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The forgotten hero who started Arsenal’s greatest ever run.

The Anniversaries …

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.   You will also find links to the month by month listing of anniversaries in the right hand column of this page.

Our headline comes from 1995.


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“Henry Norris at the Arsenal” is now complete.  The index to all the articles can be found at Henry Norris at the Arsenal.   We are now  preparing a more concise edition for publication as a book.

Arsenal in the 1930s: the complete history.  The most detailed review and analysis of Arsenal in the 1930s ever published.  The full index is here.

Arsenal in the 1970s: the complete history.  Every game reviewed and analysed.  The full index is here.


The Anniversaries for Today

24 December 1894: New Brompton 5 Arsenal 0.  Despite playing 30 league games in the season, Arsenal also played 31 friendly games.  New Brompton played in Gillingham, and with the grounds just 28 miles apart this was something of a local derby between two Kent teams.  The crowd was 5,000, similar to many league game crowds at the time.

24 December 1904.  A 1-0 win over Sheffield U gave Arsenal three wins in a row in the first division for the first time, with the club playing five games in seven days.  The result left Arsenal in a very satisfactory 9th position in the league.

24 December 1927: Cliff Bastin’s first ever game, Exeter Reserves v Bath City in the Southern League.  He went on to play 17 times for Exeter’s first team in 1928/9 before moving on to Arsenal.

24 December 1932: Arsenal 9 Sheffield Wed 2.  This meant that thus far in the season Arsenal had in different games scored 6, 7, 8 and 9 goals.  (Lambert scored 5 – which turned out to be his final hatrick (plus 2!) It was his 12th hat trick – more than any other player in the club’s history).

24 December 1938: John Barnwell born.  After playing as an amateur for Bishop Auckland he moved to Arsenal in 1955 turned pro in 1956 and started playing for the first team in the match against Sunderland on 13 April 1957.

24 December 1949: Arsenal 5 Sunderland 0.  Amazingly it was Arsenal’s only league win in a run of nine games.  Despite this poor run Arsenal ended the year in fourth position, but more importantly went on to win the FA Cup.

24 December 1955:  Chelsea 2 Arsenal 0.   This was the last league game Arsenal played on Christmas eve.  43,022 turned up.

24 December 1958: Stan Charlton sold back to Leyton O from whence he had come.  It was Arsenal’s only ever transfer on Xmas Eve!   He became the captain and was still there when they made their one and only appearance in the first division.  Orient’s first match that season was at home to Arsenal and the editor of the Anniversary files was there to see it with his dad.

24 December 1995: Reg Stockill died.  Although now forgotten at Arsenal he achieved fame twice.  First as an England Schoolboy international aged 15 years 281 days he scored York City’s first-ever goal in the Football League.  Second on 27 August 1932 he scored the goal in Birmingham 0 Arsenal 1. This was the first match in the run in which Arsenal were champions three times running – under three different managers.  

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