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Arsenal’s anniversaries on one of the busiest days in football

While much of June does not have many Arsenal related anniversaries to report, 30 June is the exception as it is the day on which contracts end and players are released. We’ve included quite a few of these below, particularly for more recent years.

30 June is quite a day in history – Tower Bridge […]

Remembering Don Howe – the first double side’s coach

On this day in 1971 Don Howe left Arsenal having coached the team to the Double. It can most certainly be argued that if he had stayed and acted as a moderating vision on Bertie Mee’s visions, the rapid decline of the club into a near relegation side would have been avoided.

Don Howe was […]

The gamble of Arsenal’s move to Highbury – a success from Day One.

On this day in 1913 Arsenal finally gained possession of the Gillespie Road site which became Arsenal Stadium – universally known as “Highbury”. Arsenal however didn’t own the ground; they had simply acquired a full repairing lease, meaning that they could do pretty much what they liked with the area (except sell alcohol therein) but […]

The Arsenal anniversaries for 27 June.

Here are the Arsenal anniversaries for today. The list of Anniversaries for all of July can be found here.

There is a separate file for the anniversaries for each month of the year adding up to a total of over 7000 entries – just take a look at the right hand column of the page […]

Arsenal anniversaries on 26 June, from Neill to Gould, from Nasri to Denilson

Here are the Arsenal anniversaries for today. The list of Anniversaries for all of July can be found here.

There is a separate file for the anniversaries for each month of the year adding up to a total of over 7000 entries – just take a look at the right hand column of the page […]

The truth about Chapman’s centre half revolution

It is interesting how the commentaries of writers in past years are so often taken as being documentary proof of what happened, when in fact those who write about football in the past, often end up taking just one writer as their source of evidence.

In other historical contexts this doesn’t happen, as researchers seek […]

The fiasco of the 1950 world cup, and a few problems for the 2022 finals.

The 1950 world cup began on this day, and as you can read in the summary below, it was a total farce. One might have hoped that after this fiasco Fifa could have started to get things sorted out, but it seems not. At the moment of writing today’s anniversary page we find that Infantino, […]

The very curious signing and first appearance of Patrick Vieira

Today is Patrick Vieira’s birthday. Here’s part of what Wiki says about him…

Regarded by pundits as one of the best players ever in his position, Vieira was a complete, powerful, tenacious and aggressive footballer, with outstanding physical, athletic and technical attributes, who was also known for his grace on the pitch when in possession […]

What happened to Arsenal on your birthday? Here is the data for 22 June

Many of the supporters I have talked with about the development of the Arsenal anniversary files have told me that on finding the whole set of 7000+ anniversaries on this set the first thing they have done is look to see what happened on their birthday.

And I think of this because today, by chance, […]

Celebrating the anniversary of Dennis Bergkamp’s arrival at Highbury

When the wonderful Dennis Bergkamp arrived on this day in 1995 he obviously had no notion what was going to happen. His life in Italy had been miserable, as the media had regularly made fun on him and his alleged inability to get through a match without making a howler.

In his first season at […]

The rise and fall of Bertie Mee

Bertie Mee became manager on Arsenal on this day in 1966, and was in charge of Arsenal for 539 games of which his team won 241; a win percentage of 44.71%. Worse than Terry Neill and Don Howe, although better than Billy Wright.

Of course what he is remembered for is ending the drought of […]

Two years ago today Bernd Leno signed for Arsenal

On this day two years ago, Bernd Leno signed a five-year contract with Arsenal having played 233 games for Bayer Leverkusen between 2011 and 2018.

He played his first game in a 4-2 win against Vorskla Poltava in the Europa League and his Premier League debut in the 2–0 home victory over Watford, replacing Petr […]

Arsenal’s history: can we really believe all the evidence?

One of the most intriguing elements of Arsenal’s history, is the exact nature of Henry Norris – the man who paid off all of Arsenal’s debts in 1910, moved them to Highbury (with himself, having paid off all those debts now guaranteeing all the costs of the development of the new ground) and eventually brought […]

William Elcoat: an update on the Woolwich Arsenal manager

The Woolwich Arsenal managers

Woolwich Arsenal had only three long term managers, Bradshaw, Kelso and Morrell.

