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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.
The anniversary files: our headline today comes from 1914, 1962, 1993 and 2007.
3 November 1888: Royal Arsenal 3 Phoenix 0; the first game of the season in the London Senior Cup. Arsenal went on to the semi-final where they were beaten by Clapton.
3 November 1914: A German naval raid took place on Yarmouth.
3 November 1918: Austria-Hungary formally surrendered and newspapers started to report that Bavaria was trying to go it alone and sue for peace without the rest of Germany. The German Parliament announced it was pushing through a Bill to remove Kaiser Wilhelm from power.
3 November 1919: In the first local elections since the war Labour moved from zero to 24 councillors overnight. The Municipal Reform Party (Conservatives) dropped to 15, and thus lost control of the council for the first time. Sir Henry Norris who had been mayor of Fulham for longer than any other London mayor before or since, had relinquished his seat and did not stand.
3 November 1928: Cardiff 1 Arsenal 1. In Chapman’s 4th season Arsenal briefly flirted with relegation with just three wins in the first 13 league games of the season.
3 November 1962: Blackburn 5 Arsenal 5. Having beaten Wolverhampton 5-4 the previous week, Arsenal nearly repeated the feat. Across the two games five of the goals were scored by Joe Baker, three by Eastham and two by Skirton.
3 November 1963: Ian Wright born in Woolwich. He started out with Greenwich Borough and then having been spotted was invited to have a trial at Crystal Palace who signed him in August 1985, when he was 21 – a late start in professionalism for a player.
3 November 1971: Arsenal 3 Grasshoppers 0 in the European Cup, giving Arsenal a 5-0 win on aggregate
3 November 1981: Arsenal were knocked out in the second round of the Uefa Cup Winterslag of Belgium.
3 November 1993: Standard Liège 0 Arsenal 7 in Cup winners Cup. Arsenal won 10-0, the highest aggregate ever achieved by Arsenal. Smith, Selley, Adams,, Campbell (2), Merson and McGoldrick got the goals
3 November 2007: The largest crowd thus far at the Emirates saw Arsenal v Man U (60,338). It was televised live and ended 2-2. Fàbregas and Gallas got the goals.
3 November 2010: Having beaten Shakhtar Donetsk 5-1 at the Emirates, Arsenal then proceeded to lose 2-1 in the return game. Walcott scored for Arsenal and Eduardo got one of the Shakhtar goals.
3 November 2014: Francis Coquelin was loaned to Charlton in order for him to get some games (having thus far been a regular on the Arsenal bench). He was recalled on 12 December after five games at Charlton.