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2 November: Arsenal beat Liverpool 2-0, watch the highlights

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.

2 November 1889: Royal Arsenal 4 Unity 1 (London Senior Cup).  This match was the start of Royal Arsenal’s journey to the LSC cup final (which was lost against Old Westminsters).  Meanwhile on the same day…

2 November 1889: Arsenal reserves beat Lewisham 9-1 on their way to Arsenal’s first ever silverware.

2 November 1895: W R Elcoat (Arsenal’s second manager) had a letter published in Los Angeles Sporting Life, as chairman of the Cleveland and South Durham Baseball Association.

2 November 1907: Arsenal 5 Sheffield U 1 (division 1) although some sources wrongly have the Woolwich Arsenal v Chelsea match on this day.  It was the fifth league game in a row without defeat for Arsenal.

2 November 1918: Arsenal returned to winning ways with a 1-0 home win against QPR.  6000 were present, in the wartime league.  Although not the same level of interest as against Tottenham and Chelsea in recent weeks it was double the crowd for the last QPR game.  Meanwhile however it became clear that in the last week 2,200 deaths from flu were recorded from flu in London alone. 

2 November 1924:  The Sunday Express became the first newspaper in the world to publish a crossword, complete with instructions on what one had to do.  At least for Arsenal fans it might have proved a diversion from the football: Arsenal had won just one of the last five games.

2 November 1928: Ray Daniel born.  He started at his local club Swansea Town and in 1946, as clubs prepared for the first post-war championship he was signed by Arsenal.   His elder brother had also played for Arsenal but died in the second world war aged 18.

2 November 1935: The result Brentford 2 Arsenal 1 left the three times consecutive champions with just five wins in the first 15 games.  It was Arsenal’s first ever game in the league against Brentford, last season’s champions of division 2.  They had only played each other in the 1902 preliminary rounds of the FA Cup.  It was Ray Parkin’s last game.

2 November 1936: The BBC launched the world’s first regular television service.

2 November 1946: Bernard Joy played his last league game; it ended Arsenal 2 Sheffield Utd 3.  It was Arsenal’s eighth defeat in 13 league games.

2 November 1974: Arsenal 0 Wolverhampton Wanderers 0, with a crowd of 27,572. Eddy Kelly asked for a transfer, Jimmy Rimmer asked for an assurance that Shilton wasn’t going to be signed, and Arsenal managed to avoid defeat for two matches running for the first time since getting a couple of draws in September.

2 November 1977: Trevor Ross sold to Everton for £170,000.  Of his last match (a reserve game) Ross claimed Terry Neill said, “You, Off. You don’t want to play for this club so get off.”  His comment thereafter was, “So me being me and the attitude I had took off my shirt and threw it in his face.”

2 November 1977: Alan Sunderland transferred to Arsenal for £220,000.  He made 23 appearances in the rest of the season and scored four goals, playing alongside Brady, Macdonald, Stapleton and Rix.

2 November 1983: Martin Hayes turned pro having joined Arsenal as an apprentice in 1982 playing centre forward and left wing.

2 November 1984: Man U 4 Arsenal 2 as Arsenal’s run at the top of the league ended and instead started a run of just two wins in six.   Allinson and Woodcock scored the goals.

2 November 1991: Arsenal 0 West Ham Utd 1.  Michael Thomas’ last game.  It started a run of one win in five.

2 November 1996: Wimbledon 2 Arsenal 2 .  A run of 10 games unbeaten left Arsenal top of the league.  Wright and Merson got the goals.  Yet this season, Arsenal failed to beat Wimbledon home or away, losing the home game 0-1 in February.

2 November 2005: Arsenal beat Birmingham 1-0 in the League in which they won 13, drew 2 and lost just one match in 16 games in all competitions.

2 November 2010: Benik Afobe went on loan to Huddersfield Town where he played 28 games and scored five goals before moving on to Reading.

2 November 2013: Goals from Ramsey and Cazorla gave Arsenal a 2-0 win in the league over Liverpool to make it nine league games without defeat since the highly questionable 1-3 defeat to Aston Villa at home on the opening day of the season.

2 November 2017: Arsenal drew 0-0 with Red Star Belgrade at home in the Europa League having won the previous three games.  Willock and Nelson both featured in the starting line up.  With the club already having lost to Stoke and Watford there were mumblings about Arsenal’s inability to beat smaller sides.

2 November 2019: Arsenal drew 1-1 with Wolverhampton.  It was the third game in a nine match run in which Arsenal did not win a single match in any competition (and that is not including a 1-1 draw in an FL Trophy game.

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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