From the advert that caused the start of Arsenal to the ultimate plaudit

The series “Henry Norris at the Arsenal” is now complete.  

The index to all the articles can be found at Henry Norris at the Arsenal.  The final article just published is Henry Norris at the Arsenal: 1928 to the end.

We are now working on adding to the articles information that has come to light since writing the articles, and preparing a more concise edition for publication as a book.


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.

An index of all our main series can be found on the home page.

The anniversary files: our headline today comes from 1886 and 2007


14 November 1886: “The Referee” newspaper published an advert by Eastern Wanderers asking for opponents.  It almost certainly caused workers in the Dial Square factory to decide to create a team and offer to play them.

14 November1900: Arsenal lost to New Brompton in fourth replay of 3rd qualifying round FA Cup game.  It was the longest run of Cup replays in Arsenal’s entire history.

14 November 1914: Arsenal scored six at Highbury for the first time beating Grimsby 6-0.   Harry King got his first hat trick on his way to becoming top hat trick scorer for the club. A welcome boost after heavy defeats to Derby and Birmingham.  See also here.

14 November 1916: Henry Norris, chairman of Arsenal, was sworn in as a member of the London County Council.  He used the position particularly to argue for equal pay for women teachers, but was heavily defeated in the all-male chamber.

14 November 1918:  It was announced that a general election would take place on 14 December and the Coalition government would fight the election as a Coalition.  Sir Henry Norris started to search for a seat to contest.

14 November 1922: The BBC began radio broadcasts from Radio Station 2LO in London – the station that eventually became the Home Service and then later still Radio 4.

14 November 1925.  Arsenal 6 Bury 1, a result that meant Arsenal had scored 15 in the last three games.  (For more on Bury see here).  Considering the club had only scored 46 goals in the entire 42 games of the previous season it was a remarkable turnaround.  See also here.

14 November 1931: Arsenal beat West Ham at Highbury 4-1 win in front of 41,028.   Haynes and Male came in at 5 and 6 replacing Roberts and John. Jack got a hattrick and Hulme the other.  But the press were unimpressed saying that as West Ham had just lost their last two games 5-1 (away to Derby and at home to West Brom) and were 18th 4-1 was hardly of note.

14 November 1934: George Male and Eddie Hapgood made their international debuts at Highbury for England (Hapgood as captain) in England 3 Italy 2.  George Allison did the radio commentary, Tom Whittaker was England’s physio, and seven Arsenal players were in the team.

14 November 1935: The UK had a General Election.  Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin was returned to office at the head of a National Government led by the Conservative Party with a large but reduced majority.

14 November 1949.  The tragically early death of Jimmy Dunne was recorded following a heart attack.  After playing for Arsenal he played for Southampton, and then became a successful club manager in Ireland.

14 November 1970: Arsenal 1 Crystal Palace 1.  League match 17 of the first Double season.  Radford scored for the fourth consecutive game, making it seven without defeat since the 0-5 defeat against Stoke.  This was the end of a run of 12 matches in which the club throughout used exactly the same players in each game.  

14 November 1972: Arsenal played a Paris XI in France, beating them 1-0 with a goal from Rice.  It marked Bob Wilson’s return in goal. Unusually for the era, three substitutes were used: Batson, Hornsby and George Armstrong, who had not been seen since September 2.

14 November 1987: Arsenal 4 Norwich 2.  The last of a run of 10 straight wins which began on 12 September 1987

14 November 2007: “Arsenal are my favourite team right now and I think they are the best performing team in the Premier League.”  Pele

14 November 2009: Robin van Persie suffered ankle ligament damage during an international friendly.  It was announced that he was expected to miss four to five months while recovering from ligament reconstruction surgery.

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