Arsenal History

On This Day July 13th

This was the date in 1998 that Arsenal's then record goal scorer Ian Wright left the club. Wrighty signed for West Ham United for a fee of £500,000 after 7 years at the club. He had originally signed from Crystal Palace in 1991 for £2.5m (then a club record fee).

Having scored on his debut in the League Cup against Leicester City he made his league debut against Southampton on the 28th of September 1991 and scored a hat trick in the Gunners' 0-4 win at the Dell. On the 13th of September 1997 he scored another hat trick against Bolton Wanderers and broke the long standing goalscoring record of Cliff Bastin.

Wright scored a total of 185 goals in 288 matches for Arsenal and after West Ham United and brief spells at Glasgow Celtic and Burnley he retired and ended a great career.

Having joined the club in 2004, today in 2005 a 21 year old Robin van Persie was voted player of the season by Arsenal fans with 35.3% of the votes.

Finally, today in 2014 Mesut Özil, Per Mertesacker and Lukas Podolski lifted the World Cup after Germany beat Argentina 1-0 at the Maracana in Brazil. Arsenal would now have World Cup winners in the squad and following the tournament sign further players that had taken part in this year's competition would begin.


On this day in 1874 James Moir was born in Inverbrevie, Scotland. The wing half joined Woolwich Arsenal from Sunderland in May 1898. It took four months before he made his debut but he would go on to make 45 appearances in all before leaving to sign with Gravesend United in 1900.

Today in 1892 Royal Arsenal were at the Invicta Ground for a friendly against City Ramblers. When George Davie scored twice and Jack Graham got a goal it ended 3-0 to the Royals.

In Plumstead today in 1893 the visitors were Middlesbrough Ironopolis (only in existence for five years). The Royals failed to score and lost the friendly fixture 0-2.

In Division 2 today in 1895 Woolwich Arsenal were at Filbert Street. Peter Mortimer's goal was not enough and Leicester Fosse (now Leicester City), won the match 3-1. Centre forward Thomas Meade made the first of his 14 appearances for the club in which he scored seven goals in total. He left the club in 1897 to join a Middlesex club called Tottenham Hotspur.

This date in 1899 saw Woolwich Arsenal play exactly the same fixture. They restricted the Leicester side to only two goals this time but still lost the match 2-1, despite an Adam Haywood goal.

Another defeat today in 1905 when Woolwich Arsenal made the trip to Deepdale. They failed to score and lost 3-0 to Preston North End in this Division 1 match. Full back Fred Dwight played his one and only first team match for the club. He joined from Fulham in 1903 and spent most of his time playing 41 matches for the reserves in the South Eastern League. He left later in the year to play for Nelson FC in Lancashire.

Still losing on this date, today in 1911 Woolwich Arsenal lost out at Bramall Lane against Sheffield United. Although Gordon Hoare scored and the Blades were helpful enough to put through their own net, the Gunners still lost 3-2.

Arsenal were at Highbury today in 1922 to play their FA Cup Round 1 fixture against Queens Park Rangers (only the second ever time the two clubs had met). Neither side found the back of the net to please the 31,000 spectators so in four days time they would do it all again at Loftus Road.

The Gunners were back at Bramall Lane today in 1928. The Division 1 fixture with Sheffield United was a 10 goal thriller for the 18,158 fans to enjoy. James Brain and Sid Hoar  both scored twice for the Londoners but still they lost 6-4. Whether it was the scoreline or not, this turned out to be the last match for John Moody  in the Arsenal goal. He had actually only played 6 times in three seasons so maybe not. Later in the year he left for Bradford Park Avenue.

Continuing this string of defeats Arsenal were at Roker Park to play Sunderland today in 1933. Jack Lambert scored twice but again it wasn't enough and the Black Cats won 3-2.

At last a win to report about on this date. Sheffield Wednesday were at Highbury for their FA Cup Round 3 match in 1950. Reg Lewis got the only goal of the game for the 1-0 win and Arsenal would play Swansea Town next on their way to winning the trophy.

Former Arsenal striker Malcolm Macdonald celebrates his birthday today. He was born in Fulham, London today in 1950. Fulham was where his career started before moving on to Luton Town and then Newcastle United where he became a hero. Towards the end of his injury shortened career he joined Arsenal in 1976 for the now famous fee of £333,333.34. Newcastle had demanded a 1/3 of a million and the extra penny was to secure the deal. Between 1976 and 1979 Supermac made 108 appearances for Arsenal and scored 57 goals before a knee injury enventually forced him to retire at the age of 29.

