Note: The anniversary file pages have over time been split and split again as they have grown. Please use the index at the end to find the month you want. Sources are also at the end. This file’s last major update 30 December 2016.
November 1912 (exact day unknown). Henry Norris, having explored various sites in North London took the final decision to move Arsenal from Plumstead to Highbury.
1 November 1913: Jock Rutherford’s league debut. But at the start of the season he fell into dispute with Newcastle over wages and was sold to Woolwich Arsenal for £800 – a great coup for Arsenal, and undoubtedly aided by the fact that the club had attracted huge publicity by just moving into its new Gillespie Road ground.
1 November 1936: Racing Club de Paris 0 Arsenal 5. One of a series of matches initiated by Herbert Chapman and the president of Racing taking place as close to Armistice Day as possible each year.
1 November 1948: Racing Club de Paris 3 Arsenal 3. This year Bernard Levy added a little extra spice to the fixture by putting up a cup which would be awarded to either team if it won three of the contests in a row.
1 November 1949: Racing Club de Paris 1 Arsenal 2. The idea for the game may have emerged after Chapman and others heard about the Coupe des Nations which was held in 1930 – and played between the champions of ten countries.
1 November 1955: John Matthews born. He joined Arsenal as an apprentice in 1971 turning professional in 1973. He made his league début in the opening match of the 1974/5 season – a 1-0 away win against Leicester.
1 November 1960: Antwerp United 2 Arsenal 2. The Antwerp team also known as Antwerp Entente played exhibition games. It was formed by the best players of the 3 big teams in Antwerp: Antwerp FC, Beerschot in the stadium of Antwerp FC.
1 November 1996: David Hillier transferred to Portsmouth for £250,000. Although not an article on David Hillier, he is mentioned here. He started 82 league games for Arsenal and came on 22 times as a sub.
1 November 1982: Barnet 2 Arsenal 4, Richie Powling Testimonial. He had made 50 league starts for Arsenal and appeared five times as a sub between 1973 and 1978.
1 November 1983: Tony Adams first team debut in a testimonial v Chelsea. He had signed as a schoolboy in 1980.
1 November 1997: Derby 3 Arsenal 0, Wright missed a penalty, as Arsenal slipped to their second defeat of the season. 13th league game of the 2nd Double Season The second double: part 1, part 2, part 3.
1 November 2000: George Armstrong died after suffering a brain haemorrhage during a training session. He made 621 first team appearances, coached the Kuwait national side, and was then appointed Arsenal reserve coach by George Graham.
1 November 2000 Lee Conoville first and last appearance, against Ipswich Town (h). After a loan spell with Northampton he moved to Torquay where he played 112 league games, later playing for Notts County.
1 November 2003: Leeds 1 Arsenal 4. The 11th league match of the Unbeaten season. Henry got two, Pires one and Gilberto Silva finished it off on 50 minutes.
1 November 2010: Jack Wilshere signed a new “long-term” deal with Arsenal. Jack came up through the youth academy and made his first team debut in 2008, becoming Arsenal’s youngest ever league debutant at the age of 16 years, 256 days
2 November 1889: Royal Arsenal 4 Unity 1 (London Senior Cup). This match was the start of Royal Arsenal’s journey to the LSC cup final (which was lost against Old Westminsters). Meanwhile on the same day…
2 November 1889: Arsenal reserves beat Lewisham 9-1 on their way to Arsenal’s first ever silverware.
2 November 1895: W R Elcoat (Arsenal’s second manager) had a letter published in Los Angeles Sporting Life, as chairman of the Cleveland and South Durham Baseball Association.
2 November 1907: Arsenal 5 Sheffield U 1 (division 1). In some sources the Woolwich Arsenal v Chelsea match is quoted as being on this day. It was the fifth league game in a row without defeat for Arsenal.
2 November 1928: Ray Daniel born. He started at his local club Swansea Town and in 1946, as clubs started to get themselves together for the first post-war championship he was signed by Arsenal. His elder brother had also played for Arsenal but died in the second world war aged 18.
2 November 1935: The result Brentford 2 Arsenal 1 left the three times consecutive champions with just five wins in the first 15 games.
2 November 1946: Bernard Joy played his last league game; it ended Arsenal 2 Sheffield Utd 3. It was Arsenal’s eighth defeat in 13 league games.
2 November 1977: Trevor Ross sold to Everton for £170,000. Of his last match (a reserve game) Ross claimed Terry Neill said, “You, Off. You don’t want to play for this club so get off.” His comment thereafter was, “So me being me and the attitude I had took off my shirt and threw it in his face.”
2 November 1977: Alan Sunderland transferred to Arsenal for £220,000. He made 23 appearances in the rest of the season and scored four goals, playing alongside Brady, Macdonald, Stapleton and Rix.
2 November 1983: Martin Hayes turned pro having joined Arsenal as an apprentice in 1982 playing centre forward and left wing.
2 November 1984: Man U 4 Arsenal 2 as Arsenal’s run at the top of the league ended. It started a run of just two wins in six. Allinson and Woodcock scored the goals.
2 November 1991: Arsenal 0 West Ham Utd 1. Michael Thomas’ last game. It started a run of one win in five.
2 November 1996: Wimbledon 2 Arsenal 2 . A run of 10 games unbeaten left Arsenal top of the league. Wright and Merson got the goals.
2 November 2010: Benik Afobe went on loan to Huddersfield Town where he played 28 games and scored five goals before moving on to Reading.
3 November 1888: Royal Arsenal 3 Phoenix 0; the first game of the season in the London Senior Cup. Arsenal went on to the semi-final where they were beaten by Clapton.
3 November 1928: Cardiff 1 Arsenal 1. In Chapman’s 4th season Arsenal flirt with relegation with just three wins in the first 13 league games of the season.
3 November 1962: Blackburn 5 Arsenal 5. Having beaten Wolverhampton 5-4 the previous week, Arsenal nearly repeated the feat. Across the two games five of the goals were scored by Joe Baker, three by Eastham and two by Skirton.
3 November 1963: Ian Wright born in Woolwich. He started out with Greenwich Borough and then having been spotted was invited to have a trial at Crystal Palace who signed him in August 1985, when he was 21 – a late start in professionalism for a player.
3 November 1993: Standard Liège 0 Arsenal 7 in Cup winners Cup. Arsenal won 10-0, the highest aggregate ever achieved by Arsenal. Smith, Selley, Adams,, Campbell (2), Merson and McGoldrick got the goals
3 November 2007: The largest crowd thus far at the Emirates saw Arsenal v Man U (60,338). It was televised live and ended 2-2. Fàbregas and Gallas got the goals.
3 November 2010: Having beaten Shakhtar Donetsk 5-1 at the Emirates, Arsenal then proceeded to lose 2-1 in the return game. Walcott scored for Arsenal and Eduardo got one of the Shakhtar goals.
3 November 2014: Francis Coquelin was loaned to Charlton in order for him to get some games (having thus far been a regular on the Arsenal bench). He was recalled on 12 December after five games at Charlton.
4 November 1893: FA Cup 2nd prelim round: Arsenal beat Clapton 6-2 in front of 2,500. The club finally went out of the cup in the 1st round proper.
4 November 1901: Arsenal lost 0-5 to Tottenham in London League Premier Division in front of 3833 – not a bad crowd considering that the game was played on a working day in the afternoon.
4 November 1921: John Hardy Robson signed from Innerleithen (or Vale of Leithen according to some sources) as the third choice keeper. He went on to play 86 league games for Arsenal before moving in 1926 to Bournemouth and Boscombe Athletic.
4 November 1922: Henry White’s final game (a 0-1 away defeat to Everton). He had two seasons at Blackpool (70 games, 18 goals), one at Fulham, then it was Walsall, Nelson, Walsall again, Stafford Rangers, and finally the short lived Thames Association
4 November 1931: Bill Dodgin born in County Durham, and was himself the son of a footballer (Bill Dodgin senior – 1909 to 1999) who played for Huddersfield Town, Lincoln, Charlton, Bristol Rovers, Clapton Orient and Southampton.
4 November 1937: Leslie Jones signed from Coventry. Tottenham had made an offer of £7,000 for him, but were outbid by Arsenal. He played his first game just two days later in the 2-1 defeat to Grimsby – so just like Reg Cumner in the following season, he scored on his debut.
4 November 1937: Bobby Davidson signed for Coventry. He was transferred to Coventry City in exchange for Leslie Jones. We may wonder why such a promising player was transferred so readily. The answer may be in his personality as he was constantly in trouble with refs.
