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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 […]

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 […]

The man who invented a fantasy history of Arsenal which many still believe until this day

The latest post from our series on Henry Norris at the Arsenal

Arsenal Sept 1922: the first Hill-Wood arrives, Spurs seriously warned, Arsenal debts reduced

Here are the anniversaries of today. The headline comes from 1959

10 May 1890: Millwall Athletic 3 Arsenal 3. A crowd of 800 turned up to see the local derby […]

“The best value for money player at the club”.

The latest post from our series on Henry Norris at the Arsenal

Arsenal Sept 1922: the first Hill-Wood arrives, Spurs seriously warned, Arsenal debts reduced

Here are the anniversaries of today. The headline comes from 2014

 

9 May 1891: Royal Arsenal FC voted at its AGM to turn itself into a professional side, making […]

When Arsenal asked Tottenham to change the date of a game, and they said no

Below are the anniversaries of Arsenal for 7 April

The full index to what is on this site is here.

The latest article on Henry Norris at the Arsenal is…

Arsenal in November 1921: the fog, the goal rush, the resignation.

The current series:

Covering all aspects off the life and work of the […]

Arsenal quiz of the week

Every day we publish an array of Arsenal anniversaries.

But have you been taking notice of the AISA Arsenal History Society daily anniversary files? Indeed, maybe you feel you know all there is to know about the history of football and don’t need to.

So if that is the case, here are five questions based […]

Four years after the first Double, and relegation looms with Luton 2 Arsenal 0.

Below are the anniversaries of Arsenal for 25 March.

 

The full index to what is on this site is here.

The latest article on Henry Norris is

May/June 1921: Knighton the fantasist. The fourth allegation.

The next episode, with further revelations about Leslie Knighton, the man who sought to destroy Henry Norris’ reputation […]

When Cesc Fab was charged with entering the field of play inappropriately dressed

Here are the anniversaries of Arsenal for 17 March.

The full index to what is on this site is here.

The headline comes from 2009.

17 March 1888: Royal Arsenal 5 Ascham 0. Part of the 11 match unbeaten run at the end of season 2 during which Royal Arsenal scored 43 goals. The […]

The Arsenal man who testified against the match fixing of Liverpool and Man U

The latest post from our series on Henry Norris at the Arsenal

January 1920: Arsenal’s solid start as a 1st division team falters

 

Below is our daily review of Arsenal anniversaries taken from the Arsenal day by day files prepared by the AISA Arsenal History Society. We expect to add 1000 new anniversaries […]

Arsenal win their first home game of the season: in January.

The latest posts from our series on Henry Norris at the Arsenal

Widespread rioting as Arsenal prepare for division 1.

Below is our daily review of Arsenal anniversaries taken from the Arsenal day by day files prepared by the AISA Arsenal History Society. We expect to add another 1000 anniversaries to our files by the […]

The FA acts to wind up women’s football and demand clubs’ compliance.

This is our daily review of Arsenal anniversaries taken from the Arsenal day by day files prepared by the AISA Arsenal History Society.

Our headline is taken from 1921.

Here are the stories from this day in history…

 

5 December 1885 Millwall beat Eastern Wanderers 3-1 at Glengall Road. This game in itself takes […]

Arsenal man is youngest ever to score in the League Cup

This is our daily review of Arsenal anniversaries taken from the Arsenal day by day files prepared by the AISA Arsenal History Society.

Our headline is taken from 2003.

Here are the stories from this day in history…

2 December 1899: Arsenal 2 New Brighton Tower 0 – NBT were one of the clubs created […]

Recovering from cancer he made a joke about Tottenham and then we won 2-0.

This is our daily review of Arsenal anniversaries taken from the Arsenal day by day files prepared by the AISA Arsenal History Society.

Our headline is taken from this day in 1980

17 November 1902: Woolwich Arsenal 2 Tottenham 1. London League Premier Division. The result saw Arsenal firmly in place at the top of […]

Which Arsenal player said of whom: “I watch him in training and it is a joy.”

