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Arsenal anniversaries on 2 August – from the burial of Sir Henry Norris to beating Chelsea in the Community Shield.

By Tony Attwood

Arsenal anniversaries on 2 August – from the burial of Sir Henry Norris to beating Chelsea in the Community Shield.

2 August 1934: Lt Col Sir Henry Norris, the man who rescued the club from bankruptcy, paid for Highbury, brought in Herbert Chapman and created the modern Arsenal was laid to rest in the cemetery at East Sheen.

2 August 1951: Arsenal beat Northern Polytechnic at cricket.  George Swindin, the goalkeeper who was to become manager, took nine wickets.

2 August 1956 Tony Biggs signed as a professional with Arsenal..  He played his first of four games for the club in April 1958, but was transferred to Leyton Orient in December of that year.

2 August 1999: Davor Šuker arrived from Real Madrid for £3.5m; Nic Anelka sold to Real Madrid for around £25m.  Davor Šuker scored two in his first game, but it took eight games for another summer arrival (Henry) to score.

2 August 2003: Arsenal drew with Celtic 1-1 away.  The BBC report of the game said, “Arsenal also had an unfamiliar face in goal, new signing Jens Lehmann”.

2 August 2006: Kevin Campbell moved from WBA to Cardiff City.  It was the final move of the player who made 166 league appearances for Arsenal.  He later ran a security firm, was involved in the music industry, and commentated on football.

2 August 2011: Jamie Edge sold to WBA.  Although spoken of as being supremely talented he never once played for Arsenal or WBA and during 2013/14 was registered with five separate non-league clubs.

2 August 2013: Chuks Aneke signed for Crewe on loan for the second successive season.  He played 70 league games and scored 20 goals over the two seasons.

2 August 2014: Arsenal played Benfica in the Emirates Cup including Sanogo who scored his first four Arsenal goals, Héctor Bellerín and Joel Campbell.  16 months later Sanogo’s Arsenal career seemed stalled while Bellerin and Campbell were first team regulars.

2 August 2015: Arsenal won the Charity/Community Shield for the 14th time by beating Chelsea 1-0, with a goal from Alex Oxlade Chamberlain.  


“Begin at the beginning and go on til you come to the end, and then stop.”

Alice in Wonderland.  Published on this day in 1865



 

The current series being developed on this site is Henry Norris at the Arsenal.

Covering all aspects off the life and work of the man who rescued Arsenal from extinction, secured the club’s future by moving it to Highbury, and then brought in Herbert Chapman as manager.

The most recent article is How Henry Norris secured Highbury for Arsenal in 1913.

The previously untold tale of how it was that Norris came to choose Highbury as the suitable location for Arsenal’s new ground.

The series is being worked on daily, and the articles thus far are here.

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