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On this page:

  • Honouring the 28 Originals.  All the men who played in our first league season.
  • A selected anniversary from beyond football and a nice picture of the stadium and a train.
  • Today’s Arsenal anniversaries and the Insult of the Day
  • A list of the most recent posts from Untold and the Arsenal History Society
  • Details of all the the books Untold Arsenal has published

The latest… 

Untold Arsenal has published five books on Arsenal – all are available as paperback and three are now available on Kindle.  The books are

  • The Arsenal Yankee by Danny Karbassiyoon with a foreword by Arsene Wenger.
  • Arsenal: the long sleep 1953 – 1970; a view from the terrace.  By John Sowman with an introduction by Bob Wilson.
  • Woolwich Arsenal: The club that changed football.  By Tony Attwood, Andy Kelly and Mark Andrews.
  • Making the Arsenal: a novel by Tony Attwood.
  • The Crowd at Woolwich Arsenal by Mark Andrews.

You can find details of all five on our new Arsenal Books page

Other Recent Articles

Honouring the 28 Originals.

On this day in 1893 Royal Arsenal formally became Woolwich Arsenal, in order to meet League regulations over club structure (see more in the anniversary files).   To commemorate this day the Arsenal History Society’s review of every player who played in Arsenal’s first league season, has been concluded today.  A huge array of new facts have been revealed is currently developing a series on every Arsenal player who played for the club’s first team in a league match in the 1893/4 season.  In many ways we’ve re-written a year in Arsenal’s history!

The final players (we’ve published them in the order in which they made their debut) in the list of 28 players are

You can read the full index to the articles celebrating the start of Woolwich Arsenal on the Arsenal History Society Web Site 

Anniversairesthe full index is to be found here

  • 5 May 1893: Royal Arsenal needed to become a limited company to join the Football League but were forbidden by the rules from registering a company name that associated the club with the royal family.  On this day they chose Woolwich Arsenal FC.
  • 5 May 1907: Woolwich Arsenal played a Belgian XI in Brussels, winning 2-1.  It was the first overseas match that Arsenal played, as far as we know, and  was the start of an ambitious eight match tour of which Arsenal won seven and drew one game.
  • 5 May 1908: William Garbutt – the Arsenal man who took football to Italy – was transferred to Blackburn.  He stayed there for four years, but after injury stopped playing in 1912, aged 29 and moved to Genoa.
  • 5 May 1910: Henry Norris and Charlie Buchan entered discussions for Buchan to play for Fulham, but Buchan rejected the offer saying Bury had offered him twice as much.  Norris did however succeed in signing him once Chapman took over.
  • 5 May 1928: Charlie Buchan’s last game.  Everton 3 Arsenal 3.  He scored 56 goals in 120 matches for Arsenal and then moved next into journalism, and commentary for the BBC.  His autobiography, “A Lifetime in Football” is the source of much of our knowledge about the tactical change he helped introduce.  Chapman’s 3rd season ended with without a win in the final eight games.
  • 5 May 1930: Northampton Town 0 Arsenal 7.  One of a series of end of season games with Chapman’s first managerial club organised to help raise funds to pay for ground improvements after a fire destroyed much of the ground.
  • 5 May 1934: Arsenal 2 Sheffield U 0.  Arsenal won the league by three points from Huddersfield despite the sudden death of Herbert Chapman earlier in the season.  It was also the last game for David Jack who went on to manage first Southend and then Middlesbrough.
  • 5 May 1945: Last game for Ted Drake.  He went into management and transformed Chelsea, leading them to their one and only championship of the 20th century.
  • 5 May 1954: Last game for Lionel Smith (a friendly v Grasshoppers).  He moved to Watford and then became player-manager at Gravesend & Northfleet where he won the 1957-58 Southern League title.
  • 5 May 1961: Racing club de Paris 1 Arsenal 4.  One of the series of games set up by Herbert Chapman, initially to raise funds for men invalided in the first world war.
  • 5 May 1966: Arsenal 0 Leeds Utd 3.  The infamous “4,554” game with Highbury’s lowest ever crowd for a league match.  It was the third successive 0-3 defeat although Arsenal won their final match 1-0 to end up 14th in the league.
  • 5 May 1986: Oxford 3 Arsenal 0.  Last game for Tony Woodcock and last game with Steve Burtenshaw as manager before George Graham took over.  Woodcock moved into business, and later became an ardent supporter of Arsene Wenger’s style of management.
  • 5 May 1990: Last game for Martin Hayes.  He scored 29 league goals in 70 starts, He moved to Celtic but this didn’t work out but had more success at Swansea before moving into non-league club management and commentary on Arsenal Player.  
  • 5 May 1990: Norwich 2 Arsenal 2: David O’Leary beat George Armstrong’s record of 500 games in the final game of the season.  
  • 5 May 1999: Tottenham 1 Arsenal 3 as the championship looked possible, however  Arsenal faltered in the next game.  Anelka scored his 17th and final league goal to end as top scorer for the season.
  • 5 May 2008: Mathieu Flamini agrees to a four-year contract with Italian club Milan, meaning he would leave Arsenal on a free transfer on 1 July.  He had a hard time at Milan in the early days, playing as a late sub in Europa League games and eventually returned to Arsenal on a free, meaning no transfer fee had ever been paid for him.
  • 5 May 2009: Arsenal 1 Man U 3 (Champions League semi final; 1-4 aggregate).  Van Persie scored a 76th minute penalty but with Ronaldo and Park scoring in the first 11 minutes there was no chance of progression.  Fletcher was sent off for Man U on 74.

Insult of the Day:

He’s opposite to humanity (Timon of Athens)

And elsewhere… 

On 5 May 1818 Karl Marx was born, and led the path to historical inevitability.  On 5 May 1943 Michael Palin was born and was part of the path to Monty Python.  On 5 May 1968 students took to the streets in Paris, the workers marched in support, and all were attacked by the police.  It was only much later (and not on this day) that Douglas Adams invented the interconnectivity of all things.

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