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 20.
Our headline is taken from 20 October 1990.
The latest post from our series on Henry Norris at the Arsenal
Yesterday’s anniversaries are to be found at:
20 October 1905: The earliest history of Royal Arsenal and Woolwich Arsenal known to have been written was published in the part-work, the Book of Football. It was written by the club’s vice-chairman, Arthur Kennedy.
20 October 1906: A 1-0 win over Notts C gives Arsenal seven wins in the first nine; the club’s best first division start thus far.
20 October 1927: Eddie Hapgood signed from Kettering for £1000. See also here. It was reported that Chapman’s interview of Hapgood included questions about smoking and drinking. After the interview he offered Kettering the fee plus performance bonuses and a friendly match in which Arsenal guaranteed to bring some of their star players.
20 October 1928: David Jack’s debut. Newcastle 0 Arsenal 3. (Thompson 2 and Brain scored).
20 October 1934: Ted Drake became first Arsenal player to score a hat trick against Tottenham. The crowd of 70,500 set as the new Highbury record as Arsenal won 5-1. It was the third time Arsenal score 5+ in Allison’s opening 11 games. See also here
20 October 1954: Arsenal beat Racing Club de Paris in the Armistice series of games originally instituted by Herbert Chapman.
20 October 1958: Cliff Holton sold to Watford for £10,000. Graham Taylor who was with Watford when Cliff Holton died, is quoted as saying, on hearing the news of Holton’s death, that “He looked younger [ than his 67 years], fitter and there was so much to him…: an aura, a presence.”
20 October 1976: Arsenal lost 5-1 away to Aston Villa. Arsenal then went on and lost the next match 1-4 and 1-2. In the fourth game Arsenal beat Birmingham 4-0.
20 October 1984: Ian Allinson started a run of 8 goals in 9 games as Arsenal unveiled their the first ‘big screen’ at an English ground “the first of its kind in English football”. Arsenal beat Sunderland 3-2 to retain top position in the league.
20 October 1987: Steve Morrow played his first senior game for the floodlight opening match at Barnet. He went out on loan to Reading, Watford and Barnet, playing his first Arsenal game proper on 8 April 1992.
20 October 1990: Man U 0 Arsenal 1 – Arsenal deducted two points, after all the players except Seaman got involved in two minutes worth of pushing and shoving. For reasons that were never made clear Man U were only reduced one point, and the punishment was not used again for this type of “offence”.
20 October 1993: Arsenal 3 Standard Liege 0; CWC 2nd round. Wright (2) and Merson got the goals in front of 25,248.
20 October 2001: Arsenal 3 Blackburn 3. League match 9 of the third Double season. Pirès, Bergkamp and Henry scored. It was the seventh consecutive match unbeaten as Arsenal regained top position.
20 October 2007: Arsenal’s seventh straight win in the league beating Bolton 2-0. Rosicky and Toure scored. The unbeaten run lasted 15 games in all.
Also on this day in 1963 Pablo Picasso said, “One start to get young at the age of sixty and by then it is too late.”
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