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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.

Our headline is taken from this day in 1909


Special feature:

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

Below are the Anniversaries from  November 20

20 November 1909: A 2-2 draw concluded a terrible opening to the season with just two wins and three draws in the first 14 games.  The result left Arsenal bottom of the 1st division, but with slightly better recent results than Tottenham and Bolton who were above them.

20 November 1920: Arsenal score 4 for first time after the 1st world war beating Huddersfield 4-0.  Pagnam got two, within a run that gave him seven goals in four games.

20 November 1929: Dan Lewis won his final cap for Wales.  He was one of seven first team goal keepers that Chapman bought, played and sold during his time at the club.

20 November 1931: Frank Moss signed from Oldham for £3000  Frank took over from Charlie Preedy and was nearly ever present for four years playing in the title winning teams of the “triple” years (1932/3, 1933/4, 1934/5).

20 November 1940: Tim Coleman died.   He retired when football stopped at the end of the 1914-15 season but later played non-league for Tunbridge Wells Rangers.  He finally retired as a player in 1921 and then worked as a coach and manager for Maidstone Utd., before moving to the Netherlands.  

20 November 1954: Jimmy Logie’s final game, (Manchester Utd 2 Arsenal 1) in a sequence of eight league games without a win.

20 November 1968.  Arsenal 1 Tottenham 0.  League Cup Semi Final.  John Radford scored, as he did in the return leg which was a 1-1 draw, taking Arsenal through to their second consecutive final in the competition.

20 November 1971: Arsenal’s habit of letting in five continued in 5-1 away defeat to Wolverhampton.  It was Arsenal’s third successive defeat just six months after winning the Double.

20 November 1984: Justin Raymond Hoyte born.  He joined Arsenal in 1993, and went on to play 34 games for the club before later making his name with Middlesbrough.  In 2015 he finally dropped out of the league and joined Dagenham and Redbridge.

20 November 1991: Pål Lydersen joined Arsenal  from I K Start for £500,000.  He played 16 games for Arsenal and made 20 appearances for Norway before returning to IK Start.  He ended his career in 2000 playing for Molde FK, in Norway.

20 November 1999: Arsenal beat Middlesbrough 5-1.  Overmars got three and Berkgamp two, to make it four wins and a draw in the last five.  In the next match, Thierry Henry scored for Arsenal for the first time.

20 November 2009: Wojciech Szczęsny loaned to Brentford.  He played 28 times for Brentford before returning to Arsenal.

20 November 2010: Arsenal lost 2-3 to Tottenham (Nasri and Chamakh scoring) making it two home defeats out of two in the month.  However away from home Arsenal won three in a row.

 

 And elsewhere on this day in 1979

Sir Anthony Blunt was stripped of his knighthood after it was found that he had been spying for the Russians as well as looking after the Queen’s picture collection.


 

Yesterday’s anniversaries:

The Arsenal player who sued Arsenal and changed football’s approach to contracts


 

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

April 1918: the third wartime league ends; Ireland rebels against conscription.

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

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