What happened after Arsenal returned 8000 Community Shield tickets?

Here are the Anniversaries from 10 August – part of our regular daily look at Arsenal’s history.

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.

The answer to the question in the headline is that this occurred on 10 August 2003 – as Arsenal prepared to go the whole season unbeaten.  You can also see below the predictions from some of the media as to where Arsenal would finish in the League.


10 August 1961: Colin Pates born.  He started out at Chelsea in 1979, and eventually became their captain as they gained promotion from the second division in 1984.

10 August 1968:  The League kicked off with an away fixture at Tottenham.  Arsenal won 2-1.  Radford scored, the other was an og.  56,280 in attendance.

10 Arsenal 1976: Malcolm MacDonald made his debut v Grasshoppers in a friendly.  He had played 187 games for Newcastle scoring 95 goals in the league, having previously scored 49 in 88 games for Luton Town.

10 August 1977:  Don Howe returned as coach under Terry Neill as manager, six years after leaving Arsenal as reserve team coach.  He had been at WBA, Leeds and Galatasaray in the intervening years.

10 August 1980: Partizan Belgrade v Arsenal, last game for Paul Barron.  He moved  on to Crystal Palace and played under the management of Terry Venables but the club were relegated in 1980/1.  He then joined West Bromwich Albion in December 1982.

10 August 1986: Tommy Caton last game away to Shamrock Rovers. With a new partnership of O’Leary and Adams there was no longer a place for him (or for Martin Keown) and he moved on.

10 August 1991:  Arsenal 0 Tottenham 0 in Charity Shield at Wembley.  Final appearance of Andy Cole.   This was Arsenal’s twelfth Charity Shield appearance and Tottenham Hotspur’s sixth.

10 August 1994: Vince Bartram signed from AFC Bournemouth.  He had played 132 games for Bournemouth, but went on to play just 11 games for Arsenal.

10 August 1999: Fabian Cabellero given a free transfer by Arsenal after making one appearance as a sub in a league match, and two in Cup games.  He had joined from Serra Portino the previous November

10 August 2003: Arsenal 1 Man U 1 in Charity Shield.  Arsenal returned 8,000 of their ticket allocation.  Arsenal lost on penalties in what was Lehmann’s first competitive match.  Thierry Henry scored.

10 August 2003: The Independent on Sunday predicted Arsenal would finish 5th, while the Observer had Arsenal to win the league.  The Sunday Times predicted Arsenal to come third.

10 August 2004: Francis Jeffers was transferred to Charlton after 8 goals in 38 games for £2.6m (also cited as 12 August in some publications)

10 August 2008: Marc Overmars came out of retirement for one season with Go Ahead Eagles, the club with whom he had been technical director since retiring from playing in 2004.

10 August 2010: Kyle Bartley loaned to Sheffield U.  He played 35 games for them in two separate loan spells through the season before moving on to a second loan period with Rangers.

10 August 2013: Marouane Chamakh sold to Crystal Palace.  He had played 40 league games for Arsenal and scored eight goals.

10 August 2013: In a somewhat unexpected result Arsenal beat Man City 3-1 in a friendly.  Perez appeared for Arsenal, and there was criticism of the fact that the player did not have a work permit – although he could not have applied for one prior to the game.

10 August 2014: Arsenal beat Man City 3-0 at Wembley to win the Community Shield.  It was Arsenal’s 20th appearance in the Shield match and their 13th win.  Cazorla (21), Ramsey (42), Giroud (61) scored for Arsenal.


Also on this day

In memory of times when the United Kingdom had some belief in science and technology as opposed to fake news and isolationism, on this day in 1675 the foundation stone of the Royal Observatory in Greenwich was laid by King Charles II.  An incredibly forward looking event which ultimately led to Greenwich Mean Time, still the reference point for time around the world.

Also on this day in 1889 the screw bottle top was patented at the Hope Glass Works nearly Barnsley.

And finally on this day in 1964 Mick Jagger was fined £32 for driving a car without insurance in Liverpool.   He stated in court that he didn’t know the law applied in Liverpool.

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