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Scan reveals Arsenal star’s life threatening back problems.

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Autumn 1926: the Chapman magic fades at Arsenal

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” on the right of the screen.

The current historical series on this site is Henry Norris at the Arsenal.   An index of all our main series can be found on the home page.


Today’s headline comes from 2004

27 August 1919: A rail strike began but the northern based Football League insisted that all fixtures be completed irrespective of transport difficulties – which effectively meant great hardship for London teams.  Arsenal travelled to Blackburn by coach – a journey of 15 hours over non-tarmacadam roads.

27 September 1919: The last British troops left Archangel in Russia, leaving the Russians to sort out their own affairs.  The final leftovers of the war were being wrapped up.

27 September 1919:  Daniel Burgess played against Blackburn (away), but after the return match the following week he dropped out of the team.  He had played seven games in a row, and scored one goal, and then was seen no more. See also here.

27 September 1924: From 30 August to this date Arsenal had seven league matches – on this day Arsenal lost to West Ham.  The Islington Gazette was particularly exercised about the team selection by Knighton on this occasion suggesting that Paterson was available.  Paterson however did not play at all this season, and as an amateur he could make himself available as and when he wished.

27 September 1933: Peter Dougall had a trial at Arsenal signing as a professional on 23 October.  He made his first team debut on 10 February 1934, away to Middlesbrough.

27 September 1934: , Having played the first match in the Rangers v Arsenal series one week before, the return match was on this day.  Arsenal lost once again, but the series continued regularly until 1967.

27 September 1938: The RMS Queen Elizabeth was launched at Clydebank; the largest ship in the world.

27 September 1957: Ted Platt’s last game.  Ted then moved to Portsmouth  where he played 31 games before moving on to Aldershot with whom he played 16.  His final club was either Worcester City or Ashford (Kent) according to which source one opts for.

27 September 1975: Arsenal 0 Tottenham 0 with a crowd of just 37,092.  The national press generally failed to report the match in any detail and considered the negotiations relating to players’ freedom of contract far more worthy of consideration than a north London derby.

27 September 1978: Arsenal got their biggest two leg Uefa Cup winning margin beating Lokomotiv Leipzig 4-1 away.  Brady, two from Stapleton and then Sunderland, were the goalscorers. It was also the first game for Paul Vaessen

27 September 1997: Everton 2 Arsenal 2 with goals from Wright and Overmars.   9th league game of the 2nd Double Season, with Arsenal still undefeated.  The second double: part 1, part 2, part 3.

27 September 2004: Gilberto Silva’s scan revealed that he had life threatening back problems.  However he later recovered and played with Arsenal until 2008.

27 September 2008: After three wins in which Arsenal had scored a total of ten goals, Arsenal were unbelievably beaten 1-2 by Hull in their second defeat in the Emirates.  The Arsenal goal came from McShane who turned it into his own net.

27 September 2012: Craig Eastmond loaned to Colchester Utd.  He later transferred to Colchester for whom he played 61 league games before moving on to Yeovil in 2015.

27 September 2012: Sanchez Watt also loaned to Colchester Utd.  It was the last of six loan spells for Sanchez, before he signed for Colchester, playing 50 games before leaving in 2015.

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