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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 18.  

Our headline story comes from 1997

18 October 1919: First match for Stephen Dunn – a 1-1 home draw with Everton.  He was a goalkeeper who also played for the first team as a full back when he injured his wrist.

18 October 1924: Final game for Robert Turnbull; he became Arsenal’s most prolific scorer thus far (with 22 goals) after being switched from fullback to centre forward.  After this last appearance he was put on the transfer list and sold to Charlton Athletic in November.

18 October 1933: Arsenal beat Everton 3-0 in Charity Shield in front of 30,000 at Everton’s ground, with an unexpected appearance from Norman Sidey

18 October 1941: Joe Lievesley who had played for Arsenal from 1913 to 1915, died aged 58.  Joe’s son Leslie was a coach for Torino in Italy and died in tragic circumstances in the Superga air disaster

18 October 1948: Wally Barnes international début.  He went on to play a 22 games for his country and scored one goal.

18 October 1951: Lawrie Scott was transferred from Arsenal to become player manager at Crystal Palace but after Palace had to apply for re-election in 1954 he moved on to Hendon and later Hitchen Town.

18 October 1958: David Herd made his international debut.  He went on to play five times for Scotland and scored three goals.

18 October 1968: Jimmy Robertson signed from Tottenham in exchange for David Jenkins.  He eventually took over the number 7 shirt from John Radford on 31 March 1969 and got a run of games to the end of the season.

18 October 1969: Nelson Vivas born in Santa Fe, Argentina.  He had a rare ability to play anywhere in midfield or defence and after seven years as a professional in South America he came to Europe and started with AC Lugano on loan, after which Arsenal signed him for £1.6m in August 1998.

18 October 1983: Peter Nicholas returned to Crystal Palace. A series of injuries in the 1982/3 season reduced his potential and he had been on loan since August.  His return fee was £150,000, but in 1985 he was on the move again, going to Luton Town, playing for them over 100 times.

18 October 1985: Bryn Jones died.   After leaving Arsenal in 1949 having played 71 league games he coached at Norwich from 1949-51 and then ran a newsagent’s shop in Highbury.  

18 October 1997: Arsenal start a run of two wins in eight matches with Crystal Palace 0 Arsenal 0.  This was also Alberto Mendez’ league début.  And it was the 11th league game of the 2nd Double Season   The second double: part 1, part 2, part 3.

18 October 2003: Arsenal beat Chelsea 2-1 to make it seven wins and two draws in the 9th league match of the unbeaten season.  Edu and Henry scored to make it three wins in a row.

18 October 2005: Thierry Henry beat Ian Wright’s scoring record with two against Sparta Prague in the Champions League in a 2-0 away win.  Arsenal went on to win the first five group stage games, and then drew the sixth.

18 October 2010: Vito Mannone loaned to Hull for the season.  His loan was then continued until 2013, at which stage he left Hull having played 31 times for the club.

18 October 2011: Vermaelen signed a new contract with Arsenal.   He stayed until 2014, but his career was seriously hampered by injury, playing 110 times all told.

18 October 2014: A 2-2 home draw with Hull meant that Arsenal had won 2, drawn 5 and lost 1 and languished in 7th.  The totally untrue story that this was Arsenal’s worst start in 30 years circulated in a vain attempt to put pressure on the manager.

Yesterday’s anniversaries are to be found at:

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On this day in 1931

Possibly the greatest inventor the world has known, died.  With no formal education he invented the phonograph, microphone, kinetoscope and the first electrical distribution system for lighting and power.  He was of course Thomas Edison.

 


 

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The previously untold tale of how it was that Norris came to choose Highbury as the suitable location for Arsenal’s new ground.

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