On this day in...

Michael Thomas

'On this day in...' shows which major events regarding Arsenal Football Club happened on each day of the year. Take a look below to see what happened on YOUR birthday.


1. 1968...Former Arsenal striker Davor Suker was born in Osijek, Croatia.

2. 1993...Ian Wright bagged his 4th Gunners hat-trick in a 3-1 F.A. Cup win away at Yeovil Town.

3. 1998...Arsenal began their historic 'Double' F.A. Cup run with a 0-0 draw at home to Port Vale.

4. 1992...Arsenal suffered one of their worst F.A. Cup humblings losing 2-1 away at Wrexham.

5. 1907...Middlesbrough's Steve Bloomer scored four goals as Woolwich Arsenal lost 5-3 away.

6. 1934...Arsenal's legendary manager Herbert Chapman died from pneumonia, aged just 55.

7. 1988...Flamboyant Arsenal forward Charlie Nicholas was sold to Aberdeen for £400,000.

8. 1949...Arsenal and Spurs met at Highbury in their first ever F.A. Cup pairing. Arsenal won 3-0.

9. 1932...Bastin scored four and Jack three as Arsenal beat Darwen 11-1 in the F.A. Cup 3rd round.

10. 1998...Overmars scored twice in a 2-1 win over Leeds to keep Arsenal on track for the 'Double'.

11. 1979...Terry Neill bought midfielder Brian Talbot from Ipswich Town for £450,000.

12. 1952...Norwich suffered a 5-0 home defeat by the rampant Gunners in the F.A. Cup 3rd round.

13. 1995...George Graham bought £2,000,000 teenager striker John Hartson from Luton Town.

14. 1933...Walsall beat Arsenal 2-0 in what is considered to be the greatest ever Cup Giant Killing.

15. 1999...Nigerian international striker Kanu joined Arsenal from Italian giants Inter Milan.

16. 2001...Arsenal signed midfielder Edu from Brazilian side Corinthians.

17. 1948...Arsenal and Man Utd attracted 81,962 to Maine Road, the largest ever league attendance.

18. 1977...A Malcolm Macdonald hat-trick earned a point in a 3-3 draw away at Birmingham City.

19. 1878...In Kiveton Park near Sheffield, Arsenal's legendary Manager Herbert Chapman was born.

20. 2006...Teenage sensation Theo Walcott signed for Arsenal

21. 1956...Two goals from Derek Tapscott could not prevent the Gunners losing 5-2 at Portsmouth.

22. 1927...Arsenal v Sheffield Utd became the first ever game broadcast live on radio. It finished 1-1.

23. 1971...Arsenal pursued the 'Double', drawing 1-1 away at Portsmouth in the F.A. Cup 4th round.

24. 1998...Arsenal continued their F.A. Cup road to 'Double' glory by winning 2-1 at Middlesbrough.

25. 2003...Arsenal beat non-leaguers Farnborough Town 5-1 at Highbury in the FA Cup 4th round.

26. 1985...A Keith Houchen penalty for York City dumped Arsenal out of the F.A. Cup 4th round 1-0.

27. 1934...Arsenal crushed Crystal Palace 7-0 at Highbury in the F.A. Cup 4th round.

28. 1931...Four goals from Jack and a Lambert hat-trick helped crush Grimsby Town 9-1 at Highbury.

29. 1988...George Graham bought right-back Lee Dixon from Stoke City for £350,000.

30. 1937...Arsenal recorded their biggest ever home win over Man Utd, 5-0 in the F.A. Cup 4th round.

31. 2007...Arsenal reached the Carling Cup final after beating Tottenham 3-1 at Emirates Stadium.


1. 1958...Arsenal lost 5-4 to Man Utd. It was to be United's last game on English soil before Munich.

2. 1991...Arsenal lost their one and only league game of the 1990-91 season, 2-1 away at Chelsea.

3. 1937...Arsenal were involved in a nine goal thriller at Derby County. Derby narrowly winning 5-4.

4. 1997...A George Graham inspired Leeds side won 1-0 at Highbury putting us out of the F.A. Cup.

