The days when the press would dare criticise TV for editing out the dodgy bits.

Here are the anniversaries, our headline comes from 1978  – when the notorious tactics of Liverpool were constantly censored by the TV companies as part of their deal for the rights to show the games.


Below are the Arsenal (and for historical context, occasionally one or two non-Arsenal) anniversaries for today taken from the files of over 6000 Arsenal anniversaries which appear on the Arsenal History Society website.  An index to all 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 also be found on the home page.

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.

2 December 1899: Arsenal 2 New Brighton Tower 0 – NBT were one of the clubs created to fill a stadium – but never succeeded in doing so.  They resigned from the league in 1901.

2 December 1907: The Professional Footballers’ Association set up.  The first football union was set up in 1898 but ran into difficulties.  The PFA was then set up to replace it and became the longest surviving sports person’s union in the world.

2 December 1916: Tottenham played Arsenal at Highbury, even though the game was designated a home match for Tottenham, as their ground had been taken over for the testing of Enfield rifles.  A second “home” match for Tottenham against Arsenal was scheduled for 6 April 1917, was however played at Clapton Orient’s ground.

2 December 1922: Frank Bradshaw’s first game.  He became a pro with Wednesday and won the FA cup with the team before moving to Northampton in 1910, and then Everton, where he played 66 league games and scored 19 goals.  Arsenal lost 3-2 to Birmingham.

2 December 1922: Andrew Kennedy’s first game.  He must be counted as one of Knighton’s better signings coming from 3rd Division South team Crystal Palace, and at the end of his first season for Arsenal winning two caps for Ireland.  See also here

2 December 1926: Martial law in the UK was ended having been introduced on the outbreak of the General Strike.

2 December 1933: Arsenal 2 Liverpool 1 making it 8 wins and two draws in last 10.  Hulme and Dunne scored

2 December 1936: Ted Drake scored three for England v Hungary.  In all he played just five games for England but scored six goals in those games.  Male was captain.

2 December 1936: Ray Bowden’s last game for England.   In all he won six caps for England, and  was one of the seven Arsenal players who played for England against Italy in the Battle of Highbury match, which England won 3–2.

2 December 1967: Pat Rice made his debut as a sub in 1-0 loss to Burnley but had to wait until 1970/71 to become a regular in the first team.  

2 December 1970: Arsenal 4 Beveren Waas 0; Fairs cup 3rd round 1st leg.  Kennedy 2, Sammels and Graham got the goals.

2 December 1972: Arsenal beat their main rivals Leeds Utd 2-1 at Highbury with 39,108 in the ground. Ball got a penalty and Radford the other.

2 December 1978: Arsenal beat Liverpool 1-0 in front of 51,902.  Paisley, manager of Liverpool, then launched a tirade against the referee for having the temerity of booking Souness after he started a fight.  Brady, O’Leary and Young were booked for retaliating. Newspapers questioned why TV had edited out a number of the more extreme tackles from Liverpool.  Today the press never criticise TV editing and a manager criticising a ref would be punished. But not then, and not with Liverpool.

2 December 1995: Aston Villa 1 Arsenal 1 – one of four draws in a row, in the mid-season collapse.  Platt got the goal in a sequence of just four goals in five games.

2 December 2003: Fabregas became the youngest Arsenal player ever to score in the League Cup as Arsenal beat Wolverhampton 5-1.  First and last appearance for Michal Papadopulos.

2 December 2009: Man City 3 Arsenal 0 (league cup).  Five Arsenal players were booked in the match.

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