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The news

The moment

27 August 1997: The definitive Bergkamp hat trick at Leicester in a 3-3 draw in the 4th league game of the 2nd Double Season   It was the first hattrick under Arsène Wenger. The second double: part 1, part 2, part 3.

The anniversaries 

  • 27 August 1908: Newspaper talk shows Morrell very satisfied with his team’s progress as they prepared for the first game on 2 September.  Unfortunately Arsenal lost 0-4 at home to Everton.
  • 27 August 1913    Arsenal played a practice match at The Den as the development work continued at Highbury ready for the first home game on September 6.
  • 27 August 1919: Joseph Toner joined from Belfast United for £200.  He was an occasional player in each of the years under Knighton’s management, but was soon moved on after Chapman arrived.
  • 27 August 1920: Death of Hugh MacDonald.  He signed for Arsenal on three separate occasions (not a record but still remarkable) retiring from football finally in 1913.
  • 27 August 1921: The Third Division North formed.  In the first minute on the first day of the first season ex Arsenal man Tommy Winship crossed for Darlington to score the first ever goal in the league.
  • 27 August 1927: Not everything worked perfectly under Chapman.  Bury 5 Arsenal 1 in the opening day of the first division campaign.  However Arsenal won the next two games 4-1 and 6-1 and went on to play in the FA Cup final for the first time.
  • 27 August 1928: The Monday newspapers deemed the numbered shirts experiment “a success”  and predicted wider use.
  • 27 August 1932: The run of three consecutive league championships began with Birmingham 0 Arsenal 1.  The first goal of this unique run was scored by Reg Stockill.  He only played four games in the season – but scored three.
  • 27 August 1938: Bryn Jones scored on his debut against Portsmouth.  He scored three in his first four games, but then only scored one more during the whole season in which he played 30 games.
  • 27 August 1988: Steve Bould league debut for Arsenal in 5-1 away defeat of Wimbledon in the opening fixture of the campaign.  Smith got 3 – the only hattrick all season.
  • 27 August 1997: The definitive Bergkamp hat trick at Leicester in a 3-3 draw in the 4th league game of the 2nd Double Season   It was the first hattrick under Arsène Wenger. The second double: part 1, part 2, part 3.
  • 27 August 1999: Luis Boa Morte sold to Southampton.
  • 27 August 2002: Arsenal beat WBA 5-2, continuing the average of five or more goals every 20 games under Arsene Wenger.  Cole, Lauren, Wiltord (2) and Aliadière scored.
  • 27 August 2003: Arsenal 2 Aston Villa 0.  The 3rd league match of the unbeaten season and the third straight win.  Campbell and Henry scored to make it 8 goals for 1 against.
  • 27 August 2008: Arsenal qualified for the Champions League group stages.  Samir Nasri made his debut, marked with a goal in 4-0 win over Twente.  Gallas, Walcott and Bendtner scored the others to make it 6-0 overall.
  • 27 August 2009: Jay Simpson loaned to QPR.  He went on to play 39 times for them and scored 12 goals.
  • 27 August 2013.  Arsenal beat Fenerbahçe in the Champions League play off in front of 56,271 – the lowest crowd of the season.  
  • 27 August 2014: Alexis Sanchez scored his first goal for Arsenal as the club beat Besitkas 1-0 in the play off round of the Champions League.

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The publisher (in red) with the soon to be leader of the Labour Party, and the great grand daughter of Jack Humble, one of the founders of Arsenal, with the then chairman of AISA (far right) at a meeting held at the Houses of Parliament to launch the “Woolwich Arsenal” book.


Just published, the new book by Untold Arsenal columnist Tim Charlesworth: It happened again,“A tale of love, hope, death and disappointment – Arsenal 2015/16”
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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.

Also available is “It happened Again”, A tale of love, hope, death and disappointment – Arsenal 2015/16”

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

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The Untold Preview of the Under 18, Under 19, and Under 21 squads.

Arsenal in the 1930s – the full story of 1930/2, Arsenal’s first league championship, has been told in a series of 32 episodes.  Probably the most detailed analysis ever published.

The full index to all the series is on Arsenal History Society Web Site 


And we’re on Twitter @UntoldArsenal and on Facebook (UntoldArsenalToday)

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