5. 1931...A Lambert hat-trick and two from Bastin helped thrash Leicester 7-2 at Filbert Street.

6. 1968...Arsenal reached the League Cup Final by winning 3-1 at Huddersfield in the semi 2nd leg.

7. 1988...Wembley was beckoning after Arsenal won 1-0 at Everton in the League Cup semi 1st leg.

8. 1995...AC Milan overpowered Arsenal 2-0 in the San Siro, in the 2nd leg of the Super Cup final.

9. 1984...Don Howe brought Ipswich Town striker Paul Mariner to Highbury in a £150,000 deal.

10. 1894...Arsenal's James Henderson scored a hat-trick against Crewe, the Gunners won 3-2.

11. 1888...Royal Arsenal moved from their first home, Plumstead Common, to the Manor Ground.

12. 1944...Wing Forward Cyril Hodges signed amateur forms with Arsenal. He played just 2 games.

13. 1956...Midfield wizard Liam 'Chippy' Brady was born in Dublin, Ireland.

14. 1989...Goals from Martin Hayes and Alan Smith beat France 2-0 in a friendly at Highbury.

15. 1992...Arsenal beat Sheffield W. 7-1 as Campbell, Limpar, Smith, Wright and Merson all scored.

16. 1938...Centre-forward Edward Carr made his debut away at Manchester City. Arsenal won 2-1.

17. 1999...Former Gunner Kanu made his Arsenal debut at Manchester United. It finished 1-1.

18. 1987...Tony Adams made his international debut against Spain in Madrid. England won 4-2.

19. 1916...Full-back Robert William Benson died in London aged 33; he played 54 times for Arsenal.

20. 1937...Ted Drake scored four as Arsenal won 7-1 away at Burnley in the F.A. Cup 5th round.

21. 2006...A Thierry Henry goal gave Arsenal a 1-0 win against Real Madrid in the Bernabéu.

22. 1947...Double-winning striker John Radford was born in Hemsworth, Yorkshire.

23. 1997...Arsène Wenger bought young French striker Nicolas Anelka from Paris Saint-Germain.

24. 1988...Arsenal reached the League Cup Final by beating Everton 3-1 in the semi-final 2nd leg.

25. 1933...Arsenal beat Blackburn Rovers 8-0 as Coleman, Hulme, Bastin and Stockill all scored.

26. 1966...Striker Joe Baker was sold to Forest for £65,000. Joe scored 100 goals for the Gunners.

27. 1937...Wing-forward Alf Kirchen scored a hat-trick away at Grimsby Town. Arsenal won 3-1.

28. 1964...John Radford signed amateur forms with Arsenal. He played 481 games for the Gunners.

29. 1904...Inside-left Thomas Shanks scored a hat-trick against Burnley. Woolwich Arsenal won 4-0.


1. 1987...Arsenal forced a replay in the Littlewoods Cup semi by winning 2-1 at Spurs in the 2nd leg.

2. 2000...Arsenal crushed Spanish side Deportivo la Coruña 5-1 in the UEFA Cup 4th round 1st leg.

3. 1906...Woolwich Arsenal beat Birmingham 5-0, the Gunners biggest ever win over the Blues.

4. 1987...Arsenal reached Wembley in the League Cup by winning 2-1 at Spurs in the semi-final.

5. 1994...Ian Wright bagged his 5th Gunners hat-trick in a 5-1 rout away at Ipswich Town.

6. 1935...Arsenal recorded the biggest ever North London Derby win. 6-0 away at Spurs.

7. 1973...Double-winning midfielder Ray Parlour was born in Romford, Essex.

8. 1958...A Herd hat-trick and goals from Clapton and Bloomfield beat Chelsea 5-4 at Highbury.

9. 1935...Arsenal recorded their biggest ever attendance at Highbury, 73,295 against Sunderland.

10. 1993...Arsenal reached the Coca-Cola Cup Final by beating Palace 2-0 in the semi-final 2nd leg.

11. 1981...Terry Neill bought Welsh Midfielder Peter Nicholas from Crystal Palace for £400,000.

12. 1900...Arsenal recorded their biggest ever victory, 12-0 against Loughborough Town.