FA Cup Round 3 time again today in 1956. Arsenal had been drawn at home to Bedford Town. In the first ever meeting between the clubs it was probably the Bedford fans the happiest of the 55,178 in attendance. The match ended 2-2 with Vic Groves and Derek Tapscott getting the Gunners' goals. The two sides would meet in five days time in Bedford to play the only other match involving both clubs.

Arsenal's next FA Cup match on this date was 1961 at Roker Park. David Herd scored for the Gunners but there would be no cup run this year as Sunderland won the match 2-1.

On this day in 1967 the enemy were at Highbury. The Gunners failed to score and the shitty Middlesex club won 0-2. They would do the double of Arsenal in this, Bertie Mee's first season as manager.

When Arsenal went to Cardiff to play City in the FA Cup on the 4th of January 1969 it ended in a 0-0 draw. The teams met again in the replay on this date. George Armstrong and Bobby Gould goals made sure this time as Arsenal went through 2-0 to face Charlton Athletic in the next round.

A brief mention for Wade Falana who was born in Westminster, London today in 1970. Wade came for a trial with Arsenal in 1993 however it was unsuccessful and he ended up with a career that was dominated by non-league football.

It was another replay in the cup today in 1975. After a 1-1 draw at Highbury Arsenal had travelled north to meet York City in the rematch. Arsenal did concede but Brian Kidd's hat trick saw the Gunners through 1-3 and they would meet Coventry City next.

No replay was needed today in 1978. Arsenal were away to Sheffield United in Round 3 and with a goal from David O'Leary and two each from Malcolm Macdonald and Frank Stapleton the Gunners breezed past the Blades 0-5 on their way to the final. For highlights click here:

There would be no cup glory in 1984 as on this date Arsenal were knocked out of the FA Cup at Ayresome Park by Middlesbrough. Charlie Nicholas and Graham Rix got on the scoresheet but 3-2 it ended to the Teessiders.

Stewart Robson  left the club today in 1987. the former midfielder (and of late Arsene Wenger critic), was sold to West Ham United for £700,000 after playing 186 matches.

£400,000 was the fee when Charlie Nicholas  left the club today in 1988. The Scot had played 184 times and scored 54 goals during his five year stay. He moved back north of the border and joined Scottish side Aberdeen.

Arsenal would need a replay in Round 3 of the FA Cup today in 1995. They could only manage a 0-0 draw with Millwall and so they would have to wait eleven days to try for victory again.

Into the Premiership and Arsenal were at Goodison Park today in 2004. They shared the points with Everton after a 1-1 draw with Nwankwo Kanu getting the Gunners' goal. The 20th match of the unbeaten season. See the goals here:

Finally, back in the FA Cup today in 2006 it was the Robert Pires show in London as he got both goals in the 2-1 victory over Cardiff City. Round 4 would see a trip to the Reebok Stadium to play Bolton Wanderers.

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On this day in 1878 centre forward Peter Kyle was born in Glasgow, Scotland. He joined Woolwich Arsenal in 1906 from some club in Middlesex called Tottenham Hotspur. After moving south of the river he scored 21 goals in 52 league appearances for the club. His final total was 23 in 60 before he left to sign with Aston Villa in March 1908.

Today in 1889 Royal Arsenal were in Ilford to play them in a friendly. Although I have found no record of the scorers the result was a 0-2 win for the Royals.

Royal Arsenal Reserves meanwhile were the Fordcroft Ground to play Cray Wanderers. They won 0-2 on their way to winning the club's first ever silverware in the Kent Junior Cup.

At Peel Croft today in 1895 Woolwich Arsenal were beaten 3-2 by Burton Swifts. Henry Boyd and Bob Buchanan got the Gunners' goals.

On this day in 1901 Woolwich Arsenal were at the Manor Ground to face Burton United (a merger of Burton Swifts and Burton Wanderers). The Gunners couldn't score and United got a narrow 0-1 victory.

Woolwich Arsenal were at Eastville Stadium today in 1903 to try for the third time to beat Bristol Rovers in a qualifying round for the FA Cup. After two previous 1-1 draws Thomas Briercliffe settled things with his and the only goal of the match and so the Gunners qualified 0-1 for Round 1.

In Division 1 in 1907 today Woolwich Arsenal were at Goodison Park. It was a John Coleman goal that nicked a point in the 1-1 draw with Everton.

Defeat for the Gunners today in 1912 at Ayresome Park. Woolwich Arsenal failed to score and so Middlesbrough won the match 2-0. Hugh MacDonald (picture top left) made his third debut for the club after returning for what would be the last time. All in all the goalkeeper made 103 appearances before moving on again this time to Fulham. Centre forward Ernest Hanks would play for the last time although he didn't leave until 1913. He only made four appearances for the club, scored on his debut but was never on the winning side in an Arsenal shirt.

