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The daily anniversaries

It was his only loan spell.

30 January 1893: Royal Arsenal 3 Sherwood Foresters 0

30 January 1897: Woolwich Arsenal 7 Ilkeston Town 0.  Despite a full league programme Arsenal continued to played friendlies against weak opposition.

30 January 1899: Woolwich Arsenal 2 Millwall 4.  Although the local rivals from the Isle of Dogs were not a league club they were still proving a match for the south London side.

30 January 1904: Man U 1 Arsenal 0.  Arsenal played in front of 40,000 for the first time.

30 January 1937: Arsenal 5 Man U 0, FA Cup 4th round.  In the first three games in the competition this season Arsenal scored 17 goals letting in one, before going out to WBA.

30 January 1954: Arsenal lost to Norwich City of the Third Division South in front of 55767

30 January 1963: Arsenal 5 Oxford 1 (FA Cup).  The only game Arsenal played between Dec 15 and Feb 9 due to bad weather.

30 January 1965.  Arsenal lost away to Peterborough 1-2 in cup and started a downward spiral which 18 months later led to the dismissal of Billy Wright as manager.

30 January 1971: The 26th game of the first Double season: Liverpool 2 Arsenal 0, making it one win in four.    The defeat left Arsenal five points behind Leeds.

30 January 1984 Tony Adams signed his first professional contract.  He went on to become captain and control the defence of Arsenal into the Wenger era.  See also here

30 January 1987: Tommy Caton sold to Oxford Utd for £180,000.  Highly talented but one of the wild bunch he died aged 31.

30 January 1998: Jehad Muntasser sold to Bristol City on a free.  He made one brief appearance and went on to play for numerous clubs as well as doing a huge amount of charity work with Friends of Libya’s Children.

30 January 2007: Alex Song loaned to Charlton.  He later established himself in the team before moving to Barcelona and then West Ham.

30 January 2008: The Court of Arbitration in Sport laid down the Webster ruling that all players can leave their club after three years, irrespective of what the contract says.

30 January 2014: Benik Afobe loaned to Sheffield W.  An England international at various youth levels he went on a series of loans including a particularly powerful run at MK Dons before going to Wolverhampton.

The January file has just been fully updated.


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

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