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War declared, Arsenal’s founder dies, and 1 player pays for the training centre. Arsenal anniversaries 4 August

These are the anniversaries we have listed for 4 August.  If you know any more, or have any corrections please do let us know.

Details of the whole list of 5000 Arsenal anniversaries and other activities undertaken by the Arsenal History Society are at the end of the piece…


 

4 August 1914: The UK declared war on Germany. The FA took no action but finally met on 1 September and agreed football should continue for the 1914-15 season.

4 August 1938: George Allison broke the UK transfer record signing Bryn Jones from Wolverhampton for £14,000.  Sadly the publicity this brought seemed to play on Bryn Jones’ mind and he never reached the heights expected.  See also here.

4 August 1948: Death of David Danskin.  Although oft reported as a founding father of Arsenal he was at the club only a short while and although he stood for election to the Committee in 1892 he was not elected.

4 August 1971: Arsenal 6 Benfica 1.  The ref then reported Benfica for the behaviour of the entire team after he was attacked by several Benfica players.

4 August 1978: Luis Boa Morte born in Lisbon.  He signed for Arsenal on 25 June 1997 and went on to make six league starts but appeared 19 times as a sub before moving on to Southampton in 1999.

4 August 1984.  Celtic 3 Arsenal 2.  Debut for Viv Anderson.  Charlie Nicholas was endlessly jeered by Celtic fans, and ended up scoring for Arsenal.  Ian Allinson got the other.

4 August 1985: Tottenham 1 Arsenal 1.  Glenn Hoddle testimonial.  Stuart Robson scored.

4 August 1997: Norwich 2 Arsenal 6 in the final friendly prior to the start of the 2nd Double Season.   Wright got a hattrick, Grimandi two and Bergkamp one.  Arsenal had won 6 and lost one of the pre-season games.  The second double: part 1, part 2, part 3.

4 August 1999: Nic Anelka transferred to Real Madrid for £23,500,000 – a profit of £23m which it is said, paid for the new training complex that Mr Wenger wanted built.  Also quoted as 2 August in some reports.

4 August 2003: Gaël Clichy arrived from Cannes apparently after Arsène Wenger travelled to his home town and spent time convincing Clichy’s parents of potential.

4 August 2011: Samuel Galindo loaned to Gimnàstic de Tarragona.  Although signed in 2010 he went out on a series of seemingly increasingly unsuccessful loans, with long spells of not playing club football, but twice playing for his country.

4 August 2013: Arsenal lost to Galatasaray in the Emirates Cup.  BT Sport make much of their inability to do the maths to work out who wins the trophy, causing complaints from fans to both Arsenal and the TV station.

4 August 2014: Benik Afobe joined MK Dons on a season long loan.  However such was his success (including a highly publicised performance in knocking Man U out of the league cup) that he was sold to Wolverhampton before the end of the season.

4 August 2015: Chuba Akpom loaned to Hull City for the season.  He played 35 times and scored three goals to help Hull to a play off place, having come fourth in the league.

4 August 2016: Wojciech Szczęsny loaned to Roma for the season

Also on this day in 1914, Kaiser Wilhem II made a speech in Berlin in which he said “We draw the sword with a clear conscience and with clean hand.”   In the English press the message was “Confidence is high that the war, if it comes, will be a short one and will possibly be over by Christmas.”




 

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 1913 and the opening weeks at Highbury

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.

Among the many other series we have run are…

There are details of many other series covered by this site on our home page.

 

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