In the London Combination League in 1918 Arsenal played out a 3-3 draw at home with Crystal Palace. Wartime guest player Jimmy Chipperfield got the hat trick for the point.

Today in 1929 Alf Haynes made his debut for the club in the 1-0 defeat to Liverpool at Anfield. He had to wait a year and half since joining from Oxford United in 1928 but went on to play 31 times in all for the first team. His departure came in 1933 when he signed for Crystal Palace for £2,500.

On this day during World War II in 1940 Arsenal got a 3-3 draw with Crystal Palace, exactly as they had done on this date 22 years previous during World War I. This time the league was the Southern Regional League and Arsenal's scorers were Jack Crayston, Leslie Compton & Les Henley.

Not a lot to say about the match on this day in 1946 in Division 1 as it ended 0-0 when neither the home team Grimsby Town or Arsenal could score. It was a debut day for Stan Morgan (picture middle right). He would only play once more for the first team however and eventually left in 1948 to sign for Walsall.

On this day in 1956 Jack Crayston was appointed Arsenal manager after spending two months as caretaker manager. For newer readers to these posts a reminder that Jack Crayston had been a player for the club between 1934 and 1943 and then his career was interrupted by the war. A knee injury ended his career whilst playing wartime football. When he left the Royal Air Force he joined rejoined Arsenal as assistant to new manager Tom Whittaker. When Whittaker died he stood in and was given the job officially on this date.

A home fixture today in 1957 against Sunderland. The Gunners won easily with a Vic Groves goal and two from David Herd making the final score 3-0.

Midfielder Cliff Cant was born on this date in 1959 in Highgate, London. He joined the youth ranks at the club in 1976 and stayed until 1982 but never made the heights of the first team. His career would take him to Fulham, Carshalton Athletic, Crawley Town, Welling Town and Horsham.

Not so good in the home fixture against Leicester City today in 1963. Arsenal couldn't hit the back of the net and the Foxes only did once but 0-1 ended and the points went back to the Midlands.

This date in 1963 was also the date that Arsenal said goodbye to former player. Full back Andrew Kennedy died aged 66. Kennedy played 129 times for the club between 1922 and 1928. during the 1950's he was a scout for the club aswell.

At Highbury today in 1968 it was 2-0 home win against West Bromwich Albion. The scoreline was slightly flattering as only Bobby Gould scored for Arsenal and the other goal was scored by the Baggies in their net.

Brian Kidd got both Arsenal goals today in 1974 when they beat Stoke City 2-0 at the Victoria Ground.

Yet another home fixture today in 1979. Frank Stapleton got the goal that made things level in the 1-1 draw with Norwich City.

The venue was Old Trafford today in 1985 and Arsenal got a 0-1 win over Manchester United thanks to a Charlie Nicholas strike. Centre half Gus Caesar (picture bottom right) made his league debut in the match. He would go on to play 51 times for the club. Unfairly, Gus is most often remembered for his error which led to Luton Town's comeback in the 1988 Littlewoods (League) Cup Final. In fairness he was a decent player and after a loan term at Queens Park Rangers his nine years with the club ended in 1991 when he was released.

Into the Premiership era and Arsenal lost 2-1 away from home today in 1996 against Nottingham Forest. Ian Wright scored the Arsenal goal in this match which was the last for Andy Linighan. It was the 156th time that he had worn the Arsenal shirt and he scored eight times, most famously against Sheffield Wednesday in the dying seconds of the FA Cup Final in 1993 to win the Arsenal the trophy. He would leave in 1997 signing for Norwich City for a fee of £1.2m. See the goals here:

Arsenal U21's player Brandon Ormonde-Ottewill celebrates his birthday today as he was born on this date in 1995. Brandon has captained the U18's and the left back became a regular in the U21's after joining at the age of eight. Brandon is lightning quick and made frequent overlapping runs going forward. In a major shake up with many players being released at the end of the 2014/2015 he left to eventually sign with Swindon Town in July.

At Highbury today in 2002 goals from Sol Campbell and Robert Pires combined to give Arsenal a 2-0 win over Middlesbrough. You can check out the goals here:

On this date in 2005 Arsenal were drawn away in the Carling (League) Cup Quarter Final. Doncaster were the opponents at the Keepmoat Stadium. Quincy Owusu-Abeyie got an Arsenal goal in the 63rd minute to level the match at 1-1 and that's how it stayed until the whistle. Extra time began and Doncaster went ahead again. Right at the death on 120 minutes Gilberto Silva scored to level things again and it finished 2-2. Arsenal had the better of the shoot out and won it 3-1. The Gunners went on to meet Wigan Athletic in the semi-final. You can see the action here but unfortunately I have not found a video with audio:

Back in the Premier League and today in 2008 Arsenal had Robin van Persie to thank as his goal got us a 1-1 draw with Liverpool at the Emirates.

