The Arsenal History

  • FA Cup Final Kick Off Times – The Arsenal
    FA Cup Final Arsenal’s Kick-Off Times “The purists would still want the FA Cup final at 3pm on the last Saturday of the season,” – Greg Dyke Is the 3 o’clock kick-off time a tradition? Was it just a recent invention or does it have deeper roots in the competition? Is it ... read more
    Source: The Arsenal HistoryPublished on 2017-05-25By Mark Andrews
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  • Royal Arsenal FC Turn Professional – The Truth
    Pioneers of the South On 9 May 1891 the members of Royal Arsenal Football Club caused a sensation on the London football scene when they voted to turn professional. The governing body for football in London were staunchly amateur, heavily influenced by the “old boys” network of public schools. Royal ... read more
    Source: The Arsenal HistoryPublished on 2017-05-09By Andy Kelly
    3 weeks ago
  • The Arsenal Object – Alex James’ Cigarette Case
    Alex James’ Cigarette Case Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp and Alex James: these three names always crop up when discussing the best attacking player in Arsenal’s history, but the outstanding player from the 1930s is our subject here. Alex James was a mercurial talent who joined Arsenal, just following Cliff Bastin, ... read more
    Source: The Arsenal HistoryPublished on 2017-05-05By Mark Andrews
    3 weeks ago
  • Arsenal’s Most Expensive Players
    Arsenal’s Record Transfer Fee Progression Ever since Aston Villa broke the three-figure barrier for Willie Groves in 1893, the game has been obsessed with the value of footballers. Arsenal took a long time to join the big boys mainly due to financial difficulties caused by the Boer War at the ... read more
    Source: The Arsenal HistoryPublished on 2017-04-28By Andy Kelly
    4 weeks ago
  • Did Henry Norris Really Buy Arsenal?
    Owner, majority shareholder or something else? If you’ve read any books that tell the history of Arsenal (or even Chelsea or Tottenham) it is very likely that you would have read about Henry Norris arriving like a knight in shining armour to save Arsenal from extinction in 1910. Some histories ... read more
    Source: The Arsenal HistoryPublished on 2017-04-12By Andy Kelly
    2 months ago
  • Arsenal terracing from over 125 years ago
    Terracing from the Invicta Ground Arsenal’s home between 1890 and 1893 was the Invicta Ground. It was a monumental location as Royal Arsenal moved there as an amateur team, but within a year the club had turned professional. Despite the ground being replaced by housing in the late 1890s some ... read more
    Source: The Arsenal HistoryPublished on 2017-03-31By Mark Andrews
    2 months ago
  • An Arsenal Legend: George Graham’s winners medals
    George Graham’s Unique Medal Haul   In the archives of the Arsenal Museum there are many, many items that, despite the generous space in the museum, are unable to be displayed to the public, and are kept in a safe space. While spending a happy day in this vault, we ... read more
    Source: The Arsenal HistoryPublished on 2017-03-10By Mark Andrews
    3 months ago
  • The Arsenal Train
    The Arsenal Locomotive 1936 To be the first such club to be honoured showed the esteem the club was held in the 1930s, and reinforced the superiority the team had displayed over the decade. On 5 March 1936 Lord Lonsdale, the Arsenal Chairman named a London & North Eastern Railway ... read more
    Source: The Arsenal HistoryPublished on 2017-03-03By Mark Andrews
    3 months ago
  • Arsenal’s First Superstar
    Peter Connolly’s London Senior Cup medal from 1891 Walking around the Arsenal Museum you may inadvertently miss a small gold medal in a case that holds some of the oldest known surviving memorabilia related to Arsenal Football Club. The medal is approximately 4cm in diameter, and has the inscription “London ... read more
    Source: The Arsenal HistoryPublished on 2017-02-24By Andy Kelly
    3 months ago
  • Arsenal against Non-League Opponents in the FA Cup
    “YOU’RE SUPPOSED TO BE AT HOME” With Arsenal’s forthcoming FA Cup fifth round tie against Sutton United, we thought we’d take a look at how the Gunners have fared against non-league opposition in the past. When we say “non-league” we actually mean non-Football League as, technically, Sutton do play in ... read more
    Source: The Arsenal HistoryPublished on 2017-02-20By Andy Kelly
    3 months ago
  • Introducing The Arsenal Collection
    The Arsenal History have just launched a sister website – The Arsenal Collection. It is an online collection of Arsenal memorabilia including full copies of official and unofficial publications such as programmes and books, along with photographs and other items. We’ve got a limited amount of content at the moment but ... read more
    Source: The Arsenal HistoryPublished on 2017-02-17By Andy Kelly
    3 months ago
