Arsenal Football Club History


#429

RvP was an absolute god in this game. Also has John Terry slipping :joy:


#430

While looking at some Footballing record stuff, I came across a competition we’d won, that I’d not heard of previously, that also no one else can ever claim, the Mercantile Credit Centenary Trophy! :wenger:

Apparently, it was a competition held in 1988, as part of the celebrations, regards to 100 years since the creation of the Football League. The top 8 teams from the previous season were invited to take part in this one off competition.

It seems it didn’t exactly pull a big crowd, but we made it through to the final, and beat Man Utd 2-1, on October 9th 1988!

Maybe some of our older Gooners can shed some light on this competition, their memories of it :smiley:

An interesting article about it was written by the Guardian last year. Apparently we don’t even acknowledge this competition in our honours list :joy:


#431

Remember that. We also won something against Rangers at Ibrox one time. Like an anglo scottish charity shield.
Sign of the times though that we pretty much fielded our first team and then compare the sides we put out now in most cup ties.


#432

Correct me if I’m wrong but competitions like this were a pretty handy source of funds for clubs back in the day before the TV deals made them obselete.

I still remember Everton getting hammered in the Zenith Data Systems cup final by Palace one year. The game was on sky one, it might have been among the first games sky actually showed.


#433

Interesting that you bring that up, Stroller. Somewhere in the cobwebs of my mind I thought we used to play Rangers in an annual friendly, and the Spuds had a similar arrangement with Celtic. This would’ve been back in the 60’s-ish. I could be wildly wrong here, though.


#434

For winning that competition in 1988, earned us £50,000 in prize money. There’s also some highlight footage of that final match floating around on YouTube which is quite fun to watch. The final took place at Villa Park.

@giner You’re probably right about Rangers. Didn’t we used to have some sort of partnership with them, all to do with shares or them loaning us money? Swear there was a story not long ago that some of these had to be sold or were lost when Rangers ran into Administration.

It’s quite fun when you check up on some other completely obscure competitons we’ve won. For example, we won the City of Edinburgh Cup in 1941. The Northampton Hospital Charity Shield in 1930, 1931, 1932. Which I assume was organised by Herbert Chapman considering his links to both clubs. There’s even one called “Mayor of Colchester’s Cup” we won in 1939 @Phoebica :smiley:


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Great goal by the lesbian


#439

Fuck I was in my early 20s when this happened, where the fuck does time go ?


#440

One of the saddest moments in my time following Arsenal. Not only might his injury have cost us a title, but it also forced Niklas Bendtner on us the following season.


#441

So wrong but so right :rofl::rofl::rofl:


#442

On this day in 2012,


#443

On this day in 2017,