Today in 2011 the venue was Villa Park. Robin van Persie was on target with a penalty and this time it was loanee Yossi Benyoun got a goal that gave the Gunners a 1-2 win over Aston Villa.

Finally, goals from Mathieu Debuchy and Olivier Giroud saved a point for Arsenal against Liverpool at Anfield in a 2-2 draw. Arsenal's last result at Anfield had been a 5-1 hammering so it was much better all around on this day.

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On this day in 1891 Royal Arsenal played a home friendly against Preston North End. Not surprisingly the league side won the match. The Royal's failed to score and were beaten 0-3.

In Division 2 today in 1896 Woolwich Arsenal were at home to Blackpool. The match ended 4-2 to the Gunners thanks to two goals each by Gavin Crawford and Adam Haywood. Right back Job Whitfield made his debut and would only play one other time during his short stay at the club.

Woolwich Arsenal faced Grimsby Town at home today in 1903. John Coleman got one goal but Thomas Shanks helped himself to four today and gave us the 5-1 win.

Defeat at Manor Park today in 1908. Woolwich Arsenal couldn't score and it only took Manchester United their one goal to take two points with a 0-1 win. Striker William Curle made the last of his only three senior appearances for the club. He played for the reserves and left 1910 after playing in a frinedly against Ilford.

In a friendly at Highbury today in 1914 Arsenal lost 1-2 to Swindon Town, despite a Matthew Thomson goal.

No joy for Arsenal at St Andrews today in 1925 when they were narrowly beaten 1-0 by Birmingham.

A good result for the Gunners today in 1931. A 2-5 win away from home against Middlesbrough thanks to a goal by Jack Lambert and two each for David Jack & Cliff Bastin.

Today in 1933 centre back Jim Fotheringham was born in Hamilton, Lanarkshire, Scotland. For most of his 10 year stay he was in competition with Bill Dodgin for a place but made 76 first team appearances. He was sold to Hearts for £10,000 in 1959.

1936 today was a home fixture against Chelsea. Goals from Robert Davidson and Ted Drake and a brace from Alf Kirchen saw to it that Arsenal got a 4-1 victory.

In the Football League South today in 1942 Arsenal were at Kenilworth Road to play Luton Town. Goals by Jack Crayston and Denis Compton added to a double by Cliff Bastin to make it 0-4 on the day.

At Leeds Road today in 1953 Arsenal had Doug Lishman and Arthur Milton thank. Their goals got the Gunners a point against Huddersfield Town.

Eddie Magill made his debut today in 1959. It was not the happiest of starts as even though Len Julians scored Arsenal went down 5-1 away to Sheffield Wednesday. Right back Magill had to fight Len Wills and Dave Bacuzzi for his place but went on to make 131 appearances and eventually left in 1965 after the signing of Don Howe the year before.

Former Arsenal midfielder David Hillier celebrates his birthday today. He was born in Blackheath in London in 1969. He joined the club as an associated schoolboy in 1984, became a trainee and turned professional in 1988. Hillier played 143 times for the first team and scored twice before being sold to Portsmouth for £250,000 in 1996.

No further match to report about on this date until 1970. A trip to Old Trafford today and happy trip home after George Graham, Ray Kennedy and Frank McLintock goals made sure of a 1-3 win. This made it five consecutive wins for the Gunners in the first double season but still their progress was being matched by Leeds United.

In 1985 today Neil Kilkenny was born in Enfield, London. His family emigrated to Australia when he was four, but on their return to the UK Neil joined Arsenal's Academy in 2002. He never really made the grade and went to Birmingham City in 2004 but is still playing, currently for Preston North End. His longest spell was at Leeds United where he made 122 league appearances.

All the way to 1987 for the next match on this date and it was at home to Everton. Thanks went to David Rocastle who's goal secured a point for Arsenal in the 1-1 draw.

Alexis Sanchez celebrates his birthday today. He was born in Tocopilla, Chile on this date in 1988..

Today in 1989 Arsenal won the Zenith Data Systems Challenge Cup (picture bottom left). They beat Glasgow Rangers 1-2 through the goals of Paul Davis and Niall Quinn.

Today in 1990 Tony Adams was imprisoned for drink driving. Mr Arsenal was given a four month custodial sentence of which he received 50% remission due to his good behaviour (which is common under UK law).

Into the Premiership era, Arsenal hosted Middlesbrough today in 1992. It took an Ian Wright goal to save a point for the Gunners as it finished 1-1.

