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Tony Woodcock; Entrepreneur who (maybe) links with Hoddle…

By Tony Attwood

How many ex-Arsenal men seem to have felt that knocking Arsenal in general and Arsène Wenger in particular is the best way to get attention, and perhaps a bit of cash on the way? 10? 20? 50? Probably many more for the list seems endless.

And yet there is one who has […]

Why two clubs in a neighbourhood is better than one – and the anniversaries

By Tony Attwood

There were many reasons why Woolwich Arsenal moved from Plumstead to north London in 1913, including the low attendances at matches (which seemed hard to overcome for a club based near the river and thus with no fans to the north). But the fact that despite all the fuss made by supposed […]

Phillipe Senderos reaches the end of his career and the Arsenal anniversaries today

The last I heard of Phillipe Senderos he was playing for Houston Dynamo in the USA but I suspect he finished his contract there last year and has now retired. His reputation among Arsenal fans was not of the highest, but I saw him in a more positive light, as obviously did the Swiss national […]

Man City as champions relegated, Tottenham almost relegated, Arsenal’s title, the 49 begins

The story of Arsenal’s title win on this day in in 1938, their 5th in eight years, required not only their win, but a defeat for Wolverhampton Wanderers – with which they duly obliged. But this was nothing compared to what happened at the foot of the table. Manchester City, the champions of the previous […]

How the untrue stories about Charlie Buchan and Arsenal have grown and grown

It is interesting just how much of Arsenal’s history, beyond the strictly factual accounts of who played and what the score was, is down to the testimony of one man. On this day I am reminded of another such case as Charlie Buchan’s name turns up twice – in 1910 and 1928.

Many know that […]

3 May: Surely the biggest day of all for Arsenal celebrations

By Tony Attwood

If there are days with more Arsenal anniversaries of importance to celebrate, this surely has to be up there with the best of them. But I do actually think this is the biggest day of them all. Bigger than the founding of the original club, bigger than – well everything.

Just consider, […]

Celebrating Freddie Ljungberg’s birthday and all he’s done for Arsenal.

There are many series of articles on this site about Arsenal’s history – you can see an index on the right side of this article under “Pages”. Three of the main series are

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

Arsenal in the 1930s: The most comprehensive series […]

7 league defeats in a row plus exit from the cup. And beating Tottenham 5-2

One of the interesting effects in gathering together all the Arsenal anniversaries for a single day is the contrasts it can offer up. In 1977 under Terry Neill’s management Arsenal had seven consecutive league defeats – the all time club record. But also during this run Arsenal lost (on this day in the FA Cup) […]

From the earliest press criticism of the ref to the Queen inviting Arsenal to the palace.

To be fair, I can’t say that the 1910 criticism of the referee in a cartoon in the Woolwich Gazette was the first such suggestion of referee corruption but there were not too many such comments around in the early days. As for Arsenal at Buckingham Palace, this was certainly the first time a squad […]

The extraordinary speed of Arsenal’s decline after the first double; the Arsenal anniversaries

While the first Arsenal double in 1971 is of course remembered as a core part of the club’s history, what happened thereafter is rarely mentioned.

Bertie Mee stayed in office and attempted to introduce a military style approach to managing footballers – footballers who now were immortalised and feted after their achievements. Tension was […]

Arsenal beaten 5-1 by Tottenham, and why it didn’t matter a jot.

Looking for a lost Arsenal player? See our article here.

The Anniversaries …

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. You will also find links to the month by […]

When Tony Adams became captain – just for one day.

The Anniversaries …

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. You will also find links to the month by month listing of anniversaries in the right hand column […]

When Arsenal changed its name for the 5th and final time – and 50,000 turned up.

Here are the anniversaries, our headline comes from 1919: also the moment of Highbury’s largest crowd to date. Arsenal had previously been Dial Square, Royal Arsenal, Woolwich Arsenal and The Arsenal

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 […]

Thierry Henry hits 100 goals

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 monthly Anniversary files can be found in the right column of this site under “Pages” on the […]

The newspaper tells Arsenal fans, “Abuse of officials and players is not argument.”

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

Summer 1927: Sir Henry Norris leaves the Arsenal

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 experience.: Brian Talbot comes to the Arsenal […]

“I took off my shirt and threw it in the manager’s face”

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

Sir Henry Norris prepares to leave Arsenal, his job complete. May/June 1927

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 experience.: Brian Talbot […]

If we can’t criticise his football we can criticise his English. The media & Pirès

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

Sir Henry Norris prepares to leave Arsenal, his job complete. May/June 1927

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 experience.: Brian Talbot […]

Commemorating the passing of Sir Henry Norris, without whom there would be no Arsenal

 

The Arsenal Anniversary Files

Our headline story today comes from 1934; today we mark the 84th anniversary of the death of Sir Henry Norris, the man who rescued Arsenal in 1910, moved the club to Highbury and built the new ground, steadied the club’s shaky finances, and finally brought in Herbert Chapman to revolutionize […]

Arsenal anniversaries and the most curious case of Park Chu Young

 

The Anniversary Files

Here are the Arsenal (and 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 the Anniversary files can be found in the left column of this site under “Pages”

The […]

Arsenal fined for playing a weakened team

 

The Anniversary Files

Here are the Arsenal (and 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 the Anniversary files can be found in the left column of this site under “Pages”

The […]

When Arsenal won the league and last season’s champions were relegated.

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 headlines come from 1938

7 May 1910: King Edward VII died; the mourning period throwing a spanner in the works of Arsenal’s attempt […]

Why today’s Arsenal fans would have demanded Chapman’s dismissal after 3 seasons

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

Norris breaks free, transfer fees spiral, terrorism returns, fixtures look awful. Arsenal – Summer of 1922.

 

Here are the anniversaries for today.

Our headline comes from 1928.

5 May 1893: Royal Arsenal needed to become a limited company to join the […]

The day the modern Arsenal was formed. 78 years later to the day we won at WHL

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

Norris breaks free, transfer fees spiral, terrorism returns, fixtures look awful. Arsenal – Summer of 1922.

 

Here are the anniversaries for today. Apologies for publishing yesterday’s again earlier!

 

3 May 1893: George Lawrence signed the documents to turn Royal Arsenal formally […]

The season Arsenal scored 13 goals against Leeds

Below are the anniversaries of Arsenal for 16 April

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

The latest article on Henry Norris at the Arsenal is…

Arsenal in Feb 1922. Norris missing, Cup success, relegation threatens, and a monkey

The current series:

Covering all aspects off the life and work […]

Seven consecutive wins for Arsenal and 21 goals

Below are the anniversaries of Arsenal for 24 March.

The headline story comes from 2012.

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 […]