  • Every Arsenal Game in “On This Day” Order
    Who did Arsenal play on this day? We were recently asked by Mike Soteriou if we could produce a list of all Arsenal games in “On This Day” order (i.e. all games on 1 January, then all games on 2 January, etc). As we know, football fans love a good ... read more
    Source: The Arsenal HistoryPublished on 2017-01-28By Andy Kelly
    4 months ago
  • Sandy Robertson – Arsenal’s First Invincible
    20: Alexander Sanders Robertson – 1891-92 A while ago Andy set a fiendishly difficult twitter question: “Who was the first Invincible to sign for the club?” After a number of incorrect answers that included the likes of Ray Parlour and Martin Keown, the correct player was named. With that in mind ... read more
    Source: The Arsenal HistoryPublished on 2017-01-06By Mark Andrews
    5 months ago
  • Jimmy Gray – The Arsenal Obituary 2016
    James Roy “Jimmy” Gray: 1926 – 2016 Jimmy Gray was an Arsenal reserve right full back just after World War 2, and a batting all-rounder for Hampshire County Cricket Club between 1948-1966. Born in Southampton on 19 May 1926 and while at school he was evacuated to Poole during the ... read more
    Source: The Arsenal HistoryPublished on 2016-12-31By Mark Andrews
    5 months ago
  • Ray Mabbutt – The Arsenal Obituary 2016
    Raymond William Mabbutt 1936-2016 Ray Mabbutt played a couple of times for the Arsenal A team in the 1953-54 season, but after National Service found his feet with Bristol Rovers. Born 13 March 1936 in Aylesbury, he represented Berkshire & Buckinghamshire at youth level, and started out at Aylesbury United ... read more
    Source: The Arsenal HistoryPublished on 2016-12-26By Andy Kelly
    5 months ago
  • Tommy Lawrence – The Arsenal Obituary 2016
    Thomas Ernest Lawrence 1933-2016 Tommy Lawrence had a very brief Arsenal career making a single A team appearance in the 1956-57 season. An England amateur international he went onto transform Enfield as both a player and manager. Born 14 December 1933 in Sunderland, he was on West Ham books while ... read more
    Source: The Arsenal HistoryPublished on 2016-12-26By Mark Andrews
    5 months ago
  • David Herd – The Arsenal Obituary 2016
    458: David George Herd 1934-2016 David Herd was the 458th player to appear for Arsenal. Highly thought of at Highbury, this Scottish International goal machine had to leave Highbury to gain well deserved winners medals elsewhere in the 1960s. Born on 15 April 1934 in Hamilton, Lanarkshire, his mother went ... read more
    Source: The Arsenal HistoryPublished on 2016-12-26By Mark Andrews
    5 months ago
  • Mel Charles – The Arsenal Obituary 2016
    476: Melvyn “Mel” Charles 1935-2016 Mel Charles was the 476th player to appear for Arsenal. A Welsh international captain, he was at home at centre forward, centre back or wing half. A free scoring versatile player his time at Arsenal was marred by injury. Born on 14 May 1935 in ... read more
    Source: The Arsenal HistoryPublished on 2016-12-26By Mark Andrews
    5 months ago
  • John O’Rourke – The Arsenal Obituary 2016
    John O’Rourke 1945-2016 An Arsenal Reserve/Youth player, he had a healthy goal-scoring ratio all through his career as a prolific Centre Forward, even appearing as a male model in Middlesbrough. John O’Rourke was born in Northampton on 11 February 1945 after his family were evacuated in WW2 from Rotherhithe, moving back ... read more
    Source: The Arsenal HistoryPublished on 2016-12-26By Andy Kelly
    5 months ago
  • Don Rossiter – The Arsenal Obituary 2016
    Donald Paul Rossiter 1935-2016 A right sided forward, Don Rossiter was an Arsenal reserve team player for two periods in the 1950s. He later became a councillor for the Tories in the Medway area. Born on 8 June 1935 in Strood, Kent he was spotted by Arsenal and was signed on as a ... read more
    Source: The Arsenal HistoryPublished on 2016-12-26By Andy Kelly
    5 months ago
  • James MacDonald – The Arsenal Obituary 2016
    James MacDonald 1979-2016 James MacDonald was a Scottish schoolboy international defender whose promising Arsenal career was ended while still very young by cruciate ligament injuries. Born on 22 February 1979 in Inverness he was identified very early as a promising footballer. A schoolboy international for Scotland Under-15 at the age of 13, this midfielder caught ... read more
    Source: The Arsenal HistoryPublished on 2016-12-26By Mark Andrews
    5 months ago
  • Kevin Stead – The Arsenal Obituary 2016
    572: Kevin Stead 1958-2016 Kevin Stead was the 572nd player to appear for Arsenal. Born on 2 October 1958 in West Ham and brought up in Custom House. Kevin played for Newham, Essex and London schoolboys, touring Australia in 1974 with the England Schoolboys. Consequently, he attracted interest from a number of clubs as ... read more
    Source: The Arsenal HistoryPublished on 2016-12-26By Mark Andrews
    5 months ago