4 November 1949: Jim Fotheringham joined as an amateur. Arsenal was his first club. He went on to play 87 games for Arsenal before moving onto Sunderland.
4 November 1972: Final appearance for George Graham; Arsenal 0 Coventry 2. Graham then moved on to Man U. He had made 219 league starts for Arsenal and scored 59 league goals across seven seasons.
4 November 1989: David O’Leary beat George Armstrong’s appearance record. In the end he made 523 league starts and won the league twice, the FA Cup twice, and the League Cup twice.
4 November 1998: Dynamo Kyiv 3 Arsenal 1 in the Champions League during one of the seasons when Wembley was used as an experiment. It left Arsenal with just one win in the group.
4 November 2000: Middlesbrough 0 Arsenal 1 made it five league wins in a row, Henry scoring a penalty. In fact Henry scored in four of the five games.
4 November 2001: Arsenal went four down in 20 minutes in biggest home defeat of Arsène Wenger years which ended Arsenal 2 Charlton 4. Yet despite the catastrophe this was nonetheless League match 11 of the third Double season.
4 November 2009: Arsenal beat AZ 4-1 on way to winning their Champions League group.
4 November 2011: Robin Van Persie was Barclays player of the month for October. He scored eight goals in the three wins and one defeat during the month.
4 November 2015: Bayern Munich 5 Arsenal 1 meant that Arsenal three defeats and one win in four in the Champions League, and seemingly the end of the run of consecutive qualifications to the group stages.
5 November 1889: One of the earliest reports ever of a floodlit game. Woolwich Arsenal was not involved but the club followed the idea of stringing gas lights across the pitch – and it soon spread to other clubs.
5 November 1909: Frank Moss born in Leyland. He is recorded as being registered first for Leyland Motors FC – a club which at the time just played friendlies rather than being in a league.
5 November 1932: Gillespie Road tube station became Arsenal (Highbury Hill). The Highbury Hill element of the name was later dropped as the station adopted its long term name of Arsenal. (“Chapman’s achievements“)
5 November 1932: Following the 8-2 win one week before Arsenal beat Wolverhampton 7-1 away. Arsenal thus scored 3+ goals for the fifth league match running – a feat not repeated under 2008/9
5 November 1932: Vic Groves born. Like Danny Clapton he started out at Leytonstone, before moving on to Walthamstow Avenue, a club that had a number of links with Arsenal.
5 November 1937: Ray Bowden transferred to Newcastle for £5000 – an interesting profit for a player who was moving down a league and was starting to have injury problems with his ankle. In all he played 138 matches for Arsenal and scored 43 goals.
5 November 1952: Jimmy Logie sole appearance for Scotland. However he was more valued by Arsenal, playing 296 league games and winning the league twice and the FA Cup once with the club.
5 November 1956: Arsenal play British Olympic team, 20 years on from Bernard Joy captaining the British Olympic side.
5 November 1958: Last international appearance for Jackie Henderson. He played seven times for Scotland but only scored one goal.
5 November 1977: Alan Sunderland’s first match, a 2-1 away win against Manchester Utd. Macdonald and Stapleton got the goals in a run of six league games without a defeat.
5 November 1987: Tom Parker died aged 89. After the war he worked as a ship’s surveyor for Lloyd’s in Southampton Docks. He also managed Norwich during two separate spells, and worked as chief scout for Southampton, finally retiring in 1975.
5 November 2001: Arsenal 4 Man U 0 in league cup; Wiltord scored a hat trick. It was the first and last appearance for Rohan Rickets and Carlin Itonga.
5 November 2005: Arsenal beat Sunderland 3-1 to go third despite suffering three defeats in first 8 games. Van Persie scored the opener and Henry the other two.
6 November 1899: Woolwich Arsenal 2 New Brompton 2. FA Cup 3rd qualifying round, 2nd replay. The clubs eventually played each other five times before New Brompton won 1-0 in a match at Gravesend.
6 November 1907 Last game for Charlie Satterthwaite the man who scored Arsenal’s first ever league goal. He made 141 appearances for the club of which 129 were in the league, and scored 48 goals (45 in the league).
6 November 1909: After playing 11, winning 2 drawing 1 and losing 8 Arsenal found themselves bottom of the league. The result on this day in the 12th match of the season was Arsenal 0 Bradford City 1. See also here
6 November 1912: With Arsenal chairman Henry Norris have been elected mayor of Fulham for the fourth time the day before, Arsenal reserves tried out possible first teamers in a game against Peterborough. The result was a 2-2 draw.
6 November 1937: Grimsby 2 Arsenal 1. It was the début for Leslie Jones who scored the Arsenal goal and was the fifth consecutive league game without a win.
6 November 1954: Bolton 2 Arsenal 2. The fourth game in a run of eight without a win, and the début for Jim Fotheringham. Goring and Lishman scored.
6 November 1964: Stewart Robson born. Arsenal was his first club, and he started playing for the first team in 1981. He later became notorious for his severe criticism of Arsene Wenger on Arsenal TV, from which post he was ultimately removed.
6 November 1965: Arsenal 6 Sheffield U 2. It was the first win in four and came just three weeks after losing 3-5 to Blackpool. Baker, Skirton and Armstrong got two goals each.
6 November 1968: Bob McNab played the first of four games for England. He went on to be part of the double side of 1971 and the Fairs Cup winning team of the previous season.
6 November 1974: John Hollins Testimonial v Chelsea (1-1 draw). As well as his 127 league games for Arsenal he had two stints at Chelsea playing 465 league games for them.
6 November 1980: Lionel Smith died (this is also quoted as 8 November in some sources). After leaving Arsenal he moved to Watford,and then became player-manager at Gravesend & Northfleet where he won the 1957-58 Southern League title. He retired from football in 1960.
6 November 1991: Arsenal lost to Benfica in extra time. It proved to be the club’s last appearance in the European Cup until 1998.
6 November 1997. Ray Daniel died. In 1952-3 he played 41 league matches as Arsenal won the league under Tom Whittaker. However he then left for Sunderland after they offered him payments far in excess of the maximum wage that was allowed. Sadly Ray was tempted and succumbed. He never won a trophy again.
6 November 2002: Only 19,059 turn up for Arsenal v Sunderland. The figure is a reminder of just how quickly Arsenal moved from being a club which could still play to a half empty ground into a club in which every seat would be sold for every game in a 60,000 capacity stadium.
7 November 1896: Notts C 7 Arsenal 4. Only 3000 witnessed Arsenals biggest league aggregate game thus far. In fact this game was part of an amazing 11 league game sequence in which 76 goals were scored – fractionally under 7 per game. The run included the 0-8 defeat to Loughboro and two games in which Arsenal scored six.
7 November 1901: William Gooing signed from Chesterfield. He played 25 games this season and 94 league games in all before being sold to Northampton in the 1904/5 season.
7 November 1913: Hugh McDonald sold to Fulham – possibly because Henry Norris was a director of both clubs at the time (as the rules did not prohibit this, and Norris wasn’t the only “two club” man.) McDonald suffered from the effects of poison gas in the war, and after being a publican in the post-war period died from the after-effects of the gas in 1920.
7 November 1925: Final first team game for John (Jock) Robson against Man City – the shortest ever Arsenal keeper at 5 feet 8 inches. He played 101 times for Arsenal, including 9 games in Chapman’s first season in 1925/6,
7 November 1964: Geoff Strong sold to Liverpool for just £40,000 – a ludicrous transfer if ever there was one. He had scored 69 goals in 125 league games for Arsenal, and went on to become a legend at Liverpool where he is still remembered with much affection.
7 November 1970: Blackpool 0 Arsenal 1. This was League match 16 of the first Double season and Arsenal’s fourth consecutive win, but it still left Arsenal second, one point behind Leeds. Radford scored in a game that was part of a sequence of four consecutive scoring matches for the centre forward.
7 November 2003: Arsenal youth player Marcus Artry was imprisoned for nine years for sex attacks. He was never heard of again in football circles.
8 November 1913. Fulham 6 Arsenal 1. It was the final game for Matthew Thomson in what was easily the worst defeat for the club in the season. It was also the largest away crowd of the season for Arsenal – 35,000.
8 November 1924: Robert Turnbull, Arsenal’s record scorer of the era (with 20 goals in 35 league games in 1922/3, transferred to Charlton Athletic. In all he played 59 league games and scored 26 goals.
