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 right… we’ve changed the home page around a bit to make it more readable.
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18 July 1919: The Cenotaph was unveiled and the following day was designated Peace Day with victory parades in many towns. Unfortunately it didn’t always go smoothly as rioting ex-servicemen burned down Luton Town Hall.
18 July 1971: Ray Parkin died aged 60. He played 25 games for Arsenal from 1925 to 1936 and scored 11 goals. He also played 232 games for the reserves winning the Football Combination five times at a time when Combination games regularly got crowds of 7000, sometimes far more.
18 July 1984: Bernard Joy died in Kenton, London aged 72. He moved into
journalism after giving up playing, and his book “Forward Arsenal!” became a
definitive guide to the club’s progress until 1954, although it did repeat many serious errors and omissions found in earlier histories – and invented quite a few false tales.
18 July 1987: George Graham signed a new five year contract as Arsenal manager, having taken the club to 7th in 1986/7, the highest position since 1982.
18 July 1998: 18 July 1998: Enfield 0 Arsenal 0. The second of a six match pre-season run which ended with Arsenal winning the charity shield 3-0 against Man United.
18 July 2003: Philippe Senderos joined Arsenal from Servette. He stayed with Arsenal until 2010 and played 84 league games as well as having two loan spells with Milan and Everton.
18 July 2005: Emmanuel Adebayor joined Manchester City for £25 million. He played 34 times for them, which when salary is included works out at over £1m per game – even more than Barce paid per game for Henry. He later moved to Tottenham.
18 July 2005: Ashley Cole signed a new contract extension for Arsenal but it
didn’t stop him subsequently and illegally negotiating his own move to Chelsea just one year later.
18 July 2009: Tomáš Rosický played 45 minutes against Barnet, following an absence of 18 months due to successive injuries following a game against Newcastle on 26 January 2008. The score was 2-2 with goals from Arshavin and Barazite.
18 July 2009: Thomas Vermaelen made his début in the match at Barnet. He
played 100 league matches for Arsenal and became captain but was seriously
hampered by injury before moving on to Barcelona.
18 July 2015: Arsenal beat Everton 3-1 in the final of the Asia Trophy with Walcott, Cazorla and Ozil scoring. It was the second of five consecutive wins pre-season.
18 July 2016: After a long run over loan spells Wellington Silva was finally transferred to Fluminense.