Before that they had short term holders of the post, and the further we go back the more we get towards managers who were more orientated towards the Committee that ran the club, sitting alongside the Secretary and Chairman, […]

Arsenal shares now worth 20,000 times what they were sold for when first offered

By Tony Attwood

Quite often the significance of an event in Arsenal’s history does not become apparent until many years later, although quite clearly today’s return of the Premier League after 100 days’ absence is going to be written into our anniversary files for this day from now on.

And it is interesting from an […]

The days when Arsenal had its own nursery club…

86 years ago Arsenal took over Margate FC, to create the first feeder club in the country. Over time the FA instituted a number of rule changes which made the idea far less attractive, but not before many other clubs had copied Arsenal’s lead. After nursery clubs were completely forbidden the idea was replicated on […]

On this day 95 years ago, Arsenal finally bought Highbury.

An audience with Mark Pougatch – live tonight

Arsenal Independent Supporters Association (AISA), is inviting all its members to an audience with Mark Pougatch tonight (15 June).

Mark Pougatch, the TV and radio football broadcast journalist is also an Arsenal fan, and has agreed to join us for an evening of chat and reflection. […]

On this day Arsenal’s longest dynasty came to an end…

Six years ago on this day, the Hill-Wood dynasty at Arsenal came to an end. It was Sir Samuel Hill Wood who ousted Sir Henry Norris 5 March 1920: Sir Henry Norris was very active in Parliament working to stop bent bookmakers using football as a way of offering ludicrous odds to the detriment […]

When Arsenal were within five minutes of going bust; one man saved them.

Our regular summary of today’s anniversaries is below but first…. An audience with Mark Pougatch – live

Arsenal Independent Supporters Association (AISA), which I have mentioned many a time before as I am a member, is inviting all its members to an audience with Mark Pougatch.

Mark Pougatch, the TV and radio football broadcast […]

An audience with Mark Pougatch – live, plus today’s anniversaries

The event

Normally I drop straight into a review of the anniversaries, but something a little different today as the Arsenal Independent Supporters Association (AISA) is inviting all its members to an audience with Mark Pougatch.

Mark Pougatch, the TV and radio football broadcast journalist is also an Arsenal fan, and has agreed to join […]

100 years ago to the day the Arsenal chairman moved to stop gambling on football

It is interesting that 100 years ago today the British House of Commons gave the third reading to a law to control gambling on football matches – a law introduced by Arsenal chairman and MP for Fulham, Sir Henry Norris.

And yet here we are exactly 100 years later with there still being much gnashing […]

The Arsenal History quiz questions from last night’s Zoom quiz, plus the anniversaries

Last night Arsenal Independent Supporters’ Association (AISA) had one of its regular “pub quiz” nights, held on line. (Our new website will open very shortly, and I’ll give you the link to that when it happens).

There were six rounds of five questions each, with a splendid time had by all. Here are the five […]

Martin Keown comings and goings, and the day’s anniversaries

Today 9 June the Arsenal Independent Supporters Association, of which the Arsenal History Society is part, is holding one of its regular on line quizzes for members. If you are a member you should have received an invite to tonight’s event – and as ever the quiz will kick off with a history quiz. We’ll […]

Whatever happened to Carl Jenkinson?

The story of Carl Jenkinson’s terrible injury problems are well known, and in 2018/19 he saw out the end of his contract with Arsenal. Under Unai Emery, Jenkinson made eight appearances across all competitions. On 27 February 2019 he started his first Premier League match for Arsenal in 830 days, playing the full 90 minutes […]

How the League refused to acknowledge that directors could be involved in match fixing

The Football League did not come out of the match fixing scandals of the early 20th century very well. They had initially refused to accept the possibility that match fixing could be taking place and threatened anyone who mentioned the possibility of a lifetime ban from football. And then when they were finally forced to […]