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Arsenal: From top of the league to bottom of the league

Here are the Anniversaries from 15 September  – part of our regular daily look at Arsenal’s history.

Our most recent article on Arsenal’s history is

 


15 September 1890: Arthur Hutchins born.  He played for Croydon Common of the Southern League before the 1st world war, a club that Henry Norris was possibly associated with.   Hutchins then played as a guest for Arsenal during the war, over 100 times, with Croydon Common ceasing to play.

15 September 1900.  James Ashcroft played against Burton Swifts and in every subsequent match for four years thus creating a record in terms of the sequence of time, but not in terms of the number of games.

15 September 1923:  Arsenal 1 WBA 0; the second goal in two games for Voysey.  After four straight defeats at the start of the season it was Arsenal’s second win in a 3-in-a-row run.

15 September 1953: Chelsea 0 Arsenal 2.  Having won the league the previous season Arsenal had to wait until this, the 9th match of the season for their first win, by which time they were bottom of the league.  Both goals came from Lishman.

15 September 1971: Arsenal’s first European Cup game: Stromsgodset IF 1 Arsenal 3.  Simpson, Marinello and Kelly scored in Norway in front of 23,000.

15 September 1993: Odense 1 Arsenal 2 in the Cup Winners’ Cup as Arsenal progressed towards victory in the competition.  Wright and Merson scored with Keown conceding an own goal.

15 September 1994:  Omoria (Nicosia) 1 Arsenal 3 at start of CWC campaign towards the second consecutive final and start of Wright scoring run of 12 consecutive games.  Merson got the other two goals.

15 September 1997: Paul Shaw transferred to Millwall after 12 league games and 2 goals over six years, including loan spells with Burnley, Cardiff and Peterborough.  He continued playing until 2011, amassing over 400 league games and scoring 106 goals.

15 September 2001: Arsenal beat Fulham away 3-1 to go top of the league.  League match 5 of the third Double season.  Ljungberg, Henry and Bergkamp scored to make it three wins, one draw and one defeat thus far.

15 September 2002: Arsène Wenger proclaimed, “We know we can win the league. We know we can be stronger. At this stage last season we were not as good as we are now.”

15 September 2007: A 3-1 win at Tottenham made it four wins and one draw in the first five games.  Adebayor (2) and Fabregas scored, in a run of seven consecutive games in London, all of which were won.

15 September 2010: Arsenal beat Braga 6-0, launching a new season in the Champions League.  Fabregas (2), Arshavin, Chamakh, and Vela (2) scored.

15 September 2012: After two goalless draws and a 2-0 win at Liverpool Arsenal beat Southampton 6-1.  Podolski, Gervinho (2), Walcott and two own goals

 


 In other news

On this day in 1916 the new “warships with wheels” moved into action in the Somme and four of them advanced seven miles taking thousands of prisoners.  They had never been seen before by the enemy, and were quickly code named…

Tanks.


 

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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