The Arsenal Anniversary Files
Today’s headline anniversaries come from 1934
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Below are the Arsenal (and for historical context, 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 monthly Anniversary files can be found in the right column of this site under “Pages”
1 September 1896: Woolwich Arsenal played their first ever pre-season friendly as a league club and, beat Rossendale 4-0.
1 September 1888: The first recorded pre-season friendly involving just Arsenal, in which Arsenal first team (The Probables) played the reserves (The Improbables). A second match was arranged one week later, after which the matches against other clubs began.
1 September 1894: John Caldwell debut in the 5-2 defeat to Lincoln, after joining Arsenal from Hibs. He played in all 30 league games in his debut season, and in the club’s FA Cup match.
1 September 1897: First match for Fergus Hunt (who became the top scorer, getting fifteen goals in each of the 1897-98 and 1898-99 seasons) and for Roger Ord who went on to play 99 league games. Both players had been with Middlesbrough Ironopolis during their one and only season in the league.
1 September 1897: Andy Kennedy who gained two caps for Ireland, born. He was signed by Leslie Knighton for Arsenal in 1922 having played originally for Glentoran.
1 September 1902: Roddy McEachrane’s first game. Preston 2 Arsenal 2. McEachrane played in 28 of the games in the season as Arsenal came third. The following season both Preston and Arsenal were promoted.
1 September 1906: Arsenal beat Manchester City away 1-4. It was the last victory on the opening day of the season until 1913, in the first match at Highbury.
1 September 1910: Arsenal open new season with a 1-2 home defeat to eventual champions Man U in front of a crowd of 15,000 It was Alf Common’s first game. See here for review of the team Willis Rippon scored in his first match. George Allison edited (and indeed wrote) the programme.
1 September 1914: FA agree that football for the 1914/15 season should continue despite Britain having declared war on 4 August 1914.
1 September 1914: Arsenal played their first league match (v Glossop) as The Arsenal, winning 3-0 in front of a crowd of 7,000. Crowds were very much down throughout the season because of the war. It was the first game for Frank Bradshaw Christopher Buckley and Harry King who two goals.
1 September 1919: Daniel Burgess signed from Goldenhill Wanderers and made his league debut in a match against Liverpool.
1 September 1921: The Borough Council of Poplar in London refused to collect part of its rates in protest against the way rates were calculated: an unprecedented form of rebellion by those representing a poor working class area. 30 councillors were sent to prison
1 September 1923: Arsenal’s third match of the season (v Newcastle) and they lost – as they did all four opening games. Throughout the referee repeatedly lecturing players on their behaviour. Arsenal were bottom.
1 September 1934: First home match for George Allison. Arsenal 8 Liverpool 1. Ted Drake and Ray Bowden each score hattricks in front of 54,062. Having won the league for the last two seasons expectations were very high despite Chapman’s death. It was Jack Crayston’s first game.
1 September 1939: Germany invaded Poland, having been warned that such an action would be taken as an act of war against Britain. “Operation Pied Piper” was announced: the evacuation of children began. The army was mobilised and the blackout imposed. BBC TV shut down but the Football League continued on the grounds war had not been declared.
1 September 1945, 21 days after the cessation of final hostilities, the FA Cup resumed. The Football League reorganised yet again, this time into the Football League North and Football League South. Although there was opposition to the move, this was approved on 25 July 1945.
1 September 1953: Ted Platt sold to Portsmouth. Ted never made it as the first choice keeper, playing only when Swindin was injured until, in 1952, with Swindin out for much of the season, Ted Platt played in only the first three games, and after letting in five goals in that short sequence was replaced by Jack Kelsey.
1 September 1970: Arsenal 0 Leeds 0. This was one of only three draws at home that season – every other home league match was won. But after six games played Arsenal were still just sixth.
1 September 1983: Jose Antonio Reyes born. Reyes joined Sevilla FC at the age of 10. and went on to play 86 games for Sevilla before moving to Arsenal.
1 September 2001: Greg Lincoln signed for Stevenage Borough. He was a Premier Youth League winner in 1998 but never played for the first team. He had trials with a number of clubs before moving to Stevenage, but he only got one game with them.
1 September 2003: Francis Jeffers loaned to Everton for season. After that he moved to Charlton and continued moving from club to club until reaching Accrington Stanley in 2013.
1 September 2008: Kieran Gibbs signed a new contract with Arsenal after a loan period with Norwich. By the start of the 2015/16 season he had played 111 league games for Arsenal. He was eventually sold in 2017.
1 September 2009: Uefa banned Eduardo for two games for “deceiving the referee” in Arsenal’s play-off match against Celtic after a furore by the media. This totally overturned the standard view that the referee’s view was final. He was subsequently found not guilty and pardoned. No one from the media apologised.
1 September 2014: Ignasi Miquel sold to Norwich for £1.5m. He played five times for Arsenal and seven times for Leicester on loan before his departure.
1 September 2014: Ryo Miyaichi loaned to Twente for the season. But after eight games in the first team he was moved across to the reserve team and played 14 times for them.