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Celebrating the title in 1971 and the wait of 18 years before doing it again.

On 31 July 1972 Arsenal played a Champions Challenge match against Benfica, celebrating the two clubs’ positions as champions. What Arsenal did not know of course was that in terms of trophy winning it was all over for a long time to come. The only other trophy in the decade was an FA Cup victory […]

Using Arsenal’s history to predict this season’s results

By Tony Attwood

In considering how Arsenal might do this season it may be tempting to think that there is so much discontent and uncertainty surrounding the club that it would be very hard for Arsenal to make a serious impression on the league and regain their place in the top four.

But this would […]

The anniversary of the passing of the man who saved Arsenal from oblivion

The Arsenal History Society site contains a wide number of series of articles – these are detailed on the right side of this page under the heading “Pages”. You can find out more about many of them on our home page as well as details of our books.

Here we have today’s anniversaries, including the […]

When the BBC decided that the two greatest cup shocks of all time happened to Arsenal

Knocking Arsenal is of course a major part of the work of the football journalist, and as our companion site has shown through analysing media reports, Arsenal get far more negative coverage than any of the other major teams in the league – irrespective of their position.

But on this day in 2011 the BBC […]

Arsenal sell a player to Barcelona for £4m a game

Below are today’s anniversaries including the anniversary of the extraordinary transfer of Overmars to Barcelona, which knocked up the amazing statistic of £4m a game.

You might also like to note that the Arsenal in the Summer series has itself now been updated to include seasons up to 2018 – you can find the latest […]

Arsenal in the summer 2018

The Arsenal in the Summer series looks at what has happened to the club during the summer months, year on year. Over 60 seasons have been covered in this series, and there is a full index here.

Just before the end of the 2017/18 season Arsenal’s manager of 22 years resigned, and Unai Emery was […]

When Arsenal fans became anxious about the pre-season form

Pre-season friendlies against foreign clubs are a fairly recent innovation – if you have been reading our Arsenal in the Summer series of articles you will know that for many years, if there was to be a tour it would be at the end of the season, not the start.

And in 2012 we also […]

Arsenal in the summer 2017: the signing of Lacazette

The Arsenal in the Summer series looks at what has happened to the club during the summer months, year on year. Over 60 seasons have been covered in this series, and there is a full index here.

It is extraordinary how Arsenal’s summers have changed and evolved over time and I do hope you find […]

When Arsenal were told – we need larger crowds to keep the club going

By Tony Attwood

As you may have seen we are currently also updating our series Arsenal in the Summer – which now covers over 60 seasons, reflecting how football outside the season has changed over the years. There is a full index to all the articles in the series here We are currently adding articles […]

Arsenal in the summer 2016

The Arsenal in the Summer series looks at what has happened to the club during the summer months year on year. Over 60 seasons have been covered in this series, and there is a full index here.

It is extraordinary how Arsenal’s summers have changed and evolved over time and I do hope you find […]

The day Arsenal just avoided going out of business

Today is the anniversary of the moment in 1910 when Henry Norris took over Woolwich Arsenal FC. There were no other deals on offer at the time, and without Norris’ engagement with the club, it would have ceased trading and been wound up.

Norris subsequently cleared Arsenal’s debts, moved the club to Highbury and made […]

Arsenal in the summer of 2015: how did we do?

The Arsenal in the Summer series looks at what has happened to the club during the summer months year on year. Over 60 seasons have been covered in this series, and there is a full index here.

It is extraordinary how Arsenal’s summers have changed and evolved over time and I do hope you […]

Happy birthday Martin Keown

Happy birthday Martin Keown indeed. Despite his occasional criticisms of Arsenal since his retirement, he is still remembered with great enthusiasm by many of us who watched his two spells at the club which resulted in 310 games for Arsenal across two spells. In all he played 585 first class games.

And of course he […]

Why we should celebrate the life of Sir Henry Norris, founder of the modern Arsenal.

Today we should remember the anniversary of the birth of Henry Norris – the man who ensured that Woolwich Arsenal survived in 1910 and ultimately became the “Bank of England club” in the 1930s. That title, reflecting Arsenal’s supreme ability to operate in the transfer market in the 1930s, came about because of Norris’ understanding […]

Selling Sammels, buying Holding: two affairs that show some Arsenal fans at their worst

Two issues leap out from today Arsenal anniversaries. First the transfer of Jon Sammels in 1971 – a player forced to leave because he was endlessly booed by the Arsenal crowd.

And second the signing of Rob Holding in 2016. As the note below says, this signing was met with absolute derision by the media […]

10 trophies in 16 seasons – the start of Arsenal’s glory.

I am not sure how many Arsenal fans truly understood the extent of Arsenal’s rise to the top from 1930 onwards, and how it took in three full time and one temporary manager. Nor indeed how when it came to an end, we came upon The Big Sleep (as John Sowman’s wonderful book on 1953 […]

How Arsenal test their level of support with six games at Wembley

On this day in 1998 Arsenal’s application to play Champions League games at Wembley was approved. Arsenal played three group stages matches at Wembley in 1998/9, and again in 1998/2000, and every match saw a crowd of over 70,000 in the ground – although the results were not that positive.

But the experiment proved that […]

Why the first friendly of the season doesn’t really tell us much about what is to come

On 22 September 1996, Arsene Wenger was appointed manager of Arsenal, but although there were many rumours concerning his appointment before that, for a lot of the summer there was uncertainty as to what was going on at the club.

Bruce Rioch was sacked on 12 August, and at the time no one knew who […]

The Arsenal player and journalist for whom fact and fiction merged

How much harm can one man’s carelessness do to a club’s reputation?

Quite a lot it seems, if we take a look at the writing of Bernard Joy. Joy had been an Arsenal player, an England international, and a famous journalist, so when he produced the book “Foreword Arsenal!” it became something of a footballing […]

The history of all clubs is a history of those who failed to make the grade

Many of these commentaries from recent years highlight the signing or sale of players by Arsenal who didn’t really make it in the team, either because of a lack of form, or injury, or simply not being able to settle in London. Such transfers can be easily criticised with comments about the amount of time […]

How Arsenal has changed its pre-season year by year, and the interesting case of 2005

by Tony Attwood

As you can imagine, writing the Arsenal History files has been an education for me – I knew some of the facts I would be covering, but as it turns out, only a handful.

The history of Arsenal’s pre-seasons for example was not something I knew about. I had over the years […]

The curious life of John Hollins, once of Arsenal

Looking at the anniversaries for today I particularly noticed John Hollins, who played 127 games for us in the late 1970s and early 1980s before moving on to Chelsea for one season.

After playing he moved into management, and his record really does look rather poor – or maybe he was just unlucky. He obviously […]

Which Arsenal player had a particular interest in world war 2 battlefields?

One of the interesting things about running the Arsenal History Files is the odd bits of information one picks up about players from the past. For example today is the anniversary of the signing of Manuel Almunia who played 109 games in goal for Arsenal. Today I learned that he has a deep interest in […]

When Arsenal won the world cup

On this day in 1930 the first ever World Cup competition began in Uruguay. England felt themselves way above such silly matters and didn’t take part.

68 years later to the day the Daily Mirror ran the headline “Arsenal win the world cup” as France beat Brazil 3-0. In fact there was only one Arsenal […]

The insane sale of Ray Kennedy, and the willingness of a fan to help

Ray Kennedy played 158 games for Arsenal before being sold by Bertie Mee on this day in 1974 – one of a number of totally bonkers decisions that Mee made from this time onwards. John Radford said, “I couldn’t believe it when he left and felt it was a great shame to have broken up […]