13. 1957...Herbert Chapman's successor George Allison died of a heart attack at home aged 73.

14. 1912...Prolific forward Cliff Bastin was born in Exeter. Bastin scored 178 goals for Arsenal.

15. 1969...Arsenal suffered a humbling 3-1 League Cup Final defeat at the hands of Swindon Town.

16. 1935...Goalkeeper Frank Moss scored at Goodison Park in a 2-0 win against Everton.

17. 1964...Double-winning right-back Lee Dixon was born in Manchester.

18. 1970...Arsenal beat Romanian side Dinamo Bacãu 7-1 in the 4th round of the Fairs Cup.

19. 1992...Goalkeeping great Jack Kelsey died aged 62. Jack played over 350 games for Arsenal.

20. 1968...Gunners fave Paul Merson was born in Harlesden, London. Paul scored 99 Arsenal goals.

21. 1964...Striker John Radford made his Arsenal debut away at West Ham United. It finished 1-1.

22. 1950...Arsenal reached the F.A. Cup Final by beating Chelsea 1-0 in the semi-final.

23. 2000...A Ray Parlour hat-trick helped us to a 4-2 UEFA Cup away win over Werder Bremen.

24. 1994...George Graham sold Swedish winger Anders Limpar to Everton for £1.6m.

25. 1988...Flying winger Brian Marwood joined Arsenal from Sheffield Wednesday for £600,000.

26. 1987...George Graham brought Leicester hit-man Alan Smith to Highbury in a £750,000 deal.

27. 1971...A late Storey penalty earned Arsenal a 2-2 draw in the F.A. Cup semi-final against Stoke.

28. 1931...A Lambert hat-trick and two from David Jack earned Arsenal a 5-2 win at Middlesbrough.

29. 1973...Double-winning winger Marc Overmars was born in Emst, Holland.

30. 1895...Woolwich Arsenal met Newton Heath (later Man Utd) for the first time. Arsenal won 3-2.

31. 1971...Arsenal reached the F.A. Cup Final by beating Stoke City 2-0 in the semi-final replay.


1. 2006...Arsenal beat Aston Villa 5-0 with goals from Adebayor, Henry (2), Van Persie and Diaby.

2. 1927...Winger Joe Hulme made his England debut v Scotland in Glasgow. England won 2-1.

3. 1914...The word 'Woolwich' was officially dropped from the team name. We became 'Arsenal'.

4. 1993...A Tony Adams header won the F.A. Cup semi-final against Spurs. 1-0 to the Arsenal!

5. 1987...Two goals from Charlie Nicholas won the Littlewoods Cup for Arsenal 2-1 vs Liverpool.

6. 1895...Woolwich Arsenal beat Crewe Alexandra 7-0. We then beat Walsall 6-1 just six days later.

7. 1952...Arsenal reached the F.A. Cup Final by beating Chelsea 3-0 in the semi-final replay.

8. 1978...Arsenal reached the F.A. Cup Final by beating Orient 3-0 in the semi-final.

9. 1980...Arsenal held the mighty Juventus to a 1-1 draw in the Cup Winner Cup semi-final 1st leg.

10. 1948...Arsenal won the First Division Championship after a 1-1 draw away to Huddersfield Town.

11. 1992...Paul Merson netted a hat-trick against Crystal Palace as Arsenal ran out 4-1 winners.

12. 1994...We reached the final of the Cup Winners Cup by beating PSG 1-0 in the semi-final 2nd leg.

13. 1998...A rampant Arsenal won 4-1 at Blackburn Rovers on the way to lifting the elusive 'Double'.

14. 1991...A Paul Gascoigne inspired Spurs beat Arsenal 3-1 in the F.A. Cup semi-final at Wembley.

15. 1989...96 Liverpool fans tragically lost their lives in the Hillsborough disaster.

16. 1912...Centre-forward Ted Drake was born in Southampton. Ted scored 139 goals for Arsenal.

17. 1954...Newcastle's Reg Davies scored a hat-trick as Arsenal crashed 5-2 at St James' Park.

18. 1993...Goals from Merson and Steve Morrow won Arsenal the Coca-Cola Cup 2-1 v Sheff Wed.

