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GCR Books

The first time anyone called us “The Gunners”

By Tony Attwood

Here are the anniversaries of Arsenal for 9 March.

The latest episode in our series of articles about Henry Norris at the Arsenal is now published: The first north London derbies, Knighton gets another star; Highbury’s top crowd: Jan 1921


 

9 March 1889: Tottenham 0 Arsenal 1. Thus far Arsenal had won two and lost one game against Tottenham with one abandoned (with Tottenham ahead). Full index of early games v Tottenham is here   

9 March 1895: Arsenal played Leicester Fosse at Leyton following the forced closure of Manor Ground after crowd trouble.  The result was 3-3 with 4,000 present.

9 March 1906: The Manchester Evening News referred to Arsenal as the Gunners – one of the earliest (and perhaps even the earliest) references to this nickname, in the press.  

9 March 1907: Barnsley 1 Arsenal 2 FA Cup 4th round (equivalent to the modern 6th round) meaning the club progressed to the semi-final for the second season running.  The crowd was 13,871.

9 March 1912: Oldham 0 Arsenal 0 – the start of a five match sequence without scoring.  The other four games in the sequence were defeats.

9 March 1916:  Lt Henry Norris was appointed Supervisor of Military Representatives for the Number 10 District of the Eastern Command in the War Office and promoted to Captain to go with the job.

9 March 1918: There were fears about declining attendances at Highbury, 9,000 having attended the last home game in this fixture.  But in fact the crowd at Highbury showed more resilience as 15,000 came along to see a 4-1 home win.

9 March 1935 – Arsenal’s biggest crowd at Highbury (73,295) saw what was reported to be a very poor match, probably because of the high tension as the game was billed by the press as the “title decider”.  It ended Arsenal 0 Sunderland 0.

9 March 1971: Arsenal 2 FC Koln 1: Inter Cities Fairs Cup 4th round 1st leg.

9 March 1991: Arsenal 2 Cambridge Utd 1; FA Cup 6th round.  Campbell and Adams scored. 42,960 came to the game, despite Cambridge’s lowly status.

9 March 2000: After beating Deportivo 5-1 in the Uefa cup Arsenal lost the rematch 1-2, but went through as they headed for the final.

9 March 2002: Newcastle 1 Arsenal 1, FA Cup 5th round – part of the 3rd Double Season.  The game was moved for TV, which led to protests from Arsene Wenger, given that Arsenal were still fighting in three competitions.  Cup overview is here.    

9 March 2005: Arsenal 1 Bayern Munich 0 in the Champions League

9 March 2006: Paul Merson, having played 68 league games for Walsall retired from playing, although he did make a series of comebacks playing for Tamworth, Whitton Athletic and Welshpool.

9 March 2008: The earliest St Totteringham Day (the date when Tottenham can no longer overtake Arsenal in the league) ever, occurred with nine games to spare.  Tottenham ended the season in 11th position.

9 March 2009: Ben Marden died.  He only played 42 games for Arsenal but these included our record league win at Anfield and the match that won the league in 1953.  Despite the recency of his death we have very little information about him.

9 March 2010: Arsenal 5 Porto 0.  Bendtner scored a hat trick in the Champions League round of 16.

9 March 2015: Manchester United 1 Arsenal 2 in the sixth round of the cup.  It was the second time Arsenal had won in Manchester in the season, and revenge for the defeat by Man U in the league at the Emirates Stadium.  Man U received a shocking seven yellow cards, with Di Maria getting two and so departing early. Monreal and Welbeck scored in a game that became famous for Arsenal’s change of tactics.

9 March 2015: By winning the FA Cup match (above) Arsenal secured their 28th FA Cup semi-final.  The win also secured a place in history for Arsene Wenger. He had already had more semi-finals to his name than any other manager (10) and with this win took his number to 11.

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