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How Arsenal had to separate itself from the local cricket club, in order to spread its wings.

What we tend to forget about the origins of Arsenal is that aside from Dial Square FC there was the Dial Square cricket club, which was much more well established than Dial Square football club. Indeed as far as can be told from the records that survive, Dial Square FC was a subordinate part of […]

Commemorating the tragic early death of Herbert Chapman

Everyone knows the name of Herbert Chapman, not least because he gave Arsenal its first trophies – two league titles and an FA Cup. He is the only manager of the club who is commemorated outside the ground with a statue – thanks to the Arsenal History Society.

But his legacy was even greater than […]

How we discovered when Dial Square FC died and Royal Arsenal was born.

By Tony Attwood

In the past it has often been suggested that Arsenal played a number of games as Dial Square FC before becoming Royal Arsenal FC. In fact this wasn’t true – there was just one match – against Eastern Wanderers.

We discovered the truth of this by asking obvious questions such as “Who […]

19th in the first divison and held by York in the cup: yes it can get worse.

Please note that this site contains the master files of the anniversary details we hold. Each is updated at the end of each month – hence the December file has just been updated in full incorporating changes that were made during the publication of the files in that month 2019. The month by month index […]

Two of the most important comments about Arsenal ever made

Please note that this site contains the master files of the anniversary details we hold. Each is updated at the end of each month – hence the December file has just been updated in full incorporating changes that were made during the publication of the files in that month 2019.

Here is the monthly index […]

The man who ensured that Arsenal would not be owned by its fans

Unravelling Arsenal’s history often involves locating events which of themselves seem rather unimportant, but the existence of which can prove a key issue or disprove a popular theory, which otherwise remains unclear. For example the recording of the match on 2 January 1886 involving Woolwich United suggests that there was an organised team in the […]

Why it is not always good to sack the boss after a run of poor results.

Letting in five for the third time in a season would be more than enough to lead to mass demonstrations against the manager these days. Fortunately in the 1930s things were just a little calmer, since the manager was Chapman, and he offered to resign. Fortunately the board said no and he stayed.

Here are […]