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Arsenal’s most prolific scorer suffers a broken ankle.

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 15.  

Our headline story comes from 1894.

15 October 1894: Henry Boyd, Arsenal’s most prolific goalscorer had his amazing run stopped by a broken ankle

15 October 1909: Ehud ‘Tim’ Rogers was born in Chirk.  He played through a variety of local and lower league clubs before being brought in as a possible long term candidate for right winger in the championship winning squad.

15 October 1910: Arsenal 4 Blackburn 1.  Arsenal’s first win of the season after eight games.  Arsenal had failed to score in the previous five.

15 October 1932: George Male’s first appearance as a right back v Blackburn.  The story is that Male didn’t believe he could play right back but a chat with Chapman convinced him he “was the best right back in the country”.  And so he was.

15 October 1963: Arsenal drew 4-4 with Tottenham at Highbury.  Eastham 2, Baker and Strong got the goals.  It was part of a run that saw Arsenal score 17 goals in five games, but only gain three wins.

15 October 1966: Bob McNab made his debut v Leeds United in a 1-3 defeat.  Despite the result he kept his place making 25 appearances in that first season.  In 1967 Court regained his place but by October Bob was back, although this time at left back.

15 October 1971: Andrew Cole born.  He signed for Arsenal in October 1989 but only made one appearance in the league and after a loan spell at Fulham went to Bristol City.

15 October 2016: Theo Walcott scored his fourth and fifth league goals early on, Xhaka was ludicrously sent off , Özil scored on his 28th birthday, as Arsenal moved joint top of the league with Man City- the result making this five wins in a row in all competitions.  

Yesterday’s anniversaries are to be found at:

The Arsenal man with the shortest ever career who rescued children from the war in Libya


 

Our most recent article on Arsenal’s history…

Arsenal in wartime: November and December 2016

 


On this day…

15 October is the anniversary of the birth of PG Wodehouse, the absolute supreme talent among British comic writers, a talent only rivalled since by Douglas Adams.   He invented such characters as Bertie Wooster, the butler Jeeves, the English would-be dictator Spode (the 3rd Earl of Sidcup) and Lord Emsworth with his appalling sister Connie.

To give but one example…

“Freddie experienced the sort of abysmal soul-sadness which afflicts one of Tolstoy’s Russian peasants when, after putting in a heavy day’s work strangling his father, beating his wife, and dropping the baby into the city’s reservoir, he turns to the cupboards, only to find the vodka bottle empty.”


 

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…

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