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And now on with the anniversaries of today
17 July 1897: Roger Ord joined from Hebburn Argyle. During his time at Arsenal he kept 29 clean sheets out of his 99 games, a ratio of 3.41 percent which makes him the 16th highest on the Arsenal clean sheets list.
17 July 1888: Harry Logan born. He signed for Arsenal in 1910 and played 11 times for the club, but was only on the winning team once.
17 July 1903: Samson Haden born near Barnsley. He started his working life as a miner before playing for Castleford Town in March 1922, and was brought to Arsenal by Leslie Knighton and was the player who crossed for Buchan’s first goal for Arsenal.
17 July 1922: With the Prime Minister himself implicated, a Parliamentary Committee was set up to investigate the awarding of honours for cash. On the same day County Hall on the bank of the Thames was opened as the new HQ of the London County Council.
17 July 1940 Joe Baker born. He went through several junior Scottish clubs before playing for Hibernian and was their top scorer for four years getting 102 goals in just 117 league games. The Hibs board apparently refused to up his weekly wage from £12 to £17 and so sold him to Torino for £75k. Joe died on 6 October 2003.
17 July 1965: Dan Lewis died aged 62. He was transferred from Arsenal to Gillingham in May 1931 having played 169 games for Arsenal in a career in which he was constantly in and out of the side. He played only six times for Gillingham and retired from professional football soon after.
17 July 1977: Fulham, the club Arsenal’s owner, Sir Henry Norris, helped take into the Southern League, and then the Football League, were banned from the transfer market due to a reported £700,000 debt.
17 July 1991: Team Malarvik 1 Arsenal 4. Campbell, Smith, Groves (plus og). This was one of eight pre-season friendlies played between this day and 7 August. Team Malarvik played in Stockholm. I’m not sure they are still in existence.
17 July 2002: Stevenage Borough 1 Arsenal 6. Interestingly, by 2015 Stevenage FC as they became known, had Teddy Sheringham as team manager and Dave Beasant as goalkeeping coach. In 2020 they were relegated to the National League.
17 July 2004: Barnet 1 Arsenal 10 – the biggest win of modern times. Reyes got three, Van Persie one, Bergkamp two. Jeffers got a second half hat-trick. Quincy Owusu-Abeyie got the other one on 70 minutes. This match took place in the midst of the “49”. Arsenal were undefeated in their eight pre-season games. See also here for more details.
17 July 2008: Gilberto sold to Panathinaikos. He played 76 games for them before moving on to Grêmio who he played for in 2011/12. He was technical director of Panathinaikos in 2016 and acts now as a consultant.
17 July 2010: Barnet 0 Arsenal 4 (Arshavin, Simpson 2, Nasri). At this time pre-season took on a regular format: the Barnet game, a training camp in Austria and then the Emirates cup as Mr Wenger kept the arrangements as low key as possible.
17 July 2013: Vietnam 1 Arsenal 7. (Giroud (3), Oxlade Chamberlain, Akpom, Miquel.) The second of seven pre-season games, following one in Indonesia, and followed by a match in Japan.
17 July 2014: Arsenal announced the signing of Mathieu Debuchy from Newcastle for around £12m. His first season was very disrupted by two separate long term injuries and he missed a chance to play in the Cup Final. On 31 January 2018, six months before the expiry of his contract with Arsenal, Debuchy joined Ligue 1 club AS Saint-Étienne on a free transfer.
17 July 2015: Yaya Sanogo loaned to Ajax. After only three games he moved on in February 2016 to the youth team before moving to Charlton on loan where he started to get a decent number of games. He joined Toulouse in 2017 and has been a regular in their team since then.
17 July 2017: Arsenal beat Bayern Munich 3-1 in a pre-season friendly.
17 July 2019 Arsenal beat Bayern Munich in California in the 2019 International Champions Cup 2–1 with Eddie Nketiah scoring the winning goal.
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