Arsenal have never been beaten on 29 Feb, but untrue tales continue




Today on Untold Arsenal: Did any club benefit from the January transfer window this season?

Compiled by Tony Attwood

There was a lovely headline from Arsenal World four years ago which read

Manchester City [P-P] Arsenal – 29-Feb-2020 Match Report

The was indeed postponed and so report was there none.  And of course with only 25% of February 29ths that there are of other days in the year, finding a real story for this day is harder.  But we do have some, and

Arsenal anniversaries on 29 February.   Our headline comes from 1924

29 February 1904: Arsenal 4 Burnley 0.  Tommy Shanks scored a hat trick.  It was the second match of a five game winning run in the league.  The result left Arsenal in second position, five points behind Preston but with a better goal average and two games in hand.

29 February 1924: James Ramsay joined Arsenal from Kilmarnock with whom he had won the Scottish Cup.  His fee was certainly over £1000 – another example of how Knighton’s memoirs misled the public as to the restrictions placed on him by Henry Norris.   Ramsay played 75 times and scored 11 goals.

29 February 1936: Arsenal 4 Barnsley 1 – FA Cup round 6, in front of 60,420 as Arsenal progressed to the semi-final.  Beasley (2), Bowden and Bastin (pen) supplied the goals.

29 February 1964: Arsenal 1 Stoke City 1.  Only 26,206 turned up to see Joe Baker score on leap day.  It was the start of a run of six games without a win, which came after a run of just one win in four.  However despite the poor runs Arsenal ended the season in 8th.

29 February 1972: Derby 0 Arsenal 0 after extra time.  FA Cup 5th round replay, played in front of 63,077 as Arsenal attempted to retain the FA Cup.

29 February 1992: Barnet 0 Arsenal 6; a friendly arranged after Arsenal were knocked out of the FA Cup.   Goals from Parlour, Wright, Campbell (2), Limpar, Smith.  Crowd 4,484.  Pal Lydersen made his debut.

29 February 2020.  Arsenal were due to play Manchester City away on this day in the original fixture schedule, to make this the first Arsenal league match on 29 February in 48 years, but the game was postponed because of Arsenal’s Europa League involvement the previous Thursday.  However an under 18s match was arranged on this day.

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