On this day, the FA Cup was announced, and 20 years ago Martin Keown was sold

    Proposing the FA Cup 20 July 1871: FA secretary Charlie Alcock proposed a Challenge Cup competition for all member clubs.  It began on 11 November 1871, and the rules stated that clubs that lost a match were knocked out, but all others would go forward (including those who drew) to the next round.  …

When the league decided there could be football in the north and midlands but not the south

    Today’s headline comes from 1915. 19 July 1915:  The FA and Football League held their AGMs. The League voted in favour of paying footballers during wartime, the FA against it, resulting in chaos.  Eventually, the League conceded. The FA then met the League and the Southern League and agreed there would be no FA …

40 years ago today: the passing of the man who invented Arsenal’s history

  Saying that Bernard Joy, who died 40 years ago today, “invented Arsenal’s history” might seem a little over the top, but the reality is that his history of the club “Forward Arsenal,” contains a lot that is untrue, with no suggestion of the sources that Joy used.  It is all simply stated as fact. …

16 July: the day Arsenal signed Bloomfield, Joe Baker and Bob Wilson

  Today on Untold Arsenal:  6 new players tipped for Arsenal (makiing 65 in total), 2 more leaving (total 28) Here are today’s anniversaries… 16 July 1917:  The London Combination announced how it would run its wartime league for clubs in the capital in the season to come. The league was reduced to 10 clubs …

One year ago today Arsenal signed Declan Rice: the man of two countries

  Today on Untold Arsenal: That internationals are over, so what happens next? 15 July 1946: Cyril Grant joined from Lincoln and was seen as a possible replacement for Ted Drake.  He was one of 18 players newly recruited to the club for the first post-war season, but as with many others, was not a success. 15 …

120 years ago Arsenal banned drinking and smoking, and introduced training the day before the game

    Today’s headline comes from 1904 13 July 1856: Frederick Beardsley born.  He worked in a Nottingham government munitions factory and played for Nottingham  Forest as an amateur keeping goal in the FA Cup semi-final against Queen’s Park. 120 Years Ago 13 July 1904 Phil Kelso officially started his duties as manager.   He introduced the notion of professionalism to …

On this day Arsenal lost a friendly v Peterborough. The omens were not good. It was 2003.

    Today’s headline comes from 2003 – the start of the Unbeaten Season 11 July 1302: The Battle of the Spurs between the French army and Flanders rebel as part of the Franco Flemish war.  Unexpectedly the Flemish won. It has no connection with football, but just somehow seems a slightly odd name.  Not …

Happy birthday Frank Stapleton, 68 today.

  Today’s anniversaries 10 July 1916:  The Princess Royal, colonel-in-chief of the 7th Dragoon Guards (the Princess Royal’s Own), opened a new building in the grounds of Fulham’s board of guardians’ infirmary.  The building was to be used by the military for the duration of the war, and Captain Henry Norris, Arsenal chairman, was part …

Access to Untold Arsenal: a problem and a solution

  If you are having trouble accessing untold-arsenal…. If you have been having problems getting onto Untold Arsenal the problem might be a change in the way the address works.   It’s not something I have done but it appears to have happened in an upgrade.  I am trying to get this changed but in the …

5 Years Ago Today: Edu returned as technical director

      Today on Untold Arsenal Why everyone criticises Arsenal’s youth policy – and why they are all wrong The Man City v Premier League case is very different from normal business disputes. Here’s how. Today’s anniversaries 9 July 1856: Nikola Tesla, the man who invented alternating current electricity supply system, was born 9 …

Arsenal anniversaries: the start of the second double season

      Today on Untold Arsenal: The Man City v Premier League case is very different from normal business disputes. Here’s how. Pre-season training begins in one week’s time – although some are already back The Anniversaries Today’s headline comes from 1997. 8 July 1970: David Court sold to Luton Town having missed out on …

On this day in 2010 Arsene Wenger made what he said was his best value signing

    Here are the anniversaries 7 July 1917: Islington’s Baby Week concluded.  These “Weeks” were held across the country to encourage mothers to work harder to protect the health of their children despite the hardships of wartime, amidst a growing concern about the rise in infant mortality in the capital from malnutrition and the continuing …

Arsenal’s tactical journey

      Arsenal Football Club’s tactical journey is a fascinating tale of innovation and adaptation. From the 1920s to the present day, the Gunners have undergone significant changes in their approach to the game. These tactical shifts have not only defined eras but also shaped the club’s identity over the years. The evolution of …

Arsenal anniversaries 6 July: Granit comes good.

