17 March: Pat Rice’s birthday

Day by Day: the videos – An Arsenal video for (almost) every day of the year in order.  Day by Day: the stories– a key moment in Arsenal and footballing history for each day of the year Arsenal in March – all the anniversaries day by day  The Arsenal videos: club by club by Tony Attwood Pat Rice MBE played 397 …

Pat Rice: a tribute from the Arsenal History Society

by Tony Attwood Pat Rice (who was born on 17 March 1949 and who has just left Arsenal, after a lifetime’s service), made his first-team début in the League Cup match against Burnley on December 5 1967.   I believe that the game against Norwich last week is counted as his last match.   An astonishing man, …

Are you Pat Rice in disguise?

By Tony Attwood This is a continuation of the series of articles about players who played for the opening match of the Arsenal season 100 years ago.   This piece is about a player whose career was so similar to Pat Rice’s you will be amazed!  The player is… Joseph Ebenezer Shaw – a name to …

5 February: the first time ever that the Arsenal crowd was counted!

    By Tony Attwood Generally speaking books which record Arsenal’s results start with 1893, when Woolwich Arsenal entered the league.   Although for six seasons before that Arsenal did play a mixture of friendlies and cup games. Of course the FA Cup exploits of the club have long since been recorded, but the other games …

15 January: the anniversary of the first ever north London league derby

    Today’s headline comes from 1921 The 1919 Affair: How Arsenal were promoted to the first division – the only complete and detailed history of Arsenal’s election. Day by Day the videos – An Arsenal video for (almost) every day of the year in order.  Day by Day the stories– a key moment in Arsenal and footballing history for each …

Arsenal’s Most Famous Irish Players

    Football fans worldwide associate Arsenal with attacking football and legendary players such as Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp, Tony Adams and Ian Wright. However, nestled within the club’s rich history lies an emerald thread woven by some of the finest Republic of Ireland players to grace the pitch. We celebrate five Irish players who …

Arsenal anniversaries 5 December: The FA’s darkest moment – women’s football banned

    Today’s headline anniversary headlines come from 1921 A complete index of Arsenal’s anniversaries for the month can be found here. Day by Day the stories – a key moment in Arsenal and footballing history for each day of the year Day by Day the videos – An Arsenal video for (almost) every day of the year in …

Arsenal anniversaries 22 November: Farewell “The Arsenal”

    Apologies for the non-appearance of the anniversary files in recent days due to a technical failure.  A complete index of Arsenal’s anniversaries for the month can be found here. Day by Day the stories – a key moment in Arsenal and footballing history for each day of the year Day by Day the videos – An Arsenal …

Arsenal anniversaries 17 November: Beating Tottenham 5-2

      Day by Day the stories – a key moment in Arsenal and footballing history for each day of the year Day by Day the videos – An Arsenal video for (almost) every day of the year in order. Henry Norris at the Arsenal:  There is a full index to the series here. Football Today: Untold Arsenal Today’s anniversary …

Arsenal anniversaries 11 November: when Arsenal fans sang about Osama bin Laden

    Day by Day the stories – a key moment in Arsenal and footballing history for each day of the year Day by Day the videos – An Arsenal video for (almost) every day of the year in order. Henry Norris at the Arsenal:  There is a full index to the series here. Football Today: Untold Arsenal Due to a …

Arsenal anniversaries 25 October. The start of the end of tackling

    Here are the Arsenal stories from 25 October through the club’s history.   Details of some of our major series are given at the foot of the page.  Today’s headline comes from 2020. Today’s headline anniversary comes from  25 October 1919: Arsenal 1 Bradford C 2.  League debut for Fred Pagnam, the man who refused …

Arsenal anniversaries 16 September. When Arsenal v Arsenal was TV’s first live match

    Please join our supporters’ association: it’s free!   See details below 16 September 1893: Although Arsenal were now playing in the League they also continued to play a regular set of friendly games.  On this day the game was Arsenal 5 Chatham 0 (Shaw, Elliot, Heath 3).12,000 turned up – larger than for any …

Arsenal anniversaries 12 September: “The Arsenal” play their first game.