19. 1972...Arsenal reached the F.A. Cup Final by beating Stoke City 2-1 in the semi-final replay.

20. 1995...Arsenal reached the CWC Final after beating Sampdoria on penalties in the semi-final.

21. 1930...Arsenal and Leicester recorded the highest ever draw in English first-class history, 6-6.

22. 1912...A J.W. Grant hat-trick and two from Flanagan helped crush Blackburn 5-1 at Highbury.

23. 1980...Arsenal became the first British club to win at Juventus in a competitive match. Score: 1-0.

24. 1915...Arsenal played their last game outside the top division. Arsenal 7-0 Nottingham Forest.

25. 2004...Goals from Vieira and Pires gave us the point we needed to clinch the title at White Hart Lane.

26. 1930...Goals from Lambert and James won Arsenal their first ever F.A. Cup 2-0 v Huddersfield.

27. 1973...Double-winning captain and wing-half Frank McLintock was sold to QPR for £25,000.

28. 1970...Arsenal won the Fairs Cup 3-0 at home after being 3-1 down in the 1st leg at Anderlecht.

29. 1950...Two goals from Reg Lewis won Arsenal their 3rd F.A. Cup 2-0 v Liverpool.

30. 1974...Striker Ray Kennedy played his final game for Arsenal in a 1-1 draw at home to QPR.


1. 1953...Arsenal won the League Championship by just 0.099 of a goal after beating Burnley 3-2.

2. 1958...Arsenal's appearance record holder David O'Leary was born in Stoke Newington, London.

3. 1971...A Ray Kennedy header secured the Championship for Arsenal as we won 1-0 at Spurs.

4. 1994...In a wonderful night in Copenhagen Arsenal beat Parma 1-0 to lift the Cup Winners' Cup.

5. 1966...Leeds won 3-0 at Highbury in front of just 4,544, Arsenal's lowest attendance since WW1.

6. 1991...Arsenal clinched the Title as challengers Liverpool went down 2-1 at Nottingham Forest.

7. 2006...Arsenal played their final game at Highbury, beating Wigan Athletic 4-2.

8. 1971...Arsenal clinched their first 'Double' by beating Liverpool 2-1 in the F.A. Cup Final.

9. 1987...Full-back Viv Anderson played his final game for Arsenal in a 2-1 home defeat v Norwich.

10. 1969...Dutch striker Dennis Bergkamp was born in Amsterdam, Holland.

11. 2005...Arsenal played their last game in red and white at Highbury, beating Everton 7-0.

12. 1979...A late Alan Sunderland goal won Arsenal their 5th F.A. Cup in a 3-2 win over Man Utd.

13. 1933...Left-back Eddie Hapgood made his England debut against Italy in Rome. It finished 1-1.

14. 1986...Former player George Graham was appointed as manager of Arsenal.

15. 2004...Arsenal beat Leicester City 2-1 to become the ‘invincibles’ completing an unbeaten season.

16. 1998...Arsenal clinched their second 'Double' by beating Newcastle 2-0 in the F.A. Cup Final.

17. 2006...Arsenal took part in their first ever Champions League Final, losing 2-1 to Barcelona in Paris.

18. 1990...Steve Morrow made his debut for Northern Ireland v Uruguay. Northern Ireland won 1-0.

19. 1980...Midfielder Liam Brady played his final game for Arsenal in a 5-0 defeat at Middlesbrough.

20. 1993...A last minute header from Andy Linighan won the F.A. Cup for Arsenal, 2-1 v Sheff Wed.

21. 2005...Arsenal won their tenth FA Cup, beating Manchester United 5-4 on penalties in the Final.

22. 1990...George Graham sold Goalkeeper John Lukic to Leeds United for £1,000,000.

23. 2006...Czech Republic midfielder Tomas Rosicky joined Arsenal from Borussia Dortmund.

24. 1919...Leslie Knighton bought Inside-forward Daniel Burgess. Burgess played just 13 times.

25. 1929...Herbert Chapman sold inside-forward William Blyth to Birmingham City.

