Tony Adams brave stand, and changing, unchanging and rechanging the ref’s decision

Here are the Anniversaries from 14 September  – part of our regular daily look at Arsenal’s history.

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14 September 1901: Alex James born in Lanarkshire.  He joined Raith Rovers in 1922 and played almost 100 league games for them before joining Preston NE in 1925.

14 September 1923: Doug Lisham born in Birmingham.  Having served in the Royal Marine Commandos during the Second World War and taking part in the Walcheren Island landing in Holland he signed as a professional for Walsall in the run up to the return of football after the second world war in August 1946 and in May 1948 moved to Arsenal for £10,500.

14 September 1949: Freddie Cox Arsenal home debut having signed from Tottenham. – Arsenal 4 WBA 1.  Lewis, Goring, Roper and Barnes scored.  Freddie went on to play 79 games for Arsenal in the league, scoring nine goals.

14 September 1991: Crystal Palace 1 Arsenal 4.  The start of a run of four successive wins in which Arsenal score 20 goals, after just 10 in the first seven matches.  

14 September 1996: Tony Adams admitted he was an alcoholic.  He recovered however, to become the first player ever to captain a league winning team in three different decades.

14 September 1999: Fiorentina 0 Arsenal 0.  It was the start of the second season of playing Champions League games at Wembley.  Arsenal won only one of the games, and the experiment came to an end, although it showed Arsenal could get crowds of over 70,000 when space was available.

14 September 2002: Arsenal beat Charlton 0-3 to continue the unbeaten start to the season.  As Double winners the previous season Arsène Wenger said, “We know we can win the league. We know we can be stronger. At this stage last season we were not as good as we are now.”  Arsenal did win the cup but came second in the league.

14 September 2004: Arsenal 1 PSV Eindhoven 0 in the first match of the Champions League group stage. Arsenal then drew the next four matches but following a 5-0 win in the final game, topped the group.

14 September 2005: Arsenal’s lowest attendance of the season against Thun in Champions League.  Capacity at the Emirates was always reduced for Champions League games due to the demands of Uefa.

14 September 2009: Eduardo’s two match ban for “deceiving the referee” was annulled after it was not established that the referee had been deceived.  The precedent of challenging, changing and then un-changing the referee’s decision was set.

14 September 2013: Arsenal went top of the league after 3-1 away win to Sunderland.  Game 9 in the sequence of the all-time record of away wins.  Giroud and Ramsey (2) got the goals.


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.

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