The Q and A page is an occasional series which will continue to run in the matchday programme throughout this season. If you have an Arsenal-related question you want answered, then write to us at: Q and A, Arsenal Programme, Highbury House, 75 Drayton Park, London, N5 1BU. Or you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, writing Q and A in the subject box.
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Q) In the Newcastle programme, David Herd mentioned that he played with David Bloomfield at Highbury. I have looked in a book I have called the 'Arsenal Player by Player' and I can't find a player called that, is it wrong? - Dale Stephens, aged 14, Hampstead
A) Good question Dale. The truth is that it should have read 'Jimmy' Bloomfield. Our mistake. Funnily enough, Jimmy's son is called David and used to work with the author of the article, Colin Benson, so you can see how the name ended up in the article, though we should have spotted the error of course. Incidentally, Jimmy Bloomfield was a superb inside-forward for the Gunners. He joined from Brentford in July, 1954 and played 227 games for Arsenal, scoring 56 goals. He was transferred to Birmingham City in November 1960.
Q) If we don't lose against Spurs, we will make it 12 games unbeaten at Emirates Stadium - here's hoping! Can you please tell me what our record was like in our very first season at Highbury? Thanks - Craig Weller, Rainham, Kent
A) The Gunners had a good home record in our first season at Highbury, though it wasn't long until we tasted defeat. After winning our first two fixtures against Leicester Fosse and Notts County we then drew 0-0 with Hull City before tasting defeat in our fourth fixture at Highbury, 1-0 to Bury on October 4, 1913. The defeat certainly acted as a wake up call for George Morrell's team as we then went on fantastic run of eight consecutive home wins, before Huddersfield ended the streak, beating us 1-0 on Valentines Day, 1914. We then remained undefeated for the remaining six games of the season, including our most comprehensive victory, a 4-0 thumping of Stockport County. The full home record that season read:
P 19, W 14, D 3, L 2, F 34, A 10
For the record, the average attendance in our first season at Highbury was 22,974.
Q) Without wishing to tempt fate, could you please tell me when the draw for the next round of the Champions League is. Also, is it still not possible for English sides to meet each other in the next round? - Daniel Lane, Kent
A) The draw for the first knock-out round of the Champions League takes place a week later than usual this season, and will now be held on Friday, December 15 at 11am GMT. As in previous years, teams from the same country can not be drawn together at this stage, and group winners meet group runners-up. Teams from the same group cannot meet and the group winners will be play at home in the second leg. The first knock-out stage games will be played on January 9/10 and 23/24. The draw for the next round of the UEFA Cup will also take place on that day.
Q) I was reading the Arsenal firsts article in the Newcastle programme and noticed that Arsenal played league games on December 25, 26 and 27 in 1930! Was that a mis-print, or did the team regularly play on three consecutive days? Also, when was the last time Arsenal played on two consecutive days? - Gary Potts, Dublin
A) No, it is not a mis-print, the team regularly played back to back fixtures over the Christmas period. From the early 1900s until the 1950s it was common for Arsenal to play on Christmas Day and Boxing Day, and occasionally on three consecutive days. The Christmas Day/Boxing Day fixtures were usually home and away against the same team. The last time the Arsenal first team played on consecutive days was on Sunday, November 4 and Monday, November 5, 2001. On the Sunday Arsenal lost 4-2 at home to Charlton Athletic in the league, and the following day the Gunners beat Manchester United 4-0 at home in the Worthington Cup. Richard Wright, Gilles Grimandi and Gio van Bronckhorst started both matches.