The Arsenal Anniversary Files
Below 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”
You can find an index to all the anniversary files in the Pages section on the left… just scroll down.
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26 June 1875: Ly Burrows born in Northumberland. He played in Glasgow and Sheffield, before playing for Woolwich Polytechnic while a student there and was given his chance with Arsenal while still only 16 in January 1892.
26 June 1939: Wilf Wash sold to Derby. He had spent two years at Margate before making his three league appearances as a forward, but was not considered up to the standard required and was transferred shortly before the outbreak of war.
26 June 2012: Olivier Giroud agreed to join Arsenal.
26 June 1970: Ex-Arsenal captain Terry Neill joined Hull as player manager. He was at the 2014 FA Cup final between Arsenal and Hull as a man with connections with both sides and gave a half-time interview pitchside which he hopefully subsequently regretted.
26 June 1972: Frank Stapleton signed from school as an apprentice (having tried his hand first with Man U) and played his first game in 1975 against Leicester in a 1-1 home draw. It was Mee’s last season and Arsenal finished 17th in the league.
26 June 1987: Samir Nasri born in Marseille and joined Olympique de Marseille aged nine, spending seven years in the youth academy at La Commanderie.
26 June 1998: Gavin McGowan sold to Luton Town, having played seven times. His league career was cut short by injury and he moved on to play non-league football before retiring aged 25 to become a sports teacher.
26 June 2012: Olivier Giroud joined Arsenal from Montpellier for about £9.6m. He had scored 30 goals in 61 games for Tours and then 33 goals in 73 games for Montpellier. (Giroud scores his first goal)
26 June 2014: With additional funds pouring into the club Arsenal announced its biggest clear outs of all time with 11 players leaving the club on 30 June as their contracts expired. Denilson, Arshavin and Sanchez Watt were among those leaving. Sagna spoke on TalkSport claiming he was not leaving Arsenal for the money.