At Fratton Park today in 2004 it took a Sol Campbell goal to nick the points in a 0-1 Premier League win over Portsmouth.

In 2009 today at the Emirates Stadium, Denilson, Eduardo and Abou Diaby goals combined to achieve a relatively easy 3-0 win over Hull City. Manuel Almunia did have to save a penalty in the Arsenal goal to keep a clean sheet however.

The Under 21 side took a heavy beating at home today in 2011 when they went down 0-4 to Chelsea.

Today in 2012 the 'nicknamed' Arsenal British Core (picture bottom right) signed new contracts with the club. Kieran Gibbs, Carl Jenkinson, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshere announced their intentions and signed up and the club made a big point for the press.

Finally, on this date in 2014 the youth team nicked 1-0 win over Reading in Round 3 of the FA Youth Cup thanks to a goal by Daniel Crowley.

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On this day in 1889 Royal Arsenal were in Gravesend to play in the Kent Senior Cup. They beat Gravesend 1-7 with the goals of Richard Horsington, Humphrey Barbour (2), Hope Robertson (3) and Edward Williams.

The 14th of December 1889 was the first time (but not the last) that the club played two fixtures on the same day. Whilst one set of players were in Gravesend, Royal Arsenal were also playing a match at the Manor Ground in the London Senior Cup. They breezed past St Martins Athletic 6-0 and the visitors helped with an own goal. Their slip up came amongst goals by J.A. Morris, H.Tomes, William Campbell (2) and John Charteris.

Woolwich Arsenal were at Derby Turn today in 1895 to play Burton Wanderers in Division 2. Henry Boyd scored for the London club but Wanderers bagged four goals for the win. During the match James Boyle became the fourth goalkeeper of the season due to an injury and no substitutes.

1901 and Woolwich Arsenal had an FA Cup qualifier at home to Luton Town today. A James Jackson goal made the final score 1-1 and the teams would meet to fight it out again in four days time. John Vaughan made his one and only appearance for the club.

Division 1 today in 1907 and Woolwich Arsenal were at home to Birmingham. John Coleman scored the goal that made it 1-1 between the sides at the end.

Today in 1912 and shitty team from Middlesex travelled to the Manor Ground and beat their soon to be neighbours 0-3. Centre forward David Duncan played the first of five matches for the club. He scored two goals in his short stay before moving to Albion Rovers.

In the London Combination League today in 1918 Arsenal won a match 3-0 at home against Chelsea through the goals of three separate wartime guest players. Dominy, Thompson and Jimmy Chipperfield all found the net.

On this date in 1922 future Arsenal centre forward/winger Don Roper was born in Botley, Hampshire. In his 10 years at the club between 1947 and 1957 he started and played in 321 matches after manager Tom Whittaker had approached him. Don died in Southampton in 2001 aged 78.

1929 and today Highbury welcomed Huddersfield Town. Arsenal fans waved goodbye to the Terriers after David Jack & Joe Hulme had sealed a 2-0 victory.

A famous day in Arsenal history today in 1935. The Gunners were at Villa Park and beat Aston Villa 0-7. All the goals were scored by the incomparable Ted Drake (picture bottom left with the match ball).

On this date in 1937, John 'Jackie' Milne left the club for Middlesbrough. In his two year stay he made 54 appearances and scored 19 times after signing from Blackburn Rovers for £5,000.

On this date in 1940 in the Southern Regional League Arsenal were at home to Queens Park Rangers. The Gunners got a slender 3-2 win through a goal by Cliff Bastin and one each from Compton brothers Leslie and Denis.

At Highbury today in Division 1 Arsenal welcomed Charlton Athletic. One goal decided the match and that was scored by debutante Ronnie Rooke. The first of 70 goals in 94 matches for Arsenal during his stay.

Preston North End were in London today in 1957 for their league match against Arsenal. The Gunners got the win when Jimmy Bloomfield, David Herd and Gordon Nutt scored for Arsenal. Preston helped out too as they unfortunately scored an own goal to make the final score 4-2.

After the trip to Molineux today in 1963 it could have been a bad journey home were it not for Geoff Strong. He got the two goals that secured a point for the Gunners in the 2-2 draw with Wolverhampton Wanderers.

1968 at Highfield Road today and the match only needed one to goal to settle it. Bobby Gould (picture middle right) was the man to provide that and it ended Coventry City 0-1 Arsenal.

No one managed to score at Highbury today in 1974 so obviously it finished 0-0 between Arsenal and Leicester City.

