Happy Birthday George Graham

This is our daily review of Arsenal anniversaries taken from the Arsenal day by day  files prepared by the AISA Arsenal History Society.  I am sorry the service is intermittent at the moment, as I am in Cyprus rather than England, but I will try and get some days’ anniversaries up while I am absent.

Our headline is taken from this day in 1902


30 November 1895 Charles Ambler played his one and only league game for Woolwich Arsenal having played previously for Royal Arsenal since 1891.  He first left Woolwich Arsenal without playing a league game, but then returned on 22 November 1895 from Tottenham.

30 November 1889: Royal Arsenal 13 Ordnance Store Corps 1, on way to first trophy: the Kent Junior Cup.

30 November 1893: James Boyle début in friendly v London Caledonians.  It is said in some references that he left Celtic and joined Clyde in 1893 after making just nine appearances but later that year he moved south. But at this point there are contradictions in the account of his career, Arsenal saying he came straight from Celtic in November 1893

30 November 1895: Charles Ambler made his one and only appearance for Arsenal in the league, despite having two spells with the club.  He had returned for his second period on 22 November, transferring from Tottenham, and on 30th played in the league match against Newton Heath.

30 November 1903: Woolwich Arsenal 4 The Army 0.

30 November 1910: Thomas Winship sold to Wallsend Park Villa, before returning slightly later, almost certainly on loan.  Arsenal appear to have retained his registration, and the matter was not fully settled until 1925.

30 November 1912: Final appearance of Alf Common in a 0-1 defeat to Blackburn.  It meant Arsenal had scored one in the last five.  In fact the run went on and indeed Arsenal scored only two goals in nine games.

30 November 1932: Arsenal 3 Racing Club de Paris 0

30 November 1944: George Graham born, the youngest of seven children from a poor Coatbridge family.  His father died on Christmas Day that year from TB, as did his eldest sister in 1951.  

30 November 1946: Joe Mercer debut v Bolton, a 2-2 draw.  The result made it six games without a win.

30 November 1965: Arsenal 3 Moscow Dynamo 0 in a friendly game.

30 November 1983: Niall Quinn joined Arsenal from school.  He had played Gaelic football, and hurling, including taking a one-month tour of Australia

30 November 1994: Vince Bartram first appearance (as sub keeper) v Sheffield W in league cup.   Arsenal won 2-0 to reach the 5th round.  Morrow and Wright got the goals.

30 November 1997: Arsenal 0 Liverpool 1 left Arsenal with only two wins in eight league games.  This was the fifth game in six in consecutive matches in which Arsenal failed to score – which didn’t make it seem like league game 16 of the 2nd Double Season.   The second double: part 1, part 2, part 3.

30 November 2003 Arsenal 0 Fulham 0 – the first failure to score in 46 consecutive matches at Highbury.  The 14th league match of the unbeaten season, and the start of a period in which Arsenal drew three games in four.

30 November 2016: Arsenal played Southampton in the quarter-finals of EFL Cup, with a team with 10 changes from the last game, but Southampton won 2-0, the first defeat on Arsenal since the opening day of the season.  Arsenal were however to get their own back in the FA Cup later in the season.

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

Arsenal in the summer of 1918. The new league planned as the end of the war approaches.

Special feature:

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


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