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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.

27 February 1897: Arsenal beat Millwall, their closest rivals, 3-1 in the United League.  The crowd was 15,000, the highest recorded for a United League game.

27 February 1915: Arsenal lost at home to high flying Derby 1-2.  At half time the Islington Recruiting Committee (with Arsenal directors’ compliance) were active looking for army volunteers.  For Arsenal the only good news was the crowd: 18,000.  On the same day a platoon of the Footballers’ Battalion that Henry Norris had funded, marched around the pitch at Craven Cottage, again as a recruiting exercise.

27 February 1926: First senior game for Andrew Neil.  He had played for Kilmarnock, Galston, Stevenston United, and Brighton and Hove Albion before moving to Arsenal on March 13 for £3000.  He played 54 times before Arsenal brought in Alex James.

27 February 1926: William Harper made his Scottish debut.  Arsenal broke the record transfer fee for a goalkeeper to bring him in – paying £4000.  Despite the fee Harper was dropped by Arsenal after 20 matches although he did get the minor consolation of a London Combination League Winner’s medal.

27 February 1932: Huddersfield’s largest ever crowd 67,037 saw Arsenal win in the FA Cup 6th round tie 1-0.  Over 100 fans were treated for injuries due to poor to non-existent crowd control.  Herbie Roberts scored.

27 February 1954: Tottenham 3 Arsenal 0.  It was part of a four match sequence without a win as Arsenal slumped to 12th – although not below Tottenham who finished 16th.

27 February 1971:  Derby 2 Arsenal 0.  League match 29 of the first Double season. Three defeats in the last five games cast major doubts over Arsenal’s attempt to win the league with Arsenal seven points behind Leeds but with two games in hand.

27 February 1986: Pat Beasley, one of Chapman’s signings, died.  He played 79 times for Arsenal in the league, and then moved on to Huddersfield, Fulham and Bristol City. After finishing playing he had managed Bristol City, Birmingham City and Dover.

27 February 1991: Shrewsbury 0 Arsenal 1 in the FA Cup.  Mickey Thomas scored the only goal of the game, with 12,536 in the crowd.  It was Arsenal’s sixth FA Cup match of the season, but they were still only in the 5th round.

27 February 2002: Arsenal 4 Bayer Leverkusen 1, leaving Arsenal needing to win at least one of their last two group games to progress further.  Pires, Henry, Vieira and Bergkamp scored.

27 February 2010: Ramsey was seriously assaulted by Shawcross on the pitch causing a double fracture of Ramsey’s lower right leg, breaking the tibia and fibula.  He did not play again until a reserve game on 23 November.  Shawcross on the other hand was immediately given a place in the England squad.  At subsequent games large numbers of Stoke fans inanely booed Ramsey, something the club did nothing to denounce, and which remains an eternal stain on the standing of the club.

27 February 2010: Jay Emmanuel Thomas loaned to Doncaster but it was not until 2013 that he fully realised his goalscoring potential, playing for Bristol City before later moving on to QPR.

27 February 2011: Arsenal 1 Birmingham 2.  League Cup final.  The referee was Mike Dean.  RVP scored Arsenal’s goal and Birmingham’s second came from a mix up between Szczęsny and Laurent Koscielny.

27 February 2019: Arsenal beat Bournemouth 5-1 to make it five league wins in the last six games.  Ozil, Mkhitaryan, Koscielny, Aubamayang and Lacazette got the goals.

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