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Video: Leeds 1 Arsenal 4 and the first media reference to being unbeaten “so far”.

By Tony Attwood

This video is longer than the ones I normally choose running at around 15 minutes, but I’ve chosen it because at the beginning we do get what I think is the first commentator’s mention of Arsenal being the only unbeaten team in the league so far.  And it gives me good memories as I was there.

It also shows an utterly typical Henry goal and a staggering break for the second goal.  If you have 15 minutes to spare do have a look.

You can find the latest video 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.

You might also like to note that we also publish a daily extended article on one aspect of Arsenal’s History on the AISA website at https://aisa.org/today-of-all-days/

Here are the anniversaries.

November 1912 (exact day unknown).  Henry Norris, having explored various sites in North London, took the decision to move Arsenal from Plumstead to Highbury and negotiated a lease of the playing fields of a religious foundation near Highbury Hill station.

1 November 1890: Royal Arsenal 2 South Shore 2.  South Shore FC competed in the FA Cup during the 1880s and 1890s before merging into Blackpool FC in 1899.

1 November 1913: Jock Rutherford’s league debut.  However at the start of the season he fell into dispute with Newcastle over wages and was sold to Woolwich Arsenal for £800 – a great coup for Arsenal, and undoubtedly aided by the fact that the club had attracted huge publicity by just moving into its new Gillespie Road ground.

1 November 1913: Arsenal lost Angus McKinnon to injury and he did not come back as a regular player until well into the new year.  Immediately Arsenal’s results went into decline, winning just two of the next six.

1 November 1914: The war had reached the eastern Pacific where a Royal Navy squadron was defeated by superior German forces.  It was the first British naval defeat of the war, losing two ships.

1 November 1919: Voting for local councils, which had been postponed since 1915 due to the war now took place.  Sir Henry Norris stood down in Fulham having become the longest serving London mayor of all time (a record that still holds). But with him gone the Conservative vote collapsed, as Labour went from zero to 24 councillors becoming the main party in the Borough.  

1 November 1930: For the Huddersfield v Arsenal game goalkeeper Keyser was dropped after playing the opening 12 games of the season. Suspicions about his regular desire to fly back to the Netherlands and suggestions that he was involved in smuggling were raised and his subsequent life also raises such issues.   Bill Harper returned to Arsenal and took over in goal.

1 November 1936: Racing Club de Paris 0 Arsenal 5.  One of a series of matches initiated by Herbert Chapman and the president of Racing taking place as close to Armistice Day as possible each year.  The idea for the game may have emerged after Chapman and others heard about the Coupe des Nations which was held in 1930 – and played between the champions of ten countries.

1 November 1941: Arsenal beat Aldershot 3-2 to keep them top of the wartime London League.  Reg Lewis played centre forward and despite scoring 42 goals in 23 games in the season failed on this occasion to score against 3rd Division (South) opposition.

1 November 1948: Racing Club de Paris 3 Arsenal 3.  This year Bernard Levy added a little extra spice to the fixture by putting up a cup which would be awarded to either team if it won three of the contests in a row.

1 November 1949: Racing Club de Paris 1 Arsenal 2.  

1 November 1955: John Matthews born.  He joined Arsenal as an apprentice in 1971 turning professional in 1973.  He made his league début in the opening match of the 1974/5 season – a 1-0 away win against Leicester.

1 November 1960: Antwerp United 2 Arsenal 2.  The Antwerp team also known as Antwerp Entente played exhibition games and was formed by the best players of the 3 big teams in Antwerp, playing in the stadium of Antwerp FC.

1 November 1969: Crystal Palace 1 Arsenal 5.  Arsenal only scored more than three goals twice in the league this season (the second being the following saturday 4-0 v Derby) and ended up 12th – the worst since 1966 when the club finished 14th.

1 November 1975: Newcastle United 2 Arsenal 0, with 32,824 at St James Pk.   Arsenal had yet to record consecutive wins in the League and only one player stood out on the Arsenal team: Liam Brady, who looked as if he might as well have been playing on his own.  Arsenal hardly had a shot on target.

1 November 1982: Barnet 2 Arsenal 4, Richie Powling Testimonial.  He had made 50 league starts for Arsenal and appeared five times as a sub between 1973 and 1978.

1 November 1983: Tony Adams first team debut in a testimonial v Chelsea.  He had signed as a schoolboy in 1980.

1 November 1987 Following a match between Rangers and Celtic on 17 October Glasgow’s public prosecutor, on this day, charged four players with behaviour likely to cause a breach of the peace.  One was found not guilty, one not proven, and two were found guilty and fined.

1 November 1996: David Hillier transferred to Portsmouth for £250,000.  He started 82 league games for Arsenal and came on 22 times as a sub.

1 November 1997: Derby 3 Arsenal 0, Wright missed a penalty, as Arsenal slipped to their second defeat of the season.  13th league game of the 2nd Double Season   The second double: part 1, part 2, part 3.

1 November 2000: George Armstrong died after suffering a brain haemorrhage during a training session.  He made 621 first team appearances, coached the Kuwait national side, and was then appointed Arsenal reserve coach by George Graham.

1 November 2000: Lee Conoville’s first and last appearance, against Ipswich Town.  After a loan spell with Northampton he moved to Torquay where he played 112 league games, later playing for Notts County.

1 November 2003: Leeds 1 Arsenal 4.  The 11th league match of the Unbeaten season.  Henry got two, Pires one and Gilberto Silva finished it off on 50 minutes. The win was welcome as in the previous three games Arsenal had gone to penalties to beat Rotherham 9-8 in the League Cup,drawn 1-1 away with Charlton and lost 2-1 away to Dynamo Kiev.  No one even dreamed of going unbeaten in the league all season.

1 November 2010: Jack Wilshere signed a new “long-term” deal with Arsenal.  Jack came up through the youth academy and made his first team debut in 2008, becoming Arsenal’s youngest ever league debutant at the age of 16 years, 256 days

1 November 2014: Arsenal 3 Burnley 0.  Two goals from Alexis and one from Calum Chambers.  The win took Arsenal to sixth in the league, but 13 points behind Chelsea at the top of the table.  

1 November 2016: Arsenal played away to Ludogorets Razgrad in the Champions League, the home team taking a shock 2–0 lead early on, Arsenal eventually came back with goals through Granit Xhaka, Olivier Giroud and a late Mesut Özil goal to win 3–2 and qualify for the knockout stages.

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

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