After just one Arsenal win in nine should the manager be sacked?

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 16.  

Our headline story comes from 1926.

16 October 1909: Arsenal lost away to Sunderland 6-2; goalkeeper Hugh MacDonald returned but was probably still not fit.  However the keeper kept his place for the rest of the season and Arsenal won the next match 1-0.

16 October 1919 Frederick Pagnam signed from Liverpool, after standing out against the match fixing scandal that besieged Liverpool and Man U.  The transfer was one of the first episodes that disproved the “Knighton Thesis” that the manager had his scouting networks wound up by Sir Henry Norris.

16 October 1926 Arsenal 2 WHU 2 leaving Arsenal with just one win in nine, with Lambert and Brain scoring.  After coming second the season before there must have been disappointment, but the crowds kept on growing.  35,534 turned up for this game.  It raises the question: how long should a manager be given?  Thankfully Sir Henry Norris gave Chapman time although the club had to wait to 1930 for the trophies to start happening.

16 October 1954: Wally Barnes won his 22nd and final cap for Wales.  Ralph Guthrie played his second and final game in goal for Arsenal, a 0-1 home defeat to Portsmouth.

16 October 1965: Arsenal lost away to Blackpool 3-5 – the last five goal defeat until the 70/71 Double season when Arsenal lost 5-0 to Stoke.  Armstrong and Radford plus an o.g. were gave Arsenal their goals.

16 October 1961: Paul Vaessan born.  Arsenal was his only club, his sublime talent and promising career cut short by injury.

16 October 1976: Arsenal 2 Stoke 0.  The 353rd and final league game for John Radford v Stoke City.  Rice and Macdonald scored for Arsenal’s 5th win in nine.  

16 October 2004: The last of the great 49 unbeaten, a 3-1 home win over Aston Villa.  The victory made it eight wins and a draw so far in the season.  Pires got two and Henry the other.

16 October 2012: Steve Gatting took over as under 18s coach having previously worked at Christ’s Hospital school in the same position.

Yesterday’s anniversaries are to be found at:

Arsenal’s most prolific scorer suffers a broken ankle.


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Arsenal in wartime: November and December 1916

January 1917 will be published today.


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16 October 1987 was the day when the British weather forecasters totally missed the arrival of worst storm for 300 years.  18 died and over £100 million worth of damage was reported.

The Met Office blamed a faulty computer


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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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