When all of Highbury told the football authorities where they could put their 2 point deduction.

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


Here are the anniversaries for today. Our headline comes from 6 May 1991.

6 May 1910: In one of several attempts to rescue Woolwich Arsenal financially, shares went on sale at £1 each, the money payable in instalments.  The aim was to sell £2000-worth but by the close of the sale two weeks later only £1200 had been applied for, and so the offer failed.

6 May 1916: Arsenal v Rest of London. Testimonial for Bob Benson.  On 19 February he played in a London Combination match and although retired, made up the numbers. He collapsed on the pitch in the second half and died in the changing rooms a little later of a burst blood vessel.  He was just 33.

6 May 1922: After a dismal season which included 5 consecutive defeats Arsenal rounded the league off with four wins and a draw in the last five to finish with Arsenal 1 Bradford C 0 and 17th place in the league.

6 May 1933: Herbert Chapman ended his final complete season with a 3-1 defeat at Sheffield U, having already won the league for the second time in three years.

6 May 1936: England lost to Austria 2-1 and the side included Male, Hapgood (captain) Crayston, Copping, Bastin and Bowden – six players, just one short of the record seven, also held by Arsenal.

6 May 1939: Arsenal 2 Brentford 0.   Last appearance for Eddie Hapgood and also Leslie Jones.   The game was used in the film Arsenal Stadium Mystery.  Although three matches were played for the 1939/40 season it was then abandoned and this was the last “official” league game until 31 August 1946.     See also here

6 May 1953: Jackie Henderson first international cap.  His international career was more or less over by the time he came to Arsenal in 1958, but he still delivered as a powerful forward.

6 May 1968: Ray Kennedy joined as an apprentice.  He became an invaluable member of the 1970/1 Double side, but then moved on to Liverpool.

6 May 1972: Arsenal, the cup holders, lost the cup final to Leeds 0-1.  There was a feeling that there were more triumphs to come but the club did not surface again as a challenger until the end of the decade.

6 May 1974: The friendly Kettering v Arsenal was played to celebrate opening of the club’s new stand.  John Matthews first game.  It also marked a link between the clubs going back to the 19th century.

6 May 1978: Arsenal lost the FA Cup final to Ipswich which they had been widely tipped to win.  Ipswich approached the game claiming they had to play injured players to make up the numbers, but it was Arsenal who performed poorly to lose 1-0.

6 May 1990: Tony Adams crashed his car and was found to have four times the legal alcohol limit within his blood.  He subsequently gave up drinking and set up the Sporting Chance Clinic to help others who suffered the same addiction.

6 May 1991: Arsenal 3 Man U 1.  Arsenal had won the league before kick off with just one defeat and received a guard of honour from Man U.  Supporters sang one song (in reference to the 2 point deduction) through the entire game as Alan Smith gained the first hat trick by any Arsenal player in the season.

6 May 1993: Sheffield W 1 Arsenal 0.  First game for Gavin McGowan and Scott Marshall.  McGowan had won the youth cup, and played seven league games.  Marshall played 23 league games before moving on to Brentford.

6 May 1998: Liverpool 4 Arsenal 0, but Arsenal had celebrated as champions in Game 37 of the 2nd Double season having won the league the game before.   The second double: part 1, part 2, part 3.

6 May 2000: Arsenal 2 Chelsea 1 meant Arsenal finished second, as Leeds and Liverpool failed to win their respective matches.  Henry scored both to make him top league scorer for the season with 17 – exactly as Anelka had the previous season.

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