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Signing Pat Jennings and the very unlucky Ryan Garry. Anniversaries 6 August.

Here are the Anniversaries from 6 August – part of our regular daily look at Arsenal’s history. You might also be interested in our in-depth analysis of the first days at Highbury which continues with When Highbury opened, and “Victoria Concordia Crescit” was introduced

Details of the whole list of 5000 Arsenal anniversaries and other […]

George Wood; understudy to Jennings 1980/3

George Wood was born 26 September 1952 in Douglas in Lanarkshire and played as a goal keeper for Arsenal between 1980 and 1983.

The story is that at Lanark Grammar he was an outfield player but his PE teacher converted him to goalkeeping duties. He went on to play junior (ie non-league – the use […]

The men that Terry Neill signed: Pat Jennings

By Tony Attwood

Before Pat Jennings we had John Rimmer who was signed by Bertie Mee, and before him Bob Wilson, backed by Geoff Barnett.

Pat’s story starts amazingly – apparently he played for the under 18 team of Sharock Rovers while aged 11, and then moved across to Gaelic football.

But of course he […]

Video: Freddie scores against Manchester United on his debut on this day

We publish a new Arsenal match video each day with the anniversary list. You can find the latest each day on the home page of this site. You can also find videos for previous days by clicking the articles in the left column of this page under “Recent Posts” or by clicking on the mauve […]

Video and anniversaries for 26 August

Below is our selected video for this day in history, along with all the Arsenal anniversaries of interest that we can find. This is published by The Arsenal History Society, part of the Arsenal Independent Supporters Association – a body which gives positive support to the club, and has regular meetings with directors and senior […]

Bruce Rioch’s short spell at Arsenal – comings and goings on this day

Bruce Rioch was by no means the man with the shortest spell as Arsenal manager, but most of those who have managed for a shorter period of time have done so because they were temporary appointments: James McEwen (2 games), Pat Rice (4), Freddie Ljungberg (6)…

Beyond doubt the most successful of the short term […]

Have you ever had an urge to discover some new Arsenal statistics?

By Tony Attwood

Each day the AISA Arsenal History Society publishes a list of Arsenal events that took place on this day throughout history – today’s list is below.

But quite often as I come to publish the list for the day I find myself wondering about other Arsenal events for which I can’t find […]

That eternal desire the League and FA has to stop certain people playing football

The Arsenal History Society is part of the Arsenal Independent Supporters Association – a body which gives positive support to the club, and has regular meetings with directors and senior officials of the club to represent the views of its members to the club. You can read more about AISA on its website.

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The rise and rise of Emi Martinez

The Arsenal History Society is part of the Arsenal Independent Supporters Association – a body which gives positive support to the club, and has regular meetings with directors and senior officials of the club to represent the views of its members to the club. You can read more about AISA on its website.

You can […]

On this day in 1923 Arsenal revealed its profit: £5000 for the season.

The drive behind Henry Norris’ take over of Arsenal in 1910 was first to pay off all the debts and second to make it a profitable club, and then third to make it a club that would challenge for trophies.

The first aim was met in 1910, as all the debts were honoured (including some […]

How clubs spend crazy money on players that don’t get games

The Arsenal History Society is part of the Arsenal Independent Supporters Association – a body which gives positive support to the club, and has regular meetings with directors and senior officials of the club to represent the views of its members to the club. You can read more about AISA on its website.

For advertising […]

The best value transfer of all time.

The Arsenal History Society is part of the Arsenal Independent Supporters Association – a body which gives positive support to the club, and has regular meetings with directors and senior officials of the club to represent the views of its members to the club. You can read more about AISA on its website.

Below you […]

When Italian players finally had enough of the media and showed the world what they could do

The media eternally aim to persuade us that they simply report the news, but of course they always do so with a slant. For the mere selection of one item as news and another as not worth reporting itself results in bias.

