The run of successful Arsenal managers comes to an end.

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 9

Our headline story comes from 1910.

Yesterday’s anniversaries are to be found at:

The man who played 172 consecutive games for Arsenal.


9 October 1897: Arsenal boasted a crowd of 14,000 for second time in the league, in a 3-0 win over, perhaps reflecting anticipation among the crowd over the fact that Arsenal had beaten Luton 2-0 away the previous week.

9 October 1909: Arsenal 0 Nottingham Forest 1.  It made three defeats in a row, but at least the goal avalanche against the club (12 in the last two games) had stopped and there was a slight hope for better times.

9 October 1910: Jack Crayston born.  He played over 200 games for Arsenal from 1934 to the outbreak of war winning the league twice and FA Cup once.  He became assistant to Tom Whittaker in 1947 as manager and then took over on Tom’s death. He was the first manager since Herbert Chapman (appointed 1925) not to win the league and cup in his spell in charge.

9 October 1914: The Arsenal Football And Athletic Co Ltd became The Arsenal Football Club Ltd – the change of name coinciding with a new share issue on this day as Henry Norris continued to sell the club to local supporters and reduce his shareholding.

9 October 1976: Steve Gatting made his first appearance as sub in Peter Simpson Testimonial.  He had joined Arsenal as an apprentice in July 1975 and became a professional footballer two years later.

9 October 2001: Frank McLintock announced an auction of his medals, shirts and memorabilia.  He said that he was not struggling for cash, but since the medals etc were in a bank vault he never saw them.

9 October 2009: Gavin Hoyte was loaned to Brighton for the season.  (See also hereAnd here

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On this day in 1192 King Richard the Lionheart gave up his attempt to take control of Jerusalem, leaving the city in Muslim control.


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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.

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