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Going unbeaten all pre-season and becoming a member of the Legion d’Honneur

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”

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.

You can find an index to all the anniversary files in the Pages section on the right… we’ve changed the home page around a bit to make it more readable.

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15 July 1946: Cyril Grant joined from Lincoln and was seen as a possible replacement for Ted Drake.  He was one of 18 players newly recruited to the club for the first post-war season, but as with many others, was not a success.

15 July 1953: Freddie Cox sold to WBA for £3500.  In 1956 he moved to Bournemouth and Boscombe Athletic of the Third Division South as manager and in
1957 oversaw their Cup victories against Wolverhampton and Tottenham losing finally to Manchester United.

15 July 1979 John Hollins joined from QPR.  He played initially for Chelsea (including a spell as captain) and in 12 years knocked up 436 appearances including 167 consecutive games and then had four seasons at QPR before moving to Arsenal aged 33.

15 July 1995: Stephen Hughes signed professional contract.  He went on to play 49 times for Arsenal before moving on to Everton in 2000.

15 July 2002: Arsène Wenger became a member of Legion d’Honneur.  The Order was established by Napoleon Bonaparte on 19 May 1802 and which is the highest decoration in France.

15 July 2006: Barnet 0 Arsenal 0.  This opening of the pre-season games was played just before the first match at the Emirates – the Bergkamp testimonial.

15 July 2015: Singapore XI 0 Arsenal 4 (Akpom 3, Wilshere).  This was the start of only the second unbeaten pre-season in Arsenal’s modern history.  The first was in 2005, In the early 20th Arsenal had several unbeaten end of season tours.

15 July 2017: Arsenal played the second game of their Australian tour, against  Western Sydney Wanderers, in front of 83,000 people. Arsenal won 3–1 after first-half goals from Olivier Giroud, Aaron Ramsey and Mohamed Elneny.

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