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Arsenal v Manchester City 1991 – watch the video

Here are the anniversaries

31 August 1906: Percy Sands signed as a professional, although he had been playing with Arsenal as an amateur since 1902, while also working as a teacher. He played for the club for 17 years, playing 327 games.

31 August 1909: the FA agreed that professional players could be […]

Arsenal v Newcastle 2008: watch the video – and all today’s Arsenal anniversaries

30 August 2008 Arsenal v Newcastle United.

Here are the anniversaries – mostly of Arsenal, and one or two others.

30 August 1797: Mary Shelly, author of Frankenstein, was born.

30 August 1913: The first ever match played at the Gillespie Road ground, later renamed Highbury. It was the third training match of the […]

Arsenal 6 Portsmouth 0 on this day: the video

Notice all the policemen standing there watching the crowd! And the empty terracing. This day in 1987.

Here are the rest of the anniversaries…

29 August 1920: Rioting in Northern Ireland continued with 11 dead and many more injured in street battles in Belfast. Meanwhile Great Britain played its one and only game in […]

The Arsenal video you may not want to watch!

Below is our selected video for this day in history, along with all the Arsenal anniversaries of interest that we can find. This is published by The Arsenal History Society, part of the Arsenal Independent Supporters Association – a body which gives positive support to the club, and has regular meetings with directors and senior […]

When Bergkamp delivered 3 goals of the season in one match: the video

There’s a choice of videos today. If you want the quick version of Leicester 3 Arsenal 3 from 1997 just click here.

But if you want the real thing (and why not, because this was the game when Bergkamp delivered three goals of the season all in one game) here it is below.

And […]

Video and anniversaries for 26 August

Below is our selected video for this day in history, along with all the Arsenal anniversaries of interest that we can find. This is published by The Arsenal History Society, part of the Arsenal Independent Supporters Association – a body which gives positive support to the club, and has regular meetings with directors and senior […]

Arsenal slaughter Leicester on this day in 2001: watch the video

Below is our selected video for this day in history, along with all the Arsenal anniversaries of interest that we can find. This is published by The Arsenal History Society, part of the Arsenal Independent Supporters Association – a body which gives positive support to the club, and has regular meetings with directors and senior […]

Video: Arsenal smash Middlesbrough with 4 staggering goals on this day

Below is our selected video for this day in history, along with all the Arsenal anniversaries of interest that we can find. This is published by The Arsenal History Society, part of the Arsenal Independent Supporters Association – a body which gives positive support to the club, and has regular meetings with directors and senior […]

Bergkamp’s hattrick on this day in 1997 – watch the video

Below is our selected video for this day in history, along with all the Arsenal anniversaries of interest that we can find. This is published by The Arsenal History Society, part of the Arsenal Independent Supporters Association – a body which gives positive support to the club, and has regular meetings with directors and senior […]

On this day, Arsenal beat Middlesbrough 5-3: watch the video.

On this day in 2004 Arsenal beat Middlesbrough 5-3. Here’s the video

Here are the anniversaries for this day, mostly of Arsenal but a few others as well.

22 August 1485 Richard III, the last Plantagenet king of England was killed at the Battle of Bosworth.

22 August 1642: The English civil war began.

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Watch the 2nd match of the 3rd double season, and just watch the fouls!

That was Arsenal’s first home game of the season, and a defeat to Leeds – worth listening to the commentary! But it was not doom and gloom for long – we were on our way to the third double.

The anniversaries for today are below, but first a note about who we are…

The […]

Bruce Rioch’s short spell at Arsenal – comings and goings on this day

Bruce Rioch was by no means the man with the shortest spell as Arsenal manager, but most of those who have managed for a shorter period of time have done so because they were temporary appointments: James McEwen (2 games), Pat Rice (4), Freddie Ljungberg (6)…

Beyond doubt the most successful of the short term […]

Opening games can be misleading: ask Man U!