8 November 1927: Len Wills born. He first played for Eton Manor FC, an amateur club formed by well-to-do families to support young men and boys in the East End of London. Len joined Arsenal as an amateur from Eton Manor in March 1946, but had to leave the club in 1948 to do his National Service in the RAF. He then returned to Arsenal in October 1949
8 November 1930: Arsenal 5 Aston Villa 2. This was the first of nine games during the season where Arsenal score five or more. Bastin and Jack got two each and Lambert one.
8 November 1932: Gordon Nutt born. He played for, Sheldon, Coventry City, Royal Artillery National Service British Army XI (during his National Service) and Cardiff City, before joining Arsenal.
8 November 1980: Leeds United 0 Arsenal 5. It was the only league game in the season in which Arsenal scored more than three goals. Hollins (2), Gatting, Talbot, Sunderland got the goals.
8 November 1998: Anelka scored for the fifth game running in a 1-0 home victory over Everton. Arsenal won four and drew one of those five games.
8 November 1999: Arsenal 3 Real Madrid 1. Lee Dixon’s testimonial.
8 November 2003: Arsenal beat Tottenham 2-1 in the 11th league match of the Unbeaten season. The Observer in its review called it “another stuttering performance” from Arsenal.
8 November 2006: Arsenal beat Everton 0-1 away in league cup round 4 only to find their reward in the next round as away to Liverpool in January. But it turned out ok as in that game Song scored his first goal as Arsenal beat Liverpool 6-3.. Matt Poom made his Arsenal debut at half time and took on captaincy. It was his only Arsenal appearance and at the end of the season he moved to Watford.
8 November 2008: After losing 2-1 to Stoke, Arsenal beat Man U by the same score with Nasri scoring both goals.
9 November 1888: Chris Buckley born in Manchester – although the date is quoted in some sources as 1886. He played with Victoria Park, Manchester Ship Canal FC, Manchester City reserves, Xaverian Brothers College, WBA and Brighton and Hove Albion before starting his league career with Aston Villa with whom he won the first division title in 1910. He later became Aston Villa vice-chair.
9 November 1889: Arsenal beat West Kent 10-1 in Kent Senior Cup – the competition Arsenal had been expelled from in the previous season for refusing to play extra time after the opposition had arrived late for a match.
9 November 1896: In one of the early games between the two, Arsenal beat Tottenham 2-1 in the United League – a midweek league played using first team players among clubs in the south of the country.
9 November 1907: The first ever London derby in the first division ended Chelsea 2 Woolwich Arsenal 1, in front of 65,000 – the largest crowd Woolwich Arsenal had appeared in front of.
9 November 1925: William Harper joined from Hibs for £4000 – a world record fee for a keeper. He only stayed for a couple of seasons before going to the USA, but then did return for a second stint as Chapman continued his endless quest to find the perfect keeper.
9 November 1935: Arsenal drew 1-1 with Derby in front of 54,027 with Drake scoring the goal. Having scored 115 the season before it was becoming clear that Arsenal were not going to get anywhere near that total this season.
9 November 1938: Les Jones scored his only goal for Wales in his 11th and last appearance for the principality.
9 November 1946: First match for Wally Barnes – Preston 2 Arsenal 0. It was the last game in a series of eight games in which Arsenal won just one match. It was also the last match for David Nelson and the first for Cyril Grant
9 November 1965: Jimmy Carter born in Hammersmith. He spent two years at Palace, two at QPR, with no senior games. But then Millwall bought him for £15k and in four years he played over 100 games and was part of the team that gained their first ever promotion in 1988.
9 November 1970: Arsenal’s only home defeat all season: 0-2 to Crystal Palace in League Cup round 4 replay after a 0-0 away draw on 28 October.
9 November 1981: Stewart Robson signed pro forms for Arsenal. He went on to play 150 league games for Arsenal scoring 16 goals. He also played 126 games for West Ham and Coventry, and managed Southend for three matches, winning one and losing two of his games.
9 November 1997: In a game against Manchester Utd in a series in which Arsenal recorded only two wins in eight Anelka scored the first goal, as Arsenal won 3-2 after only one victory in five. Game 14 of the 2nd Double Season. The second double: part 1, part 2, part 3. The win over Man U was one of only two wins in eight.
9 November 2002: Arsenal beat Newcastle 1-0 to move one point behind Newcastle after two defeats in October. The Guardian said of Patrick Vieira: a “demonstration of tackling, control, awareness and movement that was exceptional even by his standards.”
9 November 2004: Only 27,791 turn up at Highbury for League Cup match v Everton.
9 November 2014: Swansea 2 Arsenal 1. Ten players (five from each side) were yellow carded during the game which Swansea won 2-1. The Arsenal cards went to Ramsey, Mertesacker, Chambers, Alexis and Gibbs. Alexis scored the Arsenal goal.
10 November 1888: Horton Kirby (South Darenth) 2 Royal Arsenal 6, in the Kent Senior Cup – it was Arsenal’s first year in the competition.
10 November 1948: Laurie Scott last appearance for England. He won 17 caps between 1947 and 1949
10 November 1951: Arsenal 6 WBA 3. Doug Lishman (3), Holton (2) and Logie were the scorers. With this result Arsenal had scored 16 goals in four league games.
10 November 1957: Racing Club de Paris 1 Arsenal 1, in the series initiated by Herbert Chapman. The series continued until 1962 when it was finally ended.
10 November 1958: Billy McCullough played his first Arsenal game – a friendly v Southampton.
10 November 1959: Peter Nicholas born. He had started out with Crystal Palace as a youth player, and was part of their second division title winning team in 1979.
10 November 1969: Jens Lehmann born. He played for Schalke, Milan and Borussia Dortmund before becoming the only player ever to play in every single top division game in one season without being on the losing side.
10 November 2014: Paul Merson unleashed a fierce attack on Arsène Wenger, claiming that Wenger had let the club down and should leave.
11 November 1930: Racing Club de Paris 2 Arsenal 7. This was the first in the series of games to honour and raise money for those who gave their lives in the first world war, each game played on or close to Armistice Day.
11 November 1935: Racing Club de Paris 2 Arsenal 2
11 November 1947: Racing Club de Paris 4 Arsenal 3
11 November 1958: John Devine born in Dublin. played for Arsenal from 1974 to 1983 at a time when the number of Irishmen associated with Arsenal was particularly high and included Liam Brady, David O’Leary and Frank Stapleton
11 November 1970: Gilles Grimandi born in Gap. He played for his home town club from 1988-91 and Monaco from 1991 to 1997 before playing his first Arsenal game on 9th August 1997 along with Overmars, and Petit.
11 November 1998: Arsenal Reserves 0 Chelsea 5, league cup fourth round. It was the last time that Arsenal charged full price for tickets and included the league cup in the season ticket cup allocation.
11 November 2000: John Lukic played against Derby C aged 39 years 336 days and became Arsenal’s oldest player of the post-war era.
11 November 2010: Szczesny signed a five year deal. He progressed to be the clear first choice keeper until early 2015 when a poor performance and disciplinary issues saw him replaced by David Ospina. In the summer of 2015 he went out on loan.
12 November 1894. David Howat’s benefit match against Roston Bourke’s XI. Bourke was a leading referee and who had his own team which played games like this. Arsenal won 6-2 and the game was attended by 1200 people.
12 November 1921: Arsenal 5 Birmingham 2. This was the first time Arsenal scored five in a league game in the post 1st World War era. It was also the only game of the season in which Arsenal scored more than three goals.
12 November 1932: Arsenal made it 11 wins, two draws and one defeat from the start of the season with a 1-0 win over Newcastle. This was also the first time the new West Stand was used by the paying public.
12 November 1963: Colin Hill born. He played first for Hillingdon Borough before joining Arsenal as a schoolboy in 1977, becoming an apprentice in 1980, and then on 31 July 1981 Colin Hill signed professional terms.
12 November 2005: Death of Joe Wade aged 84 After playing 91 games for Arsenal he left in 1956 he returned to Hereford (then in the Southern League) as player-manager, having played 91 league and cup games for Arsenal. At Hereford he picked up some notable cup victories against league sides and won the Southern League and Cup double. He left in 1962 to develop his sports shop business, but returned briefly in 1971 after John Charles left the club in 1971.
12 November 2007. The win at Reading included Arsenal’s 1,000th Premier League goal, scored by Adebayor. Flamini and Hleb got the other two in a 3-1 victory.