26. 1989...Alan Smith and Michael Thomas both scored to clinch the Championship 2-0 at Anfield.

27. 1970...Midfielder Brian Hornsby signed amateur forms with Arsenal. He played 26 games.

28. 1999...Former Arsenal defender Oleg Luzhny joined the Gunners from Dynamo Kiev.

29. 1995...Legendary striker Ted Drake died in London aged 83. Ted scored 139 goals for Arsenal.

30. 2000...Arsène Wenger bought Cameroon international midfielder Lauren from Real Mallorca.

31. 1980...Alan Sunderland won his only England cap against Australia in Sydney. England won 2-1.


1. 1953...Legendary inside-left Alex James died in London aged 51. 'Wee Alex' played 261 games.

2. 1991...George Graham allowed defender Gus Caesar to join Cambridge United in a free transfer.

3. 1988...George Graham bought defender Steve Bould from Stoke City for £390,000 (tribunal).

4. 1977...Former Arsenal goalkeeper Alex Manninger was born in Salzburg, Austria.

5. 1903...Manager Harry Bradshaw bought full-back Fred Dwight from Fulham. He played just once.

6. 1930...Herbert Chapman sold centre-half John Butler to Torquay United for £1,000.

7. 1928...Left-half Dave Bowen was born in Nantyffyllon, South Wales. Dave played 162 games.

8. 1982...Terry Neill bought striker Tony Woodcock from German side 1. FC Cologne for £500,000.

9. 1954...Striker William Buckenham died in Plumstead aged 67. He scored 5 goals for Arsenal.

10. 1985...Don Howe sold midfielder Brian Talbot to Watford for £150,000. He had played 326 times.

11. 1971...Legendary Arsenal Midfielder Liam Brady joined Arsenal as an apprentice.

12. 1960...Midfielder Stephen Brignall was born in Tenterden, Kent. He made just one appearance.

13. 1983...Defender John Devine joined Norwich on a free transfer. He played 111 Arsenal games.

14. 1993...George Graham bought utility player Eddie McGoldrick from Crystal Palace for £850,000.

15. 1995...Ex-Middlesbro', Millwall and Bolton boss Bruce Rioch was appointed as Arsenal manager.

16. 1997...Arsène Wenger bought goalkeeper Alex Manninger from Austrian side Casino Graz.

17. 1997...Marc Overmars, Emmanuel Petit and Gilles Grimandi all signed for the Gunners.

18. 1979...Midfielder Paul Davis joined Arsenal as an apprentice. Paul played 447 times for Arsenal.

19. 1913...Manager George Morrell bought inside-forward 'Wally' Hardinge from Sheffield United.

20. 1900...Manager Harry Bradshaw bought goalkeeper James Ashcroft from Gravesend United.

21. 1958...Former Arsenal goalkeeper George Swindin was appointed as manager.

22. 1983...Flamboyant striker Charlie Nicholas joined Arsenal from Scottish side Celtic for £650,000.

23. 1976...French international midfielder Patrick Vieira was born in Dakar, Senegal.

24. 1999...Arsène Wenger bought German midfielder Stefan Malz from TSV 1860 Munich.

25. 1960...Inside-forward Charlie Buchan died in Monte Carlo aged 68. He played 120 games.

26. 1970...Half-back Terry Neill left Arsenal to join Hull City as player-manager for £40,000.

27. 1908...Half-back James Bigden left Arsenal to join Bury. James played 87 games for Arsenal.

28. 1921...Manager Leslie Knighton bought inside-left Reginald Boreham from Wycombe Wanderers.

29. 1923...Manager Leslie Knighton let Goalkeeper Ernest Williamson join Norwich City on a free.

30. 1999...Manager Arsène Wenger bought Arsenal's first ever Brazilian, Silvinho from Corinthians.


1. 2003...Francesc Fabregas moved from Spanish giants Barcelona to Arsenal.

2. 1970...Coca-Cola Cup hero Steve Morrow was born in Kilclenny, near Belfast, Northern Ireland.

3. 2001...Sol Campbell crossed the North London divide and signed for Arsenal from Tottenham.

