Topping the League for the first time in 12 years, and the first ever league weekend.

Here are the Anniversaries from 8 September  – part of our regular daily look at Arsenal’s history.  And you might enjoy the review of Lady Chatterley in “elsewhere on this day”, below.

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8 September 1888: The first Football League games were played – although without complete agreement on how the League table would be constructed.  The first ever League goal was an own goal by Aston Villa defender Gershom Cox.

8 September 1894: Henry Boyd scored his first goal.  Of all the players who played 30+ games for the club he had the highest goals to games ratio scoring 32 goals in 41 league games between September 1894 and December 1896.

8 September 1954: First of just two games for goalkeeper Ralph Guthrie.  A 2-1 away defeat to Manchester City.  He signed from Tow Law Town but after two seasons moved on to Hartlepools Utd.

8 September 1970.  Arsenal offered £125,000 for WBA midfielder Bobby Hope but the deal came to nothing and Hope stayed at Albion until 1972, when he moved to Birmingham City.

8 September 1984: Arsenal topped the league for first time in 12 years after beating Liverpool 3-1 at Highbury in front of 50,006.  Arsenal had won three, drawn one and lost one – but sadly slipped in the next match – a 2-1 defeat to Ipswich.

8 September 2001: Chelsea 1 Arsenal 1.  League match 4 of the third Double season.  Henry scored, and after four games Arsenal had two wins one defeat and one draw.  But perhaps more interestingly, Arsenal had scored 10 and conceded 3.

8 September 2016: Crystal Palace signed Matt Flamini who had been released at the end of the 2015/16 season.  He thus made his final transfer move without once having been the subject of a transfer fee.

Elsewhere on this day in 1960, Penguin Books went on trial for publishing an obscene book: Lady Chatterley’s Lover by DH Lawrence.  Reviewing the book one year later, after publication, “Field and Stream” magazine said “This pictorial account of the day to day life of an English game-keeper is full of considerable interest to outdoor minded readers.  Unfortunately one is obliged to wade through many pages of extraneous material.  In this reviewer’s opinion, the book cannot take the place of JR Miller’s “Practical Gamekeeping”


The current series from the Arsenal History Series being developed on this site is  Henry Norris at the Arsenal, covering all aspects off the life and work of the man who rescued Arsenal from extinction, secured the club’s future by moving it to Highbury, and then brought in Herbert Chapman as manager.

The previously untold tale of how it was that Norris came to choose Highbury as the suitable location for Arsenal’s new ground.

The series is being worked on daily, and the articles thus far are here.

Among the many other series we have run are…

There are details of many other series covered by this site on our home page.

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