12 November 2012: Jenkinson signed a long term contract and subsequently went on loan to West Ham for 2014/15 and continued in 2015/16 to some considerable acclaim as a new settled defensive unit was forged by Arsene Wenger at Arsenal
13 November 1909: Sheffield W 1 Arsenal 1. It was the first Arsenal goal in three games in a run in which the club scored just five goals in eight games while conceding 22. Lawrence scored for Arsenal.
13 November 1920: Arsenal 2 Blackburn 0. A shortage of first team players meant that the club’s injured regular goalkeeper played at full back. White and Pagnum scored. The programme for the game spoke of no club ever having such an injury list as Arsenal.
13 November 1937: Arsenal 1 WBA 1 – Arsenal’s sixth without a win with just five goals scored in the last five games; somewhat unusual for a League winning season! Leslie Compton scored in front of 24,324.
13 November 2004: Tottenham 4 Arsenal 5. The highest scoring game between the two sides – although it was 1-1 at half time. Every goal was scored by a different player – and Tottenham actually took the lead at the start.
14 November 1886: “The Referee” newspaper published an advert by Eastern Wanderers asking for opponents. It almost certainly caused workers in the Dial Square factory to decide to create a team and offer to play them.
14 November1900: Arsenal lost to New Brompton in fourth replay of 3rd qualifying round FA Cup game. It was the longest run of Cup replays in Arsenal’s entire history.
14 November 1914: Arsenal scored six at Highbury for the first time beating Grimsby 6-0. Harry King got his first hat trick on his way to becoming top hat trick scorer for the club.
14 November 1925. Arsenal 6 Bury 1, a result that meant Arsenal had scored 15 in the last three games. (For more on Bury see here). Considering the club had only scored 46 goals in the entire 42 games of the previous season it was a remarkable turnaround.
14 November 1934: George Male and Eddie Hapgood made their international debuts at Highbury for England in England 3 Italy 2. George Allison did the radio commentary, Tom Whittaker was England’s physio, and seven Arsenal players were in the team.
14 November 1949. The tragically early death of Jimmy Dunne was recorded following a heart attack. After playing for Arsenal he played for Southampton, and then became successful club manager in Ireland.
14 November 1970: Arsenal 1 Crystal Palace 1. League match 17 of the first Double season. Radford scored for the fourth consecutive game, making it seven without defeat since the 0-5 defeat against Stoke.
14 November 2007: “Arsenal are my favourite team right now and I think they are the best performing team in the Premier League.” Pele
14 November 2009: Robin van Persie suffered ankle ligament damage during an international friendly. It was announced that he was expected to miss four to five months while recovering from ligament reconstruction surgery.
15 November 1924: First game for Dan Lewis: Everton 2 Arsenal 3. In a Fifa commentary on the change of rules to allow goals to be scored direct from corners it is suggested that this game was the first in which this then happened but there are several reasons to believe the history Fifa presents is not 100% accurate. James Howie Ramsay scored two of Arsenal’s goals
15 November 1950: Leslie Compton won his first full cap for England, having won 12 war time caps. He was the oldest player ever to win his first full cap – at the age of 38.
15 November 1951: Lionel Smith debut for England. In all he won six caps – the last being in 1953.
15 November 2000: Rhys Weston sold to Cardiff for £50,000. He only played once for Arsenal but went on to play 182 times for Cardiff, and later had a long spell with Walsall. He also won seven caps for Wales.
16 November 1952: Roddy McEachrane – the original “Mr Arsenal” died. He played under Bradshaw, Kelso and Morrell, the three key managers in the whole of the Woolwich Arsenal period, and his two final games place him on the wall of honour at the Emirates as one of the Arsenal elite
16 November 1962: Steve Bould born. He started out at his local club Stoke, went on loan to Torquay United during which time the manager was Bruce Rioch, who later had one season with Arsenal as manager. He then returned to Stoke and he moved to Arsenal in June 1988
16 November 1965: Arsenal v Brazil – part of the world champions’ warm up for the 1966 world cup in England. Jon Sammels scored in each half as Arsenal won 2-0.
16 November 1996: Man U 1 Arsenal 0. Arsène Wenger’s first defeat at the end of a ten match unbeaten run. After the game he said, “Obviously, the way we lost was difficult to accept, but I’m happy with the way we played. Our organisation was excellent, we kept fighting and I am very optimistic for the future.” The following season he won the Double.
16 November 2002: Arsenal beat Tottenham 3-0 to go back to top of the league. The game included the Premiership Goal of the Season by Henry. He took the ball from inside his own half, beat all of the Tottenham defence, beat them a second time, scored from about 2 miles out and ran all the way back to the other end. (Some of the details of this event may need checking).
16 November 2013: Having signed a five year contract Wojciech Szczesny signed a new long term-contract with Arsenal. However some poor performances in 2014/15 and allegations that he had been smoking led to him being replaced first by David Ospina and then by Petr Cech.
17 November 1902: Woolwich Arsenal 2 Tottenham 1. London League Premier Division. The result saw Arsenal firmly in place at the top of the league after five straight victories.
17 November 1961: Eddie Clamp signed from Wolverhampton for £34,500. He lasted for less than one season being transferred to Stoke in 1962 having played 22 league games and two FA Cup games.
17 November 1969: Arsenal beat Wimbledon 2-0 to win London Challenge Cup. Arsenal appeared in the final 16 times, winning the competition 11 times. This was Arsenal’s last appearance in the final.
17 November 1980: Pat Rice moved to Watford for £8000 after 391 league games six appearances as a sub and 12 goals. He also appeared in 130 cup games.
17 November 1984: Arsenal 1 QPR 0. Tony Adams started his first long series of games as Arsenal gained their first win in five attempts.
17 November 1990: The deduction of two points from Arsenal following the Man U game appeared in the league table for the first time.
17 November 1993: Ian Wright scored four goals for England in a World Cup match v San Marino.
17 November 2001: Tottenham 1 Arsenal 1. League match 12 of the third Double season. Pirès put Arsenal ahead on 81 minutes but Tottenham equalised in the fourth minute of injury time.
17 November 2004: George Curtis died. Having played for Arsenal, he went to Southampton in 1947 and gained the nickname “Twinkletoes”, and then moved to Valenciennes in France in August 1952. He later followed up his wartime Indian connections by coaching the Indian Olympic squad of 1948 before moving to be Chelmsford City’s player-coach, later coaching Sunderland, Brighton, Cambridge University, Hastings, Stevenage Town, Hull City, San Diego Toros, and Rosenborg in Norway, the Norwegian national team and finally in Qatar.
17 November 2009 Jay Emmanuel-Thomas loan to Blackpool ended. It was his first of three loans while at Arsenal, after which he played for Ipswich, Bristol City and QPR, for whom he scored three goals in his first six games in 2015.
17 November 2012: After defeat to Man U and home draw with Fulham, Arsenal beat Tottenham 5-2. The games came from Mertesacker, Podolski, Giroud, Cazorla and Walcott.
18 November 1893: Burton Swifts 6 Arsenal 2 – the first time 8 goals were scored in an Arsenal game.
18 November 1895: Andrew Neill born in Kilmarnock. He played for Kilmarnock, Galston, Stevenston United, and Brighton and Hove Albion before moving to Arsenal on March 13 1924.
18 November 1913: Robert Benson joined from Sheffield Utd. He played at left back through this and the final league season before the league was suspended, when he went to work at the Royal Arsenal. On 19 February 1916 he went to a wartime match between Arsenal and Reading at Highbury and when Joe Shaw did not make it to the game, Benson took his place, although he had not been playing or training for a year. He collapsed on the pitch in the second half and died in the changing rooms a little later of a burst blood vessel. He was just 33.
18 November 1920: Freddie Cox born in Reading. Aged 18 signed for second division Tottenham. He moved to Arsenal for £12,000 after the war in September 1949.
18 November 1931: Cliff Bastin England debut, the first of 21 England caps.
18 November 1934: Racing Club de Paris 0 Arsenal 3
18 November 1949: Death of James Sharp. He moved into coaching after finishing his playing career, first with Fulham and later with Walsall of the Third Division North, and the N Ireland (then amateur) side Cliftonville who claim to have founded football in Ireland in 1879. He died aged 69.
18 November 1954: Joe Toner died. After leaving Arsenal he moved to St Johnstone but a broken leg forced him out of the game. He then coached Coleraine in Northern Ireland for whom he did turn out once owing to injuries to other players. He also played hurling and Gaelic football for Castlewellan GAC.