4. 1931...Herbert Chapman bought full-back Thomas Black from Strathclyde. He played just once.

5. 1978...Terry Neill bought goalkeeper Paul Barron from Plymouth Argyle for £70,000.

6. 1959...Manager George Swindin sold left-half David Bowen to Northampton Town for £5,000.

7. 1975...Legendary Arsenal striker Charlie George joined Derby County in a £99,000 deal.

8. 1990...George Graham bought Swedish midfielder Anders Limpar from Italian side Cremonese.

9. 1976...Former Gunners half-back Terry Neill was appointed as manager of Arsenal.

10. 1956...Striker Frank Stapleton was born in Dublin. Frank scored 108 goals for the Gunners.

11. 1866...Half-back James Boyle was born in Springburn. James played 66 games for Arsenal.

12. 1974...Bertie Mee sold Double-winning striker Ray Kennedy to Liverpool for £180,000.

13. 1998...Former Arsenal goal-scoring record holder Ian Wright signed for West Ham United.

14. 2005...Gunners legend Patrick Vieira left Arsenal to join Italian giants Juventus.

15. 1979...Full-back John Hollins signed for Arsenal from QPR. John played 173 games for Arsenal.

16. 1963...Double-winning goalkeeper Bob Wilson joined Arsenal as an amateur from Wolves.

17. 1940...Centre-forward Joe Baker was born in Ilkeston Derbyshire. He scored 100 Arsenal goals.

18. 1984...Centre-half Bernard Joy died in Kenton aged 72. Bernard played 95 games for Arsenal.

19. 1954...Tom Whittaker bought outside-right Joseph Haverty from Ireland's St Patrick's Athletic.

20. 1943...Double-winning full-back Bob McNab was born in Huddersfield. He played 365 games.

21. 1953...Midfielder Brian Talbot was born in Ipswich. Brian played 326 games for Arsenal.

22. 1992...George Graham sold midfielder David Rocastle to Leeds United for £2,000,000.

23. 1973...Gunners midfield legend Liam Brady signed professional forms with Arsenal.

24. 1966...Double-winning centre-back Martin Keown was born in Oxford.

25. 2003...Goalkeeper Jens Lehmann signed for the Gunners from Borussia Dortmund.

26. 1973...Peter Marinello joins Portsmouth for £80,000. He played 51 games scoring 5 goals.

27. 1913...Wing-forward 'Pat' Beasley was born in Stourbridge. Pat played 89 games for Arsenal.

28. 1951...Double-winning striker Ray Kennedy was born in Seaton Delaval, Northumberland.

29. 1976...'Super Mac' Malcolm MacDonald joined the Gunners from Newcastle United for £333,333.

30. 1966...The country rejoiced as England beat Germany 4-2 at Wembley to lift the World Cup.

31. 1981...Defender Colin Hill signed professional forms with the Gunners.


1. 1980...Irish midfielder Liam Brady was sold to Italian giants Juventus for £514,000.

2. 1999...Arsène Wenger bought Croatian striker Davor Suker from Spanish side Real Madrid.

3. 1999...Arsène Wenger bought French forward Thierry Henry from Italian side Juventus.

4. 1978...Winger Luis Boa Morte was born in Lisbon, Portugal.

5. 1968...Former Gunner and Ukrainian defender / midfielder Oleg Luzhny was born.

6. 1977...Terry Neill bought goalkeeper Pat Jennings from arch-rivals Spurs for £45,000.

7. 1997...Arsène Wenger bought Liberian striker Chris Wreh from French side AS Monaco.

8. 2004...Arsenal beat Manchester United 3-1 in Cardiff to lift the Community Shield.

9. 1969...Arsenal replaced their blue and white hooped socks for red socks with a white turn-over.

10. 1991...Andy Cole made his last Arsenal appearance as substitute in the Charity Shield v Spurs.

11. 2002...A debut goal from Gilberto won the Community Shield 1-0 against Liverpool.

12. 1989...Arsenal lost the Charity Shield 1-0 to a first-half goal from Liverpool's Peter Beardsley.

13. 1980...Kenny Sansom signed from Crystal Palace in exchange for Clive Allen in a £1.25m deal.

