When Tottenham needed just one more point but blew it all away

These are the Arsenal anniversaries that we have found for this day.  A full list of all the anniversaries for the year appear in the month by month listings on this site.  See the index in the left column or on our home page.  Today’s headline story comes from 2016.


15 May 1916: The hated “entertainment tax” was introduced which raised the cost of entry to football matches by 50% to 100%.

15 May 1926: SK Slavia Ips Praha (Prague) 1 Arsenal 5 (Buchan, Brain 2, Ramsey, Lee).  For the second consecutive season Arsenal went on a European tour.

15 May 1971: John Roberts made his international début.  He only made 56 league starts for Arsenal, but 18 of those were in the first Double season.

15 May 1979: Arsenal played their one post-season friendly against Lyngby Boldklub  of Denmark. Macdonald once again played but was substituted, as Arsenal won 4-2.  Gatting, Brady, Price and Rix scored.

15 May 1990: David Seaman purchased from QPR for record fee.  He went on to play 405 league games for Arsenal and continued playing until 2004.

15 May 1993: FA Cup Final, Arsenal 1 – Sheffield W 1.  The second of the season’s three games against Sheff W at Wembley.  Cup match 17 of the Cup Double season.

15 May 1993: “Shouting for the gunners” entered the hit parade.  Remaining copies are not thought to get a high price on the antiques market.

15 May 2004: Arguably the greatest moment in the history of Arsenal.  Arsenal 2 Leicester 1.  The season was unbeaten.  See also the chronology  To their credit Leicester fans stayed to congratulate Arsenal as the team toured the pitch.  Dickov gave Leicester the lead, Henry scored a penalty on 47 minutes, Vieira got the winner on 66 mins.  Arsenal were 30 points ahead of Liverpool in fourth place.

15 May 2016: Arsenal sat third and Tottenham second in the league ahead of the final day’s games, with Tottenham needing just one point (at relegated Newcastle) to secure second and end above Arsenal for the first time since 1995.  Despite Newcastle having a man sent off, Tottenham lost 1-5, while Arsenal beat Villa 4-0 to secure second place, and achieve a St Totteringham’s Day victory once again.

The current series being explored on this site is “Henry Norris at the Arsenal” – details of all the other series we have covered can be found on the home page.  Some are given below

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