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Which Arsenal player said of whom: “I watch him in training and it is a joy.”

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

Our headline is taken from 25 October 2004


Special feature:

Highbury: from start to end with previously unseen pictures of the end of the stadium.

Below are the Anniversaries from  October 25. 

 

25 October 1919: Arsenal 1 Bradford C 2.  League debut for Fred Pagnam, the man who refused to be corrupted by Liverpool’s match fixing exploits.  Arsenal then went the next six games unbeaten.

25 October 1924: Debut for Jimmy Brain v Tottenham  in front of 51,000 at Highbury.  He scores when the ball hits his head and knocks him out.  He later became a player and coach at Tottenham but eventually ended up as an Arsenal scout.

25 October 1952: Arsenal 3 Newcastle 0.  The crowd of 63,744 meant that 186,104 paying fans had seen Arsenal’s three home games in October.  Of the 8 goals scored in the month Roper got five, Logie two and Lishman one.

25 October 1958: Mike Tiddy transferred to Brighton.  It was at Brighton that he became known as a Methodist lay-preacher and apparently because of his role as a preacher, he never played Christmas and Easter fixtures.

25 October 1969: Sammy Nelson debut in a 0-0 draw with Ipswich.  He went on to play 245 league games for the club plus 10 appearances as a sub, and scored 10 league goals

25 October 1980: Pat Rice last game in a 1-1 away draw with Sunderland.  In his time at Arsenal as a player he won the league and two FA Cups, plus further honours as subsequently he became assistant to Arsene Wenger.

25 October 1999: Bergkamp is reported as saying of Kanu, “The skills he has got, the moves he makes, are something you like to watch and learn from. I watch him in training and it is a joy.”

25 October 2011: Arshavin and Park score in the 2-1 league cup win over Bolton.  Muamba scored for Bolton. Arsenal lost in the next round to Manchester City.

 


Yesterday’s anniversaries:

Arsene Wenger finally speaks out and accuses the ref of bias

Elsewhere on this day:

In 1961 the satirical magazine Private Eye was published for the first time.  Although often as smug and self-centred as the newspapers and public figures it exposes for their perfidious nature, its value in revealed just how appalling and corrupt the British ruling classes are has been immeasurable.


 

The latest post from our series on Henry Norris at the Arsenal

Arsenal in April and May 1917. Norris goes missing, Arsenal continue winning.


 

Arsenal day by day – over 5000 anniversaries of the club

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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