Yet just occasionally they are caught out, as in 1982 when the Italian […]

The truth about Chapman’s centre half revolution

It is interesting how the commentaries of writers in past years are so often taken as being documentary proof of what happened, when in fact those who write about football in the past, often end up taking just one writer as their source of evidence.

In other historical contexts this doesn’t happen, as researchers seek […]

Celebrating the anniversary of Dennis Bergkamp’s arrival at Highbury

When the wonderful Dennis Bergkamp arrived on this day in 1995 he obviously had no notion what was going to happen. His life in Italy had been miserable, as the media had regularly made fun on him and his alleged inability to get through a match without making a howler.

In his first season at […]

An audience with Mark Pougatch – live, plus today’s anniversaries

The event

Normally I drop straight into a review of the anniversaries, but something a little different today as the Arsenal Independent Supporters Association (AISA) is inviting all its members to an audience with Mark Pougatch.

Mark Pougatch, the TV and radio football broadcast journalist is also an Arsenal fan, and has agreed to join […]

The Arsenal Quiz. What was the first European trophy we won, and when was it?

Our quiz comes from today’s anniversaries, which gives a clue as to the actual date of the month – all you have to get is the year.

So before you scroll down,

Question 1: On this day Arsenal won their first European trophy. Who did we beat, what was the score, and how many years […]

When our Arsenal banner was selected by the BBC for full-on publicity

This is the anniversary of Mr Wenger’s last home match with Arsenal, and it was of course heavily featured by the BBC as they focussed on the only Arsenal manager ever to win three League titles, and not only the man who won more FA Cups with Arsenal than any other manager, but who won […]

Whatever happened to Tomas Rosicky?

The most recent news we have of Tomas Rosický became comes from 2018. In January he became assistant to the new Sparta sport director Zdeněk Ščasný. Then on 17 December he replaced Ščasný as a sports director, soon after Ščasný became Sparta head coach.

In Germany, as a player he gained the nickname “The Little […]

What happened to Theo Walcott?

On this day in 2013 Theo Walcott signed a new long term contract as his star continued to rise in Arsenal colours. And although he had some brilliant moments with Arsenal, it was two years ago yesterday that Walcott signed a three-and-a-half-year contract with Everton in what the BBC reported as “a deal worth more […]

David Danskin: an Arsenal founder but a man out of step with the majority in the club.

In 29 April 2019 a number of newspapers announced that “For years, the founder of Arsenal FC was buried in an unmarked grave in Coventry,” but that now that was finally put right when the man behind one of the world’s greatest football clubs was finally given the resting place he deserves.”

That man was […]

The anniversary of the very start of Arsenal, and how we proved it happened.

Latest news:

Our companion website Untold Arsenal is developing its own video channel commenting on both contemporary and historic events. It’s still at the experimental stage but you can get a feel here…

Untold Gooner News

 

And today is of course a very historic day, being the day on which in 1886 the […]

Finding the elusive Eastern Wanderers, Arsenal’s first opponents

Latest news:

We are developing our own video channel. It’s still at the experimental stage but you can get a feel here…

Untold Gooner News

 

Historians can’t just accept what is passed down as the truth across the generations – they need some evidence. But the reality is that most people who write about […]

Freedom of contract and limits on transfer fees: a court discussion in 1918.

On this day in 1918 Sir Henry Norris, chair of Arsenal and a director of Fulham FC, began his campaign to become an MP – during the course of which one of his opponents put out a leaflet that criticised Sir Henry saying that while Sir Henry had claimed to be in favour of the […]

The anniversary of one of the great, great nights of the Wenger years.

25 mins: Henry’s side-footer gives Arsenal the lead 33 mins: Inter equalise after Vieri’s shot is deflected past Lehmann 49 mins: Ljungberg puts Arsenal back in front from Henry’s cross 81 mins: Henry’s solo special gives them a two-goal cushion 87 mins: Arsenal pile forward and Edu slots home the fourth 89 mins: Pires […]