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When Merson claimed that Arsene Wenger begged him to stay at Arsenal

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

Sir Henry Norris leaves Arsenal and the legal disputes wend their way.


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.


The anniversary files: our headline today comes from 2014

10 November 1888: Horton Kirby (South Darenth) 2 Royal Arsenal 6, in the Kent Senior Cup – it was Arsenal’s first year in the competition.

10 November 1913: Arsenal played Tottenham in the London FA Challenge Cup. Arsenal had already beaten QPR and Chelsea, but this time they went out 1-2 at WHL.  Only 8,000 turned up.

10 November 1917:  Millwall v Arsenal generally brought one of the largest wartime attendances due to the historic rivalry between the two teams, but now came down to just  6,000. It was a 2-2 draw.

10 November 1917: Battle of Passchendaele which had begun in July finally ended.

10 November 1919: Sir Henry Norris handed the insignia of the office of Mayor of Fulham over to R M (Bob) Gentry, the trade unionist who had won the council for Labour for the first time.

10 November 1920: The body of The Unknown Warrior arrived from France aboard HMS Verdun for burial in Westminster Abbey.

10 November 1924:  Arsenal played West Ham in the London FA Challenge Cup, this time away to  West Ham with Tom Whittaker and G Colin getting a game (his only first team match). Arsenal lost 1-4.  

10 November 1927: Herbert Chapman wrote to Sir Henry Norris, stating that if Sir Henry wanted to see the minute books of the club he had run for 17 years he had to prove his legal right to look at the documents.  This small minded refusal to help greatly hindered Sir Henry’s case against the FA in 1929.

10 November 1948: Laurie Scott last appearance for England.  He won 17 caps between 1947 and 1949

10 November 1951: Arsenal 6 WBA 3.  Doug Lishman (3), Holton (2) and Logie were the scorers.  With this result Arsenal had scored 16 goals in four league games.

10 November 1957: Racing Club de Paris 1 Arsenal 1, in the series initiated by Herbert Chapman.  The series continued until 1962.

10 November 1958: Billy McCullough played his first Arsenal game – a friendly v Southampton.

10 November 1959: Peter Nicholas born.  He had started out with Crystal Palace as a youth player, and was part of their second division title winning team in 1979.

10 November 1969: Jens Lehmann born.  He played for Schalke, Milan and Borussia Dortmund before becoming the only player ever to play in every single top division game in one season without once being on the losing side.

10 November 1973: Arsenal beat Man C away 1-2, Hornsby and Kelly scoring.  One report said only two things Man C tried went right. They managed to kick off as per the laws of football,  and on 82 minutes Lee took a perfect free kick from 25 yards out and scored.

10 November 1979: Arsenal lost 0-1 to Palace away.   After the game Palace suggested they were going to emulate Forest in winning the second and the first division in consecutive seasons.  Some of the journalists took them seriously.

10 November 2014: Paul Merson unleashed a fierce attack on Arsène Wenger, claiming that Wenger had let the club down and should leave.  In the commentary Merson said Wenger begged him to stay in 1997 but Merson refused.

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