14. 1996...Arsène Wenger bought French midfielder Patrick Vieira from Italian side AC Milan.

15. 1987...Centre-forward Alan Smith made his debut in a 2-1 home defeat against Liverpool.

16. 1975...David O'Leary made his debut at Burnley. David went on to appear 722 times for Arsenal.

17. 1977...French forward Thierry Henry was born in Paris.

18. 2001...Sol Campbell made his Arsenal debut away at Middlesbrough. We won 4-0.

19. 1966...George Eastham joined Stoke City for £35,000. He played 223 games for Arsenal.

20. 1995...Striker Dennis Bergkamp made his debut in a 1-1 home draw against Middlesbrough.

21. 1981...Terry Neill sold striker Frank Stapleton to Manchester United for £900,000 (tribunal).

22. 1964...Arsenal appeared in the first game ever shown on Match of the Day, losing 3-2 at Anfield.

23. 1958...Wing-half Tommy Docherty signed from Preston. Tommy played 90 games for Arsenal.

24. 1967...Midfielder Michael Thomas was born in Lambeth. He played 208 games for Arsenal.

25. 2004...Arsenal beat Blackburn Rovers 3-0, and Nottingham Forest’s 42 game unbeaten record.

26. 2000...Arsène Wenger bought French international striker Sylvain Wiltord from Bordeaux.

27. 1988...Former defender Steve Bould made his debut in a 5-1 away win at Wimbledon.

28. 1937...A season opening Ted Drake hat-trick got Arsenal off to a flier in a 4-1 win at Everton.

29. 1925...Herbert Chapman took charge of Arsenal for the first time, against Tottenham Hotspur.

30. 1919...Arsenal started their record unbroken run in the top division, losing 1-0 to Newcastle.

31. 1946...Arsenal had their worst ever start to a season, losing 6-1 at Wolves on the opening day.


1. 1934...Arsenal recorded their biggest ever win over Liverpool, 8-1 at Highbury. Drake scored 3.

2. 1893...Woolwich Arsenal played their first ever league game, a 2-2 draw with Newcastle United.

3. 1904...Woolwich Arsenal played their first ever game in England's top division, versus Newcastle.

4. 1979...Arsenal recorded their biggest ever League Cup win, a 7-0 rout against Leeds United.

5. 1970...Two George Armstrong goals beat Spurs 2-0. Arsenal lifted the 'Double' later that season.

6. 1913...Woolwich Arsenal played their first ever game at Highbury, beating Leicester Fosse 2-1.

7. 1945...Full-back Peter Storey was born in Farnham, Surrey. He played 501 times for Arsenal.

8. 1970...Arsenal opened their Double season's League Cup campaign with a 0-0 draw at Ipswich.

9. 1958...Arsenal beat Bolton Wanderers 6-1. They had beaten Everton 6-1 just three days earlier.

10. 1958...Inside-forward David Jack died in London aged 59. David scored 124 goals for Arsenal.

11. 1998...Arsène Wenger bought Swedish midfielder Fredrik Ljungberg from Halmstads.

12. 1953...Arsenal suffered their worst defeat of the season, a 7-1 drubbing from Sunderland.

13. 1997...Ian Wright broke Cliff Bastin's all-time Arsenal scoring record with a hat-trick v Bolton.

14. 1901...Inside-left Alex James was born in Mossend, Lanarkshire. He played 261 Arsenal games.

15. 1971...Arsenal played their first European Cup game, beating Norway's Strømsgodset IF 3-1.

16. 1937...Arsenal and the reserves took part in the first live TV game shown anywhere in the world.

17. 1960...A Herd hat-trick and one each from Strong and Clapton helped crush Newcastle Utd 5-0.

18. 1974...Defender Sol Campbell was born in Newham.

19. 1963...Double-winning goalkeeper David Seaman was born in Rotherham, Yorkshire.

20. 1998...Swedish midfielder Fredrik Ljungberg scored on his debut in a 3-0 win over Man Utd.

21. 1993...Ian Wright scored his 5th Arsenal hat-trick in a 5-0 League Cup win at Huddersfield.

