Here are the Anniversaries from 7 August – part of our regular daily look at Arsenal’s history. You might also be interested in our in-depth analysis of the first days at Highbury which continues with When Highbury opened, and “Victoria Concordia Crescit” was introduced
Details of the whole list of 5000 Arsenal anniversaries and other activities undertaken by the Arsenal History Society are at the end of today’s list.
7 August 1898: James Ramsay born. He joined Arsenal from Kilmarnock (with whom he had won the Scottish cup) in February 1924 for £1775 – an example of Leslie Knighton spending over £1000 on a player, despite saying Henry Norris forbad such transfers.
7 August 1898: John Dick signed from Airdrieonians and Woolwich Arsenal was his second and last club. He was just about the club’s first “stalwart”.
7 August 1898: Jim Devlin transferred to Airdrie as part of the John Dick deal. He only played one game for Arsenal but his transfers involving Arsenal, Tottenham, Millwall, Sunderland and Airdrie suggest some strange activities in the background.
7 August 1910: Alf Common signed. The move can be seen as something of a publicity coup for chairman Henry Norris, as Common had been the first £1000 player and at the time of his signing he was famous throughout football.
7 August 1968: Vince Bartram born in Birmingham and started as a footballer with 4th division Wolverhampton Wanderers. After a series of loans he moved to Bournemouth in 1991, playing over 100 games under the management of Harry Redknapp.
7 August 1973: Freddie Cox died aged 52 – he won the cup with Arsenal in 1950. After retiring from playing he returned as a manager, winning promotion with Gillingham. After working with Bournemouth he retired from football in 1970.
7 August 1982: Tony Adams first appearance in friendly away to Colchester. He had signed as a schoolboy and played his first league game on 5 November 1983 and went on to become Mr Arsenal.
7 August 1991: Arsenal beat Watford in friendly; Ray Parlour’s first game. Siggi Jonnson’s last game. Ray played 339 league games, Siggi just 8.
7 August 1993: Eddie McGoldrick’s first game; Charity Shield v Man U (1-1). He had transferred from Crystal Palace and before them Kettering, Nuneaton and Northampton.
7 August 1997: Christopher Wreh joined from AS Monaco for £300,000 where he had played under Arsene Wenger. He played just 13 games for Monaco and 33 on loan with Guingamp.
7 August 1999: Thierry Henry’s first appearance – as a sub in Arsenal 2 Leicester City 1 on the opening day of the season. He had scored 3 goals in 16 for Juventus, and 20 in 105 for Monaco and did not consider himself a natural goalscorer.
7 August 2000: Guy Demel joined from Nîmes for whom he had played on game. He never played for Arsenal and moved to Borussia Dortmund winning the Bundesliga in his first season.
7 August 2002: Gilberto Silva joined from Atlético Mineiro for £4.5m despite his club Atlético Mineiro being placed on a transfer embargo because of unpaid wages and difficulties getting a work permit. Prior to coming he had twice given up football to work in a sweet factory due to financial difficulties at home.
7 August 2005 : Arsenal lost to Chelsea in Community Shield at the Millennium Stadium in Arsenal’s 19th appearance. Fabregas scored for Arsenal and after the match Mr Wenger called Chelsea a long-ball team.
7 August 2009: Håvard Nordtveit loaned to Nuremberg for season. At the end of the loan he moved on to Borussia Mönchengladbach where he became a considerable success, playing 120 games in his first four seasons with them.
7 August 2009: Arsenal TV on the Setanta network closed as the digital channel went out of business in the UK having failed to take on Sky.
7 August 2012: Santi Cazorla joins Arsenal from Málaga. On 3 August Untold Arsenal had written This could be a player we’ll love and love again
7 August 2014: Johan Djourou was sold to Hamburg for a fee of around £2.5m after 86 league games for Arsenal, and loan spells at Birmingham, Hanover and Hamburg.
7 August 2015: Serge Gnabry was loaned to WBA but bizarrely only made one start for them with the manager the eccentric Tony Pulis complaining the player was not fit. Eventually Arsenal withdrew him from the club.
7 August 2016: Arsenal concluded a pre-season without their major stars who had been involved in the Euros, with a 3-2 victory over Manchester City. Chuba Akpom scored for the fourth match in a row.
And beyond football, on this day in 1957…
Oliver Hardy (Ollie Norvell) died. He entered films by chance and was teamed up with Stan Laurel (Arthur Jefferson) in 1927 for a one-off short. The two got on incredibly well together, despite the fact that Stan Laurel would work continuously on the scripts and was co-director of most of their films, while Oliver Hardly preferred to spend his time at the races and on the golf course. Stan Laurel was reportedly inconsolable upon hearing of his friend’s passing.
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The previously untold tale of how it was that Norris came to choose Highbury as the suitable location for Arsenal’s new ground.
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