18 November 1960: George Eastham signed from Newcastle for £47,500. Eastham made a breakthrough for players’ rights as great if not greater than that of Bosman by ending the awful “retain and transfer” system.
18 November 1961: Last league game for Jackie Henderson v Nottingham F. A powerful forward, his misfortune was to play in a declining Arsenal team. After 103 Arsenal league games he played for Fulham and later turned out for Poole Town in the Southern League.
18 November 1995: Tottenham 2 Arsenal 1 – during a period in which Arsenal won four games in 15. Bergkamp, in the second of a run of three consecutive games in which he got a goal.
18 November 2009: Eduardo signed a new “long-term” contract with Arsenal. He was really coming into his game at Arsenal when Martin Taylor’s wild and appalling tackle almost ended Eduardo’s career in 2008, but there were hopes he would recover his old form, but he ultimately was sold to Shakhtar Donetsk after just 41 league starts.
18 November 2011: Luke Freeman loaned to Stevenage. He never played for Arsenal but later signed for Stevenage and played 109 league games for them.
19 November 1886: The Kentish Mercury published a letter confirming there was a Steamboat crossing from Greenwich to Isle of Dogs, thus allowing us to confirm over 125 years later how the Dial Square players got to their first game.
19 November 1887: First ever game between Arsenal and Tottenham. Poor light stopped play with Tottenham leading 2-1 and about 15 minutes to go. It is alleged on some Tottenham sites that the problem was caused by Royal Arsenal players arriving late, but no supporting evidence is provided with these claims.
19 November 1892: George Davie’s last game as the result of an injury. He then sued Arsenal for his wages for the rest of the season, but lost, thus changing the way football contracts were written.
19 November 1897: Tom Parker born. He joined his local club playing his first season in the war leagues that carried on until 1919, then played with Southampton in the Southern League and then in the newly created third division.
19 November 1929 – Jack Kelsey was born in Llansamlet, near Swansea. Jack joined Arsenal in 1949 from Winch Wen – his only other club (playing in the Swansea and District League side).
19 November 1932: Aston Villa 5 Arsenal 3 Jack, Lambert and Bastin scored. It was part of a run in which Arsenal scored 40 goals in nine games, 12 of which came from Bastin.
19 November 1933: Racing Club de Paris 0 Arsenal 1
19 November 1958: Racing Club de Paris 0 Arsenal 1
19 November 1960: Jimmy Bloomfield sold to Birmingham City for £30,000. He spent four years there, played in a Fairs Cup final winning the league cup and scoring in the final. He later played for Brentford, West Ham, Plymouth Argyle and Leyton Orient, where he was player manager winning Division 3 in his second season.
19 November 2011: Having been 15th in the league (with Tottenham 17th) Arsenal scored their fifth win in a row with a 2-1 away with to Norwich, scoring 15 goals. They ended the season in 3rd; Tottenham came in fourth.
19 November 2012: Frimpong went on loan to Charlton; the second of three loans before moving on to Barnsley and then Ufa. Ufa was created by the President of the Republic of Bashkortostan, to represent the republic in the Russian league.
20 November 1909: A 2-2 draw concluded a terrible opening to the season with just two wins and three draws in the first 14 games. The result left Arsenal bottom of the 1st division, but with slightly better recent results than Tottenham and Bolton who were above them.
20 November 1920: Arsenal score 4 for first time after the 1st world war beating Huddersfield 4-0. Pagnam got two, within a run that gave him seven goals in four games.
20 November 1929: Dan Lewis won his final cap for Wales. He was one of seven first team goal keepers that Chapman bought, played and sold during his time at the club.
20 November 1931: Frank Moss signed from Oldham for £3000 Frank took over from Charlie Preedy and was nearly ever present for four years playing in the title winning teams of the “triple” years (1932/3, 1933/4, 1934/5).
20 November 1940: Tim Coleman died. He retired when football stopped at the end of the 1914-15 season but later played non-league for Tunbridge Wells Rangers. He finally retired as a player in 1921 and then worked as a coach and manager for Maidstone Utd., before moving to the Netherlands.
20 November 1954: Jimmy Logie’s final game, in Manchester Utd 2 Arsenal 1 in a sequence of eight league games without a win.
20 November 1968. Arsenal 1 Tottenham 0. League Cup Semi Final. John Radford scored, as he did in the return leg which was a 1-1 draw, taking Arsenal through to their second consecutive final in the competition.
20 November 1971: Arsenal’s habit of letting in five continued in 5-1 away defeat to Wolverhampton. It was Arsenal’s third successive defeat just six months after winning the Double.
20 November 1984: Justin Raymond Hoyte born. He joined Arsenal in 1993, and went on to play 34 games for the club before later making his name with Middlesbrough. In 2015 he finally dropped out of the league and joined Dagenham and Redbridge.
20 November 1991: Pål Lydersen joined Arsenal from I K Start for £500,000. He played 16 games for Arsenal and made 20 appearances for Norway before returning to IK Start. He ended his career in 2000 playing for Molde FK, in Norway.
20 November 1999: Arsenal beat Middlesbrough 5-1. Overmars got three and Berkgamp two, to make it four wins and a draw in the last five. In the next match, Thierry Henry scored for Arsenal for the first time.
20 November 2009: Wojciech Szczęsny loaned to Brentford. He played 28 times for Brentford before returning to Arsenal.
20 November 2010: Arsenal lost 2-3 to Tottenham (Nasri and Chamakh scoring) making it two home defeats out of two in the month. However away from home Arsenal won three in a row.
21 November 1888: Despite the first League season being underway since 8 September, the notion of two points for a win, one for a draw, as a way of working out who stood where in the table, was not agreed until this date! Before then, no one really knew who stood where in the League.
21 November 1914: League debut for Billy Blyth v Huddersfield, Arsenal losing 0-3. During the month Arsenal won 6-0 and 3-0, lost 0-3 twice, and drew 1-1.
21 November 1931: League debut for Frank Moss in a 1-2 away defeat to Chelsea. This game was part of a series of nine games in which David Jack scored 13 goals, including at least one in every match
21 November 1945: Arsenal 3 Dynamo Moscow 4 – Stanley Matthews and other guests players turned out for Arsenal in this friendly played in such thick fog that no one really knew what was happening. 54.620 had to wait for the next day’s papers to hear that the Soviet team had won 3-4.
21 November 1955: Rangers 0 Arsenal 2 first appearance of Stan Charlton. It was a series that started through the work of Chapman due to his friendship with Bill Struth of Rangers. Struth had been at Rangers longer than Chapman and had watched Arsenal grow from being relegation fodder into the dominant side.
21 November 1970: Ipswich Town 0 Arsenal 1. League match 18 of the first Double season. Arsenal were now four points behind Leeds but with a game in hand. Jon Sammels playing his first game became the 16th and last player to be used by Arsenal – the lowest number ever for a season equalling the 1968/9 record
21 November 1962: Alan Smith born. He won the league as Arsenal’s centre forward in 1989 (scoring the first goal of the final game against Liverpool) and 1991.
21 November 1987: Arsenal 0 Southampton 1. The first of a run of 11 league games in which Arsenal won 1, drew four and lost six. Only once in the 11 did Arsenal score more than one goal.
21 November 1992: Leeds 3 Arsenal 0 – the first of four consecutive league defeats, and the start of an eight match sequence without a victory during which Arsenal scored just two goals. Allan Miller was the first Arsenal keeper to come on as a sub.
21 November 1995: Arsenal got one of only four wins in 15 matches during a dreadful mid-season run beating Sheffield W 4-2. This was the second and final time Arsenal scored more than three in a match in the season – both games ending 4-2.
21 November 1998: Arsenal lost 1-0 away to Wimbledon. It is part of a run of five without a win for the champions and part of a sequence of just one goal in four.
21 November 2006: A 3-1 defeat of Hamburg left Arsenal only needing to avoid defeat in final match to win their Champions League group
21 November 2007: An asteroid that circles the sun between Mars and Jupiter once every 4.23 years was renamed Arsène Wenger by the International Astronomical Union. It was previously known by the slightly less memorable name of 33179
21 November 2008: The BBC reported that William Gallas had his captaincy of Arsenal removed following a verbal outburst against other players. Almunia was given the captaincy for the next match.
21 November 2012: Arsenal secured their place in the next round of the Champions League with a 2-0 win over Montpellier.
22 November 1895: Charles Ambler joined Arsenal from Tottenham. It was his second stint with Arsenal (having also played for Royal Arsenal), but he only managed one league game in his second spell.
