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The unlikeliest of opponents who beat Arsenal no less than seven times.

On this day in 1992 Wimbledon beat Arsenal – and it wasn’t too much of a shock.   This was the first year of the Premier League and Wimbledon had already been in the top tier for six seasons.  Arsenal did finish above them in 1992/3, but only by two points.  Other clubs in the first Premier League season that might come as a surprise, if you were not there at the time, included Coventry City, Ipswich Town, Oldham Athletic, Middlesbrough and Nottingham Forest.

In all Arsenal played Wimbledon 28 times in the League, winning 13 games, drawing eight and losing seven.

Wimbledon were relegated to the 1st division in 2000, and were rebranded Milton Keynes Dons in 2004.

Here are the anniversaries…

5 September 1882:  Hotspur Football Club formed.   While Arsenal (four years later) was very much the working men’s club made up of men from the munitions factories, Hotspur was formed by grammar-school boys from the Bible class at a local church.  

5 September 1891:  Gavin Crawford’s debut for Royal Arsenal; he is reputed to have been the first professional signed by the club.   He played 83 senior games scoring 49 goals for Royal Arsenal 1891 to 1893  and went on to make 138 league appearances becoming the first man to reach 100 games for Arsenal.

5 September 1891:  The first round of league matches in which penalties could be awarded after a change in the laws of the game.  But neither here nor on the following weekend was any penalty given. 65 goals were scored in the 15 games – an average of 4.33 goals a game before the first penalty was awarded on 14 September.

5 September 1896: Roston Bourke’s XI played against Reading at their first game at their new ground in Elm Park.  Bourke was a referee with his own team who went on to write the Norseman column in the Islington Gazette after Arsenal moved to Highbury.

5 September 1903: Percy Sands’ first League game: Arsenal 3 Blackpool 0.  He was a south Londoner, who trained as a teacher, signing for Arsenal from Cheltenham Town.

5 September 1908: Notts C 2 Arsenal 1.  First game for David Greenaway. At the age of 19 he came south to London looking for work, and became one of George Morrell’s first recruits for the side. 

5 September 1914: From the start of the season there was huge opposition to continuing the league in wartime, and the crowd of 8000 at Highbury for the second match of  the campaign suggested the football going public were not impressed. Arsenal lost 0-1 to Wolverhampton Wanderers.  

5 September 1921: After three straight defeats at the opening of the season, Arsenal won their first game, beating Preston 1-0.  What made it rather extraordinary was that Preston were unbeaten in their three games up to that point. 

5 September 1931:  Arsenal, the champions last season with a record number of points, drew 2-2 with Birmingham City meaning after 3 games Arsenal still did not have a win. Lambert and Hulme got the goals.  The following day the Chancellor Philip Snowden announced salary cuts for all government staff, and reductions to unemployment benefit.

5 September 1934: Arsenal beat Blackburn 4-0. Drake got another two, Bowden and Bastin the others.  It meant that in three games Arsenal had scored 15 goals

5 September 1964: The season had opened with two defeats, a draw and a win.  But then on September 5 the result was Wolverhampton 0 Arsenal 1.  This was followed by a draw and three more wins. 

5 September 1970.  Arsenal 2 Tottenham 0 to make it 3 wins 3 draws and a defeat.  League match 7 of the first Double season.  Armstrong got both goals. The return match was played on the last day of the season and won Arsenal the league. 

5 September 1972: With Arsenal top of the league they turned to the League Cup, taking on Everton at Highbury and winning… 1-0.  The low scores were getting to be a habit.

5 September 1977: Richard Wright born.  He joined Ipswich Town as a trainee, and played more than 200 times for them between 1995 and 2001 before moving to Arsenal.

5 September 1991: With Steve Morrow loaned to Watford and Alan Miller loaned to WBA, Andy Cole went on loan to Fulham on this day.  We were wondering if someone was going to come in… and then we found out….

5 September 1992: Wimbledon 3 Arsenal 2, the 3rd defeat in the first seven league games.  Ian Wright got both Arsenal goals in a game played in front of 12,906 fans

3 comments to The unlikeliest of opponents who beat Arsenal no less than seven times.

  • If you want our all time bogey team. Then that team was Brentford. In the four seasons before World War II, Arsenal’s record was won one, drawn two, lost five. We did beat them, the season after the war, their last in the top flight.

  • Alex

    Incorrect. Wimbledon FC died when the move to Milton Keynes happened. The fans resurrected Wimbledon’s football club in the form of AFC Wimbledon. They are the continuation where 99% of the original fans are not Milton Keynes which is a new club.

  • Agree with Alex. I went to a Wycombe Wanderers game against M.K.Dons recently and they’re derogatively known as “the franchise.”

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