The Arsenal History

  • Major Discovery About Arsenal Manager
    Woolwich Arsenal Manager Didn’t Win Promotion During Arsenal’s third match of this season, BBC’s Jonathan Pearce came out with this fact: “Not since Phil Kelso in 1904 has an Arsenal manager started with just one draw from their opening three games” He was referring to Kelso’s first three games at ... read more
    Source: The Arsenal HistoryPublished on 2018-10-10By Andy Kelly
    1 month ago
  • The Arsenal History On Tour
    Over the next couple of months, we have arranged a number of events to publicise our two recently released books. These events give you the opportunity to have a chat with us, meet some like-minded Arsenal fans but, more importantly, get your books signed by some proper Arsenal legends. 15 ... read more
    Source: The Arsenal HistoryPublished on 2018-10-09By Mark Andrews
    1 month ago
  • Royal Arsenal Champions of the South – Book Review by Darren Berry
    A book review of our recent – Royal Arsenal Champions of the South By renowned Arsenal Twitter and Gunnerstown blog writer – Darren Berry I would be hard pushed to think of a conversation I’ve had with Mark and Andy about The Arsenal where I didn’t learn something new about ... read more
    Source: The Arsenal HistoryPublished on 2018-08-08By Mark Andrews
    3 months ago
  • David Hillier Book Signing at the Gunners Pub
    Royal Arsenal: Champions of the South – Book Signing at the Gunners Pub On the 12th of August, the day of our first game of the season against Man City, at 7pm, at The Gunners Pub, 204 Blackstock Road, David Hillier, a member of the 90/91 Championship winning team, will be there to sign ... read more
    Source: The Arsenal HistoryPublished on 2018-08-06By Mark Andrews
    3 months ago
  • Every Arsenal Player – In Chronological Order
    Whenever a new Arsenal player makes his debut, the question “how many players have played for Arsenal?” usually gets asked. Well, here is the answer – every player that has played for Arsenal’s first team in a competitive game in chronological order. Any player that has an asterisk (*) next ... read more
    Source: The Arsenal HistoryPublished on 2018-07-02By Andy Kelly
    5 months ago
  • Royal Arsenal: Champions of the South
    Royal Arsenal: Champions of the South By Mark Andrews, Andy Kelly and Tim Stillman. Yes it’s true, Mark and Andy from the thearsenalhistory.com have found time between writing in official Arsenal publications and our day jobs to produce the definitive account of the start of the Arsenal, covering the ensuing ... read more
    Source: The Arsenal HistoryPublished on 2018-04-23By Mark Andrews
    7 months ago
  • Arsenal Team Decimated by Train Crash
    On 24 February 1934, Arsenal travelled north to play Newcastle United at St James’ Park. A 1-0 win saw the Gunners back on track to retain the Football League title which looked like it could be derailed following the untimely death of Herbert Chapman. On the journey back to London, ... read more
    Source: The Arsenal HistoryPublished on 2018-02-24By Andy Kelly
    9 months ago
  • Dermot Drummy – The Arsenal Obituary 2017
    Dermot Drummy: 1961-2017 Dermot Drummy was a reserve and youth player during the Terry Neill period. Let go by Arsenal he carved out a non league career for himself before finding his niche as a successful youth coach.   Born on 16 January 1961 in Hackney, Dermot attended Brooke House school. Taken on ... read more
    Source: The Arsenal HistoryPublished on 2017-12-31By Mark Andrews
    11 months ago
  • Brian Whitehouse – The Arsenal Obituary 2017
    Brian Whitehouse: 1935-2017 Brian Whitehouse was Arsenal’s FA Youth Cup winning manager of 1971, but he left soon after with Don Howe to return to his home team, West Bromwich Albion after the board’s slight at Howe’s role in Arsenal’s historic double winning season. Born on 8 September 1935 in ... read more
    Source: The Arsenal HistoryPublished on 2017-12-31By Mark Andrews
    11 months ago
  • Lloyd ‘Lindy’ Delapenha – The Arsenal Obituary 2017
    Lloyd Lindbergh “Lindy” Delapenha: 1927 – 2017 Lloyd Lindbergh “Lindy” Delapenha was a multi-talented sportsman from Jamaica who, after a short trial at Arsenal, played in a League winning side on the South coast at Portsmouth and then had a successful long spell in the North for Middlesbrough. Born on 20th May ... read more
    Source: The Arsenal HistoryPublished on 2017-12-31By Mark Andrews
    11 months ago
  • Did Football League President Favour Arsenal?
