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Watch Anelka score against Man U on this day

The anniversaries are below…

Contact Arsenal History Society at Tony@schools.co.uk



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…


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.

17 February 1902: 1000 spectators saw Arsenal beat QPR in the London League Premier Division.  But even though crowds were always low for these games, any income was worth having.

17 February 1906: Jimmy Ashcroft became Arsenal’s first England international. He played over 270 league games for Arsenal and three games for England.

17 February 1906: Hugh McDonald’s first game.  He became so highly rated for Arsenal that he was picked to play in goal even when so badly injured that he could not even jump for the ball.

17 February 1917: It was a measure of how rapidly football fortunes changed in the wartime London Combination that on this day Arsenal won against Chelsea 3-0; a year before Chelsea had been all-conquering.  7,500 turned up, which given the bad weather and the number of men now serving in the army, was a very decent turnout.

17 February 1932: There are few occasions when one could call Grimsby the 1st Division’s “in form” team but they had just had two wins and a draw, and their last match before facing Arsenal was a 5-1 win against Liverpool.  But it was Arsenal’s form that was maintained with a 4-0 victory which took the club up to third place.  

17 February 1936: Joe Haverty born.  He played for Home Farm FC and St Patrick’s Athletic in Ireland (reaching the country’s Cup final), and then signed for Arsenal in 1954. At 5 feet 3 inches he was one of the smallest players ever for Arsenal and  “Use your height Joe” was shouted from the crowd in many matches he played.

17 February 1940: The movie based on the novel “The Arsenal Stadium Mystery” was released.  The book remained the only Arsenal novel published until “Making the Arsenal” in 2010.  George Allison, the man who had been the lead radio commentator for BBC football matches, says, in the movie, “One nil to the Arsenal” – the first time the phrase is used in public.

17 February 1971: Man City 1 Arsenal 2 (FA Cup round 5).  Charlie George upon his return to the side from injury got both goals to take Arsenal forward in the first Double season.   See also here.

17 February 1999 : Arsenal conceded their first goal in two months (including six league games) in what was also Kanu’s first league match.  The final score was Man U 1 Arsenal 1.  Anelka scored Arsenal’s goal. 

17 February 2007: Arsenal drew 0-0 with Blackburn in the FA Cup.  It was the start of a run of just one win in six games across four competitions.

17 February 2010: With an extensive injury list, Arsene Wenger said Arsenal would need a special performance to beat Porto in the Champions League on this day in 2010, but Lukasz Fabianski replacing the injured Almunia in goal could not live up to the requirements and Arsenal lost 2-1, but recovered to win 5-0 in the return leg in March.

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