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August 2021

Arsenal v Hull – spitting, wrong pitch, wrong clothes, and other historic moments

The story of Arsenal v Hull in recent years is one of the strangest tales that there is in football, full of wild and crazed accusations (none of which stand up in court).

Such stories reveal behind them the tale of a man ill-at-ease with his work, and a club which at the time were clearly not quite sorted as to how they wanted to behave.

As a result, one particular Arsenal v Hull event made every headline, and gave a lot of people a lot of laughs.

If you feel like a little trip down memory lane, the Arsenal History site returns to the events of March 2009 – and indeed other matches between the two clubs in “The Wild Men Of Hull”

Meanwhile we also have an interesting double anniversary today – the anniversary of the first ever Arsenal / Tottenham league match and the anniversary of the first ever Arsenal / Tottenham cup semi final.  (Well actually the second leg of the first ever cup semi final – but close enough.

You can read about that cup semi-final and reflect on just where Arsenal were in the footballing elite at the time, in our anniversary article of the day

Just to complete the historic theme, here’s today’s anniversary list.


  • 4 December 1909: Arsenal beat Tottenham 1-0 in first ever league encounter.
  • 4 December 1914: George Swindin born in Yorkshire
  • 4 December 1924: Alexander Graham sold to Brentford
  • 4 December 1933 – second attempt by Arsenal to introduce numbered shirts
  • 4 December 1952: Bill Dodgin signed from Fulham
  • 4 December 1956: John Barnwell first game in southern Floodlight Cup
  • 4 December 1959: Terry Neill signed from Bangor City for £2500
  • 4 December 1961: Arsenal beat Millwall 3-1 to win London Challenge Cup
  • 4 December 1962: Kevin Richardson born in Newcastle.
  • 4 December 1968: Tottenham 1 Arsenal 1 to conclude the first ever semi-final meeting between the clubs. Arsenal win 2-1 overall.
  • 4 December 1976: Alan Ball final game v Newcastle (5-3)
  • 4 December 1991 – Cliff Bastin died in Exeter aged 79.
  • 4 December 2004: Arsenal 3 Birmingham 0; the win starts a month of four wins and a draw.
  • 4 December 2010 Arsenal beat Fulham 2-1 to go top of the league.

4 comments to Arsenal v Hull – spitting, wrong pitch, wrong clothes, and other historic moments

  • Brickfields Gunners

    Sinners and redemption….

    A teenage boy walks into confession. “Forgive me father for I have sinned. I suck the penises of old men for money. One man wouldn’t pay me when I’d finished, so I pushed him to the ground, kicked him, and stole his watch. I’m afraid he may go to the police. What should I do?”

    The priest thinks for a moment, before saying, “Just buy me a new watch and we’ll call it quits.”

  • Brickfields Gunners

    Wait a minute….

    “Forgive me father, for I have sinned. I told a lie just to earn some money.”

    ” God will forgive you, remember to put money into the donation box.”

  • elkieno

    I dont get the 2nd one?

  • Brickfields Gunners

    @ elkieno – Don’t worry , it’ll come to you suddenly in a flash of light and all will be revealed !
    Along the same lines …

    Today I went to confessional at my local church. I said to the priest: “forgive me father for I have sinned, it’s been six months since my last confession.”

    He asked what I would like to confess so I told him: “I’m going to blackmail somebody father.”

    “Why?” He asked.

    “Because they have committed a terrible act father.”

    “Why not go to the police?” Questioned the priest.

    “Because I need the money father.” I replied.

    “What terrible act has this unfortunate soul committed?” He asked.
    “I saw him touching a choir boy inappropriately, sound familiar motherfucker?”