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The anniversaries – Arsenal on this day in history.

The complete Arsenal on this day index is now here with around 5000 major events in Arsenal’s history recorded.  May and June recently fully updated.

  • 29 May 1905: With no players, no supporters, having played no games, and having had an application for membership turned down by the Southern League following objections by Tottenham, Chelsea were granted a place in the Football League.
  • 29 May 1914: Matthew Thomson transferred to Swindon.  He had played 89 league games across six seasons including the first season at Highbury.
  • 29 May 1931: Arsenal beat AIK 5-0 away from home in a post-season friendly.  David Jack got a hat trick.
  • 29 May 1949:  Arsenal friendly v Flamengo.  It was the first team début for Peter Goring.  It was also the final appearance of Ronnie Rooke.  His final figures were 68 goals in 88 league games.
  • 29 May 1949: Brian Kidd born.  He signed from Arsenal in 1974 after ten years with Manchester United, and played 77 league games across two seasons before moving on to Manchester City.
  • 29 May 1950: Thomas Rippon (footballing brother of Willis) died.  His story is interesting as an example of how the world worked in the 19th century.  Within six months he moved from being a door to door fruit seller in Sheffield to playing for Woolwich Arsenal – albeit only for the reserves.
  • 29 May 1959: Steve Gatting born in West London.  He signed for Arsenal as an amateur in 1974 and made 50 league starts across three seasons before moving on to Brighton and Hove Albion.
  • 29 May 1968: Sammy Nelson first team debut in a 4-0 victory over Japan.  He was one of Bertie Mee’s first signings – and was employed initially in the reserves on the left wing before moving to left back.
  • 29 May 1981: Andrey Arshavin born to a father who was both an amateur footballer and a writer, including among his works the gloriously titled ‘555 Questions and Answers on Women, Money, Politics and Football’.
  • 29 May 1985: The Heysel Stadium disaster.  39 died as Liverpool fans moved to attack Juventus fans and trapped them against a concrete wall, while waiting for the start of the European Cup Final.  Although only Liverpool was involved in this all English clubs were subsequently banned from playing European football.  In 1989, after a 5-month trial in Belgium, 14 fans were given 3-year sentences for involuntary manslaughter
  • 29 May 1990: Martin Hayes was transferred to Celtic for £625,000.  He only had one season as a regular in the side but in that season scored 19 goals in league 31 starts.
  • 29 May 2014: Arsenal announced that Lukasz Fabianski would leave the club in the summer.  He had just won an FA cup winners’ medal, and had played 78 games, 25 of them without conceding.

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