Midfielder Steve Sidwell was born today in 1982 in Wandsworth, London. Sidwell joined Arsenal aged 14 but despite doing well in the academy and winning the FA Youth Cup in 2000 and 2001, he never made the grade and didn't make a first team appearance. After loan spells at Brentford, Beveren and Brighton & Hove Albion he eventually left for Reading on a permanent deal in 2003.

There was no match on this date then until today in 1985. Arsenal refused to let visitors Liverpool score and won the match 2-0. Charlie Nicholas opened the scoring before, making his official debut, Niall Quinn  got his name on the scoresheet for first time.

In Salvador, Brazil on this date in 1989, Pedro Botelho was born. He signed for Arsenal from Figueirense in 2007 and due to work permit restrictions was immediately loaned to Salamanca in Spain. Further loan contracts came at Celta, Cartagena, Rayo Vallenco and Levante. After three failed attempts to obtin a UK work permit Botelho took his left back and midfield skills back to Brazil when he signed a permanent contract with Atletico Paranaense in 2012 without ever playing for the Gunners.

Ryo Miyaichi celebrates his birthday today. He was born in Okazaki, Aichi, Japan on this day in 1992. Little Ryo came to Arsenal in January 2011. For us he only played in one league match as a substitute, two sub appearances in the Champions League and in the League Cup he started two and came on as a replacement in two. After Arsene Wenger signed him he was immediately sent on loan to Feyenoord as he had no permit to work in the UK. He also spent time at Bolton Wanderers, Wigan Athletic and FC Twente before being sold in 2015 to FC St Pauli.

Nothing to report until 2003 and well into the Premiership era today Arsenal faced Blackburn Rovers at Highbury. Dennis Bergkamp scored the only goal of the match for the win that made the season so far undefeated in 16 of 16. You can see the goal here:

The Under 21 side crushed their FA Youth Cup opponents Darlington on this day in 2010 with two goals from Benik Afobe, one from Daniel Boateng and a hat trick from Chuks Aneke giving them a 6-1 home victory.

Not so good for the youth side when they played on this date in 2011 though as they went down 0-1 at home to Derby County in the same competition.

Finally, today in 2013 was that horrible day at the Etihad Stadium. Theo Walcott got two goals and Per Mertesacker registered a goal too but the 6-3 defeat to Manchester City was not the only heavy defeat of the season.

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On this day in 1887 Royal Arsenal were at home on the Sportsman Ground in a friendly against Brixton Rangers. The Royals lost the match 1-2 but I can find no record of the Royal Arsenal goalscorer.

It was Jack Graham that scored the Royal's goal today in 1891. Another home friendly, this time against the 2nd Royal West Kent Regiment. Despite Graham's goal they lost 1-2. It is still to date the lowest ever attended Arsenal match on record with just 24 paying customers.

The Royals won a match today in 1892 that would put them through to the FA Cup First Round proper for the first time. Charles Booth, Gavin Crawford and James Henderson all scored in a 3-0 victory over Clapton.

In Division 2 today in 1898 Woolwich Arsenal were away to New Brighton Tower. William White's goal came to nothing when the Gunners were beaten 3-1.

1904 and today there was a win to be reported on. The Gunners were at home to their fellow Division 1 opponents Manchester City. One goal was all it took and Charlie Satterthwaite was the provider for a Woolwich Arsenal victory.

Millwall Athletic were the visiting opponents today in 1906. Despite a Gunner's goal from James Bigden, Athletic won the match 1-2 and were presented with the Southern Professional Charity Cup.

Woolwich Arsenal were beaten at the Manor Ground today in 1910. After they failed to score Middlesbrough took advantage and won the match 0-2.

1921 and at Highbury today Arsenal faced Blackburn Rovers in Division 1. James Hopkins scored for the Gunners and it ended 

Today in 1923 Arsenal reached the London FA Challenge Cup Final or the third time. Their opponents were Charlton Athletic and thanks to Andrew Young's two goals and one from Sam Haden the Gunners lifted the trophy after a 1-3 win.

On this day in 1926 Arsenal paid £3,125 to Notts County to acquire the services of defender Horace Cope. The left back stayed for six years during which time he made 76 appearances. After Herbert Chapman's arrival in 1929 he fell out of favour and only made seven appearances between then and his departure in 1933. He was sold to Bristol Rovers for £1,500.

Back to Division 1 and today in 1927 Arsenal made easy work of Newcastle United at Highbury and won the match 4-1. James Brain, Sid Hoar, Joe Hulme and Tom Parker getting the goals.

Tom Parker's Highbury goal today in 1929 gave the Gunners a point when it ended 1-1 with visitors Derby County.On this day in 1932 the West Stand at Highbury was officially opened by the Prince of Wales (later King Edward VIII). After the ceremonial opening it was onto the match Ernie Coleman and Joe Hulme scored one a piece and Cliff Bastin got two in a 4-1 win over Chelsea to make it great day for the fans. This win was one in sequence of 20 matches where the gunners lost two, drew two and won sixteen.

