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The Anniversaries

  • 4 October 1894: Woolwich Arsenal beat Casuals 8-0 in a friendly.  This is one of the matches that shows that the old story that Arsenal were banned from playing local amateur clubs after turning professional was completely untrue.
  • 4 October 1913: The first league defeat at Highbury.  Arsenal 0 Bury 1.  The two previous games at the new stadium had been a win and a draw.  The next 8 games at Highbury were all home wins – the only other home defeat come against Huddersfield in February.
  • 4 October 1942: Terry Mancini born.  He made little progress at first as a player but after a period in South Africa, returned to England to push his way up through the leagues with Orient and finally QPR before joining Arsenal.
  • 4 October 1952: Arsenal 3 Blackpool 1.  66,682 turned up for the game despite Arsenal’s modest form at the time (only four of the first 10 games had been won).  Roper got two and Logie the third.
  • 4 October 1958: One day after signing, Jackie Henderson made his Arsenal debut v WBA where he scored twice as Arsenal won 4–3 at Highbury.
  • 4 October 1961: Death of Horace Cope.   After retiring from football he moved back to Treeton where his family had worked in the colliery, running Treeton Working Man’s Club, Rotherham, before running a Public House in Nottingham,
  • 4 October 1969: Arsenal 0 Coventry City 1.  Geoff Barnett and John Roberts made their league debut.  The game came in a run of eight games without a victory.  The crowd was 28,877.
  • 4 October 1972: Jeff Blockley signed from Coventry City for £200,000.  As Arsenal tried to maintain the momentum of the first European success and the first Double, he was signed by the club as a replacement for Frank McLintock.
  • 4 October 1973: Wilf Rostron professional a professional contract with Arsenal and played 17 games with the club between this date and 1977, when he moved to Sunderland.  He later played in Watford’s most successful side in 1982
  • 4 October 1997: Ian Wright’s last goal at Highbury in 5-0 win over Barnsley as Arsenal remained unbeaten with a third of the season gone, and Bergkamp is in his pomp and glory.  10th league game of the 2nd Double Season    The second double: part 1, part 2, part 3.
  • 4 October 1998: Bergkamp scores first league goal of the season in defeat of Newcastle at start of a six match unbeaten run.
  • 4 October 2003: Liverpool 1 Arsenal 2.  The 8th league match of the unbeaten season including an utterly sensational goal from Pires.
  • 4 October 2009: Having started the season so well, then faltered, Arsenal recover beating Blackburn 6-2.  Each goal was scored by a different player: Vermaelen, Van Persie, Arshavin, Fabregas, Walcott, Bendtner.

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