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When under 14,000 watched Arsenal’s first game of the season

In many ways the Unbeaten Season has dimmed the memory of the almost unbeaten season which started on this day in 1990, in front of a crowd of 13,733. Arsenal were insanely docked two points that season for a bit of pushing and shoving of the type that was regularly going on in games at […]

Remembering the great talents whose careers were broken by injury.

Publications

“Woolwich Arsenal, the club that changed football” is the definitive history of Arsenal from its inception as a league club through to its first year at Highbury, and reveals dramatic elements of Arsenal’s early days that have never been revealed before.

“Making the Arsenal” is a journalist’s inside view of the events around Arsenal’s […]

Why season openings don’t always tell us what is going to happen

Publications

“Woolwich Arsenal, the club that changed football” is the definitive history of Arsenal from its inception as a league club through to its first year at Highbury, and reveals dramatic elements of Arsenal’s early days that have never been revealed before.

“Making the Arsenal” is a journalist’s inside view of the events around Arsenal’s […]

When Arsenal scored ten goals in the first two games of the season

Publications

“Woolwich Arsenal, the club that changed football” is the definitive history of Arsenal from its inception as a league club through to its first year at Highbury, and reveals dramatic elements of Arsenal’s early days that have never been revealed before.

“Making the Arsenal” is a journalist’s inside view of the events around Arsenal’s […]

Losing at home to average sides doesn’t mean we can’t win things.

Publications

“Woolwich Arsenal, the club that changed football” is the definitive history of Arsenal from its inception as a league club through to its first year at Highbury, and reveals dramatic elements of Arsenal’s early days that have never been revealed before.

“Making the Arsenal” is a journalist’s inside view of the events around Arsenal’s […]

Do the media really know anything at all about negotations and transfers?

Considering that the media endlessly tell us who Arsenal are secretly negotiating with, who is going to be bought, and who is going to be sold, when it comes to the test, their knowledge is generally woefully lacking.

Each summer between 85 and 110 players are tipped as coming to Arsenal, while the entire first […]

The moment officialdom decided that it had to take on Arsenal

19 years ago today after a league match at Highbury, it was suggested that Mr Wenger, who until that moment had an utterly unblemished record as a manager, had indulged in violent or threatening behaviour against Mr Taylor, the fourth official at Sunderland. At the hearing Mr Wenger was given a 12 match ban. He […]

The Arsenal contrasts: two defeats at the start of last season vs the club’s record runs

by Tony Attwood

Looking at today’s anniversaries I am reminded of how much the media make of any possible stories of Arsenal failing, and how little they make of Arsenal’s successes. Last season on this day Arsenal lost their second match of the season – having already lost the first, and the media were immediately […]

Celebrating the players that are loaned, loaned and loaned again

by Tony Attwood

Being a supporter, rather than someone with that much particular inside knowledge of what is happening, I have become fascinated with players who seem to make almost an entire career from going on loan. And I think of it on this day because it is the anniversary of Joel Campbell being sold […]

Beware the stories told by an ex-Arsenal manager!

by Tony Attwood

Just after the second world war, two Arsenal managers published their autobiographies. One came from Leslie Knighton who managed Arsenal from 1919 to 1925, and the other from George Allison who was manager from 1934 to 1947.

The difference between the two men can be seen from that fact that Knighton never […]

Arsenal’s best opening of a Premier League season.

What happens on the opening day of the season is not always a complete indicator of what was to come. Certainly this seems to have been the case for 2009/10 when the result of the first weekend was Everton 1 Arsenal 6.

Arsenal finished 3rd in the league table at the end of […]

The most successful FA Cup manager of all time

No matter what records a club establishes in football there is always a strong chance that one day someone will come along and overtake that record.

But one footballing record looks secure for many years to come – if not for all time… the record for the most FA Cup wins by a manager.

