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
- 100 Years in the First Division: the absolute complete story of Arsenal’s promotion in 1919.
- Henry Norris at the Arsenal: There is a full index to the series here.
- Arsenal in the 1930s: The most comprehensive series on the decade ever
- Arsenal in the 1970s: Every match and every intrigue reviewed in detail.
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.
8 March 1890 – Richard Horsington suffered a serious injury in the London Senior Cup final. He never played for the first team again, but became a respected and wealthy businessman in the Plumstead area.
8 March 1930: The low point in the season and indeed in the 1930s in which Arsenal were 19th just two points and two places above relegation.
8 March 1932: Bill Seddon sold to Grimsby having played 69 league games and over 200 reserve games for Arsenal.
8 March 1933: The Islington Gazette reported that Charlie Jones had been replaced by Alex James as captain – something virtually every Arsenal history book since then has missed.
8 March 1934: George Cox made his Arsenal debut against Leicester and went on to play seven league games in this and the next season.
8 March 1934: Leicester City v Arsenal was brought forward because Leicester were in the Cup semi-final. Arsenal agreed as 15th place Leicester would probably be distracted. But Leicester City won 4-1.
8 March 1952: Luton 2 Arsenal 3. FA Cup round 6. Arsenal had scored 15 goals in four matches thus far on the road to Wembley. Cox 2, and Milton got the goals.
8 March 1958: Arsenal 5 Chelsea 4. David Herd scored a hat trick in front of 41,570 fans. This was the third in a run of four games which generated 28 goals. DR Clapton and Jimmy Bloomfield got the other Arsenal goals on this occasion.
8 March 1972: Ajax 2 Arsenal 1. European Cup 3rd round 1st leg. It came after two battles with Derby in the cup (both drawn) and a defeat in the league to Manchester City.
8 March 1975: Arsenal 0 West Ham 2. FA Cup 6th round. This was the fourth consecutive defeat in league and cup.
8 March 1977: Arsenal 1 WBA 2. The 6th consecutive defeat in the all-time record breaking run of defeats. The team at the time included Brady, Macdonald and Stapleton. Only 19,517 turned up at Highbury. Jimmy Rimmer ran out of his area and attempted to clear the ball upfield but miskicked the ball back to WBA’s Cross who tapped it into an open goal.
8 March 1980: Watford 1 Arsenal 2 FA Cup 6th round, on the way to the last cup final for 19 years. Stapleton got both goals.
8 March 2003: Arsenal 2 Chelsea 2. FA Cup 6th round. Jeffers and Henry scored.
8 March 2006: Daily Mirror ran the headline, “Nil nil to the Arsenal” after the draw with Real Madrid in the Champions League.
8 March 2011: Barcelona 3 Arsenal 1. Champions League round of 16. Almunia, the third choice keeper, came on as the substitute keeper. Although Arsenal lost he was voted man of the match.
8 March 2013: 10 years after scoring for Arsenal in the FA Cup 6th round, Francis Jeffers signed for Accrington Stanley, his 12th club and final club. He played for them seven times and scored two goals. He had a trial with Chester the following year but did not play for them. He is reported to be a youth coach with Everton.
8 March 2014: Arsenal 4 Everton 1. FA Cup quarter finals – en route to Wembley. Ozil, Flamini, Giroud and Arteta scored.
8 March 2016: After five games without a win, including a goalless draw with Hull in the Cup, Arsenal beat Hull 4-0 in the replay, on this day, but then lost at home to Watford in their next game to go out of the cup.
8 March 2018: Having lost to Brighton in the League following two solid defeats to Manchester City in the League and League Cup, and a loss to Ostersunds in the Europa League, Arsenal beat AC Milan 2-0 in Italy in the Europa League leaving much of the media lost for words. Cech kept a clean sheet for the 200th time. Arsenal won the second leg 2-1.