When the referee put out his own team against Arsenal!

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 1894

Special feature:

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

Below are the Anniversaries from  November 12.  

12 November 1894.   David Howat’s benefit match against Roston Bourke’s XI.  Bourke was a leading referee and who had his own team which played games like this.  Arsenal won 6-2 and the game was attended by 1200 people.

12 November 1921: Arsenal 5 Birmingham 2.  This was the first time Arsenal scored five in a league game in the post 1st World War era.  It was also the only game of the season in which Arsenal scored more than three goals.

12 November 1932: Arsenal made it 11 wins, two draws and one defeat from the start of the season  with a 1-0 win over Newcastle.  This was also the first time the new West Stand was used by the paying public.

12 November 1963: Colin Hill born.  He played first for Hillingdon Borough before joining Arsenal as a schoolboy in 1977, becoming an apprentice in 1980, and then on 31 July 1981  Colin Hill signed professional terms.

12 November 2005: Death of Joe Wade aged 84  After playing 91 games for Arsenal he left in 1956 he returned to Hereford (then in the Southern League) as player-manager.  At Hereford he picked up some notable cup victories against league sides and won the Southern League and Cup double.  He left in 1962 to develop his sports shop business, but returned briefly in 1971 after John Charles left the club in 1971.

12 November 2007.   The win at Reading included Arsenal’s 1,000th Premier League goal, scored by Adebayor.  Flamini and Hleb got the other two in a 3-1 victory.

12 November 2012: Jenkinson signed a long term contract and subsequently went on loan to West Ham for 2014/15 and continued in 2015/16 to some considerable acclaim as a new settled defensive unit was forged by Arsene Wenger at Arsenal



Yesterday’s anniversaries:

How Arsenal showed the football world how to remember Armistice Day


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

Arsenal at the end of 1917. Crowds collapse, results poor, the war drags on.

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