All of the questions below are related to Arsenal anniversaries for 1 May. Answers can be found in the anniversary details below the questions.
1: In the early years of the Football League there was no “transfer window” – but the first-ever window opened on this day. Why was that and when did it happen?
2: Arsenal played its first-ever match in May on this day in 1920. Why did May fixtures start that year?
3: On this day in 1926 Herbert Chapman finished his first season with Arsenal. Where did we finish in the table?
4: On this day in 1943, 75,000 turned out to watch Arsenal in a wartime match. What was the occasion?
5: An ex-Arsenal player concluded his first season as manager on this day in 1948. What was the score, who was the manager, and where did Arsenal end up in the league table?
6: Tom Whittaker won the league with Arsenal on 1 May 1953. What is it that links Chapman, Allison and Whittaker, apart from all being Arsenal managers?
7: In his autobiography, Jack Kelsey, who retired on this day, gave a reason why star players would not transfer to Arsenal. What was it?
8: 1 May 1971, Arsenal beat Stoke 1-0. What did that mean in terms of Arsenal’s chances of winning the title?
9: 1 May 2001 – Benik Afobe signed for Arsenal. How old was he?
10: On 1 May, Dan Smith effectively ended Abou Diaby’s very promising career. What happened to Smith after that?
All the answers can be found in the anniversaries below.
?May 1889: Alf Singleton and Henry Stewart, two of the men who led the split away from Royal Arsenal to form Royal Ordnance Factories FC attended the annual dinner as leading members of Royal Arsenal FC. The exact date in May is unknown.
1 May 1902 Tim Coleman, one of the stalwarts of early football trade unionism, joined Arsenal from Northampton. He went on to play nearly 200 games for the club.
1 May 1902: Roderick McEachrane joined Arsenal from West Ham. He played 346 games for Arsenal over 14 years.
1 May 1919: After all transfer activity was stopped for the 1st world war, this day was designated for the start of transfer registrations once again as clubs prepared for the return of the Football League at the end of August. It was in effect the opening of the first ever transfer window.
1 May 1920: Arsenal 3 Bradford 0. The last senior game for David Greenaway. In the war he had served with the Royal Field Artillery and after 161 league games there is a suggestion he went on to Margate, although details are sketchy. This was also Arsenal’s first ever league match in May. Following the extension of league to 42 clubs the previous rule that football always ended by 30 April was abandoned. Attendance 30,000. Arsenal finished the season in 10th.
1 May 1926: Herbert Chapman ended his first season with Arsenal 3 Birmingham 0 and Arsenal an unprecedented 2nd in the league, after just missing relegation one year earlier. Jimmy Brain scored two to make it 34 goals in 41 games, beating the previous record of Harry King (26 in 37 games in 1914/5).
1 May 1936: David Nelson joined Arsenal. He played his first game in December, but as with so many his was a promising career interrupted by war. He returned briefly in 1946.
1 May 1937: Last league game for Alex James. One of our five greatest players to be sure, and also a forgotten captain. He did go on the 1937 summer tour, and during the war he served with the Royal Artillery and then became a journalist before being invited by Arsenal to coach the youth team.
1 May 1943: Arsenal 7 Charlton 1 in the Football League Cup South, wartime final. 75,000 turned up for the game at Stamford Bridge.
1 May 1948: Arsenal 8 Grimsby 0. Having finished 13th the season before, Tom Whittaker ended his first season in charge with the league title finishing seven points ahead of second placed Man U. It was also the league debut of Lionel Smith.
1 May 1953: By beating Burnley 3-2 in the final match of the season Arsenal won the league on goal average. With Arsenal 3-1 up at half time, and Burnley attacking in atrocious conditions, it was widely reported that part way through the second half manager Tom Whittaker, left the dugout and poured himself a stiff drink. The triumph meant that as with Chapman and Allison, he had won the league twice and the FA Cup once.
1 May 1962: Final appearance of Jack Kelsey. Arsenal 2 Everton 3. In his autobiography he wrote, “There is one very good reason why I believe few if any star players will come to Highbury, and that is that the Arsenal do everything legally.”
1 May 1962: George Swindin resigned after losing 3-2 to Everton and ending the season in 10th. He was replaced by Billy Wright. Swindin went on to manage Norwich, Cardiff, Kettering and Corby.
1 May 1971: Arsenal 1 Stoke 0 in the penultimate league match of the first Double season. The result left Arsenal one point behind with one game in hand and a goal average 0.01 goals better than Leeds. A 0-0 draw in the final match would win the League, but not a scoring draw as placings were determined by goal average not goal difference.
1 May 1980: Arsenal beat Liverpool 1-0 in third replay of cup semi final with a goal from Talbot. For reasons that never became clear the game was played at Coventry’s modest sized ground.
1 May 1989: There were warning signs for Arsenal about the level of their support even in this time of triumph and championships as only 28,449 turned up for Arsenal 5 Norwich 0. Indeed in the pre-season games the following July only 20,000 and 23,000 turned up
1 May 2001: Juan signed from São Paulo. He never played for Arsenal, and after a three match loan spell at Millwall returned to Brazil. He did however get a song (There’s only One Juan) but it depended on people knowing how his name was pronounced..
1 May 2001: Benik Afobe joined Arsenal at the age of six. He never made it at Arsenal but in 2015 signed for Wolverhampton.
1 May 2004: Arsenal 0 Birmingham 0. The 35th league game of the unbeaten season. With the title won but with four games to go the nerves on making it unbeaten all season started to show!
1 May 2006: Sunderland 0 Arsenal 3. This was the match in which Diaby was viciously assaulted by Dan Smith and his career wrecked for years to come. Sunderland clearly didn’t want to be tainted by Smith and quickly loaned him out. After eight games with Huddersfield he went to Scotland, and by 2008 was playing non-league football. He really should not have ever been allowed to play again.
1 May 2008: Keith Edelman resigned as a Director at Arsenal Holdings plc but continued until May 2009 as a consultant, having overseen the Emirates project.
1 May 2009: Stan Kroenke became the largest shareholder in Arsenal with a 28.3% shareholding in the club.
1 May 2011: Arsenal 1 Manchester United 0. This was the only win in the last seven games of the season, but there was never any danger of Arsenal slipping out of the top four, and despite the run Arsenal ended six points above Tottenham who were fifth, and just three points behind Chelsea in second.