Adventurer, criminal, wife beater, drunk, reprobate; the most prolific Arsenal goal scorer of all time.


Latest article from the current series: Henry Norris at the Arsenal

Chaos at the Arsenal. The dramatic and bizarre story of February 1927.

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

Our headline today comes from 1894.

Five new articles added to this day’s anniversaries in the last year.

15 October 1894: Henry Boyd, Arsenal’s most prolific goalscorer had his amazing run stopped by a broken ankle.  (Please note the Henry Boyd article has just been updated considerably with help from the Scottishsporthistory web site)

15 October 1909: Ehud ‘Tim’ Rogers was born in Chirk.  He played through a variety of local and lower league clubs before being brought in as a possible long term candidate for right winger in the championship winning squad.

15 October 1910: Arsenal 4 Blackburn 1.  Arsenal’s first win of the season after eight games.  Arsenal had failed to score in the previous five.

15 October 1914: HMS Hawke  was torpedoed by a German U-boat in the North Sea and sank in less than 10 minutes with the loss of 524 lives.

15 October 1919:  Sir Henry Norris chaired the last meeting of the London Borough of Fulham before the local elections.  Sir Henry was now standing down after becoming the longest serving London mayor of all time.

15 October 1921: Arsenal 1 Sunderland 2, the second of four consecutive defeats in a run of 12 matches from the start of the season, in which Arsenal won 2, drew 1 and lost 9.  Arsenal and Cardiff were classed as joint 21st in the league as they had the same points and goal average.

15 October 1932: George Male’s first appearance as a right back v Blackburn.  The story is that Male didn’t believe he could play right back but a chat with Chapman convinced him he “was the best right back in the country”.  And so he was.

15 October 1963: Arsenal drew 4-4 with Tottenham at Highbury.  Eastham 2, Baker and Strong got the goals. It was part of a run that saw Arsenal score 17 goals in five games, but only gain three wins.

15 October 1966: Bob McNab made his debut v Leeds United in a 1-3 defeat.  Despite the result he kept his place making 25 appearances in that first season.  In 1967 Court regained his place but by October Bob was back, although this time at left back.

15 October 1971: Andrew Cole born.  He signed for Arsenal in October 1989 but only made one appearance in the league and after a loan spell at Fulham went to Bristol City.

15 October 1972: English football was hit by a sensation, as Brian Clough and Peter Taylor left Derby County following a dispute with the club’s directors.   Derby had won the league in 1971/2 and this episode was the start of a life-long tirade by Clough against club chairmen and directors. The Derby fans were mutinous.

15 October 1977: Arsenal 1 Queen’s Park Rangers 0, 36,290 in attendance.  “We came here to frustrate them,” said Rangers’ manager Frank Sibley, “and to make them play badly.” Eight behind the ball was the minimum, rising to all 11 on occasion.   The goal came as a loose ball was punted in by Macdonald leaving QPR not the first team to realise how hard it is to go from mass defence into any form of attack.

15 October 2016: Theo Walcott scored his fourth and fifth league goals early on, Xhaka was ludicrously sent off , Özil scored on his 28th birthday, as Arsenal moved joint top of the league with Man City- the result making this five wins in a row in all competitions.


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