The Anniversary Files
Here are the Arsenal (and occasionally one or two non-Arsenal) anniversaries for today taken from the complete files of over 6000 Arsenal anniversaries which appear on the Arsenal History Society website. An index to the Anniversary files can be found in the left column of this site under “Pages”
The current historical series on this site is Henry Norris at the Arsenal. An index of all our series can be found on the home page.
6 June 1891: Alf Singleton (who went on to become a leader of the 1893 split of the club) was elected top of the poll to the Committee of RAFC. One year later, as a result of his expression of his views on the future of the club, he lost his place, coming bottom of the poll.
6 June 1903: At the meeting which created Fulham Football and Athletic Club Company Limited, Henry Norris was elected the company’s first chairman. He took up the reigns at Arsenal in 1910, but did not break with Fulham until after the first world war following a dispute over the post-war cup match between Fulham and Arsenal.
6 June 1906: Archie Low was transferred from Ashfield in Glasgow. He only went on to play three games for Arsenal before moving back to Scotland.
6 June 1910: At a meeting in Rotherhithe, the supporters committee set up to rescue Arsenal resolved not to hand over any of the money it had raised to Henry Norris and William Hall, pending further developments, but instead they applied for shares in the new limited company set up to rescue Arsenal.
6 June 1930: John Butler (the man who played for Arsenal at the heart of their “WM” tactical revolution in 1925) was sold to Torquay United.
6 June 1937: Final game (v Feyenoord) of Alex James, arguably our greatest ever player. He played 231 league games as an inside forward scoring 26 goals. He later became a youth coach but died of cancer aged 51.
6 June 1985: Fifa extended Uefa’s ban on English clubs in Europe to a worldwide ban lasting an indefinite amount of time but excluded from the ban the England national team.
6 June 1990: Gavin Andrew Hoyte was born. He signed for Arsenal aged nine, and became captain of the under 18 and the reserve teams. However he only played one senior league game for the club.
6 June 2002: Henry, Vieira and Wiltord all played for France in a World Cup game against Uruguay. The score was 0-0 but Henry was given a red card on 25 minutes.
6 June 2014: Elias Chatzitheodoridis, a defender, joined Arsenal from Mas Kallitheakos for an undisclosed fee.
7 June 1941: Tim Rogers played in a wartime international for Wales against England. England won 3-2.
7 June 1947: Arsenal lost 1-2 to Sheffield United away in the final league match of the season – the only time AFC have played a league match in June. The season was extended because of the number of postponements due to the exceptionally bad winter weather.
7 June 1948: Alf Morgan (also known as Stan Morgan) was transferred from Arsenal to Walsall. He was on Arsenal’s books for 1946 to 1948 but played just twice in the league.
7 June 2013: David Bentley once of Arsenal, and who had pushed for a transfer in order to get the games he felt he deserved, was released by Tottenham, and heard of no more in football. He then set up his own restaurant.
The current series: Covering all aspects of the life and work of the man who rescued Arsenal from extinction, secured the club’s future by moving it to Highbury, and then brought in Herbert Chapman as manager, our current series of articles is on Henry Norris at the Arsenal. The articles thus far are here.
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