When Arsenal scored five or more in nine separate league games in one season.

The notion of scoring five or more goals, in nine different league games in a season seems very unlikely now, but that is what Arsenal did in the 1930/1 season as they proceeded to win the league with a record number of points.  On this day in 1930 it was Arsenal 7 Blackpool 1.

Here are the anniversaries…


27 December 1897: Clement Ross Voysey, the man whose transfer to Arsenal was investigated twice by the FA, and whose career was terribly disrupted by injury, was born in New Cross.

27 December 1902: Arsenal started their record breaking 10 match unbeaten run with a 5-1 home defeat of Burnley.  Coleman (3), Briercliffe and Anderson scored in a match which ended a run of three consecutive defeats in which the club scored 2 and conceded 8.

27 December 1901: Walter Anderson signed from Sheffield Utd.  He went on to play 28 league games over two seasons before moving to Plymouth Argyle in 1903.

27 December 1904, Nottingham Forest 0 Woolwich Arsenal 3.  This was one of five games played in eight days, of which the club won two.  In the next three games Arsenal scored nil but conceded nine. 

27 December 1909: Woolwich Arsenal 1 Liverpool 1.  This was the only point won in a run of five games which saw Arsenal sink perilously close to relegation.

27 December 1913: Arsenal beat Leicester Fosse 2-1 away to make it four wins in a row and lift the club to third place in the second division.

27 December 1915: The FA’s  hearing into match fixing by Man U and Liverpool found there had been a conspiracy by the players, but not by club officials.  As a result it was felt unreasonable to fine or deduct points from either club and there was no suggestion that the officials had a duty to be aware of what was happening.  The players were banned for life from playing League football in England. Enoch West protested his innocence, and subsequently sued the FA for libel. The case went on for many years but West eventually proved his innocence.

27 December 1920: Arsenal drew 1-1 with Everton having beaten them away 4-2 on Christmas Day.  Arsenal stayed in 9th position in the league.

27 December 1921: Cardiff 4 Arsenal 3. Debuts for Billy Milne (who got the DCM in the first war, and then as an ARP warden in the second put out the fire when  Highbury was hit by an incendiary device) and Robert Turnbull (the man who saved the club from relegation in 1922/3 by scoring 20 goals).  The result made it six games without a win with Arsenal now bottom of the league.  See also here

27 December 1924:  Preston 3 WHU 2 – meaning West Ham had lost three of their last five in the build up to their FA Cup tie with Arsenal.  The game is of interest as Knighton in his autobiography described WHU as virtually unbeatable, thus “explaining” why he felt the need to resort to drugging the Arsenal team before the game.

27 December 1926: Cardiff City 2 Arsenal 0.  League debut for Horace Cope and Harold Peel – two Chapman signings who made only modest impacts. It was also the last match for James Ramsay who moved to Kilmarnock on 30 December.  Arsenal had now won two of their last nine league games.  Chapman’s influence seemed to be waning.

27 December 1930:  Arsenal 7 Blackpool 1  With hatricks for Jack and Bain, and a goal from Bastin it was the fourth game of the season where Arsenal scored five or more goals. It was also George Male’s first game for the first team.  Arsenal went on to score 5+ five more times.  On the same day Aston Villa beat Man U 7-0.

27 December 1932: Leeds 0 Arsenal 0. It was one of only two games all season in which Arsenal did not score.  Also Norman Sidey’s debut. He signed as an amateur from Nunhead of the Isthmian League in 1929 and turned pro in 1931.

27 December 1959: Arsenal beat Luton 1-0.  Four consecutive wins and an unbeaten streak of eight matches from this point on changed the whole outlook of the club in the league.

27 December 1969: Arsenal 0 Newcastle 0.  Jimmy Robertson’s final Arsenal game.  After 45 league starts for Arsenal he moved on to Ipswich in March 1970.

27 December 1971: Nottingham Forest 1 Arsenal 1.  Alan Ball’s debut for Arsenal, having been brought in from Everton to bolster Arsenal’s attempt to retain the FA Cup and League title won the previous year.

27 December 1972: George Graham sold to Man U for £120,000.  Having had the temerity to protest to Bertie Mee about being dropped to the bench he was one of the players to suffer Mee’s policy of brooking no interference in his policy making.

27 December 1976: Tottenham 2 Arsenal 2.   Macdonald got both goals while for Tottenham, Willie Young (already serving a life ban from playing for Scotland, and who would move to Arsenal in 1977) was sent off for persistent fouling.  Brady passed to Macdonald to score from the free kick awarded as Young was dismissed and a fight broke out on the pitch. The press, desperately looking to knock Arsenal some way or other suddenly reported that Macdonald had not scored many of the goals that he claimed to have scored- but the records show he scored one goal in every two games for Arsenal – slightly above the average for his whole career.

27 December 1977: Dr James Marshall, the man signed from Rangers for a near record fee to be the successor to David Jack, died aged 69.  Despite his high fee and high profile he only ever played four games for Arsenal.

27 December 1977: West Bromwich Albion 1 Arsenal 3.  For Arsenal, the team that the previous season had had their all time worst sequence of defeats, this was now their sixth away victory in succession.  Robertson of WBA was sent off for one lunge too many but by then half their team should have gone. Macdonald having to have six stitches from a leg wound as Arsenal knew the victory had come at a price.

27 December 1993: Swindon Town 0 Arsenal 4.   Campbell’s second hatrick of the season signalled the start of a three match run of goalscoring for Arsenal which saw them score 10 conceding 0.  In this game Wright got the fourth goal. 

27 December 2010: Freddie Ljungberg joined Celtic.  After leaving Arsenal he had moved to West Ham and then north America, before playing seven times for Celtic.  In his career he played 391 games and scored 88 league goals.

One Reply to “When Arsenal scored five or more in nine separate league games in one season.”

  1. I was at the ’69 and ’76 matches. The ’69 match is best described as ‘forgettable.’ While the ’76 match, was an exciting local derby. Willie Young, then playing for Spurs, got sent off for putting his studs into Stapleton’s back. Kung Fu style. Who’d have bet, that very soon, he’d be wearing an Arsenal shirt ?

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