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One year ago on this day, Arsenal started their return to form: the video

The list of the 270+ videos we have gathered commemorating events on individual days are to be found via this link.   We are also developing our video collection series in which we are gathering together the best videos we have against each club we have played in recent years – and adding some new ones to the list as we go.   Here is the list of clubs covered so far…

Today’s Arsenal anniversaries are published below.  We don’t have a video for this day but another collection from a particular club will go up shortly.

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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 June 1904: Fred Coles transferred to Grimsby.  He later became a cricket and football coach in Sweden and was also trainer of Hague in Holland between 1910 and 1911. 

25 June 1910: Sidney Cartwright born.  He signed for Arsenal as an amateur in April 1931 and as a professional on 9 May.    He made his debut on 22 Feb 1936 against Portsmouth.

25 June 1914: Henry Norris was adopted as one of two Conservative Party candidates to contest the parliamentary seats in Stockport both strongly held by the Liberals.  He did not fight the seat however as he was subsequently offered the chance to fight the seat in Fulham where he was Mayor.

25 June 1960: Death of Charlie Buchan aged 68. After retiring from playing he became a football journalist, wrote a coaching manual and was a commentator for the BBC.  He co-founded the Football Writers’ Association, and edited Charles Buchan’s Football Monthly.   See also Buchan’s first period at Arsenal.

25 June 1975: Steve Gatting signed as apprentice professional.  He became a professional two years later and played his first game with the first team as a sub versus Lokomotiv Leipzig on September 13, 1978 which Arsenal won 3-0. 

25 June 1978: Paul Davis joined Arsenal as a professional.  He had signed for Arsenal in 1977, and played for the first team for the first time against Tottenham on April 7 1980 at Tottenham.  We won 2-1.

25 June 1982: Pat Jennings played as N Ireland beat the hosts Spain in the World Cup 1-0.  In all he played 119 games for the Province.

25 June 1997: Arsene Wenger signed Manu Petit for the second time.  He had signed him originally in 1988 from ES Arques-la-Bataille and now, this time from Monaco for £2.5m.  Luis Boa Morte also signed on this day.  In June 2019 Boa Morte became assistant coach at Everton.

25 June 2007: After 254 league games and 174 goals Thierry Henry transferred to Barcelona for €24 million in a deal that ultimately cost the Catalan club over £250,000 per match.  Also quoted as 23 June in some quarters.  On 24 Jan 2019 Henry was dismissed as manager of Monaco who were 19th in the league.  He subsequently became manager of Montreal Impact.

25 June 2020: After the three month shut down of football in England because of the coronavirus outbreak, Arsenal had re-started their season with two defeats.  However in the third match on this day they finally gained a win – 0-2 away to Southampton.  This was  the start of an 11 match run in which Arsenal won 8, drew 1 and lost 2.    In a reversal of earlier form, Arsenal were unbeaten at home in this run.

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