An almighty Arsenal victory over Manchester United

This is our daily review of Arsenal anniversaries taken from the Arsenal day by day  files prepared by the AISA Arsenal History Society.

Our headline is taken from 21 October 1961

Below are the Anniversaries from  October 21.  

21 October 1912: Athletic News announced, wrongly, that Arsenal would move to Harringey Park the following summer.  The most likely explanation was that Henry Norris had been spotted as he toured the area looking at possible sites although it is quite possible that Norris had his car park at the site, having had his driver drop him off in Highbury.

21 October 1939:  Arsenal beat Charlton 8-4 in the wartime League south “A”.

21 October 1961: Arsenal beat Manchester United 5-1; biggest win over Man U at Highbury.  Skirton (2) Eastham, Barnwell, Ward got the goals in front of 54,099

21 October 1967: Ian Ure won his final Scotland cap.  He played 11 times for Scotland and four times for the Scottish League.

21 October 1998.  Arsenal drew 1-1 with Dynamo Kiev with the club’s 7th highest home crowd of all time.   Bergkamp got the goal and Silvestre scored an own goal

21 October 2008: Fenerbahçe 2 Arsenal 5.  Adebayor, Walcott, Diaby, Song and Ramsey scored. It meant Arsenal had nine goals in the last two champions league games.


The latest post from our series on Henry Norris at the Arsenal

Arsenal in February 1917: Arsenal on the up, George Allison’s contribution.

Yesterday’s anniversaries are to be found at:

Arsenal deducted points for bad player behaviour


Also on this day in 1917 Dizzy Gillespie, the jazz trumpet player was born.  His work, “Night in Tunisia” remains one of the all time greatest pieces of jazz ever created.

The current series from the Arsenal History Series being developed on this site is  Henry Norris at the Arsenal, covering all aspects off the life and work of the man who rescued Arsenal from extinction, secured the club’s future by moving it to Highbury, and then brought in Herbert Chapman as manager.

The previously untold tale of how it was that Norris came to choose Highbury as the suitable location for Arsenal’s new ground.

The series is being worked on daily, and the articles thus far are here.

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