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After an August defeat, a 12 match unbeaten run

Here are the Anniversaries from 21 August – part of our regular daily look at Arsenal’s history.

Our most recent article on Arsenal’s history is The end of Woolwich Arsenal and of the first season at Highbury.


 

21 August 1954: Last of 57 league appearances for Arthur Shaw.  He later captained Gravesend to win the Southern League title in 1957/8 after being signed by manager and former gunner Lionel Smith.  In 2015 an Arsenal fan living near Arthur, in California, found the Arsenal History Society page on Arthur’s life and passed it on to him, which seems to make all this research worthwhile

21 August 1962: Terry Neill took over as club captain of Arsenal for the match against Birmingham.  He was 20 years and 102 days old, making him the youngest permanent captain of the club ever.

21 August 1969: Ian Ure sold to Manchester United for £80,000 having been replaced in the Arsenal team by the Terry Neill, Frank McLintock combination.

21 August 1976: Malcolm Macdonald made his league debut in Terry Neill’s first game as manager, against newly promoted Bristol City.  Arsenal lost 0-1 at Highbury.  The team however recovered losing just one of the subsequent eight.

21 August 1981.  Frank Stapleton transferred to Manchester United for a ludicrous tribunal price of £900,000.  He had played 225 games for Arsenal and went on to play 223 league games for Man U, but the tribunal never explained its decision.

21 August 1992: Perry Groves sold to Southampton for £750,000.  Although he stayed there for two seasons he only played 15 games before moving on to Dagenham and Redbridge (4 games) and Canvey Island (1).

21 August 2000: Arsenal 2 Liverpool 0.  Lauren scored for Arsenal on his debut, Henry got the second on 89 minutes. This was the first in a 12 match unbeaten run, after the opening day defeat against Sunderland.  However Vieira was dismissed for the second successive game and got a five match ban.  Liverpool were reduced to nine players after McAllister and Hamann were sent off.

21 August 2001: Arsenal 1 Leeds 2.  League Match 2 of the third double season – after a 4-0 away win on the opening day of the season as Arsenal went unbeaten away all season.  Wiltord scored the Arsenal goal.

21 August 2009: Henri Lansbury loaned to Watford.  He played 23 league games for the club and scored four goals before moving on to WHU for a further loan season.

21 August 2010: Arsenal beat Blackpool 6-0 after a new enlarged version of the Clock End clock was unveiled inside the Emirates Stadium, with the Highbury version placed outside the ground.  Walcott scored a hattrick, Arshavin, Diaby and Chamakh got one each.

21 August 2013: Despite having lost their first league match at home, Arsenal beat Fenerbahçe 0-3 away in the first leg of the Champions League qualifier to make qualification certain and continue a remarkable series of away wins.

21 August 2016: Joel Campbell loaned to Sporting CP for the season.  Although the season was a success, Joel then played in a 2017 summer international tournament for his country and was injured, taking him out of the side for at least the first half of the 2017/18 season.


Elsewhere on this day, in 1988 licensing laws in England and Wales were changed to allow pubs to open 12 hours a day except on Sundays.


 

The current series from the Arsenal History 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 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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