needed and he was pitched straight into the first team.

20 May 1963: Arsenal 2 Rangers 2.  Jack Kelsey testimonial match.  He had been injured playing for Wales in Brazil and forced to retire.

20 May 1982: Danny O’Shea made his first appearance in the friendly: Arsenal 3 Trinidad Representative XI 0.  He went on to play six league games for Arsenal.

20 May 1993: Arsenal 2 Sheffield W 1 (FA Cup final replay).  This was the third and final game against Sheff W at Wembley, and the 17th and last cup match of the Cup Double Season as Arsenal became the first ever team to win the League Cup and FA Cup in the same season.   When Linighan scored Jonathan Pearce commentating, pronounced, “The boy from Hartlepool is in the big pool of London football, and he’s become the biggest fish of them all.”

20 May 1995: Hong Kong Rangers 0 Arsenal 4.  Paul Davis’ final game for Arsenal.  He played for Brentford before returning to Arsenal as a member of the junior coaching team.

20 May 1997: Matthew Rose joined QPR.   He had played five league games for Arsenal, but played 243 for QPR.  He later became  Head coach of Arsenal’s European Elite Academy.

20 May 2013: Craig Eastmond left Arsenal for Colchester Utd.  He played 49 times for them before moving once again to Yeovil.

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