(And just in case you want two stories, this is also the day on which Arsenal beat Liverpool at Anfield to win the league in 1989)
Day by Day the stories – a key moment in Arsenal and footballing history for each day of the year
Day by Day the videos– An Arsenal video for (almost) every day of the year in order.
26 May 1871: Arsenal manager Phil Kelso born. Manager from 1904 to 1908 he was one of the great innovators, paving the way for the major changes of Chapman and Wenger in subsequent centuries, the “Mr Transformation” of the club in the Woolwich days. There is an index of articles about him here.
26 May 1912: Arsenal played Rapid Vienna in match seven of a nine match tour series. Arsenal won every game (the match was won 8-2).
26 May 1913 Tottenham’s demand for an EGM of league clubs to stop Arsenal’s move from Plumstead to Highbury was defeated at League’s AGM, re-iterating the League’s position from the 1910 AGM that the league regulations gave them no say in where a club played, only what league they were in.
26 May 1915: Arthur Biggs born in Bedfordshire. He signed for Arsenal as an amateur in October 1933 and played 3 games before moving on to Hearts in Scotland
26 May 1926: In the penultimate game of a six match tour at the end of Chapman’s first season the result was Rapid/Amateure All Stars 0 Arsenal 1 (15,000) (Parker)
26 May 1939: In what Joy described as the most successful tour Arsenal had ever undertaken, Arsenal beat Denmark 6-0 with goals from Kirchen (2) Crayston (2) Lewis and Drury. It was match six of a seven game tour.
26 May 1957: The first ever assassination occurred at a football match, as Ali Chekkal, the prominent Algerian politician who was in favour of the continuing French occupation of Algeria was shot as he left the ground after the French Cup Final. Toulouse beat Angers 6-3.
26 May 1987: Nigel Winterburn signed from Wimbledon for £400,000. He went on to be one of the famous back four, playing on the left with Dixon on the right, and with Adams and Bould in the centre.
26 May 1989 Liverpool 0 Arsenal 2. Arsenal won the league. Prior to the match, the Daily Mail ran the headline “You don’t have a prayer Arsenal” and Brian Moore’s commentary of the game, which was shown live on TV, contained the famous line, “It’s up for grabs now”. Alan Smith’s goal gave him 23 goals in 36 league games. Michael Thomas (who later played for Liverpool) scored the winner “right at the end”.
26 May 2009: Liverpool 1 Arsenal 2. FA Youth Cup Final second leg, Arsenal winning 6-2 overall. Coquelin and Wilshere played in the team, Watt and Ayala scored.
26 May 2013: Arsenal Ladies won the FA Cup for the sixth time in eight years. They won it again in 2014, but then found their days of dominance curtailed (at least until 2019) as other clubs started to invest heavily in their women’s teams.
Henry Norris at the Arsenal: There is a full index to the series here.
Arsenal in the 1930s: The most comprehensive series on the decade ever
Arsenal in the 1970s: Every match and every intrigue reviewed in detail.
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