The opening game of the season played on this day in 1989 saw Arsenal, the champions, defeated by last season’s 11th placed team Manchester United, 4-1. Prior to the game the new Man U chairman appeared on the pitch complete with football, performed a very decent keepy-upy and then slammed a ball into the net.

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Arsenal start their great away games run

On this day in 2001 Thierry Henry, Robert Pires and two from Dennis Bergkamp started Arsenal’s great away games run which went on for 22 away games without defeat after a season in which the media went on and on and on about Arsenal’s poor away form. The club had come runners’ up in the […]

How do great seasons begin: the openings games of Arsenal’s 5 greatest campaigns

By Tony Attwood

1930/31

Arsenal were FA Cup holders (for the first time) as they entered the 1930/31 campaign, having finished just 14th in the League the previous season. They also added the new 45 minute clock to the stadium’s entertainment early in the season, although the League made them cover it up after just […]

Arsenal’s greatest season ever begins…

Today is the anniversary of the first match of the Unbeaten season. The team we put out for the home game v Everton was…

Jens Lehmann

Ashley Cole Sol Campbell Kolo Toure Lauren

Patrick Vieira

Fredrik Ljungberg Gilberto

Sylvain Wiltord Thierry Henry Robert Pires

The […]

Have you ever had an urge to discover some new Arsenal statistics?

By Tony Attwood

Each day the AISA Arsenal History Society publishes a list of Arsenal events that took place on this day throughout history – today’s list is below.

But quite often as I come to publish the list for the day I find myself wondering about other Arsenal events for which I can’t find […]

When the Football League forced Manchester Utd out of the European Cup

When I first started to create the Arsenal anniversary files on a daily basis, I wondered if there was indeed an Arsenal anniversary for every day of the year, but time has shown that even in the summer there are anniversaries galore.

It was only later that I thought of adding a few dates of […]

That eternal desire the League and FA has to stop certain people playing football

The Arsenal History Society is part of the Arsenal Independent Supporters Association – a body which gives positive support to the club, and has regular meetings with directors and senior officials of the club to represent the views of its members to the club. You can read more about AISA on its website.

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The rise and rise of Emi Martinez

The Arsenal History Society is part of the Arsenal Independent Supporters Association – a body which gives positive support to the club, and has regular meetings with directors and senior officials of the club to represent the views of its members to the club. You can read more about AISA on its website.

You can […]

When a newspaper predicted Arsenal’s decline, at the start of the unbeaten season

The Arsenal History Society is part of the Arsenal Independent Supporters Association – a body which gives positive support to the club, and has regular meetings with directors and senior officials of the club to represent the views of its members to the club. You can read more about AISA on its website.

You can […]

Players who left Arsenal on this day: what happened to Vermaelen and Pérez

The Arsenal History Society is part of the Arsenal Independent Supporters Association – a body which gives positive support to the club, and has regular meetings with directors and senior officials of the club to represent the views of its members to the club. You can read more about AISA on its website.

You can […]

When it comes to Arsenal, it’s all a matter of who you believe.

Error strewn stories about Arsenal FC are commonplace, and often easy to spot because of inconsistencies in the account, and the fact that information can be checked and be found to be inaccurate.

Of course in the past it was harder to check such matters, as when Arsenal’s ex-manager Leslie Knighton wrote his autobiography in […]

On this day in 1923 Arsenal revealed its profit: £5000 for the season.

The drive behind Henry Norris’ take over of Arsenal in 1910 was first to pay off all the debts and second to make it a profitable club, and then third to make it a club that would challenge for trophies.

The first aim was met in 1910, as all the debts were honoured (including some […]

50 years ago today, the first penalty shoot out in England

While the AISA Arsenal History Society naturally focuses primarily on events in Arsenal’s history (which is why we have 18 such events that happened on this day in history listed below), we do like to note one or two other events each day. And today it is indeed the anniversary of the first penalty shoot […]