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Arsenal knock in five away to Middlesbrough

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.  Below are the anniversaries for today in Arsenal’s history…

Sorry about the lack of sound – couldn’t find a video of the match that came with sound.

20 November 1909: A 2-2 draw concluded a terrible opening to the season with just two wins and three draws in the first 14 games.  The result left Arsenal bottom of the 1st division, but with slightly better recent results than Tottenham and Bolton who were just above them.

20 November 1918: U-boats started to arrive off the coast at Harwich and were handed over to the Royal Navy.  German warships started to be escorted to Scapa Flow.

20 November 1920: Arsenal scored 4 for the first time after the 1st world war beating Huddersfield 4-0 away from home.  Pagnam got two, within a run that gave him seven goals in four games.

20 November 1925:  Queen Alexandra of Denmark, Queen consort of the United Kingdom and the British Dominions and Empress of India,  the wife of King Edward VII, died at Sandringham.

20 November 1926 saw the start of a run in which Tottenham lost 10, drew 3, won 2 and codeded 33 goals in 14 league games.  Senior staff were sacked and new men, including George Hardy from Arsenal were put in to steady the ship.

20 November 1929: Dan Lewis won his final cap for Wales.  He was one of seven first team goalkeepers that Chapman bought, played and sold during his time at the club.

20 November 1931: Frank Moss signed from Oldham for £3000  Frank took over from Charlie Preedy and was nearly ever present for four years playing in the title winning teams of the “triple” years (1932/3, 1933/4, 1934/5).

20 November 1940: Tim Coleman died.   He left Arsenal when football stopped at the end of the 1914-15 season but later played non-league for Tunbridge Wells Rangers.  He finally retired as a player in 1921 and then worked as a coach and manager for Maidstone Utd., before moving to the Netherlands.  

20 November 1954: Jimmy Logie’s final game, (Manchester Utd 2 Arsenal 1) in a sequence of eight league games without a win.

20 November 1968.  Arsenal 1 Tottenham 0; League Cup Semi Final.  John Radford scored, as he did in the return leg which was a 1-1 draw, taking Arsenal through to their second consecutive final in the competition.

20 November 1971: Arsenal’s habit of letting in five continued in 5-1 away defeat to Wolverhampton.  It was Arsenal’s third successive defeat just six months after winning the Double. 

20 November 1973: Arsenal played a mid-season friendly against Mechelen of Belgium –  a 2-2 draw, with Hornsby getting both goals.  The reason for the game is unclear but it may have been to help the finances (which is why Arsenal had played such games in earlier eras).

20 November 1984: Justin Raymond Hoyte born.  He joined Arsenal in 1993, and went on to play 34 games for the club before later making his name with Middlesbrough.  In 2015 he finally dropped out of the league and joined Dagenham and Redbridge. In March 2017, Hoyte signed for FC Cincinnati of the United Soccer League. Cincinnati declined his contract option at the end of the 2019 season, and we have no further news of him.  He played 18 internationals for Trinidad and Tobago.

20 November 1991: Pål Lydersen joined Arsenal  from I K Start for £500,000.  He played 16 games for Arsenal and made 20 appearances for Norway before returning to IK Start.  He ended his career in 2000 playing for Molde FK, in Norway.

20 November 1999: Arsenal beat Middlesbrough 5-1.  Overmars got three and Berkgamp two, to make it four wins and a draw in the last five.  In the next match, (a league cup game) Thierry Henry scored for Arsenal for the first time.

20 November 2004: Ex-Brazil captain Socrates, now aged 50, came on as a sub for Garforth in their match against Tadcaster for the last 12 minutes of the game.  A record crowd of 1385 turned up to see the event, but Sorcrates declined the chance to repeat the event saying it was too cold.

20 November 2009: Wojciech Szczęsny loaned to Brentford.  He played 28 times for Brentford before returning to Arsenal.

20 November 2010: Arsenal lost 2-3 to Tottenham (Nasri and Chamakh scoring) making it two home defeats out of two in the month.  However away from home Arsenal won three in a row.

20 November 2017.  Sven Mislintat was appointed head of recruitment.  He left in February 2019 and joined Stuggart as sporting director.

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