Arsenal Football Club History


Found the documentary
Ray of Hope.


Great player Kennedy and should have been kept. Brilliant how Bob Paisley turned him into one of the best midfielders in the country.
Hard watch that when he goes in the dressing room. When your a legend at Arsenal and that Liverpool side, you done bloody good.


28 April 1893. George Lawrence signed the contract on behalf the Woolwich Arsenal Company with W B Jackson of Royal Arsenal Football Club to transfer Royal Arsenal into The Woolwich Arsenal Football And Athletic Company Limited

28 April 1897: Arsenal 1 Man City 2. Last game for James Boyle. In 1895/6 he started as left half, moved back to the centre, and then for three games played in goal, becoming on 14 December 1895 the fourth goalkeeper in 15 matches for the club

28 April 1898: Arsenal 5 Tottenham 0. With the season over Arsenal this was one of three friendlies in five days – the others being away to Thames Ironworks, and Millwall. Arsenal also played Tottenham twice in the United League this season.

28 April 1904: Millwall Athletic 2 Arsenal 1. Southern Pro Charity Cup. The competition ran from 1901 to 1908, and generally involved seven or eight teams from the London region.

28 April 1906: Arsenal 5 Tottenham 0 (again). Southern Pro Charity Cup semi-final. Arsenal reached the final of the competition for the first time and went on to win it, beating Reading.

28 April 1908: Rangers 1 Arsenal 1. This seems to have been the first ever match between the two clubs, and was part of a major Scottish tour by Arsenal of eight matches in nine days!

28 April 1910: With the season over Arsenal arranged a friendly away to Colchester (where they won 3-2) to try and raise income, as the depth of the club’s financial crisis became clearer.

28 April 1920: Bradford Park Avenue 0 Arsenal 0. Only 7000 turned up for the game. The result left Arsenal in 11th position and Bradford in ninth. It was Arsenal’s third draw in a row, with one more to come… at home to Bradford.

28 April 1923: Arsenal 2 Sheff U 0 completed a nine match unbeaten run to end the season in 11th position. This run showed promise and gave hope for Arsenal, but it was a false dawn, as the next two season’s showed.

28 April 1924: Burnley 4 Arsenal 1. Alexander Graham’s last senior game. He played 47 league matches for Brentford and became the club’s assistant manager in December 1925 and later briefly for Folkestone before leaving football.

28 April 1927: John “Jack” Lee played his 7th and last game for Arsenal – Blackburn 1 Arsenal 2. He stayed with the club one more year, but got no more first team experience, leaving this as Jack’s only experience of winning a match with the club.

28 April 1930: Having won the FA Cup for the first time ever Arsenal then proceeded to lose 0-1 at home to Sunderland leaving the club 12th with one game to go.

28 April 1934: A 2-2 away draw with Chelsea in front of 65344 was enough to give Joe Shaw the championship and make it two titles in a row for Arsenal. Charlie Jones last game.

28 April 1956: Cardiff 1 Arsenal 2; Alex Forbes’ last game. He moved to Leyton Orient, then Fulham and finally Gravesend & Northfleet. After that he worked at Arsenal training the reserves and A team, before emigrating to South Africa when he coached school children.

28 April 1970 Fairs Cup Final; the club’s first Euro trophy and the first Arsenal trophy in 17 years. Arsenal 3 Anderlecht 0 (4-3 overall). Kelly, Radford and Sammels scored.

28 April 1979: Arsenal 1 Norwich City 1. Arsenal had reached the cup final on 31 March, and the distraction was evident to everyone, as Arsenal won two of their last 13 games. After losing 5-1 to Villa three days earlier this was almost a decent result, leaving Arsenal sixth in the League.

28 April 1980: Arsenal 1 Liverpool 1. FA Cup Semi final 2nd replay. Once more the sides played at Villa Park and as in the previous replay Sunderland scored.

28 April 1982: George Wood’s final cap for Scotland. He was given a free transfer to Crystal Palace in May 1983, before moving on to Cardiff, Hereford, Merthyr and Inter Cardiff.

28 April 1984: Don Howe became permanent manager. Although his win ratio was only fractionally below George Allison, he failed to win any trophies and he left part way through the 1985/6 season.

28 April 2008 Having beaten Derby 5-0 the previous September Arsenal went to Derby and won 6-2. Adebayor got a hat trick while Walcott, Bendtner, and Van Persie supplied the others.

28 April 2014: Arsenal 3 Newcastle 0. The result meant that for the 18th successive season Arsenal were certain to end up above Tottenham in the league – after 36 out of 38 games played. The crowd as always sang, “It’s happened again, It’s happened again, Tottenham Hotspur, It’s happened again”.
Seems Newcastle have had quite a big part to play in recent St Totteringham days😉


29 April 1893. The final game of Royal Arsenal. Arsenal lost 0-1 to Stoke. The club had already plotted their route into the Football League but were distracted by the split within the Committee and the threat of eviction from their ground.

29 April 1899: Final game for Adam Haywood; v Tottenham in United League. An offer of £50 from Glossop North End was accepted but then before he had a chance to play for Glossop he moved again to QPR in the Southern League, where he met up with four other ex-Woolwich men.

