Recent Posts

Arsenal News
Arsenal News
Arsenal News
April 2015
« Mar    
GCR Books

The history of Arsenal website


The  journal of the AISA Arsenal History Society.

Recent Posts

The anniversaries (the full anniversaries list can be found through the month by month links further down the page)

31 March 1890: Arsenal 3 Mr WH Loraine’s XI 1.  Who was Mr WH Loraine?  Regrettably at this moment we don’t know.

31 March 1891: Arsenal continued to test themselves against FL clubs with a match against Nottingham Forest.  Although they lost this and games against Derby and Sunderland the club was encouraged in its move to professionalism.

31 March 1893: Building up to their entry to the League Arsenal took on three friendlies in four days – this one against Middlesbrough which Arsenal won 4-1 in front of a very respectable crowd of 8000.

31 March 1906: Arsenal played in FA Cup semi final for first time.  Prior to this they had never gone beyond the second round, and spent most of their time in the qualifying rounds.

31 March 1918: Reginald Horace Cumner was born.  He played in the 1938/9 campaign and the FA Cup only season of 1945/6 before moving on to Notts County.

31 March 1919: Arsenal appealed against Fulham’s victory in the London Victory Cup on this day on the grounds that Fulham had knowingly played not one, but half a team’s worth of ineligible players.  Fulham then appealed, the London Combination failed to invite Norris to the hearing and awarded the game to Fulham.  Norris, who was a director of both clubs, resigned as a director of Fulham.

31 March 1955: Jack Kelsey’s international debut.  He went on to play 41 times for his country.

31 March 1958: Mel Charles signed from Swansea.  David Dodson and Paul Davies moved the other way.  Charles later said signing for Arsenal was the biggest mistake of his life.

31 March 1961: Fulham 2 Arsenal 2 – the last game for Joe Haverty.  In the July he moved to Blackburn Rovers after 114 games in seven seasons with Arsenal.

31 March 1962: Arsenal 4 Aston Villa 5.  The only other time that season Arsenal scored four that season was in a 4-4 draw with Leicester.

31 March 1969: Jimmy Robertson took over the number 7 shirt from Radford.  It was not until November of the following season that Radford became the regular centre forward wearing 9 – and about that time Robertson faded from the scene totally.

31 March 1970: Charlie George scored in a defeat to Ipswich.  It was his last goal until 1 February 1971.

31 March 1971:  Arsenal reached the F.A. Cup Final by beating Stoke City 2-0 in the semi-final replay with goals from Graham and Kennedy.  It took Arsenal to their first Cup Final in 19 years.

31 March 1973:  Last appearance of Frank McLintock.  Arsenal 0 Derby 1.  McLintock was substituted and subsequently sold to QPR and the dream of regaining the title faded as Arsenal gained just one win from the six remaining games after this.

31 March 1975: Arsenal 1 Sheffield U 0.  After one win in the last eight it was a desperately needed victory to help Arsenal stay in the top division.

31 March 1979: Arsenal beat Wolverhampton W (managed by John Barnwell) in our 14th FA Cup semi final

31 March 1984: Coventry 1 Arsenal 4.  The third game of the “four goal” sequence.  The fourth was a 0-4 defeat to Man U.

31 March 1986: Arsenal 0 Watford 2.  The second of three consecutive defeats in a run of one win in eight.

31 March 1998: Arsenal beat Bolton away 0-1 with 10 men, and Seaman kept a clean sheet for Arsenal for 150th time. It was the 5th game in six in which Arsenal scored only one goal, but five of those games were wins, and the other a draw.  30th league game of the 2nd Double season   ( The second double: part 1, part 2, part 3.

31 March 2001: David Rocastle died.  Arsenal beat Tottenham 2-0, the first goal scored by Pires wearing, as always, number 7.

31 March 2010: Arsenal 2 Barcelona 2 in the Champions League


Classic Articles from the Arsenal History Society


The books

The Anniversary Files now have over 5500 entries, and are now divided into 12 monthly sections.  December’s file has just been updated.

If you would like to contribute an article to this site, please see this note on submissions etc.


The incomplete index of series on this site….


And beyond football… the team that works on Untold Arsenal also writes and maintains a range of sites

Direct marketing …


  • The Secret Nurse : what is really going wrong with the NHS?
  • Jiving - a review of the jive clubs of the UK (a new site, but it is growing day by day).  The best way to stay fit physically and mentally.
  • The weight loss programme: The only guaranteed way to get fit

And also…

You can already follow your favourite Arsenal players and games online and debate the finer points of the club while you do so, but what about getting even more involved? There are plenty of mobile apps for sports betting and online gaming, such as With the mobile app you can play your favourite casino games wherever you are, even on the football pitch. Not recommended for goalkeepers!


Get free bets at and football betting tips at


This site represents very much a forum for knocking around ideas and seeking out issues that can be debated. As such we openly acknowledge that some of the notions expressed here might be wrong, facts will be inaccurate and will need correcting. Indeed if you can help us do that, please do either comment on an article, or write a new article for us. Some citation of sources would be good however, rather than just saying “you’re wrong”.

AISA Arsenal History and Untold Arsenal on Twitter @UntoldArsenal