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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 3 October


Yesterday’s anniversaries are to be found at:

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Coming up later today: the rarely published league tables and player performance data from the first two wartime leagues.


Today’s anniversaries

3 October 1896: Arsenal played their second game in the United League – a 2-2 home draw against Luton Town – with a not insignificant crowd of 8000 – very high for the United League.  

3 October 1903: 20,000 in crowd the Man U home game, compared with 1,000 for the next away game!  Arsenal won 4-0, making it 21 goals for and 0 against in the first five games of the season.  The next game was away to Glossop.

3 October 1925: After losing 0-7 to Newcastle Chapman and Buchan transform Arsenal’s tactics – but it is not just WM that makes the difference.  This is the third 0-7 defeat for Arsenal in the first division – and certainly the one with the most implications.  Buchan’s first signing for Arsenal is here.

3 October 1936: 79th and final league appearance of Pat Beasley v Man Utd. He was signed by Chapman but missed out on honours.  However he played in the cup final of 1938 for Huddersfield, and guested for Arsenal during the war.

3 October 1958: Jackie Henderson signed from Wolverhampton for £17,500.  Wolverhampton hardly used him as they became champions and sold him on at a profit.

3 October 1958: John Snedden joined as an amateur from Bonnyvale Star Juniors.   Turning pro a few months after joining he started his career on 16 January 1960 in a game away to Tottenham, his only game of that season.

3 October 1970: On the way to the double Kennedy scored his first hattrick as Arsenal beat Nottm Forest 4-0 in match 11 of the first Double season.  The start of a 14 match unbeaten run.

3 October 1972: John Roberts final game in league cup v Rotherham for £150,000. He later featured for Wrexham and Hull City and finally for non-league Oswestry Town.   He subsequently went on to work as a stationery salesman and as a driving instructor.

3 October 1989: Arsenal beat Plymouth 6-1 away in the League Cup in front of 17,360.  Thomas (3), Smith, Groves and OG.   Having beaten Plymouth 2-0 at Highbury Arsenal went on to beat Liverpool before losing to Oldham.  

3 October 1999: The run of three victories through September is disrupted by an away defeat to WHU.  Vieira confronted Ruddock and was subsequently charged, banned for six matches and fined a record £45,000 by the FA.  He apologised in a very personal commentary about his family and his brother.

3 October 2014: Brian Mcdermott returned to Arsenal after being sacked by Leeds as manager and joined the scouting team, as assistant to the chief scout.

On this day in 1991 Sir Allan Green QC, the Director of Public Prosecutions resigned after being stopped by police for kerb crawling around King’s Cross.  It was revealed he was a regular tourist in the area late at night.  His motto had been that the legal system and public prosecutions within them needed to be “fair, competent and nationwide”.

Except of course on the roads around Kings Cross.



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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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