Arsenal anniversaries 3 November. Happy Birthday Ian Wright




Today’s headline comes from 1963

3 November 1888: Royal Arsenal 3 Phoenix 0; the first game of the season in the London Senior Cup.  Arsenal went on to the semi-final where they were beaten by Clapton.

3 November 1914: A German naval raid took place on Yarmouth.

3 November 1918: Austria-Hungary formally surrendered and newspapers started to report that Bavaria was trying to go it alone and sue for peace without the rest of Germany.  The German Parliament announced it was pushing through a Bill to remove Kaiser Wilhelm from power.

3 November 1919: In what had been Sir Henry Norris’ base, the first local elections since the war Labour moved from zero to 24 councillors overnight.  The Municipal Reform Party (Conservatives) dropped to  15, and thus lost control of the council for the first time.  Sir Henry Norris who had been mayor of Fulham for longer than any other London mayor before or since, had relinquished his seat and did not stand.

3 November 1928: Cardiff 1 Arsenal 1.  In Chapman’s 4th season Arsenal briefly flirted with relegation with just three wins in the first 13 league games of the season.

3 November 1945: Arsenal’s final season in the wartime Football League South was a sorry affair with the club ending up 11th.  On this day Arsenal lost 2-5 to Fulham having lost 2-6 to Charlton the week before.  Allison, who had worked virtually on his own running the club from a room at White Hart Lane was reported to be utterly exhausted.

3 November 1962: Blackburn 5 Arsenal 5.  Having beaten Wolverhampton 5-4 the previous week, Arsenal nearly repeated the feat of scoring five.  Across the two games five of the goals were scored by Joe Baker, three by Eastham and two by Skirton.

3 November 1963: Ian Wright born in Woolwich.  He started out with Greenwich Borough and then having been spotted was invited to have a trial at Crystal Palace who signed him in August 1985, when he was 21 – a late start in professionalism for a player.

3 November 1971:  Arsenal 3 Grasshoppers 0 in the European Cup, giving Arsenal a 5-0 win on aggregate

3 November 1971: While Arsenal were going through against Grasshoppers, (see above) Rangers in Scotland played Sporting Lisbon in the CWC and went through on away goals – except the referee lost count and ordered extra time and then penalties.  There was some rioting.

3 November 1981: Arsenal were knocked out in the second round of the Uefa Cup by Winterslag of Belgium.

3 November 1993: Standard Liège 0 Arsenal 7 in Cup Winners Cup.  Arsenal won 10-0 overall, the highest aggregate ever achieved by Arsenal.  Smith, Selley, Adams,, Campbell (2), Merson and McGoldrick got the goals

3 November 2002: After four successive 2-1 defeats (two in the League, two in the Champions League) Arsenal finally won a match beating Fulham 0-1 away.  Those four defeats had come after eight consecutive wins.

3 November 2007: The largest crowd thus far at the Emirates saw Arsenal v Man U (60,338).  It was televised live and ended 2-2.  Fàbregas and Gallas got the goals.

3 November 2010: Having beaten Shakhtar Donetsk 5-1 at the Emirates, Arsenal then proceeded to lose 2-1 in the return game.  Walcott scored for Arsenal and Eduardo got one of the Shakhtar goals.

3 November 2012: Manchester United 2 Arsenal 1. The result meant Arsenal had lost three of the last five, although they had just beaten Reading in the league cup 7-5.

3 November 2014: Francis Coquelin was loaned to Charlton in order for him to get some games (having thus far been a regular on the Arsenal bench).  He was recalled on 12 December after five games at Charlton.


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