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Video of the first Arsenal match with Mr Wenger in charge at the game

Mr Wenger had been overseeing Arsenal from Japan until this point, but now he turned up to watch a game for the first time.

https://www.premierleague.com/video/single/1412121

We publish a new Arsenal match video each day with the anniversary list. There is a list of our anniversaries for this day below.

You can find the latest each day on the home page of this site.   You can also find videos for previous days by clicking the articles in the left column of this page under “Recent Posts” or by clicking on the mauve headline at the top of the screen on the right, which will take you to yesterday’s selected video – and so on back to the start of the series in August.  There is more about who we are and other things we do, at the foot of the page.

12 October 1893: Arsenal beat London Caledonians in a friendly 10-3 with the Chairman of Woolwich Arsenal Jack Humble in the side.  Although Humble was highly rated as an administrator of the club and became a central part in the financial rescue of Arsenal in 1910 he was not rated on the pitch either as a player or a referee.

12 October 1884: Jock Rutherford was born.  He won three league titles and an FA Cup winners medal with Newcastle, before moving to Arsenal in 1906.

12 October 1912:   Arsenal 0 Chelsea 1 in front of 20,000.  The result left Arsenal with only one win from the first eight, and the press report made particular mention of the jubilation of the visiting fans.  But it was Arsenal who now started a run of 23 without a win.  It was the first time Chelsea had beaten Arsenal since the very first match between the two.

12 October 1915: Patriotic fever grew as the news was released that British nurse Edith Cavell had been executed by a German firing squad for helping British soldiers escape from Belgium.

12 October 1918: With German forces in retreat US President Woodrow Wilson, began his efforts to broker a ceasefire in World War 1.  

12 October 1919: Arsenal had an attendance of 30,000 for the game against Tottenham – the first post-war attendance to reach this figure.   

12 October 1923: The Arsenal squad, manager and directors, went to the Alhambra theatre, in Charing Cross Road for a special showing of a movie which contained footage of Arsenal playing a match.   The story got large press coverage and Arsenal were portrayed as the team of today’s new technology.  A clever, piece of PR from Sir Henry Norris who believed that the way to financial stability was constant publicity.

12 October 1925: Arsenal beat Fulham in the London FA Challenge Cup 4-0 with 3897 in the crowd at Highbury. This was the first game with Bob John playing at left back. While Male is the example of Chapman changing a player’s position most commonly quoted, John was the first such experiment, and a friendly on 14 October was also arranged to test this further.

12 October 1935 Don Howe born; one of the men who both played for Arsenal and managed the team.

12 October 1940: Dave Bacuzzi born in Islington.  His Arsenal career took off with two promising seasons at right back, before he moved back to the Reserves with whom he won the Combination.

12 October 1940: Tottenham 2 Arsenal 3 in the South Regional (wartime) League.  It meant Arsenal had now scored 29 goals in seven games.

12 October 1946: Arsenal drew 2-2 with Brentford.  This meant that with 10 games played in the first post-war league season, Arsenal had won just two, lost six and drawn two.

12 October 1953: Arsenal 3 Blackpool 1 at Highbury in the Charity Shield – making it the 7th time Arsenal had won the trophy.  It was however Arsenal’s last appearance in the Shield until 11 August 1979 (they didn’t play the 1971 game).

12 October 1965: Arsenal played Israel in a friendly.  The result was a 2-2 draw.

12 October 1974: Having played 10 of the 12 opening games of the season John Matthews was made the fall guy for poor results and was dropped.  The result was Arsenal 2 Queen’s Park Rangers 2, with a crowd of 29,690.  Arsenal rose one place off the very foot of the table through this draw. See also here

12 October 1994: Northampton’s three sided ground was closed after this final match; with their new ground ultimately incorporating the Dave Bowen stand, named after the ex-Arsenal player who became the most successful Northampton manager in the club’s history. 

12 October 1996: Arsène Wenger’s first match, a 0-2 victory at Blackburn.  Up to this moment he had been seeing out his contract in Japan.  Ian Wright scored the first Wenger goal.

12 October 1999: Only 15,239 turn up for the league cup game v Preston.  Arsenal won 2-1.  Kanu and Malz scored.


For details of other recent anniversary posts see the articles on the top left under “Recent posts”

The Arsenal History Society is part of the Arsenal Independent Supporters Association – a body which gives positive support to the club, and has regular meetings with directors and senior officials of the club to represent the views of its members to the club.  You can read more about AISA on its website.


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100 Years in the First Division: the absolute complete story of Arsenal’s promotion in 1919.

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