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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 1914
8 October 1891: Royal Arsenal beat Royal Engineers Training Battalion 8-0.
8 October 1910: A 0-3 away defeat to Bradford City meant Arsenal had not won any of their first seven league games and had scored just two goals in those seven matches.
8 October 1914: The Arsenal Football and Athletic Company Limited became The Arsenal Football Club Limited with the launch of the new share issue. The first public presentation of the name (other than on the new shares) was not seen however until 26 October when the programme for the Football League vs the Southern League representative match (played at Highbury) was put on sale.
8 October 1921: Sunderland 1 Arsenal 0. Having won the first game of the month Arsenal now lost four league matches in a row to stay bottom of the league and already looking relegation certainties.
8 October 1930: Arsenal won the Charity Shield for first time beating Sheffield Wednesday in a match played at Stamford Bridge in front of 25,000. Arsenal were in the game having beaten Huddersfield Town in the FA Cup final the previous April.
8 October 1932: Final appearance of Tom Parker – the club’s first trophy winning captain. He became player manager of Norwich City and took them to the championship in 1933/4. He played 172 consecutive league games for Arsenal (a record) and in all played 258 league games for the club in addition to 246 for Southampton. He later managed Southampton before returning to Norwich for a second spell. He died at the age of 89 in 1987.
8 October 1936: Pat Beasley sold to Huddersfield for £750. He later moved to Fulham with whom who won a second division champions medal, was player manager for Bristol City, and manager of Birmingham, from 1950 to 1958. See also here.
8 October 1960: Last senior game for Jimmy Bloomfield. He was transferred to Birmingham, where he spent four years, played in a second Fairs Cup final, again on the losing side, before winning the league cup with Birmingham in 1963 scoring a goal in the final.
8 October 1991: Jimmy Carter signed from Liverpool for £500,000. During the 3.5 years Carter spent with Arsenal the club won three different cups, but Carter managed only 25 games and two goals and did not play in any of the finals.