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Today’s Arsenal anniversaries… and occasional other items of note.
29 August 1920: Rioting in Northern Ireland continued with 11 dead and many more injured in street battles in Belfast. Meanwhile Great Britain played its one and only game in the football tournament of the Olympics in Antwerp. GB lost and thus were immediately knocked out of the tournament. The attendance was 5,000, compared with 50,000 at the Arsenal game the previous day.
29 August 1921: Dan Burgess (generally known as Dick) played his final game: a 2-3 away defeat to Preston. He then moved on to West Ham followed by Aberdare Athletic, QPR and Sittingbourne.
29 August 1925: Herbert Chapman’s first match as Arsenal manager, against Tottenham, in the first league match under the new offside rule. Arsenal lost 0-1. The outgoing manager Leslie Knighton alleged some 20 years later that he was promised the gate money from the game as a benefit payment, but no evidence of such an agreement was ever produced and almost all of Knighton’s anti-Norris statements were subsequently proven to be untrue. And why would a man who had only just avoided relegation two years running get a benefit?
29 August 1925: Charlie Buchan’s debut after signing for Arsenal for a second time. Part of his transfer arrangement was that Arsenal would pay a fee of £100 for every goal he scored in the season. He scored 20. Buchan’s first signing for Arsenal is here.
29 August 1931: As champions Arsenal slipped back, losing 0-1 to WBA at home on the opening day and failing to win any of the first four games.
29 August 1936: Arsenal beat Everton 3-2 with Alex James as captain; James, Bowden and Hapgood scored. Everton’s fall from grace had been dramatic and from having won the league in 1932 and the Cup in 1933 they had subsequently endured seasons with them ending in 14th, 8th and 16th. See also here.
29 August 1938: Rangers 0 Arsenal 1 – part of the Chapman inspired annual series of friendlies between the two sides.
29 August 1942: In a wartime game against Charlton Leslie Compton played in goal and Drake scored two. Bernard Joy writes of a game in which Drake played in goal but there’s no record of such a match, and he may have been (not for the first time) somewhat confused by events.
29 August 1944: George Armstrong born in County Durham, having previously been an apprentice electrician. Between 1962 and 1977 he played 490 league games, plus 10 appearances as sub, plus 58 (2) in the FA Cup, 35 in the League cup and 24 (2) in European games.
29 August 1949: Jack Kelsey joined from Winch Wen of the Swansea and District League. Arsenal was his only senior club and he played 327 games for the club before being injured playing for Wales, and being forced out of the game.
29 August 1951: Arsenal 2 Chelsea 1. Final game for Lawrie Scott. He won league winners’ and cup winners’ medals with Arsenal, playing 115 games for Arsenal before moving on to Crystal Palace.
29 August 1956: Viv Anderson born. He came to the attention of the football world playing for Nottingham Forest under Brian Clough with whom he won promotion and then the League.
29 August 1959: Dennis Evans had his leg broken in a 3-3 draw with Wolverhampton – the team that turned him down before he came to Arsenal.
29 August 1959: John Milne died. He won the League with Arsenal in 1937/8 and played twice for Scotland. He left Arsenal for Middlesbrough in 1937.
29 August 1964: Johnny MacLeod’s 101st and last league game for Arsenal. He moved on to Aston Villa, before moving on to KV Mechelen in the Netherlands. He played over 100 league games for each of his first four clubs: Hibs, Arsenal, Villa, Mechelen.
29 August 1970: Arsenal lost 2-1 away to Chelsea – the first defeat of the 1st Double season in game 5 in front of 53,722 spectators.
29 August 1978: Arsenal lost 1-3 to Rotherham in the Football League cup, despite putting out the regular first team. The defeat came on top of two draws and a defeat in the opening matches in the league season.
29 August 1979: Arsenal were drawn in the League Cup against their cultural enemy, Leeds. It ended 1-1, 23,421 present.
29 August 1987: Kevin Richardson’s league debut with Arsenal after joining from Watford. He went on to play 96 times in the league – including in the championship winning game at Liverpool in 1989.
29 August 1987: Alan Smith scored three – his first goals for Arsenal as Arsenal beat Portsmouth 6-0 having failed to win any of the first three games of the season, the team scoring just one goal in them.
29 August 1997: The movie The Full Monty was released in the UK – the film refers to the Arsenal famous back fours’ offside tactics, as the men in the movie rehearse their dance routine.
29 August 2009: Uefa gave in to media pressure and that from Celtic FC as Eduardo retrospectively was charged with diving in the Arsenal v Celtic match. Eduardo should be banned, says SFA chief the Telegraph had screamed on 27 August, and so Uefa did what they were told. It was of course all nonsense and he was cleared at a hearing.
29 August 2013: Flamini arrived at Arsenal for the second time. He played 102 league games for Arsenal between 2004 and 2008, and then 97 in the next five years with Milan.
29 August 2020: Arsenal played Liverpool in the Community Shield. It was the 23rd time Arsenal had played in the game, this time winning on penalties after a 1-1 draw and that made it 16 wins, making Arsenal the second most successful club in the competition.