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18 years ago today one of our greatest ever players signed for just £6m

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”

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3 July 1915: After a vigorous campaign against football continuing during the war (combined with a similar campaign to ensure horse racing did continue) the Football League confirmed that there would be no 1915/16 professional season but clubs could organise regional leagues in which players would not be paid, and “guest” appearances would be allowed.

3 July 1917: Arsenal player Gordon Hoare was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Army Service Corps in the mechanical transport section. By the end of the war, Hoare had been promoted to lieutenant.

3 July 1920: The UK got its first roller coaster ride, at a fairground in Margate.

3 July 1925: Charles Buchan, the man who helped develop WM, re-signed by Arsenal in £100/goal deal.  He played 102 games scoring 49 goals before finally retiring in 1928. Buchan’s first signing for Arsenal.

3 July 1933: Horace Cope sold to Bristol Rovers for £1500, having been signed by Chapman, playing 65 games for Arsenal.  Bristol R was his final club, and sadly we know nothing more of him, save for the fact that he died on 4 October 1961.

3 July 1966: George Eastham scored for England in his 19th and final international

3 July 1996 Tommy Black signed for Arsenal.  He played his only game for the club as a sub in the match against Middlesbrough on 30 November 1999 and was sold to Crystal Palace on 21 July 2000.

3 July 1997: Alex Manninger transferred from Grazer AK for £1m.  In 1998, with an injury to David Seaman, Alex played six games without conceding a goal, and was then dropped upon Seaman’s return.

3 July 2000: Robert Pires signed from Marseille for the astoundingly low figure of £6m. Also that summer Wiltord was purchased for £13m and Overmars went to Barca for £25m.  

3 July 2000: Eduardo César Daude Gaspar (Edu) joined Arsenal from Corinthians.  Unfortunately his Portuguese passport was a fake, but he qualified for an Italian passport because of his father was Italian.  He signed again for Arsenal on 16 January 2001.

3 July 2001: Sol Campbell signed after 11 years with Tottenham.  He had played 255 times for Tottenham, and stayed with Arsenal for five years before moving on to Portsmouth.

3 July 2013: Vito Mannone moved to Sunderland  for about £2m. He went on to play in the League Cup final that year having defied Man U in the semis and became their player of the year.  However after an 8-0 defeat to Southampton in 2014 he fell out of favour for a while.

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