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The latest post from our series on Henry Norris at the Arsenal
Today’s headline story comes from 1920
5 March 1892: After many clubs dropped out of the attempt to form a Southern League the remainder (but without Arsenal) moved towards forming The Southern Alliance, a league that lasted just one season.
5 March 1897: The Kentish Mercury reported that 54 people had applied for the job of Arsenal manager, showing that the fame of the first League club in the south had clearly grown.
5 March 1910: Last senior game for Charles Satterthwaite – the man who scored Arsenal’s first ever 1st division goal. Millwall Athletic 3 Woolwich Arsenal 3. He did not join another club and retired from football aged 32.
5 March 1910: Archie Devine won his one and only cap. In his career he had 14 transfers and played for 11 different clubs.
5 March 1920: Sir Henry Norris was very active in Parliament working to stop bent bookmakers using football as a way of offering ludicrous odds to the detriment of punters. On this day he moved the second reading of the Ready Money Football Betting Bill which he had earlier introduced but very noticeably without the support of Sir Samuel Hill-Wood MP.
5 March 1927: Arsenal 2 Wolverhampton 1. FA Cup 6th round on the way to the first ever final. Blyth and Butler scored in front of 52,821 – Highbury’s largest crowd of the season. Two days later Arsenal lost 0-7 to WHU.
5 March 1932: Arsenal were at home to Leicester. With Lambert and Parkin both injured Chapman acted and thus Ernie Coleman was signed from Grimsby. The day after his signing (5 March) he played his first Arsenal game.
5 March 1938: A 4-0 home win over Stoke took Arsenal top – as Arsenal moved on to win the league. Carr, Griffiths (2) and Drake got the goals. It was the last of a seven match unbeaten run.
5 March 1938: Arsenal announced the signing of 20 year old Gordon Bremmer from Cartha Athletic – who went on to make his debut (and score his first goal) on 9 April.
5 March 1949: Burnley 1 Arsenal 1 (Lishman). After 3 consecutive wins, Arsenal started a run of 6 draws and 1 defeat in 7 games.
5 March 1966: Gus Caesar born. He joined Arsenal in August 1982 becoming a pro in February 1984 playing in the heart of the defence or full back. He was highly praised for his first match (away to Man U on 21 December 1985) and seen as a great prospect. He got three England under 21 caps in 1987 and in 1987/8 graduated to a fairly consistent position in the first team.
5 March 1977: Willie Young debut. Arsenal 1 Ipswich 4. Terry Neill said of him after this match, “he tried to play like Pele”. This was the 5th consecutive defeat in the record breaking run.
5 March 1980: Arsenal 5 Gothenburg 1. Cup Winners Cup. (Sunderland 2, Price, Brady and Young got the goals).
5 March 1986: Luton 3 Arsenal 0 FA Cup 5th round 2nd replay in a month in which Arsenal achieved four league wins and suffered three league defeats.
5 March 1994: Ipswich 1 Arsenal 5 provided the setting for Ian Wright’s fifth hat trick. It came after six games in which Arsenal scored just four goals in total, and was followed by Southampton 0 Arsenal 4.
5 March 2002: Arsenal beat Derby to go top in win number 4 of 13 consecutive wins. League match 29 of the 3rd Double season
What’s on the Arsenal History Society site
Our current series is “Henry Norris at the Arsenal” An index to the various series that contain over 1,900 articles on this site concerning the history of Arsenal appears on our home page. Previous series have covered Arsenal in the 1930s, Arsenal in the 70s, the Royal Arsenal years, and many individual players.
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