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Arsenal: The debut of a great leader, the passing of a great hero.

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 this day in 1983 and 2000.


Special feature:

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

Below are the Anniversaries from  November 1.

November 1912 (exact day unknown).  Henry Norris, having explored various sites in North London took the final decision to move Arsenal from Plumstead to Highbury.

1 November 1890: Royal Arsenal 2 South Shore 2.  South Shore FC competed in the FA Cup during the 1880s and 1890s before merging into Blackpool FC in 1899.

1 November 1913: Jock Rutherford’s league debut.  But at the start of the season he fell into dispute with Newcastle over wages and was sold to Woolwich Arsenal for £800 – a great coup for Arsenal, and undoubtedly aided by the fact that the club had attracted huge publicity by just moving into its new Gillespie Road ground.

1 November 1936: Racing Club de Paris 0 Arsenal 5.  One of a series of matches initiated by Herbert Chapman and the president of Racing taking place as close to Armistice Day as possible each year.

1 November 1948: Racing Club de Paris 3 Arsenal 3.  This year Bernard Levy added a little extra spice to the fixture by putting up a cup which would be awarded to either team if it won three of the contests in a row.

1 November 1949: Racing Club de Paris 1 Arsenal 2.  The idea for the game may have emerged after Chapman and others heard about the Coupe des Nations which was held in 1930 – and played between the champions of ten countries.

1 November 1955: John Matthews born.  He joined Arsenal as an apprentice in 1971 turning professional in 1973.  He made his league début in the opening match of the 1974/5 season – a 1-0 away win against Leicester.

1 November 1960: Antwerp United 2 Arsenal 2.  The Antwerp team also known as Antwerp Entente played exhibition games. It was formed by the best players of the 3 big teams in Antwerp and played in the stadium of Antwerp FC.

1 November 1996: David Hillier transferred to Portsmouth for £250,000.  Although not an article on David Hillier, he is mentioned here.  He started 82 league games for Arsenal and came on 22 times as a sub.

1 November 1982: Barnet 2 Arsenal 4, Richie Powling Testimonial.  He had made 50 league starts for Arsenal and appeared five times as a sub between 1973 and 1978.

1 November 1983: Tony Adams first team debut in a testimonial v Chelsea.  He had signed as a schoolboy in 1980.

1 November 1997: Derby 3 Arsenal 0, Wright missed a penalty, as Arsenal slipped to their second defeat of the season.  13th league game of the 2nd Double Season   The second double: part 1, part 2, part 3.

1 November 2000: George Armstrong died after suffering a brain haemorrhage during a training session.  He made 621 first team appearances, coached the Kuwait national side, and was then appointed Arsenal reserve coach by George Graham.

1 November 2000 Lee Conoville first and last appearance, against Ipswich Town (h).  After a loan spell with Northampton he moved to Torquay where he played 112 league games, later playing for Notts County.

1 November 2003: Leeds 1 Arsenal 4.  The 11th league match of the Unbeaten season.  Henry got two, Pires one and Gilberto Silva finished it off on 50 minutes.

1 November 2010: Jack Wilshere signed a new “long-term” deal with Arsenal.  Jack came up through the youth academy and made his first team debut in 2008, becoming Arsenal’s youngest ever league debutant at the age of 16 years, 256 days

 


 

Elsewhere on this day: 

On this day in 1922 radio licenses went on sale in the UK – it was a criminal offence to listen to the “wireless” without one.  It cost 10 shillings (50p) which today is worth about £40.

 

Yesterday’s anniversaries:

Arsenal score 3 goals in 6 games, all scored by 1 player, winning 2, drawing 3.


 

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

Sir Henry Norris promoted to Lt Colonel in recognition of his work in the War Office

A full index of the various series of articles on this site appears on the home page.

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