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The Anniversaries

  • 3 October 1896: Arsenal played their second game in the United League – a 2-2 home draw against Luton Town – with a not insignificant crowd of 8000 – very high for the United League.  
  • 3 October 1903: 20,000 in crowd the Man U home game, compared with 1,000 for the next away game!  Arsenal won 4-0, making it 21 goals for and 0 against in the first five games of the season.  The next game was away to Glossop.
  • 3 October 1925: After losing 0-7 to Newcastle Chapman and Buchan transform Arsenal’s tactics – but it is not just WM that makes the difference.  This is the third 0-7 defeat for Arsenal in the first division – and certainly the one with the most implications.  Buchan’s first signing for Arsenal is here.
  • 3 October 1936: 79th and final league appearance of Pat Beasley v Man Utd. He was signed by Chapman but missed out on honours.  However he played in the cup final of 1938 for Huddersfield, and guested for Arsenal during the war.
  • 3 October 1958: Jackie Henderson signed from Wolverhampton for £17,500.  Wolverhampton hardly used him as they became champions and sold him on at a profit.
  • 3 October 1958: John Snedden joined as an amateur from Bonnyvale Star Juniors.   Turning pro a few months after joining he started his career on 16 January 1960 in a game away to Tottenham, his only game of that season.
  • 3 October 1970: On the way to the double Kennedy scored first hattrick as Arsenal beat Nottm Forest 4-0 in match 11 of the first Double season.  The start of a 14 match unbeaten run.
  • 3 October 1972: John Roberts final game in league cup v Rotherham for £150,000. He later featured for Wrexham and Hull City and finally for non-league Oswestry Town.   He subsequently went on to work as a stationery salesman and as a driving instructor.
  • 3 October 1989: Arsenal beat Plymouth 6-1 away in the League Cup in front of 17,360.  Thomas (3), Smith, Groves and OG.   Having beaten Plymouth 2-0 at Highbury Arsenal went on to beat Liverpool before losing to Oldham.  
  • 3 October 1999: The run of three victories through September is disrupted by an away defeat to WHU.  Vieira confronted Ruddock and was subsequently charged, banned for six matches and fined a record £45,000 by the FA.  He apologises in a very personal commentary about his family and his brother.
  • 3 October 2014: Brian Mcdermott returned to Arsenal after being sacked by Leeds as manager and joined the scouting team, as assistant to the chief scout.

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