The Arsenal anniversary series appears daily on the Arsenal History Society web site – except it can’t this weekend as we’ve been upgrading that site from http to https – and something has gone amiss. So until we get that fixed, I’m posting the daily list of anniversaries on Untold.
Hopefully the History Society, both with its anniversaries and with its comprehensive review of “Henry Norris at the Arsenal” will be back tomorrow.
22 July 1934 Danny Clapton born in Stepney, and played for Leytonstone as an amateur before joining Arsenal in August 1953
22 July 1966: Tony Burns transferred to Brighton. He played as a goalkeeper 31 times for Arsenal. He continued playing until 1979, most notably playing 90 games for Crystal Palace, and then became a manager, and later goalkeeping coach.
22 July 1971 Jon Sammels sold to Leicester for £100,000, after becoming a victim of the “boo-boys” in the crowd. He had played 215 league games and went on to play 241 for Leicester, leaving them for Canada in 1977.
22 July 1989: First appearance of goalkeeper Alan Miller in a friendly against Skelleftea. He played nine times for Arsenal and then after several loan spells moved to Middlesbrough in 1994.
22 July 1992 David Rocastle sold to the league champions Leeds for £2m. Later reports strongly suggested that he was very much sold against his will and was deeply distressed by the move forced upon him by George Graham.
22 July 2003: Oleg Luzhny sold to Wolverhampton W. Luzhny played 110 league games for Arsenal and was part of the team that won the 2001/2 double
22 July 2003: SC Ritzing drew with Arsenal to make it one defeat two draws and
no wins in pre-season games. Matters picked up later and Arsenal won four of
the nine pre-season games all told before embarking on the Unbeaten season.
22 July 2004: Mathieu Flamini signed from Marseille on a free transfer – a profile he continued through his career, never once commanding a transfer fee. He played 102 times for Arsenal before moving on to Milan; returning in 2013, and then leaving again for Palace.
22 July 2006: The Emirates Stadium opened with the Dennis Bergkamp testimonial, Dennis’ father kicked off the match. Dennis had played 423 games for Arsenal, and was part of both Arsène Wenger’s two Doubles and the Unbeaten Season.
22 July 2016: Arsenal signed Bolton’s Player of the Year Rob Holding for £2m. The transfer was met with wholesale derision by the anti-Wengerian mobs who were spurred on by the mass media and their newly emerging small scale blogs. Although no one seemed to apologise for the abuse by the end of the season when Holding put in a sterling display in the Cup Final to see off Chelsea, it was apparent that this was another Wenger work of absolute brilliance.
22 July 2013: Arsenal played Nagoya Grampus, the club Arsène Wenger managed
before Arsenal. Arsenal won 3-1 with goals from Giroud, Ryo and Walcott.
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