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On this page you’ll find the latest Untold stories, plus details of the major stories from the Arsenal Anniversary files covering Arsenal on this day.  Plus links to the latest research from the Arsenal History Society, and details of the books we’ve published.

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The anniversaries – Arsenal on this day in history.  

Please note the complete Arsenal on this day index is now here with around 5000 major events in Arsenal’s history recorded.

  • 21 April 1880: Birth of Charles McGibbon.  He was the 7th centre forward of the 1909/10 season and came with no league experience but scored three goals in the last four games of the season to ensure Arsenal continued in the first division.
  • 21 April 1908: Hearts 1 Arsenal 3.  With the league season having finished the day before with a home game against Sheffield Wednesday, Arsenal immediately boarded a train and started a crazy eight matches in nine days in Scotland.
  • 21 April 1917: James Maxwell died in action against the Turks (fighting with Indian troops/Black Watch in 51 Division) in the Samarrah Offensive. His body was not recovered and no gave is known.
  • 21 April 1930 Leicester City 6 Arsenal 6: the all time record top league score,   Four goals for David Halliday, but that wasn’t enough to get him a place in the cup final.
  • 21 April 1930.  Last first team game for Dan Lewis.  Despite being blamed for the 1927 cup final defeat he played over 30 times in each of the next three seasons.
  • 21 April 1936: The demolition of the old East Stand at Highbury begins. even though Arsenal had two more home games (against Chelsea and Leeds) to play.  The new stand was opened on October 24, 1936.
  • 21 April 1959: Arsenal 0 Rangers 3 – part of the continuing run of games between the clubs which was initiated by Herbert Chapman.
  • 21 April 1963: Jock Rutherford died.  He had already retired twice from football when he came back for a third and final time in January 1926 under Chapman to become the oldest man ever to play for Arsenal.
  • 21 April 1964: Don Howe signed from WBA for £42,000 – a record for a full back.  He played on until 1967 when he became chief coach moving to caretaker manager in 1983.
  • 21 April 1970: Sammy Nelson made his international debut for N Ireland v England.  He played 51 times for the Province, all while with Arsenal except the last four (when he was with Brighton).
  • 21 April 1971: Peter Storey’s international debut for England v Greece.  He played 19 times for his country between 1971 and 1973.
  • 21 April 1979:  Derby County 2 Arsenal 0.  One of nine Arsenal games in 32 days, but despite this high level of activity Arsenal nevertheless went on to win the cup.
  • 21 April 2001: Arsenal 4 Everton 1, as Arsenal moved to being runners up for the third year running.  This was also the start of the longest ever sequence of scoring in home games.  It lasted until November 2003.
  • 21 April 2002: Arsenal 2 Ipswich 0.  One of the 13 consecutive victories; League match 34 of the 3rd Double season.
  • 21 April 2009: Arshavin scored four in 4-4 draw at Anfield.  The crowd was 44,424.  If only 20 more had turned up everything would have been four-square.  See here for the context

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