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Tottenham player suspended for a month; club warned of possible ground closure.

Here are the Anniversaries from 23 September  – part of our regular daily look at Arsenal’s history.

There are two anniversaries that stand out to me today.  One is the headline story of the match on 23 September 1922 which ended with a Tottenham player suspended for a month.   The other is 23 September 2008 when Arsenal put out a youth team and beat Sheffield U 6-0 in League Cup.  Fabianski, Hoyte, Djourou, Song, Gibbs, Randall, Ramsey, Merida, Wilshere, Bendtner, Vela.  Among the substitutes was Francis Coquelin.

Yesterday’s anniversaries were:

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23 September 1905: Tom Arnold made his league debut for Arsenal, having been signed in May 1905.  He only made one other appearance before moving on to Coventry City in 1907.

23 September 1912: After five games Arsenal won their first match – a 3-1 away win against Sheffield Utd who were reduced to 10 man through injury early on.  It took Arsenal to 13th in the league, while Tottenham remained bottom with 0 points.

23 September 1922: Tottenham 1 Arsenal 2.  After the match the FA held an enquiry. Smith of Tottenham was found guilty of using bad language and suspended for a month. Graham was censured for retaliation.  Tottenham were warned about the behaviour of their crowd, and were warned of ground closure if further trouble ensued.

23 September 1932: Dennis Compton signed as an amateur.  He started his football career at Nunhead in 1934/5 before moving to Arsenal, where he made his début in 1936.  He also played for England in wartime matches.

23 September 1936: Dennis Compton senior debut in friendly v Rangers.  As a cricketer he played in 78 Test Matches as a slow left arm bowler, and one of England’s most remarkable batsmen.    He  scored 123 centuries in first-class cricket.   A stand at Lord’s was named in his honour

23 September 1936: George Eastham born.  He started out with Ards before moving to Newcastle United in 1956.

23 September 1953: Danny Clapton debut in a friendly against South Africa some 15 months before his first league game after which he went on to become the club’s regular outside right.

23 September 1955: Gordon Nutt signed from Cardiff after a game between Cardiff reserves and Arsenal reserves.  He made his début within a couple of hours of signing on 24 September 1955 in a 3-1 away defeat at Sunderland.  Mike Tiddy was also signed from Cardiff at the same time.

23 September 1972: Ex Arsenal man Terry Anderson scored twice against Arsenal for Norwich.  It concluded a run of one win in seven league games.  Storey and Radford scored in a 2-3 defeat.

23 September 1976: Terry Mancini was granted a free transfer to Aldershot.  His transfer from QPR had come as a surprise but he had helped shore up the team that was experiencing its roughest time since before Chapman.

23 September 1995: Dennis Bergkamp scored his first two goals for Arsenal in the 4-2 defeat of Southampton at Highbury.  Adams and Wright scored the other goals to make it seven unbeaten.

23 September 2000: A 1-1 draw with Ipswich (with a goal from Bergkamp) made it 3 draws and 3 victories in the last six.  Arsenal then went on to win the next five.

23 September 2008: Arsenal put out a youth team and beat Sheffield U 6-0 in League Cup.  Fabianski, Hoyte, Djourou, Song, Gibbs, Randall, Ramsey, Merida, Wilshere, Bendtner, Vela.  Among the substitutes was Francis Coquelin.

 


Elsewhere on this day, in 1974 the BBC began running its Ceefax information network accessed via the precursor of the “red button”.  It became the prime way in which football fans kept up with scores and transfer rumours until the advent of the internet.


 

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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