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Today’s Arsenal anniversaries



  • 24 August 1928: Tommy Docherty born in Glasgow
  • 24 August 1949: Peter Goring’s first match.
  • 24 August 1954: David Herd bought from Stockport for £10,000
  • 24 August 1961: George Armstrong became a professional
  • 24 August 1963: League debut for Ian Ure, a 3-1 home defeat to Wolverhampton
  • 24 August 1967: Michael Thomas, the man who scored in the last minute v Liverpool, born in Lambeth
  • 24 August 1991: Aston Villa 3 Arsenal 1.   As league champions Arsenal had opened the season with two defeats and a draw – scoring three and letting in 7.
  • 24 August 1996: David Hillier’s final game before his transfer to Leicester.  He played 104 league games.
  • 24 August 2000: Sylvain Wiltord signed from Bordeaux.
  • 24 August 2003: Two years to the day after signing Wiltord scored two as Arsenal beat Middlesbrough 4-0.   Wenger said in the press “I feel it is very important in our minds to do this and I know the hunger is strong to do it.” He named Newcastle, Liverpool, Man U and Chelsea as the main rivals for the Premier League.  The 2nd league match of the unbeaten season
  • 24 August 2007: Joe O’Cearuill sold to Barnet
  • 24 August 2011:  Nasri joins Manchester City on a four-year deal for around £25m.


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The complete Arsenal Anniversary series is to be found on the Arsenal History Society site.

The Anniversary Files now have over 5000 entries, and are now divided into 12 monthly sections:

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