Arsenal’s lowest crowd, and Chapman resigns. Arsenal anniversaires on 5 April

Apologies for the non-appearance of the Anniversary files for a few weeks – I was in Australia and had horrific communication problems with total failure of my phone and difficulties with the laptop.  But now we are back with the daily anniversary headline, and all the stories for today. All the anniversary files are contained …

Wenger the record breaker, from first to last

On this day in 2017 Arsenal achieved yet another record in their long history of records – more FA Cup semi-finals than any other club.   Of course the semi-final is not a trophy, but it was at this moment that the media finally realised that Mr Wenger was on the edge of becoming the …

When Arsenal forgot their heritage and resorted just to kicking the opposition

The opposite of Arsenal anniversaries You might be interested in a new website from the team that brings you the Arsenal Anniversaries each day.  Instead of looking back, it looks to the future.   Football Predictions. And the Anniversaries themselves… Below are the Arsenal (and for historical context, occasionally one or two non-Arsenal) anniversaries for today …

A poor start at home does not mean the season will flop.

The Arsenal Anniversary Files Note about today: I don’t normally do lots of crowing about our ability to predict who will be a great player for Arsenal, mostly because most of the time we are wrong. Latest article published by the Arsenal History Society Experimenting with the offside law as Arsenal lose 6 in a …

“This could be a player we’ll love and love again”. How right we were of this signing.

The Arsenal Anniversary Files Note about today: I don’t normally do lots of crowing about our ability to predict who will be a great player for Arsenal, mostly because most of the time we are wrong. Latest article published by the Arsenal History Society Managerial fantasies about West Ham, as a deep rot sets in. …

Arsenal concede their lowest number of goals in one season ever

These are the Arsenal anniversaries that we have found for this day. A full list of all the anniversaries for the year appear in the month by month listings on this site.  See the index in the left column or on our home page.  Today’s headline story comes from 1999. 16 May 1881: Teddy Bateup, …

When the Arsenal players gave the Nazi salute

This is part of our regular daily series on Arsenal anniversaries Our headline comes from 1938. The latest post from our series on Henry Norris at the Arsenal October 1922: Henry Norris withdraws, Arsenal in dire straits   14 May 1894: James Crozier signed from Partick Thistle.  He played just once for Woolwich Arsenal on …

It took Arsenal six attempts to beat Wimbledon at home

  Below are the anniversaries of Arsenal for 18 April The full index to what is on this site is here. The latest article on Henry Norris at the Arsenal is… March 1922: Desperate times for Arsenal, Norris returns and another allegation overturned The current series:  Covering all aspects off the life and work of …

The day Chapman resigned from Arsenal and was told to go back to work

Below are the anniversaries of Arsenal for 5 April The full index to what is on this site is here. The latest article on Henry Norris at the Arsenal is… When Arsenal hit rock bottom of the League. October 1921 The current series:  Covering all aspects off the life and work of the man who …

Rumours circulate that League Football will be stopped – and crowds immediately rise.

Here are the anniversaries of Arsenal for 11 March.  There is only one day that our headline story could concern (as you might well have guessed if you are a regular reader) and that is 10 March 1919. The most in-depth analysis of what happened on that day that has ever been published is provided …

The first time money from an Arsenal fund raising game did not go to those intended

This is our daily review of Arsenal anniversaries taken from the Arsenal day by day  files prepared by the AISA Arsenal History Society. Our headline is taken from this day in 1966 – and how it relates to issues today Here are the stories from this day in history…   15 December 1890, Luton offer five shillings …

The birth and death of Joe Mercer & the 2nd Double Season starts with a draw.

Here are the Anniversaries from 9 August – part of our regular daily look at Arsenal’s history. Details of the whole list of 5000 Arsenal anniversaries and other activities undertaken by the Arsenal History Society are at the end of today’s list. 9 August 1914:  Joe Mercer born.  He first played for Ellesmere Port Town before going …

The day we signed Henry, Gilberto and Santi Cazorla. Arsenal anniversaries, 7 August.

Here are the Anniversaries from 7 August – part of our regular daily look at Arsenal’s history.  You might also be interested in our in-depth analysis of the first days at Highbury which continues with When Highbury opened, and “Victoria Concordia Crescit” was introduced Details of the whole list of 5000 Arsenal anniversaries and other activities …

2000: The big transfers and pre-season games

By Tony Attwood Robert Pirès arrival was surely the transfer to note in the 2000 pre-season period, joining on 3 July, while Sylvain Wiltord joined at the end of the transfer window.  Nigel Winterburn, Marc Overmars and Manu Petit all moved on. Arsenal opened with the usual couple of low key warm ups in the pre-season starting with …

1998: The Pre-season games. Back to sausages after the caviar.

By Tony Attwood The pre-season gathering of the players together was disrupted by world cup call ups so many of the preliminary games of the summer of 1998 gave the lesser known players a chance to shine.  David Grondin and Nelson Vivas were the players to join us before the pre-season games began.   (Fredrik …

Pre-season friendlies in days of yore: Arsenal prepare for 1999/2000

By Tony Attwood The season 1999/2000 started with some high hopes after 1998/9.  Arsenal had finished second, just one point behind Man U, who had won the Double, beating Arsenal 2-1 after extra time in the FA Cup semi-final.  A return to the 1997/8 style and pomp could be hoped for especially as Arsenal had …

14 May – a busy day in Arsenal’s history

The list of anniversaries on 14 May is a strange bunch…  I was mentioning the question of what happened in May 1910 when the club went to the very edge, and that crops up again here as the first time on the list. Famous names appear too – Mel Charles, Alex Forbes, Bill Dodgin, Don …

Ian Wright, angry man, comedy jester

What do we remember of Ian Wright? Ian Edward Wright, MBE was born 3 November 1963 in Woolwich – a propitious start for an Arsenal player. He started out with Greenwich Borough and then having been spotted was invited to have a trial at Crystal Palace who signed him in August 1985, when he was …