Arsenal Anniversaries for 1 August: from the first stadium to the first Emirates Cup.

Here are the details of the anniversaries for 1 August for Arsenal FC.  Details of how to find all of the 5000+ anniversaries in our list are shown at the end of today’s list.  Also on this day – the end of legal slavery in the UK.


?August 1890 Royal Arsenal Committee representatives signed a three years lease on the Invicta Stadium.  It was a major step forwards for Arsenal, but it ended in disagreement as the club split between those who wanted professionalism and those who did not.

1 August 1869: Birth of Arthur Frederick Shaw who played for Notts County but who is not the same man as the Arthur Shaw who played 57 league games for Arsenal (this item just added for clarity).

1 August 1956: Alex Forbes transferred to Leyton Orient.  He won the title with Arsenal in 1947/8 and 1952/3, and the FA Cup in 1950.  However in 1955/6 he had knee cartilage problems and he lost his place to Dave Bowen, moving to Orient before moving on to Fulham and finally and Gravesend & Northfleet.

1 August 1976: European cup winner and Olympic gold medalist Kanu born.  He started with Iwuanyanwu Nationale moving to Ajax and Inter before reaching Arsenal.  See here for memorable incident.  Here for first game

1 August 1977: Steve Walford signed from Tottenham.  He signed with Tottenham in 1974 but he only played twice for them before Terry Neill, who of course himself at been at Tottenham, signed him for £25,000.

1 August 1980: After 235 league games Liam Brady transferred to Juventus for £514,000.  He later played for Sampdoria, Inter, and Ascoli before returning to London to play for West Ham

1 August 1980: Arsenal revive the old tradition of playing Rangers, but lose 0-2 in a friendly. It was the 18th game in the series and the first for seven years.

1 August 1982: Lee Chapman signed for Arsenal for £500,000 from Stoke City, for whom he played 99 league games.  He lasted just one season, and 23 games and then had one season with Sunderland, the first of 12 post-Arsenal clubs.

1 August 1987: Arsenal beat Celtic 1-5 away in a friendly. Ex-Celtic player Charlie Nicholas scored the first, Samson, Davies, and Martin Hayes on top form got two.

1 August 1999: Arsenal 2 Man U 1.  FA Charity Shield at the Millennium Stadium.  Kanu and Parlour score.  Man U were treble winners the previous season and the win for Arsenal suggested a change in the hierarchy might be at hand.

1 August 2003: Michal Papadopulos joined on loan from Banik Ostrava while Johan Djourou from Etoile Carouge arrived on a free.  Papadopulos never played for Arsenal, while Djourou played 86 times.

1 August 2006: Armand Traore joined Arsenal from Monaco as a youth player, and graduated to the first team squad the following season.  He played in Bergkamp’s testimonial and went on to play 13 league games for Arsenal.

1 August 2008: Stewart Houston returned to Arsenal taking up the role of a scout and watching forthcoming opposition teams.

1 August 2009: Arsenal beat Atlético Madrid in the first ever Emirates Cup.  The development of the concept of the cup coincided with the introduction of Arsenalisation.

And also on 1 August 1833 Britain ended 400 years of slavery.  All slaves were freed and £20m was given to slave owners in compensation.   The bill had taken 44 years to become law following its first proposal in Parliament in 1789.


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2 Replies to “Arsenal Anniversaries for 1 August: from the first stadium to the first Emirates Cup.”

  1. 1999 – the Charity Shield was at Wembley (old) not Millennium Stadium

    2009 – this was the second Emirates Cup. The first was held in 2008 when we played PSG and beat Inter Milan

  2. Many thanks Richard. I’ll change the anniversary files. I’ve tried really hard to get the data right, but with 5000 anniversaries mistakes have slipped in.

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