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He died playing for Arsenal – the club he loved.

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 1913


Special feature:

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

Below are the Anniversaries from  November 17. 

18 November 1893: Burton Swifts 6 Arsenal 2 – the first time 8 goals were scored in an Arsenal game.

18 November 1895: Andrew Neill born in Kilmarnock.  He played for Kilmarnock, Galston, Stevenston United, and Brighton and Hove Albion before moving to Arsenal on March 13 1924.

18 November 1913: Robert Benson joined from Sheffield Utd.  He played at left back through this and the final league season before the league was suspended, when he went to work at the Royal Arsenal.  On 19 February 1916 he went to a wartime match between Arsenal and Reading at Highbury and when Joe Shaw did not make it to the game, Benson took his place, although he had not been playing or training for a year.  He collapsed on the pitch in the second half and died in the changing rooms a little later of a burst blood vessel.  He was just 33.

18 November 1920: Freddie Cox born in Reading.  Aged 18 he signed for second division Tottenham and moved to Arsenal for £12,000 after the war in September 1949.

18 November 1931: Cliff Bastin’s England debut, the first of 21 England caps.

18 November 1934: Racing Club de Paris 0 Arsenal 3

18 November 1949: Death of James Sharp.   He moved into coaching after finishing his playing career, first with Fulham and later with Walsall of the Third Division North, and the N Ireland (then amateur) side Cliftonville who claim to have founded football in Ireland in 1879.  He died aged 69.

18 November 1954: Joe Toner died.  After leaving Arsenal he moved to St Johnstone but a broken leg forced him out of the game.  He then coached Coleraine in Northern Ireland for whom he did turn out once owing to injuries to other players.  He also played hurling and Gaelic football for Castlewellan GAC.

18 November 1960: George Eastham signed from Newcastle for £47,500.  Eastham made a breakthrough for players’ rights as great if not greater than that of Bosman by ending the awful “retain and transfer” system.

18 November 1961: Last league game for Jackie Henderson v Nottingham F.  A powerful forward, his misfortune was to play in a declining Arsenal team.  After 103 Arsenal league games he played for Fulham and later turned out for Poole Town in the Southern League.

18 November 1995: Tottenham 2 Arsenal 1 – during a period in which Arsenal won four games in 15.  Bergkamp scored, in the second of a run of three consecutive games in which he got a goal.

18 November 2009: Eduardo signed a new “long-term” contract with Arsenal. He was really coming into his game at Arsenal when Martin Taylor’s wild and appalling tackle almost ended Eduardo’s career in 2008, but there were hopes he would recover his old form, but he ultimately was sold to Shakhtar Donetsk after just 41 league starts.

18 November 2011: Luke Freeman loaned to Stevenage.  He never played for Arsenal but later signed for Stevenage and played 109 league games for them.

 


 

Yesterday’s anniversaries:

Arsenal have the worst injury list in the league ever. Official.


 

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

Norris at the Arsenal: March 1918, crowds drop, rationing, the war turns

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

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