Arsenal anniversaries for 21 July (posted here as the History site is broken)

Every day on the website of the Arsenal History Society, there appears a list of Arsenal (and a few non-Arsenal) anniversaries for that day.

We are currently in the process of converting that website ( from http:// to https// which is a technical thing I don’t understand but those people who charge me lots of money for doing it tell me it is well worthwhile.

While the earlier upgrades that have been done on the sites I run all went through with whizzo speed, this one seems to have got stuck (at least I think that is the technical term) and I am waiting for those who know stuff to get it sorted.

Meanwhile therefore, I’m setting out the anniversaries for today below – although without the normal links to the stories in full, as they too are on the History site and thus unavailable.  I’ll let you know when The History of Arsenal site is back up and running, both here, on Facebook and on our Twitter account.

Tony Attwood


21 July 1898: Tom Whittaker born in Aldershot.   His prime interest in his early days was in being a marine engineer, but he was spotted playing football while serving his country, and in 1919 signed for Arsenal.  As a manager he won the league twice and the Cup once, as did Allison and Chapman before him.

21 July 1953: Brian Talbot born in Ipswich.  He started his career with Ipswich Town in 1968 before graduating to the first team in 1972 playing 177 games for the club.

21 July 1987: Alan Smith’s first appearance for Arsenal, in the Barrie Vassallo Testimonial.  He had transferred from Leicester City where he had played alongside Gary Lineker, but was immediately loaned back to the club until the summer of 1987.

21 July 2000: Tommy Black and Julian Gray released to Crystal Palace.  Black played in the Youth League winning side of 1998 and both players won promotion with Palace in 2004.

21 July 2005: Samir Nasri fractured his right fibula during a training session while playing for Marseilles.

21 July 2014: Wellington Silva loaned to Almeria until June 2015. He was then able to obtain a Spanish passport through length of residence meaning he could play anywhere in the EU.  


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