22 November 1899: Alexander “Sandy” Main signed from Hibs. The move to Arsenal was his fifth transfer during 1899 but he then stayed til 1902/3, playing 63 league games including the 12-0 win over Loughboro, in which he scored twice.
22 November 1913: Last senior game for Roddy McEachrane. He ended his career on with a 1-0 home win (at Highbury) against Birmingham in front of 25,000. Both his first and last games were Division II games, but in between he played in the promotion season that took Arsenal to Division I for the first time, and the two cup semi-finals again The Wednesday and Newcastle.
22 November 1913: Last senior game for Joseph Fidler as Arsenal beat Birmingham 1-0. His final appearance in football was the 1914/15 season when he played for Port Vale. A further brief note on an internet site says that he fought in the first world war with the Middlesex Regiment.
22 November 1919: The programme for Arsenal versus Notts County has the club name as “The Arsenal”, for the last time. The Arsenal won 3-1.
22 November 1924: Sidney Hoar purchased from Luton for £3000 in the era of “no transfer over “£1000″! Thus revealing another misleading assertions in the Knighton autobiography.
22 November 1930: Arsenal 5 Middlesbrough 3. The second of three games in which Arsenal scored five in four matches. Lambert got three and Bastin two.
22 November 1947: Arsenal 2 Huddersfield Town 0. The 17th match unbeaten at the start of Tom Whittaker’s reign. The win meant Arsenal had won 12 and drawn five of the games so far. Rooke and Logie scored the goals.
22 November 1962: Raphael Meade born. He started his career at Arsenal as a schoolboy in 1977, and turning professional in 1980. He was the leading scorer for Arsenal’s London Combination side for two seasons and made his league debut in 1981.
22 November 1963: James Furnell signed by Billy Wright from second division Liverpool for around £15,000 or £16,000. Wright spoke about getting up a 5am to secure the deal, and needing Furnell to help Arsenal win the league
22 November 1977: Arsenal 1 Tottenham 3, Pat Rice Testimonial
22 November 1986: League Debut of Paul Merson. Arsenal 3 Man City 0. Manchester City were related at the end of the season, the last season before Wenger when Tottenham finished above Arsenal (4th to 3rd by one point).
22 November 1997: Sheffield Wednesday 2 Arsenal 0. Game 15 of the 2nd Double Season. The second double: part 1, part 2, part 3. It meant Arsenal had won just one game in five – and lost the next game as well.
22 November 1989: Arsenal lost 1-3 away to Oldham in league cup, having just won three consecutive league games. Niall Quinn scored the goal.
22 November 2000: Spartak Moscow 4 Arsenal 1; but despite the defeat Arsenal still eventually went through to the knockout stage.
22 November 2003: Birmingham 0 Arsenal 3. The 13th league match of the unbeaten season – a new Premier League unbeaten record. Ljunberg, Bergkamp and Pires scored. Arsenal had won ten and drawn three.
22 November 2005: Arsenal beat Thun 0-1 in Bern to win the group stages with a game spare.
22 November 2010: Henri Lansbury went on loan to Norwich City. He played 23 games for the club and scored four, and followed in with one final loan, to West Ham, before settling permanently at Nottingham Forest.
22 November 2010: Following irate comments after a defeat to Tottenham, the History Society looked back at other “disasters” – showing that a number of poor results can precede spectacular success.
22 November 2011: Chuks Aneke loan to Stevenage for whom he played six games. He never played for Arsenal but played 82 loan games for three different clubs before his final transfer away to Zulte Waregem in 2014.
22 November 2014. Arsenal 1 Man U 2. The press made much of Arsenal’s “poor start” to the season of four wins, three defeats and five draws thus far as Arsenal’s position of 8th in the league was (quite wrongly) called the club’s worst start for 30 years.
23 November 1889: Royal Arsenal 4 Foxes 1 in London Senior Cup; en route to the final.
23 November 1896: Kettering v Arsenal in the United League. This was the game in which Joseph Powell was injured and subsequently died of tetanus aged 23. He was Woolwich Arsenal’s first captain.
23 November 1919: Jimmy Logie born. Jimmy first played for Scottish junior side Lochore Welfare, who are still playing (home crowds are around 200 or so). He signed for Arsenal just before the outbreak of the second world war, and then served in the Royal Navy playing occasional wartime matches for Southampton, Grimsby, Dunfermline and even one or two for Arsenal when on leave and at the end of the war.
23 November 1929: George Male joined Arsenal. His first attempt at senior football was a trial with West Ham, who amazingly (in the light of what happened later) turned him down, thus ensuring that his first club was Clapton.
23 November 1935: Steve Burtenshaw born. He was Arsenal caretaker manager between March and May 1986 following the resignation of Don Howe amidst rumours that he (Don) would be replaced. Steve was himself replaced by George Graham. His record as a manager of Arsenal was a win rate of 27.27% winning 3, losing 6 and drawing 2.
23 November 1937: Jim Furnell born in Lancashire. He moved to Arsenal £15,000 or £16,000 (depending on the source you read) on November 22 1963, signed by Billy Wright.
23 November 1938: John Macleod born in Edinburgh. He joined Hibernian the club he supported as a school boy. playing first for Edinburgh Thistle, the feeder team of Hibs. Then he went with Joe Baker to Armadale Thistle for what Scottish clubs like to call “toughening up”
23 November 1959: Arsenal 4 Leicester 2 in Southern Floodlight Challenge Cup. Arsenal had also won the cup the previous season.
23 November 1963: Jim Furnell’s first game (on his birthday) – a 5-3 win against Blackpool. He moved to Arsenal for about £15,000 the previous day. Strong (2), Barnwell, Brown and Eastham scored.
23 November 1976: Pat Jennings Testimonial. Tottenham 3 Arsenal 2. He played 472 games for Tottenham and 327 games for Arsenal.
23 November 1985: Last game for Chris Whyte, first game for Martin Keown. WBA 0 Arsenal 0. Chris Whyte played 90 league games for Arsenal before moving onto the American indoor league.
23 November 2002: Arsenal lost 3–2 to Southampton, conceding three for the first time since May 2001. Bergkamp and Pires scored but Campbell was sent off after which Southampton quickly scored two.
23 November 2010: Arsenal lost 2-0 away to Braga of Portugal in one of the most notoriously odd referee displays of all time – so odd that even the press mentioned it.
23 November 2011: Arsenal qualified for the Champions League knockout stages with a 2-1 win against Borrusia Dortmund. Van Persie got both goals.
23 November 2011: Sanchez Watt went to Sheffield Wednesday on loan. It was the fourth of six loan spells before he signed permanently for Colchester. He never played for Arsenal in the league.
23 November 1994: Ian Wright scored against Leicester making it 12 games in a row in which he has scored. Unfortunately Arsenal only won four of those 12, and neither of the next two, ending the season in 12th.
24 November 1888: Arsenal 4 Dulwich 2 in London Senior Cup. Royal Arsenal’s first team made it to the semi-final, in this season and won the competition in 1891.
24 November 1895: Billy Milne born in Buckie. He played before and after the first world war for Buckie Thistle, and during the war served his country with great honour with the Seaforth Highlanders in France, for which he won the Distinguished Conduct Medal in 1918.
24 November 1903: Edward Anderson signed from St Mirren. He made his debut away to STockport on 1 January 1904 but played just one more game after that before moving to Fulham in 1904
24 November 1923: Tottenham 3 Arsenal 0 – the signs for manager Leslie Knighton were not good. Although Arsenal won the FA Challenge Cup, they finished 19th in the league and went out of the FA Cup in the second round; a state of affairs not even mentioned in his subsequent self-serving autobiography that attacked Sir Henry Norris.
24 November 1951 Arsenal 4 Bolton 2. Doug Lishman’s third consecutive home hat trick – an all time record. Arsenal scored 14 goals in those three home games.
24 November 1996: Arsenal 3 Tottenham 1. Arsène Wenger’s first derby. Arsenal had not beaten Tottenham in over 3 years and Tottenham were unbeaten at Highbury since Sept 1991. When Lukic threw the ball out after an injury Tottenham failed to return it and scored as Arsenal looked on. Wright, Adams and Bergkamp set things right.
24 November 2004: PSV Eindhoven 1 Arsenal 1. Arsenal’s fourth draw in a row in the group.
24 November 2007: Victory over Wigan left Arsenal 3 points clear at top of league and undefeated after 13 games. Gallas and Rosicky scored but the run only lasted two more league games.
