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And all the anniversaries…
7 October 1908: Debut of Angus McKinnon in a game against Rest of Kent. (Woolwich Arsenal won 3-0). Having signed from Petershill he went on to play 211 league games for Arsenal.
7 October 1909: Having lost the previous game 7-1 with the injured McDonald in goal, Fisher took over, but despite being fit was little improvement as Arsenal lost 5-1 to mid-table Notts County.
7 October 1916: Dicky Roose, Arsenal goalkeeper, and one of the most flamboyant players of the era was tragically killed in action in the Battle of the Somme serving his country in the first world war. See also here.
7 October 1920: Knighton purchased Harold Walden – Bradford City’s top scorer in their 1911/12 campaign. In many ways this was a publicity stunt as the man was also famous as a music hall entertainer. It’s a fascinating but rarely told story and (in my opinion) well worth following the link to read the detail.
7 October 1922: The Prince of Wales was the first member of the royal family to do a radio broadcast. Meanwhile Arsenal beat West Bromwich Albion, 3-1 which lifted the club from 20th to 16th.
7 October 1931: Arsenal beat WBA to win the Charity Shield at Villa Park.
7 October 1933: Final match for Alf Haynes. He moved to Crystal Palace two months later, where he played for three seasons before suffering a very serious injury.
7 October 1944: Arsenal beat Brighton 6-3 in the wartime Football League South. It was the fifth win in a row, but Arsenal never regained this level of dominance and won only nine of the remaining 22 league games in the season.
7 October 1947: Birth of Patrick Howard near Barnsley. He played for Barnsley and Newcastle before being brought in as an emergency central defender for Arsenal by Terry Neill, during Neill’s first season as manager.
7 October 1972: Debut for Jeff Blockley in Sheffield United 1 Arsenal 0. He came in as a replacement to Simpson and Roberts who had been alternating at playing at 6. However later in the season he did move across to the number 5 shirt. See also here
7 October 1976: Gilberto Silva born. He started as a footballer in 1997 with a tiny local team, and by 2002 he was playing all of Brazil’s games in the World Cup finals. It was quite a rise to success in five years.
7 October 1986: Arsenal drew 1-1 away with Huddersfield in the league cup, Martin Hayes scoring. However Arsenal had already won the first leg 2-0 and so went through.
7 October 2007: Arsenal beat Sunderland 3-2. It was part of a 21 match unbeaten run and of a run of 12 consecutive wins in league and cup.
7 October 2014: Brian McDermott returned to Arsenal as a scout and eventually became chief scout having managed Reading and Leeds Utd.
7 October 2018: Arsenal beat Fulham away 1-5. It was considered just about Arsenal’s most dominant game of the season, and was the only league game in which they got five during the campaign.