29 April 1911: Arsenal ended the season with Notts C 0 Arsenal 2, making it 11 unbeaten including six wins. This was quite remarkable because Arsenal only won seven games in the 27 prior to this but ended 10th. Man U won the title.

29 April 1912: Arsenal 3 Tottenham 0 at White City, in a charity match to raise funds for the families of those who perished on the Titanic.

29 April 1922: Bradford C 0 Arsenal 2. This was the 8th game in April which resulted in four wins, two draws, and two defeats. The run took Arsenal to 17th and saved them from relegation.

29 April 1929: Cliff Holton born. He joined Arsenal from Oxford City in October 1947 initially as a full back, but later became not just a centre forward but one of the most prolific goalscorers in the history of league football.

29 April 1933: Arsenal 2 Huddersfield 2. Two goals for Bastin gave him 33 goals in 42 games to make him top scorer for the season as Arsenal won the league by four points from Aston Villa in second. Bolton and Blackpool went down.

29 April 1939: Arsenal’s mysterious keeper E Bateup died. Much of his life and career is uncertain, but it seems that after leaving Arsenal he played for Port Vale before retiring from football in 1918, having been playing in the war time leagues.

29 April 1950: Arsenal win their 3rd FA Cup beating Liverpool 2-0 with both goals coming from Reg Lewis. It was Arsenal’s 5th cup final, their first in “old gold” shirts and the first ever Arsenal game in front of 100,000.

29 April 1961: Everton 4 Arsenal 1. David Herd’s last game. He moved to Manchester United with whom he won the FA Cup, the championship twice and the European Cup although not playing in the final. The game made it 12 goals conceded in the last three and two wins in the final 12 games. Arsenal finish 11th.

29 April 1969: Although Bertie Mee’s third season ended Everton 1 Arsenal 0, Arsenal finish 4th, the club’s highest place in 10 years.

29 April 1995: Arsenal 1 Tottenham 1. An Ian Wright penalty gave him 18 for the season as top league scorer for the club. But Arsenal were 10th, 36 points behind the leaders Blackburn.

29 April 1998: Arsenal 1 Derby 0. Petit scored for Arsenal in the 35th league game of the 2nd Double season. Arsenal were now four points ahead of Man U with a game in hand. The second double.

29 April 2000: Arsenal beat Everton 0-1 to go second in the league. It was the 6th consecutive win with Overmars scoring the winner on 34 minutes. The run continued for two more games but Arsenal could only finish second to Man U.

29 April 2002: Bolton 0 Arsenal 2. This was game 11 of 13 consecutive wins and League match 36 of the 3rd Double season. Ljungberg and Wiltord scored.

29 April 2009: Man U 1 Arsenal 0. Champions League semi-final first leg. Although unbeaten in the League since November and having beaten Man U 2-1 in the League earlier in the year, Arsenal were unable to get an away goal, and also failed to win the second leg at home.



Arsenal players in Glasgow at the Empire Exhibition on 29th August 1938. Later that day they played a friendly against Rangers


White City, just makes me think of the 207 bus to White city up Uxbridge Road.


On this day 1st May 1982 John Dickinson was murdered by West Hams ICF(scum) at Arsenal tube station. RIP.


On this day 2nd May 1967
A legend was born in South London, one of our own… David Rocastle…ROCKY. Would have been 50 today.

Heres a nice write up from 442


Now why is that article seeming familiar… :grin:


This one is written by someone i know…


Quite an eventful day…
2 May 1910: As part of the attempt to build a recovery programme for Arsenal’s finances and show supporters that he was not trying to take over the club himself Henry Norris advertised shares in Arsenal in Athletic News for £1 each.

2 May 1921: Last game for John Peart. It was his one and only appearance at right back and his only game of the season – a 0-0 draw with Liverpool. Peart then moved on to play for Margate.

2 May 1925: Leslie Knighton’s last match in charge: Bury 2 Arsenal 0. Arsenal finished the league in 20th position, missing relegation by one place. It was Arsenal’s worst performance since the resumption of football in 1919.

2 May 1931: Arsenal ended their first ever League Championship season beating Bolton 5-0 to set up record 66 point league total. Jack Lambert scored two to make it 38 goals in 34 games (also a new record). David Jack scored two to make it 31 goals in 35 games.

2 May 1954: Death of Charles McGibbon. He had come in with no league experience, played four games, scored three vital goals and saved the club from relegation in 1910. He then vanished and we have no idea what happened to him.

2 May 1958: David O’Leary born. He signed as an apprentice for Arsenal in 1973 and played for the reserves from the age of 16, playing his first game for the first team on 16 August 1975, aged 17.

2 May 1967: David Rocastle born. According to Martin Keown when Rocky first signed he always played with his head down because of his poor eyesight. It was only when he was set up with contact lenses that his career really took off.

2 May 1970: Tottenham 1 Arsenal 0 ended the league season with Arsenal a disappointing 12th. Extraordinarily, one year and one day later the game was repeated, and the score was repeated, except in reverse as this time Arsenal won the match and the league.

