New name agreed for Arsenal station, but no game in sight.


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 1932

Special feature:

Highbury: from start to end with previously unseen pictures of the end of the stadium.

Below are the Anniversaries from  November 5.

5 November 1889: One of the earliest reports ever of a floodlit game.  Woolwich Arsenal was not involved but the club followed the idea of stringing gas lights across the pitch – and it soon spread to other clubs.

5 November 1909: Frank Moss born in Leyland.  He is recorded as being registered first for Leyland Motors FC – a club which at the time just played friendlies rather than being in a league.

5 November 1932: Following the 8-2 win one week before Arsenal beat Wolverhampton 7-1 away.   Arsenal thus scored 3+ goals for the fifth league match running – a feat not repeated under 2008/9.  This was the first Saturday after the underground station opposite Highbury had its name change (it officially happened the previous Monday), but there was no game – not even a reserve game – to draw crowds to the newly named Arsenal (Highbury Hill) station.  That lack of even a reserve match at Highbury was unusual, and may have been agreed by the club to allow for more time to change the signs inside and outside the station over the weekend without crowd disruption.  The media certainly stated that it would take months for all the changes of the name to come into effect.

5 November 1932: Vic Groves born.   Like Danny Clapton he started out at Leytonstone, before moving on to Walthamstow Avenue, a club that had a number of links with Arsenal.

5 November 1937: Ray Bowden transferred to Newcastle for £5000 – an interesting profit for a player who was moving down a league and was starting to have injury problems with his ankle.   In all he played 138 matches for Arsenal and scored 43 goals.

5 November 1952: Jimmy Logie sole appearance for Scotland.  However he was more valued by Arsenal, playing 296 league games and winning the league twice and the FA Cup once with the club.

5 November 1956: Arsenal play British Olympic team, 20 years on from Bernard Joy captaining the British Olympic side.

5 November 1958: Last international appearance for Jackie Henderson.  He played seven times for Scotland but only scored one goal.

5 November 1977: Alan Sunderland’s first match, a 2-1 away win against Manchester Utd.  Macdonald and Stapleton got the goals in a run of six league games without a defeat.

5 November 1983: Tony Adams league début v Sunderland.  (“Building of the Back Four“)  Arsenal 1 Sunderland 2.  Tony Woodcock scored – it was his eighth goal in three consecutive games.

5 November 1987: Tom Parker died aged 89.  After the war he worked as a ship’s surveyor for Lloyd’s in Southampton Docks.  He also managed Norwich during two separate spells, and worked as chief scout for Southampton, finally retiring in 1975.

5 November 2001: Arsenal 4 Man U 0 in the league cup;  Wiltord scored a hat trick. It was the first and last appearance for Rohan Rickets and Carlin Itonga.

5 November 2005: Arsenal beat Sunderland 3-1 to go third despite suffering three defeats in first 8 games.  Van Persie scored the opener and Henry the other two.


Elsewhere on this day: 

November 5.  What happened in Britain?

It is of course the one date that most people in England know, and the only date (I think) in which we celebrate a revolution – or in this case, the failure of a revolution.  What is interesting however is just how few people know when the revolution was attempted.  (It was 1605).

Also on this day in 1912 the British Board of Film Censors was set up – one of the most appalling acts of art vandalism of all time.


Yesterday’s anniversaries:

Arsenal’s worst home league defeat under Wenger. But look at what then happened.


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

September 1917: Arsenal’s form definitely on the up.

A full index of the various series of articles on this site appears on the home page.

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