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On this day Arsenal announced one of their biggest clear outs of all time

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

26 June 1875: Ly Burrows born in Northumberland.  He played in Glasgow and Sheffield, before playing for Woolwich Polytechnic while a student there and was given his chance with Arsenal while still only 16, in January 1892.

26 June 1939: Wilf Wash sold to Derby.  He had spent two years at Margate before making his three league appearances as a forward, but was not considered up to the standard required and was transferred shortly before the outbreak of war.

26 June 1970: Ex-Arsenal captain Terry Neill joined Hull as player manager.  He was at the 2014 FA Cup final between Arsenal and Hull, invited by the media as a man with connections with both sides and gave an unbelievably lopsided half-time interview which he hopefully subsequently regretted.

26 June 1972: Frank Stapleton signed from school as an apprentice (having tried his hand first with Man U) and played his first game in 1975 against Leicester in a 1-1 home draw.  It was Mee’s last season as Arsenal finished 17th in the league. 

26 June 1987: Samir Nasri born in Marseille and joined Olympique de Marseille aged nine, spending seven years in the youth academy at La Commanderie.  He was last heard of in 2019 playing for Anderlecht after just five league outings for West Ham but was released by Anderlecht in 2020.

26 June 1987: Bobby Gould left Bristol Rovers to become manager of Wimbledon.  In all he played for 10 different clubs (including Arsenal 1968-1970) and managed 11 clubs and one country (Wales).

26 June 1998: Gavin McGowan sold to Luton Town, having played seven times.  His league career was cut short by injury and he moved on to play non-league football before retiring aged 25 to become a sports teacher.

26 June 1998: David Seaman and Tony Adams played for England in the World Cup v Colombia.  England won 2-0 with goals from Anderton and Beckham.

26 June 2012: Olivier Giroud joined Arsenal from Montpellier for about £9.6m. He had scored 30 goals in 61 games for Tours and then 33 goals in 73 games for Montpellier.   (Giroud scores his first goal).  He went on to make 180 appearances for Arsenal before moving to Chelsea in 2018.

26 June 2014: With additional funds pouring into the club Arsenal announced its biggest clear outs of all time with 11 players leaving the club on 30 June as their contracts expired.  Denilson, Arshavin and Sanchez Watt were among those leaving.  Sagna spoke on TalkSport claiming he was not leaving Arsenal for the money.

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