24 November 2008: Arsène Wenger announced that Cesc Fàbregas was the new permanent Arsenal captain, following the dismissal of William Gallas who had fallen out with the squad.
24 November 2009: Rhys Murphy loaned to Brentford where he played five games before going on loan to Preston, after which he transferred to Telstar in the Netherlands.
24 November 2009: Alex Song signed a new contract to last to 2014. However after reported disagreements with the management he was sold to Barcelona after 2012, and after two years they loaned him for two seasons to West Ham and then went to Rubin Kazan.
25 November 1922: Last game for Arthur Hutchins – a 2-3 home defeat to Sunderland. He moved on to Charlton of Division 3 South on a free transfer in July 1923, having played 108 games in total and scoring one goal. He stayed with Charlton for three seasons and then retired for football, but we have no details of his later life.
25 November 1951: Willie Young born. He started out with Aberdeen, before going to Tottenham. From there he moved on to Arsenal. His first game for Arsenal was on 5 March 1977
25 November 1972: Derby 5 Arsenal 0. Arsenal had lost by the same score to Stoke City in the previous Double winning season, and did it again in 1973/4 losing 0-5 to Sheffield Utd.
25 November 1980: Arsenal 0 Celtic 0, Sammy Nelson’s testimonial, Raphael Meade and Chris Whyte made their debuts.
25 November 1984: An injury to Pat Jennings heralded a decline in Arsenal’s fortune after a table topping start. It turned out to be Jennings last game as Arsenal lost 2-1 to Sheffield Wednesday.
25 November 1994: Paul Merson admitted to multiple addictions. Arsenal continued to pay him although he left football to address his issues not returning until 1 February 1995. His honesty and bravery in facing the media earned him significant acclaim.
25 November 1998: 73,707 attend the home defeat 0-1 to Lens at Wembley
25 November 1999: Arsenal 3 Nantes 0 in the Uefa Cup, en route to the final. Overmars, Winterburn and Bergkamp scored – the return match ended 3-3 with Overmars once again scoring in Europe.
25 November 2001: Arsenal 3 Man U 1. The game is best remembered for the errors by Man U goalkeeper Barthez. League match 13 of the third Double season. Ljungberg equalised an early Man U strike and Henry tormented Barthez with two in the last ten minutes of the match.
25 November 2003: Internazionale 1 Arsenal 5 in the Champions League. Henry (2) Ljungberg, Edu, Pires each scored in one of the most memorable of Arsenal nights in Europe.
25 November 2008: Arsenal beat Dinamo Kiev to secure passage to the knock out stages of the Champions League.
25 November 2009: Death of Mike Tiddy. In later life after Arsenal he worked with his local football clubs in Cornwall, was a Methodist lay preacher, and also was also very active on his local council.
25 November 2010: Aaron Ramsey was sent on loan to Nottingham Forest for his recovery after his horrific injury. The deal lasted until 3 January 2011
26 November 1955: Doug Lishman final senior game, a 0-1 home defeat to Burnley. He joined Nottm Forest and scored a hat-trick in the match that got Nottingham Forest promoted in 1956/7, but retired in the summer of 1957 to join his father-in law in a furniture retail business in Stoke on Trent,
26 November 1958: Danny Clapton only appearance for England
26 November 1983: Final game for Lee Chapman after just 28 games, a 0-3 away defeat to Leicester. Fortunately Tony Woodcock found his goalscoring form and get 21 goals in 37 games to help haul Arsenal up to 6th. It was also the last game for Alan Sunderland
26 November 1994: Final game for Jimmy Carter. He managed only 25 games and two goals with Arsenal and did not play in any of the Cup finals. After the fall of Graham, Rioch loaned him to Oxford, before going to Portsmouth and then back to Millwall in 1998 where an injury curtailed his career.
26 November 1995: A 0-0 draw with Blackburn during the period of decline under Rioch. It was the start of a period of one win in eight, during which Arsenal only scored eight and managed to have a 1-3 home defeat by Wimbledon.
26 November 2005: Henry scores 100th goal at Highbury against Blackburn. His goal came on half time with Fabregas and van Persie also scoring in a 3-0 win. It was Arsenal’s third successive win and made it five unbeaten, but sadly the run was not to continue.
27 November 1877: Leigh Roose, one of the most famous players of the age, and at Arsenal player at the end of his career, was born. He was educated in Wrexham where it is said, in the course of one football match, Roose’s brother Edward kicked H.G. Wells, then a teacher at the school, so hard in the back that he ruptured the author’s kidney. Leigh was the player who was singled out from Arsenal’s first world war heros at the Remembrance Ceremony before the Arsenal Tottenham game in November 2016.
27 November 1909. Bury 1 Woolwich Arsenal 2. After just two wins in the first 14 Arsenal were bottom of the league. With this and two subsequent wins the club rose to 15th after the 11 December game, leaving Bolton and Tottenham stranded.
27 November 1938: Racing Club de Paris 1 Arsenal 1. The landing of the planes going to France for the Remembrance match was affected by fog and the two planes carrying the Arsenal players missed each other and one went on to miss a hanger by a matter of feet.
27 November 1972: Henry White (known as “Bert”) died. After playing 101 league games for Arsenal scoring 40 goals, between 1919 and 1923, and being a member of the London Challenge Cup winning side of 1922, he moved on to Blackpool, and also played first class cricket for Warwickshire. See also this second article.
27 November 1984: Martin Hayes first game – a friendly v Australia at Highbury. He had joined Arsenal as an apprentice in June 1982. .
27 November 1996: Arsenal 2 Liverpool 4 (League cup round 4). In three league cup games Arsenal scored eight goals, of which five were scored by Ian Wright.
27 November 2000: Sebastian Svard bought in from Kjobenhavns Boklklub. He did not play a league game for Arsenal but won the Youth Cup and after a series of loans went on to play for Borussia Mönchengladbach.
27 November 2001: Only 16,917 turn up for Arsenal v Grimsby in the league cup, although 3rd division Grimsby had just knocked out Liverpool. Edu and Wiltord scored. This crowd influenced the decision to offer League Cup games for £10 (lower) and £20 (upper) at the Ems.
27 November 2002: Roma 1 Arsenal 3, Henry’s first European hat trick.
27 November 2007: Arsenal lost 3-1 to Seville and thus ended a 28 games unbeaten sequence.
28 November 1895: Sidney Hoar born in Bedfordshire. He was signed by Leslie Knighton for Arsenal even though Knighton claimed in his autobiography that he was forbidden from signing players at the time and had no funds so to do.
28 November 1925: Arsenal 2 Sunderland 0. Arsenal 5th consecutive win – a sequence which included 10 goals in those five games for Jimmy Brain who scored 34 goals in 41 games in total in the season. The sequence also included five goals from Charlie Buchan.
28 November 1927: Alf Baker’s only international appearance. Rather unusually Arsenal did not have to play on this day. England lost 1-2 to Wales at Burnley. England ended the home championship bottom of the table with no points, while Wales came top, winning two and drawing the third game.
28 November 1931: Arsenal 6 Liverpool 0 – Division 1. Jack 2 Lambert 3 Hulme 1. It was the start of a four match unbeaten run in which Arsenal scored 14 goals.
28 November 1934: Another rare outing for Norman Sidey in Arsenal 4 Manchester City 0 played at Highbury in front of 10,888. Arsenal won the Charity Shield for the second year running
28 November 1937: Racing Club de Paris 0 Arsenal 2
28 November 1951: Arthur Milton’s only international appearance at football. He played six test matches for England at cricket. Only 12 men played for England at both cricket and football (excluding wartime games). Three of them Andy Ducat, Wally Hardinge, Arthur Milton, were Arsenal men.
28 November 1956: John Barnwell became a professional with Arsenal. After playing as an amateur for Bishop Auckland he moved to Arsenal in 1955 turned pro in 1956 and started playing for the first team in the match against Sunderland on 13 April 1957.
28 November 1962: Arsenal 12 Ford United 0 in FA Youth Cup. Ford United were an early incarnation of the club now known as Redbridge FC. Ford played in the Aetolian League which they won twice, but by 1995 the club was in serious financial difficulty, until Sky Sports was signed up as a sponsor thus rescuing the club.
28 November 1964: Last game for John Snedden. He joined Charlton Athletic for £150,000 in March 1965 and towards the end of his career went to South Africa.