    6 July 1916: During the 1st world war Arsenal’s chair, Henry Norris, undertook work for the War Office.  The records of this work were later destroyed so piecing together his work is difficult but we know he worked in Worthing for the WO sorting out recruitment before this date, but was back in London …

When the League finally allowed Arsenal’s innovation of numbered shirts

    Today’s headline comes from 1939. 5 July 1910: Harry Logan signed for Arsenal from Sunderland, having previously played for Shettleston, in the East End of Glasgow.  His first match was on 3 September against Bury (although some sources quote a later date), in a 1-1 draw, playing initially at inside left, and later in the …

The extraordinary career of Steve Morrow, whose birthday it is today

  2 July 1970: Steve Morrow born.  He joined Arsenal just after his 17th birthday in July 1987 and went out on loan to Reading, Watford and Barnet, playing his first Arsenal game proper on 8 April 1992.  In 2008 he returned to Arsenal as International Partnerships’ Performance Supervisor, managing Arsenal’s international partnerships, including Colorado Rapids of Major …

The day Lee Dixon and Tony Adams retired from playing

    Arsenal anniversaries for 1 July 1 July 1916: Arsenal’s annual report was published showing Henry Norris as being owed £7196 by the club, while the builders of the main stand were owed £18087 (about £2.5m today) – this sum guaranteed by Henry Norris personally.  It also showed that the club had bought some …

On this day: An Arsenal season ticket on sale for £2.10p

    30 June 1884: Tower Bridge was opened.  It was the furthest easterly bridge over the Thames until the opening of the Queen Elizabeth II bridge at Dartford. 30 June 1905: The Kentish Independent published a list of season ticket prices at Woolwich Arsenal – showing a price of £2 2s – about two-thirds …

Arsenal Anniversaries: Chapman was not always a transfer genius

    You may have noticed the article Untold Arsenal is here -for the moment, dancing with Arteta appearing on this site, due to a technical problem with Untold Arsenal.   That’s now been fixed and the article in question appears on Untold, and will shortly vanish from here (unless it has already done so). So, …

Untold Arsenal is here -for the moment, dancing with Arteta

    By Tony Attwood If you are a regular Untold Arsenal reader – and have been for quite  few years – you will know that occasionally we do upgrades that go wrong.  Just like now.  Our site is all set up on its shiny new server, it stops responding.  Just when the tech team …

101 Years Ago Today: Arsenal get the keys to Highbury

  Arsenal anniversaries for 2 June 28 June 1913: Arsenal gained possession of the Gillespie Road site for the first time thus leaving them just 10 weeks before the first match of the season to make the ground ready.  There is no record of the club making any arrangements to have matches played elsewhere in the …

10 years ago today, Arsenal have a major player clearout

    27 June 1908: James Bigden sold to Bury after making 75 appearances in the league and 12 in the Cup for Woolwich Arsenal across four seasons. 27 June 1910: Athletic News carried an article saying Woolwich Arsenal did not yet have a full squad of players, and although this was not a total disaster (since …

When the annual income from the bars at Arsenal was just £110

  Here are today’s anniversaries…. 24 June 1905: Arsenal’s AGM reported the annual income from the rent of the bars in the Manor Ground as £110 5s 0d.  (£110.25 – about £13,000 today) 24 June 1949: Bryn Jones transferred to Norwich as player coach.  He remained there for just two years before returning to north London …

It’s Patrick Vieira’s birthday – plus a run down on his mnagerial jobs

  The anniversaries for today 23 June 1914: The RAF was established. 23 June 1953: Alf Haynes died.  He played 29 games as a centre half under Herbert Chapman.  Later he ran a newsagents in Oxford and wrote a sports column for the local newspaper and kept his connections with Arsenal under Tom Whittaker, acting as a scout. …

99 Years Ago Today: Herbert Chapman became Arsenal manager

  The anniversaries for 22 June.  Today’s headline comes from 1925, 22 June 1893:  The first AGM of Woolwich Arsenal was held under the chairmanship of  Jack Humble; as the club’s first directors were elected ahead of entry into the Football League for the first time.  Humble later took a break as an Arsenal director but …