The journal of the AISA Arsenal History Society.
This site is based around series of articles on specific themes – and you can find links to many of these on this page and on the left column under the heading “Pages”. The indexing isn’t always complete, but we do our best to make it helpful. Some of the major series are highlighted after details of our latest series.
On-going throughout all this is the building of the index of anniversaries – which is the main index to everything on the site. You can find the index here.
The current series being produced aims to write a history of every player who played a league match in 1893/4 – the club’s first season in the league. The series before this traced in a fair amount of depth Arsenal in the 1970s.
The background articles for the series on the Players of the First League Season
- How Arsenal got into the league
- What the newspaper report of the very first game said – word for word
- Newcastle v Arsenal 1893 – the newspaper report
- Copies of original newspaper reports on first league match
The players in the first match
- Charlie Williams: went on to manage Denmark and in Brazil
- Joseph Powell: Our first captain who died of injuries on the pitch
- William Wallace Jeffrey: The right back who was a keeper
- Daniel Devine: Lost to history
- Rorbert Buist: I thought he caused us to go pro, but I was wrong.
- David Howat: The mystery man
- Duncan Gemmell: Even more of a mystery man
- James Henderson: Rifleman, champions medal, Arsenal, and then…
- Walter Shaw: scored our first ever league goal
- Arthur Elliott: Arsenal’s untraceable record holder
- Charles Booth: the first man to play for Arsenal and Tottenham?
The players who played later in the season
- John Storrs who played in our first season, but then vanished.
- Patrick O’Brien: more info than previously put together, but still not much on this Arsenal man.
- John Hawley: a life saver who played for Arsenal at a most difficult time
- Robert Buchanan; an Arsenal man for two seasons who died tragically young
- Frederick Davis: 150 games for Arsenal
- Joseph Frederick (“Billy”) Heath; the man who scored the very first penalty
- Gavin Crawford: one of the first 100+ games men
- Joseph Cooper: the most mysterious of all the mysterious Arsenal players
- Stanley Briggs; from Tottenham to Arsenal to Tottenham. But is the tale all it seems?
- James Boyle: played centre half and in goal
- Frank V Kirk: a man who moved from Royal Arsenal to Royal Ordnance Factories.
More articles will follow
Arsenal History Society has published five books on Arsenal – all are available as paperback and three are now available on Kindle. The books are
- The Arsenal Yankee by Danny Karbassiyoon with a foreword by Arsene Wenger.
- Arsenal: the long sleep 1953 – 1970; a view from the terrace. By John Sowman with an introduction by Bob Wilson.
- Woolwich Arsenal: The club that changed football. By Tony Attwood, Andy Kelly and Mark Andrews.
- Making the Arsenal: a novel by Tony Attwood.
- The Crowd at Woolwich Arsenal by Mark Andrews.
You can find details of all five on our new Arsenal Books page
Some of the other major series on the site that have recently been completed
Some stories you might enjoy
- Why was the first Arsenal side called Dial Square, and why did it only last one game?
- New major article: Herbert Chapman’s first year at Arsenal, analysed as never before.
- A Memorial to the founders of Arsenal’s Highbury dynasty.
- The very odd case of Frank Ransom
- The wandering James Devlin, and an insight into the workings of the early game
- The curious life of Jimmy Dunne: Herbert Chapman’s last major signing
- When the anti-Arsenal menace and the media sank to the depths
- Winning the youth cup in 2009 – what is that team doing today?
- Arsenal become only the second team in the 20th/21st centuries to win the cup two years running, twice.
Among the other recent Posts
- Ralph Guthrie: he played twice in goal for Arsenal in 1954
- Arsenal v Tottenham; when friendship broke out on 24 May
- The moment that changed it all: Arsenal looked towards professionalism
- Celebrating the birthday of one of our greatest players,
- 20 May Arsenal events: from the king’s funeral to the cup double
- The day Arsenal went to the wall, and the man who brought us back from the dead.
- 4 Arsenal cup finals and 4 last ever games.
- George Jobey, the real story of the man who scored the first Arsenal goal at Highbury
- From going bust to winning the cup.
- From the advert that made Chapman apply to Arsenal to scoring 7 and 8.
- From Bergkamp to Boldklubben Frem
- Ehud ‘Tim’ Rogers; a Welsh winger whose chances were limited
- The strange case of Jack Lee and Arsenal’s link to Chesterfield.
- The completely mysterious Archibald Low
- Nicolas Anelka: the man who could have played alongside Thierry Henry
- Jon Sammels: wonderful player, victim of the 1960s Anti-Arsenal “fans”
- Arsenal 7 Hibernian 1. Arsenal’s first televised game under the lights.
- Arsenal and Arsène Wenger create new FA Cup records
- Eddie Carr played 12 games for Arsenal and won us the league!
Please note: The full anniversaries index can be found here.
On this page you will find details of some of our recent research articles, plus details of today’s Arsenal anniversaries, and information on the books on Arsenal that we have published. The AISA Arsenal History Society is dedicated to recording Arsenal’s history in all its detail from all perspectives. If you would like to contribute research or a personal story please do write to Tony.Attwood@aisa.org
Reports on Arsenal’s current activities are on Untold Arsenal
Classic Articles from the Arsenal History Society
- The biggest injury problems ever faced by an Arsenal manager
- Arsenal’s promotion in 1919. At last, the truth
- Exclusive: The interview with George Davie – the man who sued Arsenal and overturned the transfer system.
- The article that led to the creation of the statues at the Emirates Stadium
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….
- Arsenal’s name and how it changed
- Arsenal and Tottenham
- Anti-Arsenal – those who try to put us down throughout history
- Arsenal’s Chronology
- Arsenal History Society news and discoveries
- Chairmen of Arsenal
- Corruption: The Review
- The First Double: 1971
- First Timers: The first time I saw Arsenal
- Iconic moments in the history of Arsenal
- Into the Darkness. Arsenal under Swindin
- Islington 100: celebrating 100 years of Arsenal in Islington
- London – how Arsenal fared in the early days against other London teams
- Managers – from Royal Arsenal to Mr Wenger
- Meet the ancestors- stories from the relatives of Arsenal players
- The origins of Arsenal
- Players, including updates on what players are doing now
- The Norris Files
- Statistics through the club’s history
- Woolwich Arsenal, the ground
- Woolwich Arsenal in the FA Cup – the full series
- Woolwich 100 – the players who played 100 or more times for WA
- Year by year: tracing the club’s history in detail
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