    Please join our association: it’s free! If you enjoy our daily review of Arsenal’s history please do show your appreciation by becoming an associate member of AISA – Arsenal Independent Supporters’ Association.  It’s completely free, but being a member does make a statement that you value our work not just in recording Arsenal’s …

Arsenal anniversaries 10 September: the game when the Arsenal manager drugged the team

      Please join our association: its free! If you enjoy our daily review of Arsenal’s history please do show your appreciation by becoming an associate member of AISA – Arsenal Independent Supporters’ Association.  It’s completely free, but being a member does make a statement that you value our work not just in recording …

Arsenal anniversaries 10 May: Appointment and death of Arsenal’s most notorious manager

    Today’s headline notes Arsenal’s most notorious manager: Leslie Knighton.   As a manager he was a complete disaster, just avoiding relegation for Arsenal twice in his short career at the club.  But in retirement, he wrote an autobiography which although it was later shown to be a complete fantasy, became accepted by many (especially …

Arsenal anniversaries 9 May: Arsenal becomes professional, but repeats untruths

      Today’s headline reflects on the events of 9 May 1891, 1936 and 2010 Day by Day the stories – a key moment in Arsenal and footballing history for each day of the year Arsenal today: The hidden problem facing Arsenal Women Day by Day the videos– An Arsenal video for (almost) every day of the year …

Arsenal Anniversaries 7 April: when Tottenham refused a most reasonable request

    Day by Day the videos – An Arsenal video for (almost) every day of the year in order.  Day by Day the stories – a key moment in Arsenal and footballing history for each day of the year Football today: Games against each other: the big seven The anniversaries 7 April 1900: Arsenal 5 New Brighton Tower 0. New Brighton …

Arsenal anniversaries: 17 March. When Hull City made crazy allegations

      Day by Day the videos – An Arsenal video for (almost) every day of the year in order.  Day by Day the stories – a key moment in Arsenal and footballing history for each day of the year Football today: Losing was not a disgrace, but there was still ignominy for Arsenal 100+ Years: the complete story of …

5 Feb Arsenal anniversaries: Leicester 2 Arsenal 7, just days after winning 9-1,

    Day by Day the videos – An Arsenal video for (almost) every day of the year in order.  Day by Day the stories – a key moment in Arsenal and footballing history for each day of the year Arsenal today:  Arsenal lost, but it is all part of the drive toward long-term sustainability The anniversaries for 4 February…  …

15 Jan 2022: Spurs v Arsenal postponed; Spurs angry, and other anniversaries

      Day by Day the videos – An Arsenal video for (almost) every day of the year in order.  Day by Day the stories – a key moment in Arsenal and footballing history for each day of the year Today at the Arsenal:  Arsenal Women at noon, Tottenham v Arsenal at 4pm ———- 15 January 2022:   “Tottenham have …

5 December: the Arsenal anniversaries from the start of Dial Square FC onward

      Day by Day the videos – An Arsenal video for (almost) every day of the year in order.  Special feature on the day: 5 December 1921 and 1960 5 December 1885 Millwall beat Eastern Wanderers 3-1 at Glengall Road. This game has significance because it gives us a record of Eastern Wanderers, playing in this area …

Arsenal on 2 December throughout history

        Day by Day the videos – An Arsenal video for (almost) every day of the year in order.  Day by Day the stories– a key moment in Arsenal and footballing history for each day of the year 2 December:   Gilberto Silva captains Arsenal to wonderful win over Tottenham: the video 2 December: Par Rice …

22 October: It’s Arsène Wenger’s birthday

      Day by Day the videos – An Arsenal video for (almost) every day of the year in order.  On 22 October 1949 Arsène Wenger was born. Happy birthday Mr Wenger. He went on to become Arsenal’s first permanent non-British manager, the club’s longest-serving manager, the Arsenal manager who won the most trophies, the …

30 September: Arsène Wenger appointed as Arsenal manager.

30 September 1996 Arsène Wenger was formally appointed as Arsenal manager. Mr Wenger had played football for four clubs: Mutzig, Mulhouse, ASPV Strasbourg and RC Strasbourg, and then before coming to Arsenal he managed Nancy, Monaco, and Nogoya Grampus Eight in Japan. Of course you’ll know a lot about him already, including perhaps that he …