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Arsenal player has career ended after being hit by a policeman, and other anniversaries…

Welcome to the daily blog of the AISA Arsenal History Society.  You can read more about AISA at AISA.org

We have never played a competitive game on 25 May so there is no video for the day but on this day in 2009 Arsenal beat Liverpool to win the FA Youth Cup.  There’s no video available of that, but following the youth and video connection I found this one

The Videos…

There will however be some new videos shortly as the next episode of the Video Collection Series should be published today.  This is the series in which we gather together all the videos we have of Arsenal against a particular club – and then for good measure find a few more.

Details of the video collections, where we focus on matches against just one club are on the home page while the list of the 270+ videos we have gathered commemorating events on individual days are here.

For details of other recent anniversary posts see the articles on the top left under “Recent posts”

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100 Years in the First Division: the absolute complete story of Arsenal’s promotion in 1919.

And here are …

the anniversaries

25 May 1914: Both the Football League and the Football Association held their AGMs in London. Henry Norris used the occasion to conclude the formalities of the move of Buckley from Aston Villa to Arsenal for £2500.

25 May 1917: The first daytime aircraft bombing raid on England.  It was an attack on Folkestone and 95 people were killed. 

25 May 1923: Arsenal played a Norwegian XI away as part of their end of season tour, winning 9-2.

25 May 1929: Billy Blyth transferred to Birmingham.  He had played 314 league games for Arsenal – a figure made all the more remarkable given that he started playing for the club in 1914/15 and so lost four seasons to the war.

25 May 1933: Charlie Jones played his last game for Wales in a 1-1 draw with France.  He played for his country four times in all and played one more season for Arsenal before retiring and becoming manager of Notts County.

25 May 1935: Dennis Compton signed professional forms with Arsenal, having joined as an amateur in 1932.  He made his debut in September 1936.

25 May 1937:  Arsenal drew with Gothenburg. 1-1 (Milne scoring) in the first of a five match tour of Scandinavia.

25 May 1944: Joe Wade joined Arsenal as an amateur from Hoxton Manor Boys Club.  He turned professional at the end of the war in June 1945, and played in the FA Cup tie against West Ham in 1946.

25 May 1948:  Charles Satterthwaite died.  He scored Arsenal’s first goal in the first division and was the club’s top scorer in that initial 1st division season.  He played 129 league games and scored 45 goals before retiring from football in 1910.

25 May 1949: Bryn Jones was hit by a policeman during a riot after a match in Brazil against Vasco de Gama, and the resultant injury curtailed his Arsenal career.  He moved on to be player manager of Norwich City.  

25 May 2009: Arsenal won the FA Youth Cup at Anfield with Coquelin and Wilshere in the team, but by 2015 four of the side were “free agents” unattached to any club, and of the others only Kyle Bartley made it to the premier league – with Swansea.

25 May 2016: Granit Xhaka signed for Arsenal from Borussia Monchengladbach.  He had played 108 times for the club and by the end of the 2018/19 season had played 99 games for Arsenal and 70 for Switzerland.

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