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Stanley Matthews said he was no good so he did factory work. Until Arsenal found him.

This is our daily review of Arsenal anniversaries taken from the Arsenal day by day  files prepared by the AISA Arsenal History Society.

Today’s headline story comes from 29 September 2002 with the 1-4 away win against Leeds United.  There are details below, and more on the article that is linked from the piece in today’s selection of stories.

Below are the Anniversaries from 29 September.

29 September 1900: League debut for Frederick Coles, in a 1-0 win over Chesterfield.  His previous teams are listed as Nottingham Post Office, Notts County, and finally Nottingham Forest

29 September 1911: Bernard Joy was born in Fulham.  He played university football and then went on to play for the amateur side Casuals and won the FA Amateur Cup in 1936 plus ten caps for England amateurs.   He was captain of the 1936 GB Olympics team.

29 September 1919: First senior game for John (“Jack”) Butler.  He had played for Fulham Thursday (known in some reports as Fulham Thursdays), Dartford and Fulham although different sources disagree on the order in which he played for those clubs.  He signed for Arsenal as a reserve in 1914.

29 September 1948: First game for Arthur Shaw.  He came from Brentford, Arsenal and made 64 league appearances.  He also played for England Amateurs, and won the league with Arsenal in 1952/3.

29 September 1951: Arsenal 1 Tottenham 1.  The game is noteworthy because of the variation in crowds reported.  Ollier has 68,164 while Newkey-Burden in “Gunners Lists” (a book which acknowledges Ollier as a source) has 72,164.  That figure would make this the third highest crowd to see a home league match for Arsenal.

29 September 1952: Leslie Compton’s final game.  All Stars 4 Arsenal 2.  The benefit match for Arsenal goalkeeper Alex Wilson.  Lishman and Logie (with a penalty) scored for Arsenal.

29 September 1962: Birmingham 2 Arsenal 2 (both goals from Geoff Strong).  Final game for Gerry Ward.  He left Arsenal in July 1963 and went to Leyton Orient having played 84 times and scored 10 goals.  He had one season at Orient where he was an almost ever present but left Orient and played instead first for Cambridge City and then Barnet as well as being Barnet’s manager in 1973.

29 September 1969: Ray Kennedy first appearance.  As an apprentice he was rejected by Sir Stanley Matthews at Port Vale, returned to the north-east, played amateur football and worked in a sweet factory before being spotted two years later by an Arsenal scout.

29 September 1993: Arsenal 1 Odense 1 as Arsenal headed to the CWC final.  Campbell scored the goal, with the Odense equaliser coming in the 86th minute, but Arsenal held on to go through 3-2 on aggregate.

29 September 1994: Arsenal 3 Omonia 0 as Arsenal got through the1st round of the CWC.  Wright got two and Schwarz the third to give Arsenal a 6-1 victory over the side from Cyprus.

29 September 2001: Richard Wright debut in a 2-0 away win against Derby.  He had just one season with Arsenal but made just enough appearances to qualify for a league winners’ medal.  This made it just one defeat in first seven of the season; League match 7 of the third Double season.

29 September 2002: Arsène Wenger described his side’s approach as “Total Football”.  Arsenal had just beaten Leeds away 1-4, in a run of the first nine games of the season in which they won seven and scored 24 goals.

29 September 2004: Rosenborg 1 Arsenal 1 (Ljungberg).  Arsenal had already beaten PSV Eindhoven and looked set fair for the next stage. They made it but not quite how with the victory that they might have hoped for.

29 September 2007:  Top of the table Arsenal made it a perfect September beating WHU 1-0.  Arsenal had beaten Fulham, Manchester City, Portsmouth and Derby at home, and Tottenham away and drawn away with Blackburn.

Yesterday’s anniversaries were:

Our most recent article on Arsenal’s history…

Arsenal, February 1916: the 2nd league and a terrible tragedy on the pitch

 


Elsewhere on this day, in 1976 the UK asked the International Monetary Fund for a loan of £2.1bn after the markets engaged in a run on the pound, as an attempt to stop the country adopting a more left wing, radical, reformist programme.   TA.


 

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