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Arsenal anniversaries and the most curious case of Park Chu Young


 

The Anniversary Files

Here are the Arsenal (and occasionally one or two non-Arsenal) anniversaries for today taken from the complete files of over 6000 Arsenal anniversaries which appear on the Arsenal History Society website.  An index to the Anniversary files can be found in the left column of this site under “Pages”

The current historical series on this site is Henry Norris at the Arsenal.   An index of all our series can be found on the home page.


 

10 June 1910: Local press reports in SE London confirmed that Henry Norris was willing to sell his Woolwich Arsenal shares to local people.   But it was also confirmed that the last share issue itself had failed.

10 June 1919: Dr Kevin O’Flanagan born – he played for Arsenal in 1946/7.  He also played for Ireland at both football and rugby, was also a sprint champion, and played football for both N Ireland and the Irish Free State.  

10 June 1921: The UK reached crisis point with 2.2 million unemployed, 2 million involved in wage disputes and 100 days of drought.

10 June 1925: Having returned early from Huddersfield’s tour Herbert Chapman met with directors of Huddersfield prior to agreeing to manage Arsenal.

10 June 1936: Arsenal released Frank Hill and Ehud Rogers.  Hill moved on to Blackpool after playing 76 league games.  Rogers had signed for Arsenal in 1934, making 16 league appearances and scoring 5 goals and moved on to Newcastle.  

10 June 1945: Tommy Baldwin born.  Some sources quote 1946.  He played first for Wrekenton Juniors before joining Arsenal. He turned professional in 1962, and made his league debut in the 3–0 defeat of Birmingham City in April 1965.

10 June 1966: David Platt born. He was an apprentice at Man U before moving on to Crewe and then Aston Villa.  After that he played in Italy before joining Arsenal from Sampdoria.

10 June 1984: Almost unimaginably, given the state of their relative teams, England beat Brazil 2-0 in Rio with Sansom and Woodcock in the side.

10 June 1985: Brian Talbot sold to Watford after 254 league games and 40 league goals for Arsenal.  After that he moved on to Stoke, WBA, Fulham and Aldershot before playing finally for Sudbury Town, and then moving into management.

10 June 1985: Park Chu-Young was born in Korea.  His transfer to Arsenal on 30 August 2011 was one of the strangest transfers of all tim

10 June 1993: Archie Macauley died.  After a playing career which earned him numerous plaudits he had a very successful managerial career with Norwich, WBA and Brighton, but then, aged 50, having just taken Brighton up, he gave it all up and is said to have become a traffic warden.

10 June 2009: George Eastham finally presented with his World Cup medal.  As a squad member who did not play in the 1966 World Cup Final he had not been granted a medal – but finally got one 43 years later.

10 June 2013: On this birthday (see above) Park Chu Young, on loan to Celta Vigo, was fined for failing to turn up at a match.  He then went on loan to Watford, for whom he played two games, before being sold to Al Shabab.

10 June 2015: Josh Vickers’ released by Arsenal.  Two months later he signed for Swansea City.



The current series: Covering all aspects of the life and work of the man who rescued Arsenal from extinction, secured the club’s future by moving it to Highbury, and then brought in Herbert Chapman as manager, our current series of articles is on Henry Norris at the Arsenal.  The articles thus far are here.

“Woolwich Arsenal, the club that changed football” and “Making the Arsenal” are both available on Kindle.  Please  see here for more details

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