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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” on the right of the screen.
Today’s headline comes from 2015
4 October 1894: Woolwich Arsenal beat Casuals 8-0 in a friendly. This is one of the matches that shows that the old story that Arsenal were banned from playing local amateur clubs after turning professional in 1893 was completely untrue.
4 October 1913: The first league defeat at Highbury. Arsenal 0 Bury 1. The two previous games at the new stadium had been a win and a draw. The next 8 games at Highbury were all home wins – the only other home defeat came against Huddersfield in February.
4 October 1936: The nation was appalled to receive the news of the Battle of Cable Street between Oswald Mosley’s British Union of Fascists who dressed in uniforms that were based on those of the Blackshirts, and anti-fascist demonstrators.
4 October 1942: Terry Mancini born. He made little progress at first as a player but after a period in South Africa, returned to England to push his way up through the leagues with Orient and finally QPR before joining Arsenal.
4 October 1952: Arsenal 3 Blackpool 1. 66,682 turned up for the game despite Arsenal’s modest form at the time (only four of the first 10 games had been won). Roper got two and Logie the third.
4 October 1958: One day after signing, Jackie Henderson made his Arsenal debut v WBA where he scored twice as Arsenal won 4–3 at Highbury.
4 October 1961: Death of Horace Cope. After retiring from football he moved back to Treeton where his family had worked in the colliery, running Treeton Working Man’s Club, Rotherham, before running a Public House in Nottingham,
4 October 1972: Jeff Blockley signed from Coventry City for £200,000. As Arsenal tried to maintain the momentum of the first European success and the first Double, he was signed by the club as a replacement for Frank McLintock.
4 October 1973: Wilf Rostron signed a professional contract with Arsenal and played 17 games with the club between this date and 1977, when he moved to Sunderland. He later played in Watford’s successful side in 1982.
4 October 1974: A month after sacking Brian Clough, Leeds United finally appointed Jimmy Armfield of Bolton Wanderers as their new manager. The following day Leeds celebrated by beating Arsenal.
4 October 1975 Arsenal lost at home 2-3 to Manchester City. It left Arsenal with just one home win in the first five games at Highbury in the season. In the face of such a record it made 24,928 seem a fairly decent crowd.
4 October 1977: Despite endlessly being lauded as the greatest team of all time Liverpool had in reality developed an approach of mass defensiveness away from home. The result on this day of Arsenal 0 Liverpool 0 in front of 47,110 consisted largely of the keepers kicking the ball to each other down the length of the pitch.
4 October 1986: The start of an 18 match unbeaten run which ended on 24 January 1987. Arsenal then went through a ten match run without winning a game including six consecutive games without scoring.
4 October 1997: Ian Wright’s last goal at Highbury in a 5-0 win over Barnsley as Arsenal remained unbeaten with a third of the season gone, and Bergkamp was in his pomp and glory. 10th league game of the 2nd Double Season The second double: part 1, part 2, part 3.
4 October 1998: Bergkamp scored his first league goal of the season in the defeat of Newcastle at the start of a six match unbeaten run.
4 October 2003: Liverpool 1 Arsenal 2. The 8th league match of the unbeaten season including an utterly sensational goal from Pires.
4 October 2009: Having started the season so well, then faltered, Arsenal recovered beating Blackburn 6-2. Each goal was scored by a different player: Vermaelen, Van Persie, Arshavin, Fabregas, Walcott, Bendtner.
4 October 2015: Arsenal 3 Manchester Utd 0. Arsenal scored their goals in the first 19 minutes through Alexis (2) and Ozil.