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Henry looks bored out of his mind as he scores a hattrick

There are links to some of our recent videos on the home page.

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.

5 March 1892: After many clubs had earlier dropped out of the attempt to form a Southern League the remainder (but without Arsenal) now moved towards forming The Southern Alliance, a league that lasted just one season.  Arsenal meanwhile opened discussions with the Football League about expanding the League into London.

5 March 1897: The Kentish Mercury reported that 54 people had applied for the job of Arsenal manager, showing that the fame of the first League club in the south had clearly grown.

5 March 1910: Last senior game for Charles Satterthwaite – the man who scored Arsenal’s first ever 1st division goal.  Millwall Athletic 3 Woolwich Arsenal 3.  He did not join another club and retired from football aged 32. 

5 March 1910: Archie Devine won his one and only cap.  In his career he had 14 transfers and played for 11 different clubs.

5 March 1920: Sir Henry Norris was very active in Parliament working to stop bookmakers using football as a way of offering ludicrous odds to the detriment of punters.  On this day he moved the second reading of the Ready Money Football Betting Bill which he had earlier introduced.  It received wide support but very noticeably did not getting the backing of Sir Samuel Hill-Wood MP, who later would be a prime mover in getting Sir Henry ejected from Arsenal.

5 March 1927: Arsenal 2 Wolverhampton 1.  FA Cup 6th round on the way to Arsenal’s first ever final.  Blyth and Butler scored in front of 52,821 – Highbury’s largest crowd of the season. Two days later Arsenal lost 0-7 to WHU.

5 March 1932: Arsenal were at home to Leicester.  With Lambert and Parkin both injured Chapman acted and  Ernie Coleman was signed from Grimsby.  The day after his signing he played his first Arsenal game.

5 March 1938:  A 4-0 home win over Stoke took Arsenal top – as Arsenal moved on towards winning the league.  Carr, Griffiths (2) and Drake got the goals.  It was the last of a seven match unbeaten run.

5 March 1938: Arsenal announced the signing of 20 year old Gordon Bremmer from Cartha Athletic – who went on to make his debut (and score his first goal) on 9 April.

5 March 1949: Burnley 1 Arsenal 1 (Lishman).  After 3 consecutive wins, Arsenal started a run of 6 draws and 1 defeat in 7 games.

5 March 1966: Gus Caesar born. He joined Arsenal in August 1982 becoming a pro in February 1984 playing in the heart of the defence or full back.  He was highly praised for his first match (away to Man U on 21 December 1985) and seen as a great prospect.  He got three England under 21 caps in 1987 and in 1987/8 graduated to a fairly consistent position in the first team.  He finished playing in Hong Kong. He is reported to have since worked in the finance industry in Hong Kong.

5 March 1977: Willie Young debut.  Arsenal 1 Ipswich 4.  Terry Neill said of him after this match, “he tried to play like Pele”.  This was the 5th consecutive defeat in the record breaking run.

5 March 1980: Arsenal 5 Gothenburg 1. Cup Winners Cup.  (Sunderland 2, Price, Brady and Young got the goals).

5 March 1986: Luton 3 Arsenal 0  FA Cup 5th round 2nd replay in a month in which Arsenal achieved four league wins and suffered three league defeats.

5 March 1994: Ipswich 1 Arsenal 5 provided the setting for Ian Wright’s fifth hat trick.  It came after six games in which Arsenal scored just four goals in total, and was followed by Southampton 0 Arsenal 4.

5 March 2002: Arsenal beat Derby to go top in win number 4 of 13 consecutive wins.  League match 29 of the 3rd Double season

5 March 2005: Arsenal beat Portsmouth 3-0.  It was part of a run of 8 consecutive wins and a run to the end of the season of 13 wins in the last 15 games.

5 March 2016: Tottenham 2 Arsenal 2.  Ramsey and Sanchez scored.  After three defeats in succession this draw was a relief, but only temporarily, as Arsenal then lost two of the next three.  All told Arsenal lost five out of seven games in Feb/March, before ending the season with a run of nine matches unbeaten, including a 4-0 victory in the FA Cup final.

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