    “Honest” John McKenna’s Impassioned Speech We’ve written a number of blogs on this site about Arsenal’s election to the First Division in 1919 that show that what is perceived to be the truth about the events surrounding this meeting are not what they seem. We thought that the one about ... read more
    Source: The Arsenal HistoryPublished on 2017-12-28By Andy Kelly
    11 months ago
  • The Arsenal Sensory Room – a Fantastic Club Resource
    The Arsenal Sensory Room – a visit from TheArsenalHistory.com  Last season having been invited to the Sunderland Sensory room when we played at the Stadium of Light, I wrote this blog – Arsenal play catch up…as Sunderland lead the way!!!  Well, just over a year has passed and Arsenal have ... read more
    Source: The Arsenal HistoryPublished on 2017-11-10By Mark Andrews
    1 year ago
  • Arsenal Season Tickets – The Victorian Variety
    Arsenal Season Tickets A look at the history of the Gunners through the treasures found in the Arsenal Museum: Very Early Season Tickets The club began issuing season tickets during the 1888-89 season and have provided the option for fans ever since. Within the museum there are a couple of ... read more
    Source: The Arsenal HistoryPublished on 2017-11-03By Mark Andrews
    1 year ago
  • Arsenal Matchday Pennants
    Arsenal Pennants A look at the history of the Gunners through the treasures found in the Arsenal Museum: Pennants As you enter the Arsenal Museum and walk down the steps, the first items that meet the eye are the pennants above your head. There are many of them displayed, showing ... read more
    Source: The Arsenal HistoryPublished on 2017-10-27By Mark Andrews
    1 year ago
  • The Arsenal Captain – Joe Mercer Player Of The Year 1950
    Joe Mercer – A Remarkable Captain A look at the history of the Gunners through the treasures found in the Arsenal Museum: ThePlayer of the year award 1950   An illuminating exhibit is the ‘Joe Mercer Collection’, where memorabilia from that great captain is displayed. Mercer signed as a wing-half ... read more
    Source: The Arsenal HistoryPublished on 2017-10-20By Mark Andrews
    1 year ago
  • Arsenal Exhibit – “There’s Only One Michael Thomas”
    Michael Thomas’ tatty boots “A good ball by Dixon, finding Smith, for Thomas, charging through the midfield! Thomas, it’s up for grabs now! Thomas! Right at the end!” What Brian Moore didn’t have time to mention in his commentary was how well-worn Michael’s boots were, something that is quite obvious ... read more
    Source: The Arsenal HistoryPublished on 2017-10-13By Mark Andrews
    1 year ago
  • Arsenal Win A Cup Double – The Andy Linighan Medals
    “Merson to take it … Andy Linighan has won the cup for Arsenal” So said Martin Tyler at the end of the Gunners’ fourth visit to Wembley in 1993. In 1993 Arsenal achieved something unique at the time – a domestic cup double – winning the FA Cup and League ... read more
    Source: The Arsenal HistoryPublished on 2017-10-06By Mark Andrews
    1 year ago
  • Arsenal Manager Hasn’t Won as Many FA Cups as Believed
    Been living off another man’s achievements for over 120 years! I’m not sure what set me off on this one, I guess there was something that didn’t seem to add up. But here we are with another historical “fact” that has been corrected. Arsenal’s 2017 FA Cup win was their ... read more
    Source: The Arsenal HistoryPublished on 2017-10-04By Andy Kelly
    1 year ago
  • The first Arsenal programme editor
    Albert Craig, the Surrey and Arsenal Poet:- “Born of illiterate parents in a remote Yorkshire community, he became one of the most celebrated figures on the cricket and football grounds of London and the South”. (2) This example is a very early Arsenal programme which was produced by the prodigious ... read more
    Source: The Arsenal HistoryPublished on 2017-08-25By Mark Andrews
    1 year ago
  • George Armstrong’s Silver Cannon for 500 Arsenal appearances
    George ‘Geordie’ Armstrong’s Cannon On 5 February 1974 at Elland Road, Leeds, Arsenal’s George ‘Geordie’ Armstrong became the first player to play 500 competitive games for the Gunners. Before this match Armstrong was presented with a set of candelabras and champagne for his landmark achievement. The closest that any player ... read more
    Source: The Arsenal HistoryPublished on 2017-08-18By Mark Andrews
    1 year ago
  • 50 years in the top flight – The Arsenal Dinner and Dance 1968
    50 years in the top flight – The Arsenal Dinner and Dance 1968 On 9 November 1968 Arsenal chose to celebrate their 50th consecutive season at the top tier of the English game. This entailed a Division One match against Newcastle in the afternoon which ended goalless despite George Graham ... read more
    Source: The Arsenal HistoryPublished on 2017-08-11By Mark Andrews
    1 year ago
  • Was Patrick Vieira a Bruce Rioch signing?
    Those of you who are regulars on twitter will, no doubt, have seen photoshopped pictures of Arsene Wenger apparently signing Dennis Bergkamp. These usually surface on Dennis’ birthday or 20 June when he was signed, with a caption such as: “Arsene Wenger’s greatest signing.” However, one signing that has always ... read more
    Source: The Arsenal HistoryPublished on 2017-06-20By Andy Kelly
    1 year ago
  • 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
    1 year ago
  • 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
    2 years 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
    2 years 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
    2 years 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 years 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 years 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
    2 years 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
    2 years 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
    2 years 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
    2 years 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
    2 years 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
    2 years 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
    2 years 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
    2 years 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
    2 years 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
    2 years 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
    2 years 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
    2 years 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
    2 years 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
    2 years 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
    2 years 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
    2 years ago