28 November 1970: Arsenal 2 Liverpool 0. League match 19 of the first Double season. Graham and Radford scored.
28 November 1990: Arsenal 2 Man U 6. League Cup. It was an extraordinary game. Arsenal were unbeaten in the league, second in the table and 12 points ahead of Man U in 7th. Man U had only won two of their last six in the league, but as Man U took the league, Arsenal seemed to say, “we’ll give you that; we’ll have the league”.
28 November 1999: Henry scored two goals in one game for the first time in a match that ended Arsenal 2 Derby 1. It meant Arsenal had won all three of their November league games and were unbeaten in six.
28 November 2012: The month ended with 1-1 draw to Everton making it 3 draws 1 win and 1 defeat in the month.
29th November 1890 Jimmy Charteris had his leg broken in two places in a scratch match played in frost and snow and consequently never played again highlighting the awful consequences of playing during a singularly bleak winter
29 November 1893: James Boyle signed from Celtic and played his first game against Vale of Leven on 24 January 1891. He also won a cup medal when he played in the Glasgow Cup Final in 1891, Celtic’s first major honour. He seems to have been one of the many engineers who travelled south looking for work at the Woolwich factories.
29 November 1896: Joseph Powell died after breaking his arm in a match at Kettering, as a result of tetanus and blood poisoning. After his death Arsenal played a friendly against Aston Villa on 7 December 1896. The proceeds of the match, £137 8s 6d (about £12000 in today’s money) were given to his widow who was pregnant with their second child.
29 November 1902: On this day Arsenal organised an archery comptiton and raised about £1,200. To put his into perspective, the total income from the 1901-02 season was £5600 largely because the board sold set about 80,000 at 6d each. The police advised the club that they were organising a lottery, which was illegal, and Arsenal’s manager, Harry Bradshaw, was charged, found guilty, and fined £5. Woolwich Arsenal, though kept the proceeds from the “tournament”.
29 November 1899: Alexander Main début in friendly v Eastbourne. Having played for four Scottish clubs in the previous season he travelled south and signed for Woolwich Arsenal. His first league game was 25 December 1899 away to Lincoln.
29 November 1913: First appearance for Robert Benson. He had played 19 times for Southampton before leaving to move to Sheffield United (then in the First Division) for a fee once again of £150 and played for them 283 times before joining Arsenal.
29 November 1924: First appearance by Sidney Hoar away to Cardiff – a 1-1 draw. Arsenal were a comfortable 11th in the league after this game, but a disastrous second half of the season saw them only just miss relegation.
29 November 1930: Chelsea 1 Arsenal 5 The third game in four that Arsenal score five. Across these four games the scorers included Lambert (7), Jack (5), Bastin (4).
29 November 1946: First appearance for Joe Mercer. Everton, his previous club, did all they could to stop him going back to say goodbye to friends at the club, even though the player continued to live in the north west and just go to Arsenal for games!
29 November 1947: After 17 games without a defeat Arsenal lost 0-1 to Derby. Despite the result Arsenal were still five points clear at the top of the league.
29 November 1967: Colin Addison sold to Sheffield Utd. He later became a manager, working with Hereford, Durban City, Notts County, Newport County, Al-Ahli, Celta Vigo, WBA, Athletico Madrid, Cadiz, Hereford Utd, Al Arabi, Badajoz, Merthyr Tydfil, Scarborough, Yeovil Town, Swansea City, Forest Green Rovers, and Barry Town
29 November 1983: Arsenal lost to Walsall 1-2. Ian Allinson made his debut after moving from Colchester United in October. Alan Sunderland made his final appearance before moving to Ipswich Town in February 1984. The defeat was effectively the last straw in Terry Neill’s managerial reign.
29 November 1998: “Perhaps we gave our fans too much by winning the Double. Once you’ve eaten caviar, it is difficult to go back to sausages.” Arsène Wenger.
29 November 2006 After a fine September/October which included five consecutive wins, the 2-1 defeat to Fulham makes it 1 win, 2 draws and 3 defeats in last six , after which the AAA declare Song was not fit to wear the shirt
29 November 2009: Arsenal lost 0-3 at home to Chelsea, having lost 0-1 to Sunderland the previous week. Curiously the next two defeats were in consecutive matches in January, and then it happened for the fourth time – two consecutive defeats in April.
29 November 2011: Arsenal went out of league cup 0-1 to Man City. Arsenal played Man C three times in the season, all ended 1-0, twice to Man C and once to Arsenal.
30 November 1889: Arsenal 13 Ordnance Store Corps 1, on way to first trophy: the Kent Junior Cup.
30 November 1893: James Boyle début in friendly v London Caledonians. It is said in some references that he left Celtic and joined Clyde in 1893 after making just nine appearances but later that year he moved south. But at this point there are contradictions in the account of his career, Arsenal saying he came straight from Celtic in November 1893
30 November 1895: Charles Ambler made his one and only appearance for Arsenal in the league, despite having two spells with the club. He had returned for his second period on 22 November, transferring from Tottenham, and on 30th played in the league match against Newton Heath.
30 November 1903: Woolwich Arsenal 4 The Army 0.
30 November 1910: Thomas Winship sold to Wallsend Park Villa, before returning slightly later, almost certainly on loan. Arsenal appear to have retained his registration, and the matter was not fully settled until 1925.
30 November 1912: Final appearance of Alf Common in a 0-1 defeat to Blackburn. It meant Arsenal had scored one in the last five. In fact the run went on and indeed Arsenal scored only two goals in nine games.
30 November 1932: Arsenal 3 Racing Club de Paris 0
30 November 1944: George Graham born, the youngest of seven children from a poor Coatbridge family. His father died on Christmas Day that year from TB, as did his eldest sister in 1951.
30 November 1946: Joe Mercer debut v Bolton, a 2-2 draw. The result made it six games without a win.
30 November 1965: Arsenal 3 Moscow Dynamo 0 in a friendly game.
30 November 1983 Niall Quinn joined Arsenal from school. He had played Gaelic football, and hurling, including taking a one-month tour of Australia
30 November 1994: Vince Bartram first appearance (as sub keeper) v Sheffield W in league cup. Arsenal won 2-0 to reach the 5th round. Morrow and Wright got the goals.
30 November 1997: Arsenal 0 Liverpool 1 left Arsenal with only two wins in eight league games. This was the fifth game in six in consecutive matches in which Arsenal failed to score – which didn’t make it seem like league game 16 of the 2nd Double Season. The second double: part 1, part 2, part 3.
30 November 2003 Arsenal 0 Fulham 0 – the first failure to score in 46 consecutive matches at Highbury. The 14th league match of the unbeaten season, and the start of a period in which Arsenal drew three games in four.
- And for contemporary events: Untold Arsenal
The anniversaries file aims to be the biggest database of Arsenal events ever produced. However in trying to build it I always openly acknowledge that some of the details recorded here will be wrong, and facts will be inaccurate and will need correcting, not least because information may be taken from inaccurate sources, or (in my specialist way) I may have made copying and typing errors. So far over 200 people have contributed to the articles that make up the anniversary files, and if you can help us improve the data, please do either comment on an article (and I’ll correct the file itself), or write a new article for us. A correction and a citation of sources would be good however, rather than just saying “you’re wrong”. A special mention as always must go to Andy Kelly and Mark Andrews, who have done so much to aid the development of this site by adding so much original research. But whether you can add original research or corrections with the right data, or articles on people we have not yet covered, that will be very welcome indeed.
The dates in this file are being added to all the time, and come from a whole variety of sources including the internet and a variety of printed volumes. If you notice an error please write to Tony.Attwood@aisa.org – ideally with a correction. (Just telling me I am wrong, without giving a clue to either the right information or how you know I am wrong, is not quite as helpful as it might be).
I would particularly like to mention Richard Lerman and David Brown, and their wonderful (but now tragically out of print) volume “The Gunners: Day to Day Life at Highbury”, which is a mine of information. Also thanks of course to Andy Kelly, who has not only supplied dates and information, but who was involved in the “Day to Day Life” volume, and quite rightly is acknowledged therein. Also to Arsenal Football Club whose own On This Day appears on www.arsenal.com And “Arsenal On This Day” by Paul Donnelley (Pitch Publishing). Also where would any of us be without “Arsenal a complete record” by Fred Ollier (Breedon Books), and “Arsenal the football facts” by Dean Hayes (John Blake). If I have missed another sourcebook, please do let me know and I will correct this at once.
If you know of any anniversary dates not yet listed, please do write in and add them. Not only are new dates being added at the rate of about half a dozen a day, but so are links being added to articles on this site. It is intended to produce a book based on this site in due course – but the date gets put back as I find more and more info.