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Arsenal players caught smoking at half time

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 1949

Here are the stories from this day in history…

3 December 1904: David Neave first match; Small Heath 2 Arsenal 1.  He was born in Arbroath and started his football career with non-league Scottish clubs Forfar Athletic, Montrose and Arbroath, before joining Arsenal.

3 December 1932:  For the fifth away match running Arsenal scored 3+ goals – a feat not repeated until 2008/9.  They scored 21 goals in these five games, this final game being Portsmouth 1 Arsenal 3.

3 December 1933: George Curtis was born in West Thurrock.  He started out with Anglo in Purfleet, and moved straight from there to Arsenal who placed him with Margate on loan until bringing him back for the April 1939 games.  

3 December 1949: The Arsenal programme printed a rebuttal of allegations in the South Wales Football Echo and Express, claiming that the Arsenal players came out for the second half smoking cigarettes!

3 December 1962: Arsenal beat Chelsea 4-1 in final of the London Challenge Cup.  It was Arsenal’s 10th win of the competition and was revenge for the 1960 final which Arsenal lost 3-1 to Chelsea.

3 December 1983: Tommy Caton’s first game, a 0-1 home defeat to WBA.  It was part of a sequence in which Arsenal won just one game in nine.

3 December 2011: Wigan 0 Arsenal 4, making it six wins and a draw in the last 7, going from 15th to 5th in just two months.  Arteta, Vermaelen, Gervinho and Van Persie got the goals.

3 December 2016 Arsenal beat WHU 1-5 away with goals from Özil, Alexis (3) and Oxlade-Chamberlain from 25-yards.  The main focus in the subsequent media coverage was that one of the goals should not have been allowed.

 


 

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

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