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The men who gave Arsenal the nickname “The Gunners”

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

 

Below are the Anniversaries from  October 13.  

Our headline story comes from 1906

13 October 1894: Henry Boyd, Arsenal’s most prolific scorer ever, scored his 8th goal in five games.  The result was Newton Heath 3 Arsenal 3, part of a seven match unbeaten run.

13 October 1906: One of the first known press references to the Arsenal team as “Gunners”.  The name originally turns up in 1904, but this report in the Bristol Evening News also particularly mentioned the antics of the supporters who worked in the Torpedo Factory and the fireworks they let off.  It was most likely this group who popularised the name.

13 October 1928: Arsenal smash the world transfer record with the purchase of David Jack by Herbert Chapman for £10,890.  The tale is that Chapman got the negotiators from Bolton drunk to get the deal done.

13 October 1934: 68,000 turn up for the home game with Man City.  Arsenal won 3-0 (Bowden 2, Bastin) and was part of a run of 15 goals in four games.

13 October 1959: First game for John Snedden in friendly v Grasshoppers.  Arsenal won 8-2.

13 October 1960: Arsenal signed John McClelland from Glenavon for £7000.  He had one major season with Arsenal – 1962/3 where he replaced McKechnie in goal and played 33 games.

13 October 1971: Bob Wilson and George Graham played for Scotland for the first time.  It was one of just two caps for Bob Wilson.  Graham played 12 times for his country.

13 October 1990: Final game for Gus Caesar in the Graham Rix Testimonial match v Tottenham. Arsenal lost 2-5.

13 October 2001: Southampton 0 Arsenal 2.  League match 8 of the third Double season.  Pirès‘ scored in the 5th minute and Henry wrapped it up with the second on 74 minutes.  Arsenal were second in the league, having won five, drawn 2 and lost one.

 

Yesterday’s anniversaries are to be found at:

Arsenal’s chairman plays for the Gunners!


 

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On this day in 1952 Adlai Stevenson, the American politician said, “My definitiin of a free society is a society where it is safe to be unpopular.”


 

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.

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