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.
12 June 1945: Pat Jennings born. In his early years he played for Shamrock Rovers and Newry Unite, and had a spell playing Gaelic football before joining Watford in 1963.
12 June 1946: Bobby Gould born. He started his career with Coventry, making his debut for them at the age of 16, before joining Arsenal in 1968. In all he played for nine and managed 11 clubs.
12 June 1951: Final appearance for Ian McPherson. He played 152 games for Arsenal before moving back to Notts County – the club from which he had been signed in 1946. He was a regular in the championship team of 1948.
12 June 1974: Death of Peter Dougall who played 21 league games for Arsenal in the 1930s.
12 June 1980: Clive Allen was signed by Arsenal from QPR in one of the strangest transfers ever. He never played for Arsenal in the league (although he played in three pre-season friendlies) and moved to Crystal Palace in a swap deal for Kenny Sampson before the season began.
12 June 1998. Emmanuel Petit played for France in their opening world cup game. He played 63 times for France and scored three goals including one in the world cup final.
12 June 2001: Nelson Vivas moved to Inter on a free transfer. He played 69 times for Arsenal scoring one goal, moving first to Celta de Vigo on loan before moving on to Italy.
12 June 2008: Derek Tapscott died. After retiring from playing football he worked in the sporting goods business until retiring in 1997. He also wrote an autobiography, Tappy.
12 June 2009: Fabianski signed a four year contract with Arsenal which ended with him lifting the FA Cup. He then moved on a free transfer to Swansea having refused to sign a new contract with Arsenal.
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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