Welcome to the day on which Arsenal never play

This is one of very few days for which there are no videos of Arsenal games available, simply because in recent years so few games have been played on this day because of the abandonment of football in order to play internationals.  There has been a suggestion that Arsenal beat Bournemouth on this day, but in fact that date is wrong – the game didn’t happen on the 8th.  As you can read below, the last time Arsenal first team played on this date was 1994.

You can read about football today at What does the purchase of Newcastle by Saudi Arabia mean for Arsenal

And here’s quite an entertaining video of something quite different instead….


And if you want something else to read…

100 Years in the First Division: the absolute complete story of Arsenal’s promotion in 1919.

Here are the anniversaries…

8 October 1891: Royal Arsenal beat Royal Engineers Training Battalion 8-0.

8 October 1910: A 0-3 away defeat to Bradford City meant Arsenal had not won any of their first seven league games and had scored just two goals in those seven matches.

8 October 1914: The Arsenal Football and Athletic Company Limited became The Arsenal Football Club Limited with the launch of the new share issue.  The first public presentation of the name (other than on the new shares) was not seen however until 26 October when the programme for the Football League vs the Southern League representative match (played at Highbury) was put on sale with the club’s new name on the front.

8 October 1921: Sunderland 1 Arsenal 0.  Having won the first game of the month Arsenal now lost four league matches in a row to stay bottom of the league and already looking relegation certainties.

8 October 1930: Arsenal won the Charity Shield for the first time beating Sheffield Wednesday in a match played at Stamford Bridge in front of 25,000.  Arsenal were in the game having beaten Huddersfield Town in the FA Cup final the previous April.  

8 October 1932: Final appearance of Tom Parker – the club’s first trophy winning captain.  He became player manager of Norwich City and took them to the 3rd Division (south) championship in 1933/4.  He played 172 consecutive league games for Arsenal (a record) and in all played 258 league games for the club in addition to 246 for Southampton.  He later managed Southampton before returning to Norwich for a second spell.  He died at the age of 89 in 1987.

8 October 1936: Pat Beasley sold to Huddersfield for £750. He later moved to Fulham with whom he won a second division champions medal, was player manager for Bristol City, and manager of Birmingham, from 1950 to 1958.  See also here.

8 October 1960: Last senior game for Jimmy Bloomfield.   He was transferred to Birmingham, where he spent four years; played in a second Fairs Cup final, again on the losing side, before winning the league cup with Birmingham in 1963 scoring a goal in the final.

8 October 1991: Jimmy Carter signed from Liverpool for £500,000.  During the 3.5 years Carter spent with Arsenal the club won three different cups, but Carter managed only 25 games and two goals and did not play in any of the finals.  On this day Arsenal beat Leicester 2-0 in the league cup.

8 October 1994: Wimbledon 1 Arsenal 3 in the Premier League.  Because of the introduction of international breaks this was the last ever game Arsenal played on 8 October.  Wright, Smith and Campbell got the goals with Vinne Jones scoring for Wimbledon.

8 October 2020: Dejan Iliev went on loan to Shrewsbury Town.

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