Arsenal let a brilliant, brilliant player slip through their fingers

Here are the Anniversaries from 22 September  – part of our regular daily look at Arsenal’s history.

Yesterday’s anniversaries were:

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22 September 1894: The start of the first great league run – 7 games without defeat starting this day by beating Bury 4-2 at the start of Arsenal’s second league season.

22 September 1891: Charlie Buchan born in Plumstead.  He signed for Arsenal in 1909, but an argument with George Morrell relating to his expenses while he was training to be a teacher caused him to decline a professional contract, and he moved on to Northfleet United and then Leyton in the Southern League before being offered a contract by Sunderland.  And thus a truly brilliant player was lost, although he did finally return under Norris and Chapman.    Buchan’s first signing for Arsenal is here.

22 September 1897: Woolwich Arsenal were playing Loughborough in a United League game when the game was abandoned with 8½ minutes remaining – probably due to failing light.  Regulations in the United League were not as strict as those in the Football League and it was agreed that the remaining minutes be played on 22 December 1897 following the Football League fixture between the two clubs. Ten of the eleven players that played in the first fixture played in the second fixture, with Paddy Farrell playing in place of Frank McAvoy making Farrell Arsenal’s first substitute in a league match.

22 September 1954: Dave Bowen made his international debut.  He played 19 times for Wales and managed the principality from 1964 to 1974.

22 September 1970: Manu Petit born.  He began playing football at ES Arques-la-Bataille before being signed by Arsène Wenger AS Monaco at the age of 18. He went on to play 222 league games for Monaco.

22 September 1978: Chris Whyte given new contract.  He played 90 league games between 1978 and 1986 plus 13 on loan to Crystal Palace.  He was sold to New York Express, one of four US indoor football teams that Chris played for before ending his playing career in Finland in 2000.

22 September 1992: Cup Match 1 of Arsenal’s Cup Double season.  Arsenal 1 Millwall 1 in the League Cup.

22 September 1999: For only the ninth time Arsenal played a home match in front of 70,000+.  The match, at Wembley, was against AEK Athens and Arsenal won 3-1.  Ljungberg, Henry and Suker scored.

22 September 2001: League match 6 of the third Double season.  Arsenal 1 Bolton 1, with Jeffers scoring.  That made it three wins, two draws and one defeat, and left Arsenal in second place in the league.

22 September 2007: Adebayor scored three as Arsenal beat Derby 5-0 during a run of seven consecutive wins.

22 September 2008: Johan Djourou signed a new contract with Arsenal.  In all he stayed ten years at Arsenal playing 86 league matches before moving to Hanover.

22 September 2012: Park became the first Korean to score in the Spanish league, but despite scoring 25 goals in 91 games for Monaco he never attained such scoring ability again.


Elsewhere on this day, in 1985, the French Prime Minister finally admitted that the Greenpeace ship Rainbow Warrior was sunk by French agents.


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…

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