The real origins of the Arsenal clock and Totts v Arsenal as a surreal free-for-all

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

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10 September 1904: Arsenal’s first home match in the First Division.  Arsenal 0 Preston North End  0.  It took Arsenal four games to get a win, but ultimately they finished a creditable 10th out of 18 in the top league.

10 September 1910: Woolwich Arsenal 0 Sheffield United 0.  The crowd was 14,000 and the result left Arsenal with two draws and a defeat from the first three games,  At least having already lost three key players in the first two games there were no more injuries.  Arsenal were 12th out of 20, and just one point above the bottom placed club.

10 September 1930: The Daily Mirror published its picture of the clock with a 45 minute face was installed at the Laundry End of Highbury, a picture which thus help Arsenal History Society correct an error in the long-told but erroneous story about the origins of the Arsenal clock.

10 September 1931: Jimmy Brain sold to Tottenham for £2,500.  He had scored 125 goals in 204 league games but with his form failing and Jack Lambert, David Jack and Dave Halliday in the squad he was given a transfer.  He played 45 times for Tottenham in the league and scored 10.

10 September 1947.  Arsenal beat Bolton 2-0 to complete six straight wins at the start of the season for the first time ever.  Arsenal were not beaten until game 18 on November 29.

10 September 1958.  David Jack died, aged 60.  After retiring from playing, he became manager of Southend United, Middlesbrough and Shelbourne Utd, retiring in 1955.  

10 September 1962: David Court league debut in Aston Villa 3 Arsenal 1.  Joe Baker scored.  The result left Arsenal with five defeats and a draw in the last six games.

10 September 1968: Pat Rice international debut.  Between 1968 and 1979 he played 49 times for Northern Ireland.

10 September 1980: Graham Rix full international debut.  He had played seven times for England’s under 21s and went on to play 17 times for the first team but without scoring.

10 September 1988: Tottenham 2 Arsenal 3.  The “surreal free for all” as all five goals came in 12 minutes in the first half.

10 September 1994: Second consecutive 0-0 for Arsenal, and fourth goalless game in a row,  It was part of a run in which Arsenal won only two in the first eight games of the season.

10 September 1995: Last appearance of Eddie McGoldrick.  Man City 0 Arsenal 1.  After five games Rioch got his first win as Arsenal manager with Wright’s third goal of the season.

10 September 2002: Arsenal 2 Manchester City 1.  Arsenal went top after this 5th game unbeaten.  It was also the first of five consecutive wins.  Wiltord and Henry scored.

10 September 2008: Theo Walcott became the youngest player to score hat-trick for England in 4-1 win over Croatia played in Zagreb.

10 September 2011: After a strange transfer deadline day, two defeats and a goalless draw Arsenal got their first win of the season, 1-0 against Swansea with Arshavin scoring.

10 September 2016: Following one win, one draw and one defeat Arsenal beat Southampton with a goal from Cazorla in the fourth minute of added time.  Southampton had five players booked, four of them in the last eight minutes of the match.

Elsewhere on this day

1945: Nazi collaborator Vidkun Quisling, premier of Norway in World War II was sentenced to death.  His legacy is his name which is now a standard term for “a traitor who collaborates with the enemy”.


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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