2nd September 1893 – Today’s MASSIVE Anniversary


There is much more on the background to this extraordinary day in the bookWoolwich Arsenal: the club that changed football


by Andy Kelly

119 years ago today on 2nd September 1893, Woolwich Arsenal played their first ever Football League game. The opponents were Newcastle United and the match was played in front of a crowd of 10,000 at the Manor Field in Plumstead.

Having taken a 2-0 lead with goals from Walter Shaw and Arthur Elliott we were pegged back to 2-2 by a strong Newcastle team.

Here is a match report of the game from the Kentish Mercury:

And here is the Kentish Independent’s view on the game – more a report of the day rather than the match itself.

6 Replies to “2nd September 1893 – Today’s MASSIVE Anniversary”

  1. From reading the two reports we learn that in Arsenal’s first league match it was ‘Lucky Arsenal’ and the Ref’s competency was questioned.

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