No such joy at Old Trafford today in 1938. Arsenal couldn't find the back of the net and Manchester United scraped a 1-0 win.

Winning ways resumed at Highbury today in 1955. Derek Tapscott scored for Arsenal and to complete the 2-0 victory West Bromwich Albion obliged with an own goal.

Today in 1960 Arsenal needed a pick me up after losing to Chelsea in the London FA Challenge Cup five days before. They got just that in their league fixture at home to Bolton Wanderers. They won the match 5-1 with two goals from Geoff Strong, one from John Barnwell and another two from debutante George Eastham (picture top right). Eastham was the master of the through ball and also scored 41 goals in the 223 matches that he played for the club.

At Highbury today in 1963 Arsenal steamrollered Everton in a 6-0 win. George Armstrong and Geoff Strong got one each with both Joe Baker and George Eastham getting two a piece.

At Bramall Lane today in 1966 a George Graham goal levelled things at 1-1 between Arsenal and Sheffield United and that's how it finished for shared points.

Another 1-1 draw, this time at Highbury today in 1977. Willie Young saving Arsenal with his goal against Leeds United.

Chris Whyte got on the scoresheet today in 1983 at the Boleyn Ground. It didn't help as Arsenal lost 3-1 to West Ham United. Dave Madden played his second and last match for the first team during his one season at the club.

Dull and dreary was how one newspaper reported on the match today in 1988 at Carrow Road. It ended 0-0 between Norwich City and Arsenal with neither team playing well enough for the points.

The only birthday today is that of Arsenal academy starlet Reiss Nelson who was born today in 1999. The winger broke into the Under 18 side in the second half of the 2014/2015 season and as a 15 year old in the 2015/2016 has appeared in the UEFA League for the Under 19 team. A bright talent that likes to play just behind a striker but is not averse to finding the net himself he is a highly thought of prospect at the club.

Champions League Group B action at Highbury today in 2002. Arsenal and Valencia played out a 0-0 draw in the group that also contained Ajax and AS Roma.

Arsenal were drawn in Group B in 2003 aswell and on this day they had another home fixture. This time it was Lokomotiv Moscow in London and Robert Pires and Freddie Ljungberg goals were enough for a 2-0 victory over the Russian side. See the goals here:…/xy8kaa_2003-december-10-arsena…

Into the Premiership for the first time on this date and in 2006 Arsenal were at Stamford Bridge. Mathieu Flamini's goal kept the scores to 1-1 at the final whistle in a match that saw Ashley Cole face Arsenal for the first time after his acrimonious departure.

In 2008 on this date Arsenal were in Portugal for Champions League Group G match against FC Porto. The Gunners failed to score and the Portugese side won 2-0. Also on this date in 2008 the youth side were away against Aston Villa in the FA Youth Cup where they got a 2-3 win thanks to the goals of Rhys Murphy (2) and Jay Emmanuel Thomas.

Today in 2009 Carlos Vela  signed a new long term contract with the club.

Finally, Arsenal were at the Emirates today in 2011 in the Premier League. Opponents were Everton who left empty handed after Robin van Persie's goal was enough for a 1-0 Arsenal win. This was Arsenal Football Club's 125th Anniversary match and many an Arsenal great was there to celebrate. If you weren't there, where the hell were you? Watch the 
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On this day in 1889 Royal Arsenal were in an FA Cup qualifier at Plumstead Common. Swifts FC from Slough were the opponents and they comfortably beat the Royals 1-5, with James Meggs getting the consolation goal.

Woolwich Arsenal were at home to Leicester Fosse today in 1895 in Division 2. Henry Boyd got the Gunners' goal that kept it at 1-1 at the final whistle. Goalkeeper Thomas Hatfield made his second and final appearance for the club before leaving for Spurs in 1896.

Regular readers will remember Joe Powell who died after contracting tetanus following a broken arm sustained in a match against Kettering. Today in 1896 the team played a benefit match with Aston Villa to raise money for Powell's family. it was the visitors who won the match 1-3. Adam Haywood scored the solitary Woolwich Arsenal goal.

Little to say about the match at Sincil Bank today in 1901 as Lincoln City and Woolwich Arsenal played out a 0-0 draw.

In the London League Premier Division today in 1903 Arsenal had a home fixture with Millwall. Thomas Pratt scored for the Gunners but they lost the match 1-3.

Woolwich Arsenal lost 3-1 again today in 1907. The venue was Burnden Park and although John Coleman scored it was Bolton Wanderers that won the match.

