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Swamping Villa and destroying Tottenham and Arteta’s last goal

To give a bit of context to why this game was so important, here’s the note from the anniversary files below…

15 May 2016: Arsenal sat third and Tottenham second in the league ahead of the final day’s games, with Tottenham needing just one point (at relegated Newcastle) to secure second and end above Arsenal for the first time since 1995.  Despite Newcastle having a man sent off, Tottenham lost 1-5, while Arsenal beat Villa 4-0 to secure second place, and achieve one of the most unlikely St Totteringham’s Day victories ever.

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.

Here are the anniversaries

15 May 1916: The hated “entertainment tax” was introduced to help pay for the war, the tax raising the cost of entry to football matches by between 50% and 100%.  It was supposed to be withdrawn at the end of the war, but remained until replaced by VAT in 1973.

15 May 1926: SK Slavia Ips Praha (Prague) 1 Arsenal 5 (Buchan, Brain 2, Ramsey, Lee).  For the second consecutive season Arsenal went on a European tour.

15 May 1971: John Roberts made his international début.  He only made 56 league starts for Arsenal, but 18 of those were in the first Double season.

15 May 1979: Arsenal played their one post-season friendly against Lyngby Boldklub  of Denmark.  Macdonald once again played but was substituted, as Arsenal won 4-2.  Gatting, Brady, Price and Rix scored.

15 May 1990: David Seaman purchased from QPR for a record fee.  He went on to play 405 league games for Arsenal and continued playing until 2004.

15 May 1993: FA Cup Final, Arsenal 1 – Sheffield W 1.  The second of the season’s  three games against Sheff W at Wembley.  Cup match 17 of the Cup Double season.

15 May 1993: The single “Shouting for the gunners” entered the hit parade.  Remaining copies are not thought to get a high price on the antiques market.

15 May 2004: Arguably the greatest moment in the history of Arsenal.  Arsenal 2 Leicester 1.  The season was unbeaten.  See also the chronology  To their credit Leicester fans stayed to congratulate Arsenal as the team toured the pitch.  Dickov gave Leicester the lead, Henry scored a penalty on 47 minutes, Vieira got the winner on 66 mins.  Arsenal were 30 points ahead of Liverpool in fourth place.

15 May 2016: Arsenal sat third and Tottenham second in the league ahead of the final day’s games, with Tottenham needing just one point (at relegated Newcastle) to secure second and end above Arsenal for the first time since 1995.  Despite Newcastle having a man sent off, Tottenham lost 1-5, while Arsenal beat Villa 4-0 to secure second place, and achieve one of the most unlikely St Totteringham’s Day victories ever.

15 May 2018: The BBC ran the headline “Colin Lewin: Arsenal head of medical services loses job after 23 years at Gunners”  Subsequent reports showed that Colin Lewin had resigned and set up a clinic with his cousin Gary also a physio.  No apology from the BBC for this mis-reporting was ever noted.

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