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 12.
Our headline story comes from 1893, Arsenal’s first season in the Football League
12 October 1884: Jock Rutherford was born. He won three league titles and an FA Cup winners medal with Newcastle, before moving to Arsenal in 1906.
12 October 1912: Arsenal 0 Chelsea 1 in front of 20,000. The result left Arsenal with only one win from the first eight, and the press report made particular mention of the jubilation of the visiting fans.
12 October 1935 Don Howe born; one of the men who both played for Arsenal and managed the team.
12 October 1940: Dave Bacuzzi born in Islington. His Arsenal career took off with two promising seasons at right back, before he moved back to the Reserves with whom he won the Combination.
12 October 1953: Arsenal 3 Blackpool 1 at Highbury in the Charity Shield – making it the 7th time Arsenal had won the trophy.
12 October 1965: Arsenal played Israel in a friendly. The result was a 2-2 draw.
12 October 1974: Having played 10 of the 12 opening games of the season John Matthews is made the fall guy for poor results and is dropped.
12 October 1994: Northampton’s three sided ground closed after this final match; with their new ground ultimately incorporating the Dave Bowen stand, named after the ex-Arsenal player who became the most successful Northampton manager in the club’s history.
12 October 1996: Arsène Wenger’s first match, a 0-2 victory at Blackburn. Up to this moment he had been seeing out his contract in Japan. Ian Wright scored the first Wenger goal.
12 October 1999: Only 15,239 turn up for the league cup game v Preston. Arsenal won 2-1. Kanu and Malz scored.
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