Woolwich Arsenal were at Stamford Bridge today in 1908 to play in fundraiser. The match with Chelsea was organised by the London Professional Football Association Charity Fund. Charles Lewis scored the only goal of the match in a 0-1 Gunners win.

Centre forward Ronnie Rooke was born on this day in 1911 in Guildford, Surrey. After playing for Crystal Palace and Fulham he joined Arsenal in 1946. He played 94 times scoring 70 goals before he left to becaome player/manager at Fulham. Rooke died in 1985.

Today in 1912 Woolwich Arsenal lost 4-1 at the Baseball Ground with John Flanagan getting the goal against Derby County. Forward Fred Groves (picture top left) made his first team debut. Groves who was a regular for the reserves was only ever on the fringes of the first team in his nine years at the club, he did make 53 starts for the club however and scored seven goals before being sold to Brighton for £500 in 1921.

In 1914 on this date Arsenal were playing in the London FA Challenge Cup for the first time. Opponents and hosts were Millwall Athletic and Henry King opened the scoring for the Gunners. It was not to be as they couldn't hold on and Millwall won the cup 2-1.

In the London Combination League the month after the end of World War I Arsenal were against their recently acquired neighbours today in 1918. Arsenal couldn't score and the shitty Middlesex club won the match 1-0. Although officially an away fixture it was played at Highbury.

Future Arsenal defender Ian Ure was born today in 1939 in Ayr, Scotland. He joined Arsenal in 1963 from Dundee when manager Billy Wright paid £62,500 for him. In his six year stay he played 202 times before eventually leaving for Manchester United in 1969.

Today in 1940 in the Southern Regional League Arsenal were beaten 5-0 by Charlton Athletic at the Valley. The bad performance may have been due to the tragic news that the club received that day. Ex-player and now reserve team coach Jack Lambert (picture top right) had been killed in a car accident in Enfield at just 38 years of age. Lambert had been a prolific scorer for Arsenal notching up 98 league goals in 143 league matches.

On this day in 1957 Arsenal lost 2-1 at Turf Moor. Cliff Holton got on the Arsenal scoresheet but the team couldn't find an equaliser against Burnley. Midfielder Dan Le Roux (picture bottom left) made his debut in his only season at the club. He played five times but never adjusted to life in England and returned to his native South Africa at the end of the season to join Durban City. It was also a first Arsenal match for goalkeeper Jim Standen (picture bottom middle). Standen played 38 matches between the sticks before being sold to Luton Town in 1960 for £8000.

A Joe Baker goal today in 1963 saved Arsenal's blushes in front of their own supporters as they drew 1-1 at Highbury with Liverpool.

Victory at home today in 1968. Goals from David Court, John Radford and George Graham saw Arsenal through to a 3-1 win over Everton in London.

Despite a Brian Kidd goal at Brunton Park today in 1974 Arsenal lost 2-1 to hosts Carlisle United. Midfielder Alex Cropley (picture bottom right) made his debut after joining from Hibernian for £150,000. During his two season spell at the club he played 34 times and scored six goals. He was unfortunate to break both legs in two separate incidents aswell. He eventually moved on to Aston Villa for £125,000 in 1976.

It was Aston Villa at Highbury today in 1982. Chris Whyte and Tony Woodcock both scored in a 2-1 Arsenal win.

No such luck at the Dell today in 1985 as Arsenal failed to score and were beaten 3-0 by Southampton.

Into the Premiership era and today in 1996 the Gunners were at home to Derby County. Tony Adams scored and new signing Patrick Vieira got his first Arsenal goal and made the final score 2-2. To see the extended highlights and goals click here:

Defeat today in 2002 at Old Trafford as Arsenal couldn't find the back of the net and lost 2-0 to Manchester United. It ended a run of 47 consecutive matches in which Arsenal had scored at least once. If you can suffer it the highlights are here:

Ealier that day in 2002 the Under 19 side had nicked a 1-0 home win against Charlton Athletic with a goal by Alfred Kamara.

Champions League Group E fixture was on the menu today in 2004. The visiting opponents were Norwegian side Rosenborg BK. Arsenal had already qualified for the next phase but did not take their foot off the gas. Five different scorers made it a 5-1 win starting with Jose Antonio Reyes then Thierry Henry, Cesc Fabregas, Robert Pires and Robin van Persie rounded off a comfortable night at the office.

There were no such thrills in Group B in 2005 as the Highbury crowd saw no goals in the 0-0 draw with Ajax.

Finally, it was a 0-1 win for the Under 21 side today in 2010 as they travelled to play West Bromwich Albion and an Ignasi Miquel goal gave the Young Gunners the points.

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