At last, a match fixing scandal that actually benefited Arsenal

This is our daily review of Arsenal anniversaries taken from the Arsenal day by day  files prepared by the AISA Arsenal History Society.

Below are the Anniversaries from 26 September.

26 September 1932: Debut for FR “Tiger” Hill in friendly v St Johnstone.  Aberdeen alleged that five of their players were involved in a match fixing betting scandal, but no charges were made either by the club or the authorities, although the players never played for the club again.  After the match fixing scandals before the 1st world war had all worked against Arsenal, this one benefited the club as Chapman moved quickly and signed Tiger Hill.   See also November / December 1915: the match fixing scandal comes to the fore: Norris is armed

26 September 1938: Ted Drake scored both goals as Arsenal win FA Charity Shield v PNE, 2-1.  As was the tradition at the time, the game was played not at Wembley but at one of the participants’ ground: in this case Highbury

26 September 1958.  Kenny Sansom born.  He started playing for Crystal Palace youth teams while at school, and made his first team debut aged 16. He captained Crystal Palace to win the FA Youth Cup and the England Youth team playing 172 for Palace before joining Arsenal.

26 September 1970.  Stoke City 5 Arsenal 0.  League match 10 of the first Double season.  Arsenal in 4th, but the away record reads won 1 drawn 2 lost 2, five goals for, 10 against.  Arsenal were unbeaten in the next 14.

26 September 1981: John Hawley debut for Arsenal in a 0-0 draw with Manchester United at Highbury.  He scored in his second game – a 1-2 away defeat to Notts County

26 September 1991: Joe Hulme died.  He worked in the second world war as a policeman and was manager of Tottenham from 1945 to 1949 and was the manager founding the side that won the league in 1951.  He then moved into journalism where he became highly established and recognised as a writer.  

26 September 1998: Sheffield Wednesday 1 Arsenal 0 – the champions’ first defeat of the season.  This was the game in which De Canio was sent off and then pushed the referee to the ground and was heavily criticised in the press for his lack of remorse.

26 September 2002: Arsenal beat Leeds away 4–1 to create record for scoring in 47 consecutive games, and for 22 away league games without defeat.

26 September 2003: After consecutive draws Arsenal beat Newcastle 3-2 with two from Henry and one from Gilberto Silva.  The 7th league match of the unbeaten season.

26 September 2010: The day it became clear that there was something seriously wrong with the official versions of Arsenal’s history as it was revealed that the story of Bobby Buist causing Arsenal to become professional could not possibly have happened.

26 September 2015: Leicester 2 Arsenal 5 was Leicester’s worst defeat and Arsenal’s best win of the season.  An Alexis hattrick plus goals from Walcott and Giroud gave Arsenal the win.

Yesterday’s anniversaries were:

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Elsewhere on this day, it is a day of birthdays.  Among the many born on this day were…

  • TS Eliot (1888), one of the greatest poets of the 20th century who wrote The Waste Land
  • George Gershwin, the composer of Porgy and Bess etc etc
  • Bryan Ferry who helped create Roxy Music with Brian Eno.


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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