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 this day in 1977
Below are the Anniversaries from November 2.
2 November 1889: Royal Arsenal 4 Unity 1 (London Senior Cup). This match was the start of Royal Arsenal’s journey to the LSC cup final (which was lost against Old Westminsters). Meanwhile on the same day…
2 November 1889: Arsenal reserves beat Lewisham 9-1 on their way to Arsenal’s first ever silverware.
2 November 1895: W R Elcoat (Arsenal’s second manager) had a letter published in Los Angeles Sporting Life, as chairman of the Cleveland and South Durham Baseball Association.
2 November 1907: Arsenal 5 Sheffield U 1 (division 1). In some sources the Woolwich Arsenal v Chelsea match is quoted as being on this day. It was the fifth league game in a row without defeat for Arsenal.
2 November 1928: Ray Daniel born. He started at his local club Swansea Town and in 1946, as clubs started to get themselves together for the first post-war championship he was signed by Arsenal. His elder brother had also played for Arsenal but died in the second world war aged 18.
2 November 1935: The result Brentford 2 Arsenal 1 left the three times consecutive champions with just five wins in the first 15 games.
2 November 1946: Bernard Joy played his last league game; it ended Arsenal 2 Sheffield Utd 3. It was Arsenal’s eighth defeat in 13 league games.
2 November 1977: Trevor Ross sold to Everton for £170,000. Of his last match (a reserve game) Ross claimed Terry Neill said, “You, Off. You don’t want to play for this club so get off.” His comment thereafter was, “So me being me and the attitude I had took off my shirt and threw it in his face.”
2 November 1977: Alan Sunderland transferred to Arsenal for £220,000. He made 23 appearances in the rest of the season and scored four goals, playing alongside Brady, Macdonald, Stapleton and Rix.
2 November 1983: Martin Hayes turned pro having joined Arsenal as an apprentice in 1982 playing centre forward and left wing.
2 November 1984: Man U 4 Arsenal 2 as Arsenal’s run at the top of the league ended. It started a run of just two wins in six. Allinson and Woodcock scored the goals.
2 November 1991: Arsenal 0 West Ham Utd 1. Michael Thomas’ last game. It started a run of one win in five.
2 November 1996: Wimbledon 2 Arsenal 2 . A run of 10 games unbeaten left Arsenal top of the league. Wright and Merson got the goals.
2 November 2010: Benik Afobe went on loan to Huddersfield Town where he played 28 games and scored five goals before moving on to Reading.
Elsewhere on this day:
In 1960 a British jury found that the book Lady Chatterley’s Lover was not obscene, nor liable to deprave or corrupt those who read it. In one of the most insane speeches ever made by prosecuting council in the 20th century, the lead barrister told the jury that this was not a book they would like their wives or servants to read.
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