Arsenal anniveresaries 27 Sept: When just 37,000 showed up for the Tottenham derby




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The series

Today’s headline anniversary is taken from 1975 (see below, and click on the link)

27 September 1919: A rail strike began but the northern based Football League insisted that all fixtures be completed irrespective of transport difficulties – which effectively meant great hardship for London teams.  Arsenal travelled to Blackburn by coach – a journey of 15 hours each way over non-tarmacadam roads.

27 September 1919: The last British troops left Archangel in Russia, leaving the Russians to sort out their own affairs.  The final leftovers of the first world war were being wrapped up.

27 September 1919:  Daniel Burgess played against Blackburn (away), but after the return match the following week he dropped out of the team.  He had played seven games in a row, and scored one goal, and then was seen no more. See also here.

27 September 1924: From 30 August to this date (when Arsenal lost to West Ham) Arsenal had seven league matches.  The Islington Gazette was particularly exercised about the team selection by Knighton suggesting that Paterson was available.  Paterson however did not play at all this season, and as an amateur he could make himself available as and when he wished.  In his autobiography Knighton was very dismissive of Paterson, but upon taking over the team Chapman went out of his way to get Paterson to play again.

27 September 1933: Peter Dougall had a trial at Arsenal, signing as a professional on 23 October.  He made his first team debut on 10 February 1934, away to Middlesbrough.

27 September 1934: , Having played the first match in the Rangers v Arsenal series one week before, the return match was on this day.  Arsenal lost once again, but the series continued regularly until 1967.

27 September 1938: The RMS Queen Elizabeth was launched at Clydebank; and heralded as the largest ship in the world.

27 September 1957: Ted Platt’s last game.  Ted then moved to Portsmouth  where he played 31 games before moving on to Aldershot with whom he played 16.  His final club was either Worcester City or Ashford (Kent) according to which source one opts for.

27 September 1975: Arsenal 0 Tottenham 0 with a crowd of just 37,092.  The national press mostly failed to report the match in any detail and considered the negotiations relating to players’ freedom of contract far more worthy of consideration than a north London derby.

27 September 1978: Arsenal got their biggest two leg Uefa Cup winning margin beating Lokomotiv Leipzig 4-1 away.  Brady, two from Stapleton and then Sunderland, were the goalscorers.   It was also the first game for Paul Vaessen

27 September 1997: Everton 2 Arsenal 2 with goals from Wright and Overmars.   It was the 9th league game of the 2nd Double Season, with Arsenal still undefeated.  The second double: part 1part 2part 3.

27 September 2004: Gilberto Silva’s scan revealed that he had life-threatening back problems.  However he later recovered and played with Arsenal until 2008.

27 September 2008: After three wins in which Arsenal had scored a total of ten goals, Arsenal were unbelievably beaten 1-2 by Hull for their second defeat in the Emirates.  The Arsenal goal came from McShane who turned it into his own net.

27 September 2012: Craig Eastmond loaned to Colchester Utd.  He later transferred to Colchester for whom he played 61 league games before moving on to Yeovil in 2015.

27 September 2012: Sanchez Watt also loaned to Colchester Utd.  It was the last of six loan spells for Sanchez, before he signed for Colchester, playing 50 games before leaving in 2015. By 2019 he was reported as playing for Wealdstone.

27 September 2014: Arsenal drew 1-1 with Tottenham in the PL.  Six Tottenham players received yellow cards.  Arsenal’s goal came from Oxlade Chamberlain.  Santi Cazorla replaced Aaron Ramsey in the first minute of added time in the first half.


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