The man who played 172 consecutive games for 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  October 8

  • Our headline story comes from 1932

8 October 1891: Royal Arsenal beat Royal Engineers Training Battalion 8-0.

8 October 1930: Arsenal won the Charity Shield for first time beating Sheffield Wednesday in a match played at Stamford Bridge in front of 25,000.  Arsenal were in their first Charity Shield game having beaten Huddersfield Town in the FA Cup final the previous April.  

8 October 1932: Final appearance of Tom Parker – the club’s first trophy winning captain.  He became player manager of Norwich City and took them to the championship in 1933/4.  He played 172 consecutive league games for Arsenal (a record) and in all played 258 league games for the club in addition to 246 for Southampton.  He later managed Southampton before returning to Norwich for a second spell.  He died at the age of 89 in 1987.

8 October 1936: Pat Beasley sold to Huddersfield for £750. He later moved to Fulham with whom who won a second division champions medal, was player manager for Bristol City, and manager of Birmingham, from 1950 to 1958.  

8 October 1960: Last senior game for Jimmy Bloomfield.   He was transferred to Birmingham, where he spent four years, played in a second Fairs Cup final, again on the losing side before winning the league cup with Birmingham in 1963 scoring a goal in the final.

8 October 1991: Jimmy Carter signed from Liverpool for £500,000.  During the 3.5 years Carter spent with Arsenal the club won three different cups, but Carter managed only 25 games and two goals and did not play in any of the finals.

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