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The  journal of the AISA Arsenal History Society.

Today’s anniversaries


  • 22 October 1920: Dr Jimmy Paterson joins as an amateur
  • 22 October 1938:  Reg Cumner international debut
  • 22 October 1947: Cliff Holton joins as an amateur
  • 22 October 1949: Arsène Wenger born.  For our birthday quiz see here.
  • 22 October 1949: The cigarette smoking scandal of the reserve team.
  • 22 October 1952: Arsenal beat Hibs 7-1 in a friendly
  • 22 October 1963: Alan Skirton scores Arsenal first goal in European competition but Arsenal lost 3-2 to Staevnet 2.  John Barnwell got the other goal.
  • 22 October 1997: Ian Selley transferred to Fulham for £500,000 also quoted as 17 October.
  • 22 October 2001: Bertie Mee died.  To date he managed Arsenal for the second highest number of games (539) beaten only by Arsène Wenger.  But his win percentage was below that of Wenger, Chapman, Allison, Whittaker, Graham, Howe and Neil.  He won three major trophies – the same as Chapman – but fewer than Graham (6), and Wenger (8).
  • 22 October 2002: Arsenal lose at home to Auxerre having just beaten them away – 3 defeats in a row, the worst for 15 years.
  • 22 October 2005: After only four wins in the first eight league games Arsenal start a run of four wins in five with defeat of Man City
  • 22 October 2005: Pires and Henry try a trick penalty but fail to put in a shot v Man C
  • 22 October 2006: Arsenal make it six wins in a row with a 4-0 defeat of Reading away


The anniversary file for October is here, and the complete index to the Anniversary file is here

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