This is our daily review of Arsenal anniversaries taken from the Arsenal day by day files prepared by the AISA Arsenal History Society.

Our headline is taken from 25 October 2004

Special feature:

Highbury: from start to end with previously unseen pictures of the end of the stadium.

Below are the Anniversaries from October 25. […]

Arsenal reserves on TV, the players fight in the restaurant, TV pundit as linesman.

Here are the Anniversaries from 16 September – part of our regular daily look at Arsenal’s history.

You might also enjoy “In other news” which appears after the Arsenal anniversaries.

Our most recent article on Arsenal’s history is

Arsenal move into the London Combination in September 1915

 

 

16 September 1912: Arsenal lost 0-3 […]

Arsenal’s manager with 100% success, and the first AFC man to play for England

Here are the Anniversaries from 12 September – part of our regular daily look at Arsenal’s history.

Our most recent article on Arsenal’s history is

New revelations concerning perhaps the most important month in Arsenal’s history

12 September 1878: Jimmy Ashcroft, Woolwich Arsenal’s first England player, born. He played for Wilbyn’s United, Garston Copperworks, Everton […]

The real origins of the Arsenal clock and Totts v Arsenal as a surreal free-for-all

Here are the Anniversaries from 10 September – part of our regular daily look at Arsenal’s history.

Our most recent article on Arsenal’s history is

Arsenal in February and March 1915: the abandonment of football is announced and the result is… curious

 

10 September 1904: Arsenal’s first home match in the First Division. […]

Ernie Collett: the reserve player who stayed with the club for 37 years

By Tony Attwood

Ernest Collett known universally as Ernie, was born on 17 November 1914 in Sheffield. He started out playing for Oughtibridge Working Men’s Club, a club that is still extant playing in the Sheffield and Hallamshire County Senior Football League.

Ernie joined Arsenal in April 1933 and won the Football Combination six […]

3 May 1971: Arsenal won the league at WHL (for the first time)

By Tony Attwood

3 May is quite a day in the history of Arsenal for it was the day that Royal Arsenal transformed itself into Woolwich Arsenal. It meant being able to enter the Football League (the League insisted on clubs being limited companies, and limited companies cannot have a name that suggests royal approval […]

Arsenal’s forgotten manager Joe Shaw wins the league for Arsenal. 28 April 1934.

Joseph Ebenezer Shaw – a name to conjure with, although in reality he was known as Joe Shaw.

Joe Shaw was born May 7, 1883 (Arsenal, the football facts has 1882) and died in September 1963 aged 80 after a lifetime of service to Arsenal. He is one of the handful of men who need […]

Arsenal players part 2: L to Z

Introductory notes (the listings start below)

You can find the player details for part 1 (A to K) here.

This is the second half what will become a complete A to Z index of every player to have played for Arsenal in a league match, along with some others, with links to the main articles […]

Arsenal in the 30s: April 1934. Joe Shaw wins the league for Chapman

This is part of a series of articles tracing the history of Arsenal through the 1930s. There is an index of all the articles in the series thus far at the end of this piece.

By Tony Attwood

The table, at the conclusion of March 1934 read:

P W D L F A GA Pt […]

Where do we go next, and where have we come from. 9 May – a big day for Arsenal.

By Tony Attwood

I’ve recently finished the series covering all the players who played in the first Arsenal league season of 1893/4, – the index to the whole series is on the home page.

Prior to that we had the Arsenal in the 70s series, and there is a full index to that series of […]

Today we honour Joe Shaw, one of the greatest servants Arsenal has ever known

Today we honour Joe Shaw who was born on this day in 1883. He became one of the most important men in the history of Arsenal spending virtually all his working life with Arsenal playing 309 times for the club, being club captain, and being reserve team manager. He is also known for being the […]

How long does it take a new manager to win the league at Arsenal?

By Tony Attwood

Below is a list of all the managers in the history of Woolwich Arsenal, The Arsenal and Arsenal FC. The second column shows when that person (or in the case of the first time around, the committee) took up the job, and what happen in their first season.

The “first season” column […]