Martin Keown comings and goings, and the day’s anniversaries

Today 9 June the Arsenal Independent Supporters Association, of which the Arsenal History Society is part, is holding one of its regular on line quizzes for members.  If you are a member you should have received an invite to tonight’s event – and as ever the quiz will kick off with a history quiz.  We’ll also be emailing out the questions and answers to participants after the quiz (as well as announcing  them during the quiz evening).  I’ll also put the Q and A on this site with tomorrow’s anniversary file.

AISA is also creating a new website which includes more information about the Arsenal History Society, and that will be launched very shortly.  More details anon.

Below is the list of anniversaries for Arsenal on this day throughout history.  It is of course not complete, and we’re always happy to have additional items to add – for any day of the year.   All the anniversary files on this site can be accessed at any time – just look at the column on the right side of the page under the word “Pages” and you will see a series starting with Anniversaries 01 January.  Choose the month you want and you will have a complete file of everything we know for that month, in day order.


9 June 1928: Jack Lee  who had won the London Combination with Arsenal transferred to Chesterfield.  He had come from Horndon Athletic and played just seven times in the 1926/7 season for Arsenal as outside left before moving on.

9 June 1984: John “Alex” Mackie died.  He played for Portsmouth in two cup finals after leaving Arsenal, and later for Northampton and Sittingbourne before retiring from football at the outbreak of war.

9 June 1986: Martin Keown sold to Aston Villa after George Graham decided that Keown was not good enough to play for Arsenal.  Upon his return in 1993 he went onto play 310 games winning three league championships and three FA Cups.

9 June 1993: Dixon and Wright played for England in their defeat by 2-0 to the USA in the US Cup. 

9 June 1999: Fabián Caballero, who had been on loan to Arsenal from Cerro Porteño  returned to his club before moving on to Sol de América   He only played one league game for Arsenal, but in 2000 returned to the UK to play over 100 games for Dundee. 

9 June 1999: Remi Garde announced his retirement having won the Premier League with Arsenal in 1998 having played 31 games.  He went into management and later became manager of Lyon and subsequently Aston Villa.   He was manager of Montreal Impact but left in August 2019.

9 June 2008: Alex Song signed new long term contract.  He continued at Arsenal, but amidst rumours of a dispute with the management he was sold to Barcelona in 2012 having played 160 league games for Arsenal.   He signed for Swis club Sion in 2018, and played for them in the 2018/19 season. 

9 June 2008: Gary Lewin agreed to leave Arsenal as the head of their medical team to take up a place with the FA on 1 August.  His cousin Colin Lewin took over at Arsenal and remained there until 2018 when he was suddenly sacked following Arsene Wenger’s departure. On 20 March 2017, Gary Lewin rejoined Arsenal as physiotherapist for the women’s team but quickly moved on to be head of medical services at West Ham, but left there in the summer of 2018.  In 2020 the two cousins set up their own clinic in London.

9 June 2017: Arsenal released Yaya Sanogo, Stefan O’Connor, Kostas Pilea and Kristopher Da Graca. Sanogo had been dogged by injury during his four-year stay and only played 11 league games.  The other players never appeared for Arsenal.

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