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 2003.
Here are the stories from this day in history…
2 December 1899: Arsenal 2 New Brighton Tower 0 – NBT were one of the clubs created to fill a stadium. They resigned from the league in 1901.
2 December 1907: The Professional Footballers’ Association set up. The first football union was set up in 1898 but ran into difficulties. The PFA was then set up to replace it and became the longest surviving sports person’s union in the world.
2 December 1922: Frank Bradshaw’s first game. He became a pro with Wednesday and won the FA cup with the team before moving to Northampton in 1910, and then Everton, where he played 66 league games and scored 19 goals.
2 December 1922: Andrew Kennedy’s first game. He must be counted as one of Knighton’s better signings coming from 3rd Division South team Crystal Palace, and at the end of his first season for Arsenal winning two caps for Ireland.
2 December 1933: Arsenal 2 Liverpool 1 making it 8 wins and two draws in last 10. Hulme and Dunne scored
2 December 1936: Ted Drake scored three for England v Hungary. In all he played just five games for England but scored six goals in those games.
2 December 1936: Ray Bowden’s last game for England. In all he won six caps for England, and was one of the seven Arsenal players who played for England against Italy in the Battle of Highbury match, which England won 3–2.
2 December 1967: Pat Rice made his debut as a sub in 1-0 loss to Burnley but had to wait until 1970/71 to become a regular in the first team.
2 December 1970: Arsenal 4 Beveren Waas 0; Fairs cup 3rd round 1st leg. Kennedy 2, Sammels and Graham got the goals.
2 December 1995: Aston Villa 1 Arsenal 1 – one of four draws in a row, in the mid-season collapse. Platt got the goal in a sequence of just four goals in five games.
2 December 2003: Fabregas became the youngest Arsenal player ever to score in the League Cup as Arsenal beat Wolverhampton 5-1. First and last appearance for Michal Papadopulos.
2 December 2009: Man City 3 Arsenal 0 (league cup). Five Arsenal players were booked in the match.
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