Recovering from cancer he made a joke about Tottenham and then we won 2-0.

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 1980

17 November 1902: Woolwich Arsenal 2 Tottenham 1.  London League Premier Division.  The result saw Arsenal firmly in place at the top of the league after five straight victories.

17 November 1961: Eddie Clamp signed from Wolverhampton for £34,500.  He lasted for less than one season being transferred to Stoke in 1962 having played 22 league games and two FA Cup games.

17 November 1969: Arsenal beat Wimbledon 2-0 to win London Challenge Cup.  Arsenal appeared in the final 16 times, winning the competition 11 times.  This was Arsenal’s last appearance in the final.

17 November 1980: Pat Rice moved to Watford for £8000 after 391 league games six appearances as a sub and 12 goals.  According to Wiki “After making a recovery from cancer in March 2014 he returned to The Emirates at half-time during an FA Cup game against Everton, making a joke about Spurs. The Gunners went on to win the game 2–0.”

17 November 1984: Arsenal 1 QPR 0.  Tony Adams started his first long series of games as Arsenal gained their first win in five attempts.

17 November 1990: The deduction of two points from Arsenal following the Man U game appeared in the league table for the first time.

17 November 1993: Ian Wright scored four goals for England in a World Cup match v San Marino.

17 November 2001: Tottenham 1 Arsenal 1.  League match 12 of the third Double season.  Pirès put Arsenal ahead on 81 minutes but Tottenham equalised in the fourth minute of injury time.

17 November 2004: George Curtis died.  Having played for Arsenal, he went to Southampton in 1947 and gained the nickname “Twinkletoes”, and then moved to Valenciennes in France in August 1952. He later followed up his wartime Indian connections by coaching the Indian Olympic squad of 1948 before moving to be Chelmsford City’s player-coach, later coaching Sunderland, Brighton, Cambridge University, Hastings, Stevenage Town, Hull City, San Diego Toros, and Rosenborg in Norway, the Norwegian national team and finally in Qatar.

17 November 2009 Jay Emmanuel-Thomas loan to Blackpool ended.  It was his first of three loans while at Arsenal, after which he played for Ipswich, Bristol City and QPR, for whom he scored three goals in his first six games in 2015.

17 November 2012: After defeat to Man U and home draw with Fulham, Arsenal beat Tottenham 5-2.   The games came from Mertesacker, Podolski, Giroud, Cazorla and Walcott.

Special feature:

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


Also on this dayin 1925, The first drink driving law is passed in the UK.  The penalty for being found drunk while driving was set at four months imprisonment.

Yesterday’s anniversaries:

When Henry ran two miles after scoring against Tottenham and Mr Arsenal died


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

Arsenal in 1918: Chapman’s downfall, votes for women, schooling for all, Arsenal erratic

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