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Below is our daily review of Arsenal anniversaries taken from the Arsenal day by day files prepared by the AISA Arsenal History Society. We expect to add another 1000 anniversaries to our files by the end of this year. The headline today is taken from 1918
12 January 1907: Arsenal started the journey to the Cup semi-finals for the second time with a 1-1 draw against Grimsby, but as with the previous year the final was a step too far.
12 January, 1912 The press reported meetings of the English and Scottish League regarding claims of unpaid player transfer fees including James Maxwell who after two appearances for Arsenal mysteriously “went missing”.
12 January 1918: Arsenal lost 1-4 “away” to Tottenham in the wartime league. Tottenham’s ground had been taken over by the military (probably for testing Enfield rifles) and so Tottenham were playing their “home” games at Highbury although a few were played at Clapton Orient’s ground..
12 January 1928: Andrew Kennedy sold to Everton. Kennedy played the first 13 games of 1925/6 before Bob John was moved into defence to replace him. He did however play in the last eight games of the 1926/7 season including the FA Cup Final. In all he played 129 times for Arsenal.
12 January 1935: Ehud (Tim) Rogers signed by Arsenal from Wrexham (of the 3rd Division North). One source quotes this date as 1934. He made 16 league appearances and scored 5 goals.
12 January 1993: Cup Match 7 in Arsenal’s Cup Double season. Arsenal 2 Nottingham F 0, in League Cup round 5. Ian Wright scored both goals. All in all Wright scored 10 in the FA Cup that season and five in the League Cup. No Arsenal player has ever scored more than these 15 Cup goals in one season.
12 January 1952: Norwich 0 Arsenal 5, FA Cup 3, on the way to another cup final. Lishman (2), Logie, Goring and Roper scored.
12 January 1974: having beaten Norwich in the cup the week before Arsenal repeated the result winning 2-0. 22,084 attended and Brady made an early appearance while reports suggested Kennedy appeared to have no interest at all in what was happening.
12 January 2003: Birmingham 0 Arsenal 4. Two goals from Henry against Birmingham City took his Arsenal total to 100 goals in all competitions.
12 January 2008: Arsenal 1 Birmingham 1. Part of a 14 match run of 12 wins and 2 draws. Untold Arsenal’s first ever report published on 14 Jan focused on organised time wasting while the ball was out of play with the report headlined, “Arsenal witness the end of football”.
12 January 2011: John Jensen who was implicated in the downfall of George Graham signed a 6 month contract with Blackburn as assistant manager.
12 January 2011: Ipswich 1 Arsenal 0, Football League Cup semi-final. Having beaten Tottenham, Newcastle and Wigan thus far there still were hopes of making the final.
12 January 2012: Philippa Dawson, a direct descendant of Jack Humble (Woolwich Arsenal’s first chairman, and a director into the 1920s) addressed an AISA Arsenal History Society meeting in the House of Commons. She was the first member of the family to do so for four generations. The meeting was also addressed by Jeremy Corbyn, MP for Islington North, who in 2015 became the Leader of the Labour Party.
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