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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 […]

How many managers and how many trophies. From Terry Neill to today.

Details of today’s anniversaries follow below

Publications

“Woolwich Arsenal, the club that changed football” and “Making the Arsenal” are now available as printed books, and on Kindle. Please see here for more details.

Elsewhere on the site…

Henry Norris at the Arsenal: There is a full index to the series here.

Arsenal in the 1930s: […]

The man who did more to disrupt Arsenal than anyone else – ever

That man is Leslie Knighton, Arsenal manager from 1919 to 1925. Knighton was a modest manager for the first three years of his reign, but only just avoided relegation in the final two years. However what has soured his reputation considerably is a reconsideration of Knighton’s autobiography in which he launched a series of attacks […]

“The best value for money player I have had at the club” Who said that about whom

It was said on this day 2014 by Arsene Wenger concerning Laurent Koscielny, a player who had not been highly valued by some fans when he first came to the club.

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

Arsenal 7 April anniversaries: the end of the road for the great 70s team

It is often forgotten just how short the success of the 1970s double team was – and with a FA Cup semi-final defeat to Sunderland on this day in 1973, the dream of a long term dominant team was just about over. The Double and the Uefa Cup were the trophies, but there were to […]

The first ever Arsenal match in which they actually counted the crowd.

Here are the Arsenal anniversaries for today

5 February 1887: Millwall Rovers 4 Royal Arsenal 0. This was the first Arsenal game ever with a recorded crowd number – 500 – and was played against the club’s main local rivals at the time.

5 February 1889: Matthew Shortt was born. He played with Dalbeattie Star […]

How a single newspaper comment can be the basis of received wisdom

The Anniversaries …

15 January 1891: the day one local newspaper reported on a bad journey to Arsenal. That one set of comments became repeated and repeated until it was generally assumed that it was by and large impossible to get from central London to Plumstead.

Below are the Arsenal (and for historical context, occasionally […]

The blackest day in the history of the FA – and still they won’t apologise.

Here are the anniversaries, our headline comes from 1921: a moment that led to 50 years of discrimination.

Below are the Arsenal (and for historical context, occasionally one or two non-Arsenal) anniversaries for today taken from the files of over 6000 Arsenal anniversaries which appear on the Arsenal History Society website. An index to all […]

The days when the press would dare criticise TV for editing out the dodgy bits.

Here are the anniversaries, our headline comes from 1978 – when the notorious tactics of Liverpool were constantly censored by the TV companies as part of their deal for the rights to show the games.

 

Below are the Arsenal (and for historical context, occasionally one or two non-Arsenal) anniversaries for today taken from the […]

The media claim there are too many foreigners in English football – in 1975

Below are the Arsenal (and for historical context, occasionally one or two non-Arsenal) anniversaries for today taken from the complete files of over 6000 Arsenal anniversaries which appear on the Arsenal History Society website. An index to all the monthly Anniversary files can be found in the right column of this site under “Pages” […]

5 games against Tottenham all on one day

The series “Henry Norris at the Arsenal” is now complete.

The index to all the articles can be found at Henry Norris at the Arsenal. The final article just published is Henry Norris at the Arsenal: 1928 to the end.

We are now working on adding to the articles information that has come to […]

When the FA told Arsenal, “remove this director, or we kick you out of football”

Latest article from the current series: Henry Norris at the Arsenal

Sir Henry Norris leaves Arsenal and the legal disputes wend their way.

Below are the Arsenal (and for historical context, occasionally one or two non-Arsenal) anniversaries for today taken from the complete files of over 6000 Arsenal anniversaries which appear on the Arsenal History […]

A game so dull that it made potato picking seem like profound rapture. 

Latest article from the current series: Henry Norris at the Arsenal

Arsenal March 1927: from regular turmoil to total turmoil and the edge of the cliff

Special features

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

Meeting a player you have admired can be such a very strange […]

When the players fought at the meal table rather than on the pitch

These are the anniversary files of Arsenal FC

Today’s headline anniversary headline comes from 1970

Latest article published by the Arsenal History Society

April 1926: Arsenal come 2nd – the best performance yet – and the National Strike is called

Below are the Arsenal (and for historical context, occasionally one or two non-Arsenal) anniversaries […]

A 7-1 defeat, 8 games played, bottom of the league, no wins. When and who was the manager?

These are the anniversary files of Arsenal FC

Here’s a clue to the question. Today’s headline anniversaries come from 1953

Latest article published by the Arsenal History Society

March 1926: The title slips away from Arsenal but second place looks a real possibility.

Below are the Arsenal (and for historical context, occasionally one or […]

4 bookings in 8 minutes and Santi Cazorla scoring in the 4th minute of time added,

These are the anniversary files of Arsenal FC

Today’s headline anniversaries come from 2016

Latest article published by the Arsenal History Society

March 1926: The title slips away from Arsenal but second place looks a real possibility.

Below are the Arsenal (and for historical context, occasionally one or two non-Arsenal) anniversaries for today taken […]

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 […]