By Andy Kelly and Tony Attwood
Arsenal’s recently published year end accounts have this little statement within it…
It is true that for many people David Danskin is considered as the man who started the Dial Square ball rolling, but his spell with the club was short, he clearly fell out with the club as it approached the professionalism (a fundamental issue in the history of the club), and he even went so far as to work with others to create a rival club.
However when David Danskin stood for election to the Royal Arsenal committee in 1892 but was not elected, almost certainly because he opposed the talk of the move towards professionalism at that time. He then left Arsenal in 1893 and moved on to help form a new amateur team: Royal Ordnance Factories FC. This club took a number of Royal Arsenal players with it, including: Peter Connolly, William George, Jack McBean, Jimmy Meggs and Mr McKenzie (whose first name is now lost). Bobby Buist and William Stewart of Woolwich Arsenal joined a little later – probably around 1895.
However Royal Ordinance Factories FC never really thrived and there were financial problems throughout. Peter Connolly, one of the leading lights in the club, died in 1895, and the club left the Southern League after playing just the first seven games of the 1896/97 season. All the games were lost and apparently the side let in 46 goals.
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