The […]

Arsenal’s chaotic reporting of its own history

Quite why Arsenal has always had a slap dash approach to its own history is a matter of surmise – but it could be seen once again on this day in 1968 when Arsenal published a new handbook with completely false details about the club’s origins – and of course no source information to back […]

When Arsenal sacked their manager part way through pre-season

Sometimes pre-season games can be enough to show the board that the manager is not going to be able to deliver during the coming nine months. And so it was on this day in 1996 when for the last time to date Arsenal sacked their manager, leaving the club theoretically managerless for the rest of […]

Only one person predicted Arsenal’s unbeaten season. But you’ll not guess who!

The answer to our question comes in the entry for 11 August 2003, and I really don’t want to spoil the fun by telling you who it was.

But I’ll give you a clue. He later became a notorious critic of the club.

Here are the anniversaries for today.

11 August 1923. It was common […]

What the papers predicted for Arsenal ahead of the unbeaten season

Staying with yesterday’s theme of predictions on 10 August 2003 the newspapers were making their predictions for the season to come. None got it completely right – although that would be quite a lot to ask. But some of the predictions were spectacularly wrong.

Here are the anniversaries…

10 August 1916: The official documentary propaganda […]

“Fair play is an English word. Unfortunately, it does not function any more here,”

At the start of every season people make lots of predictions but most of them are way off the mark. And I don’t think that on this day in 1997, either before or after our first match of the campaign, anyone was predicting a particularly wonderful season for Arsenal. We had come third in the […]

The tragic demise of Paul Vaessen and Arsenal History Soc celebrates 10 years

It’s the 10th anniversary of the Arsenal History Society today, after we were formed as part of the Arsenal Independent Supporters’ Association. But on a much sadder note we share the day as an anniversary with the death of Paul Vaessen who died, unremembered, on this day in 2001.

There is a record of much […]

If we want a complaint, how about the absence of Arsenal TV?

Several clubs have their own TV stations which run films of old games and discussions about current footballing affairs, plus of course player interviews.

And Arsenal did have such a station for a while but it closed on this day in 2009 when its carrier – Setanta went into liquidation. There is the on line […]

It’s RVPs birthday although we he’s not really being completely honest at the moment

Today is Robin van Persie. It comes just at the moment when he is moving into TV work with BT Sport, a task he seems well suited for since his memory of his own career seems a little hazy, as he has of late been speaking of his time with Manchester United as if he […]

When the FA and League banned sponsor’s names on players’ shirts.

A daily look at Arsenal’s history, by Tony Attwood

It seems hard to credit it, but there was a time (this day in 1977) when the League and FA combined to ban the wearing of a sponsor’s name on the players’ shirts. Quite what the point of this step, which could only help bring more […]

The eccentricity of goalkeepers: Arsenal anniversaries on this day.

Goalkeepers are eccentric – it is one of the fundamental folk lores of football. And if ever there was one who seemed to play up to this vision it was Wojciech Szczęsny, who after a number of incidents finally pushed his manager, Mr Wenger, too far when he was caught smoking after a game. He […]

How sometimes a football blog can have some influence on the game

In 2014 BT Sport had the rights to the Emirates Cup, and spent much of the studio time during the competition making fun of the competition’s organisation and its points awards, with a point awarded for each goal scored.

Quite what BT executives were thinking when they encouraged their anti-Arsenal commentators to laugh about their […]

How many times have Arsenal won the Charity/Community Shield?

Today in 2015 Arsenal won the Community Shield. I rather suspect that while many Arsenal supporters will know how many times Arsenal have won the FA Cup and how many times the League, they might be a little less sure of where things stand in terms of the Community Shield.

And of course this is […]

Remembering the concept of Arsenalisation and the statue of Chapman

By Tony Attwood

Arsenalisation was the term coined to symbolise the programme of turning Arsenal’s new stadium into a place that reflected Arsenal and its history. It was in relation to this that I had the opportunity to put to Ivan Gazidis the notion that there should be statues of the great symbols of Arsenal’s […]