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Arsenal in the 1970s: Every match and every intrigue reviewed in detail.
Today’s Arsenal anniversaries… and occasional other items of note.
1 August 1834: Slavery was abolished in all British territories
?1 August 1890 Royal Arsenal Committee representatives signed a three years lease on the Invicta Stadium. It was a major step forward for Arsenal, but it ended in near-disaster as the club split between those who wanted professionalism and those who did not, with the non-pro group using the worst type of skullduggery to try and defeat their opponents.
1 August 1956: Alex Forbes transferred to Leyton Orient. He won the title with Arsenal in 1947/8 and 1952/3, and the FA Cup in 1950. However in 1955/6 he had knee cartilage problems and he lost his place to Dave Bowen, moving to Orient before moving on to Fulham and finally and Gravesend & Northfleet.
1 August 1960: The first ever game in the Cup winners cup (which Arsenal won in 1994) was played. It ended ASK Vorwarts 2 Red Star Brno 1. Only ten clubs entered the competition, three of the countries that had promoted the idea of the competition, failing to take part in this first season (Belgium, France and Spain).
1 August 1976: European cup winner and Olympic gold medalist Kanu born. He started with Iwuanyanwu Nationale moving to Ajax and Inter before reaching Arsenal. See here for memorable incident. Here for first game
1 August 1977: Steve Walford signed from Tottenham. He signed with Tottenham in 1974 but he only played twice for them before Terry Neill, who of course himself was at been at Tottenham, signed him for £25,000.
1 August 1980: After 235 league games Liam Brady transferred to Juventus for £514,000. He later played for Sampdoria, Inter, and Ascoli before returning to London to play for West Ham.
1 August 1980: Arsenal revived the old tradition of playing friendlies against Rangers initiated by Rangers, but lost 0-2 It was the 18th game in the series and the first for seven years.
1 August 1982: Lee Chapman signed for Arsenal for £500,000 from Stoke City, for whom he played 99 league games. He lasted just one season, played 23 games and then had one season with Sunderland, the first of 12 post-Arsenal clubs.
1 August 1987: Arsenal beat Celtic 1-5 away in a friendly. Ex-Celtic player Charlie Nicholas scored the first, Samson, Davies, and Martin Hayes on top form got two.
1 August 1999: Arsenal 2 Man U 1. FA Charity Shield at Wembley Stadium. Kanu and Parlour scored. Man U were treble winners the previous season and the win for Arsenal suggested a change in the hierarchy might be at hand.
1 August 2002: Kapfenberg Tri-Team Pre-Season Tournament involved three sides (Arsenal, Panathinaikos and Roma) playing each other in 45 minute matches.
1 August 2003: Michal Papadopulos joined on loan from Banik Ostrava while Johan Djourou from Etoile Carouge arrived on a free. Papadopulos never played for Arsenal and eventually went to Bayer Leverkusen. Djourou played 86 times for Arsenal.
1 August 2006: Armand Traore joined Arsenal from Monaco as a youth player, and graduated to the first team squad the following season. He played in Bergkamp’s testimonial and went on to play 13 league games for Arsenal.
1 August 2008: Stewart Houston returned to Arsenal taking up the role of a scout and watching forthcoming opposition teams. He had worked with Graham at Tottenham at the turn of the century, and worked as first team coach of Walsall.
1 August 2009: Arsenal beat Atlético Madrid in the second Emirates Cup. The development of the concept of the cup coincided with the introduction of Arsenalisation in the stadium.
1 August 2019, Arsenal signed Ivorian winger Nicolas Pépé from Ligue 1 club Lille for a club record £72 million.
1 August 2020: Arsenal beat Chelsea 2-1 in the FA Cup final, played without a crowd in attendance. Aubameyang got both goals, after Chelsea took the lead.