2 May 1981: Arsenal 2 Villa 0 made it 7 wins and 2 draws in the last nine games as Arsenal finish 3rd – Neill’s best finish. Young and McDermott scored in front of 57,472.

2 May 1990: Brian Marwood’s last game. Following the arrival of Anders Limpar it was made clear Brian would no longer be first choice, and he transferred to Sheffield Utd for £350,000 in the following September.

2 May 1992: Last game for David Rocastle. He was then sold on to Leeds Utd who at the time were Champions, for £2m; their most expensive signing. Anders Limpar later revealed that Rocastle was deeply distressed about the move and the way that Graham handled it.

2 May 1992 Ian Wright hat trick (two in the 90th minute) in the last game in front of the old North Bank. Arsenal won 5-1 against Southampton as Wright beat Lineker to the top scorer spot with 24 league goals. A hardy group stayed on after the match chanting “We’re here to save the North Bank,” as stewards left them to slowly drift away.

2 May 2009: Portsmouth 0 Arsenal 3. For the fifth away game in a row Arsenal scored three and make it 25 goals in eight games. Bendtner got two and Vela the third.


On this day 3RD MAY 1971 and a big FOYS
To them.
The first 2 links cover the whole of the 70/71 season


May the 4th be with you…

4 May 1926: John “Jack” Lee signed as an amateur by Arsenal from Horden Athletic. It appears that three weeks later he then became a professional with the club and played in the 1926/7 season.

4 May 1931: Northampton 0 Arsenal 1. Chapman returned to his earlier days as manager, in the second in a series of three friendlies at Northampton, set up in order to help Northampton recover from a devastating fire at their ground.

4 May 1935: Despite losing 0-1 at home to Derby on the last day of the season George Allison made it three championships in a row for Arsenal under three different managers. The defeat meant Arsenal equalled the club’s all-time goal difference record of 69 set in 1904. A draw and they would have beaten it.

4 May 1953: Three days after Arsenal had won the league in the final match of the season the club played a home game against Tottenham, and lost 0-2. The proceeds of the match went to the Lord Mayor of London’s National Flood Disaster Fund.

4 May 1959: Arsenal 2 Birmingham City 1. Dave Bowen’s last game. He moved on to Northampton Town as player manager. Arsenal ended the season in third, following three successive wins following seven before that without a win.

4 May 1962: Ian McKechnie left Arsenal for Southend. He was signed as an outside left, but became a goalkeeper and played 23 times for Arsenal in that position.

4 May 1969: Reykjavik 1 Arsenal 3. First game for Charlie George and for Eddie Kelly. This was part of a three match tour – the Iceland game being followed by two matches in Malta.

4 May 1976: Bertie Mee left his post as manager. He managed 539 league games – the largest number of any manager until Arsene Wenger, and won three major trophies, as did Chapman and Allison. But his win percentage of 44.71% was only 10th best, and worse than not only Chapman and Allison but also Howe and Neill.

4 May 1987: Cesc Fàbregas born. It is said that Barce would not let him play in youth matches for fear of other clubs poaching him. Also that Pep Guardiola gave Fàbregas his shirt as consolation when Fàbregas’ parents divorced.

4 May 1987: QPR 1 Arsenal 4. Martin Hayes scored his 19th goal in 31 starts to make him far and away the top scorer for the season. Second highest was Quinn with eight.

4 May 1994: Arsenal won the Cup Winners Cup for the one and only time by beating Parma 1-0 in Copenhagen. Ian Wright missed the final through suspension, Alan Smith scored the goal

4 May 2002: Arsenal won the FA cup and Ljungberg became the first player since 1961 to score in two successive cup finals and so the 3rd double was completed. Tim Lovejoy, commentating said, “Oh no, he’s got through. Oh, it’s alright. it’s only Ray Parlour.”

4 May 2003: Arsenal 2 Leeds 3. The championship was lost by this defeat, but this was the last defeat before the run of 49 league matches unbeaten. Thierry Henry and Dennis Bergkamp scored.

4 May 2004: Portsmouth 1 Arsenal 1. Reyes scored to keep the belief in the unbeaten run alive in the 36th league game of the unbeaten season. Two to go – but the last three had been drawn which started a few worries and predictions from Ferguson that Arsenal, like Ferguson’s Rangers, would lose at the last.

4 May 2006: Man City 1 Arsenal 3. Arsenal continued to battle for 4th place with Tottenham. In the end Arsenal ended up two points above Tottenham with a far superior goal difference as well.

4 May 2013: QPR 0 Arsenal 1. Walcott scored after 40 seconds. It was the fastest PL goal of the season and took Arsenal into 3rd place while QPR headed for relegation.



My Arsenal history begins in August 2017.
Memories are nice but brighter/promising future is better


This is the history thread not the i wish for thread, Aug 17 will be same ol same ol… As cunty will still be here.


Wenger says thank you for putting your trust in him :wenger2:


Another good mate of mine being interviewd…


Very good interview.
I like what he said about supporters owning a percentage of the club, like in Germany.