22. 1970...Former Double winning midfielder Emmanuel Petit was born in Dieppe, France.

23. 1991...George Graham bought Ian Wright from Crystal Palace. Ian scored 185 Arsenal goals.

24. 1908...Left-back Eddie Hapgood was born in Bristol. Eddie played 440 games for Arsenal.

25. 1991...Ian Wright scored on his debut in a 1-1 League Cup match at Leicester's Filbert Street.

26. 1958...Left-back Kenny Sansom was born in London. Kenny played 394 games for Arsenal.

27. 1902...A Gooing hat-trick helped Woolwich Arsenal to a 6-1 win over Gainsborough Trinity.

28. 1996...Frenchman Arsène Wenger became the first foreign manager of Arsenal.

29. 1969...Striker Ray Kennedy made his debut in a 1-0 European Fairs Cup defeat at Glentoran.

30. 1966...George Graham joined Arsenal from Chelsea in a swap for Thomas Baldwin and £50,000.


1. 1966...George Graham scored on his Arsenal debut in a 4-2 home defeat against Leicester City.

2. 1909...Woolwich Arsenal were beaten 7-0 away by a rampant Blackburn Rovers side.

3. 1989...Michael Thomas scored a hat-trick in a 6-1 rout in a League Cup tie at Plymouth Argyle.

4. 1997...Dennis Bergkamp scored two as Arsenal knocked five past Barnsley at Highbury.

5. 1954...Arsenal played Dinamo Moscow, becoming the first English League club to play in Russia.

6. 1973...Midfielder Liam Brady made his Arsenal debut in a 1-0 home win over Birmingham City.

7. 1909...George Morrell's Woolwich Arsenal conceded five in a 5-1 away defeat at Notts County.

8. 1930...Arsenal took part in their first Charity Shield, beating Sheff. Wed 2-1 at Stamford Bridge.

9. 1988...Goals from Davis and Thomas won us the Mercantile Credit Trophy 2-1 at Villa Park.

10. 1966...Defender Tony Adams was born. Charlie George was also born on this day in 1950.

11. 1976...Defender John Devine signed professional forms at Arsenal. He played 111 games.

12. 1996...Arsène Wenger took charge for his first game, a 2-0 away win at Blackburn Rovers.

13. 1928...Herbert Chapman signed inside-forward David Jack from Bolton for a then record £10,890

14. 1893...Elliott and Henderson both scored hat-tricks as Woolwich Arsenal beat Ashford Utd 12-0.

15. 1971...Ex-Arsenal striker Andy Cole was born in Nottingham. He made just 2 subs appearances.

16. 2004...Arsenal beat Aston Villa 3-1 to go a record 49 consecutive league games unbeaten.

17. 1925...A Jimmy Brain hat-trick helped the Gunners to a 5-0 home win over Cardiff City.

18. 2005...Thierry Henry became Arsenal's record goal scorer with two goals against Sparta Prague.

19. 1929...A Jack Lambert hat-trick helped the Gunners to a 4-1 home win over Grimsby Town.

20. 1934...A Ted Drake hat-trick helped Arsenal record their biggest ever home win over Spurs, 5-1.

21. 1961...Arsenal recorded their biggest ever League win over Manchester United, 5-1 at Highbury.

22. 1949...Double-winning manager Arsène Wenger was born in Strasbourg, France.

23. 1948...Ronnie Rooke and Jimmy Logie both scored two as Arsenal beat Everton 5-0 at Highbury.

24. 1936...Highbury's magnificent marble-halled East Stand was officially inaugurated.

25. 1924...Centre-forward Jimmy Brain scored the only goal of the game on his debut v Tottenham.

26. 1903...A Thomas Shanks hat-trick helped Woolwich Arsenal to a 8-0 win over Leicester Fosse.

27. 1951...Doug Lishman scored the first of three League hat-tricks on consecutive home games.

28. 2003...Cesc Fabregas became our youngest ever player in a 1-1 League Cup draw v Rotherham.

29. 1983...Striker Tony Woodcock hit five as Arsenal won 6-2 away at Aston Villa.

30. 1941...Legendary 'keeper Bob Wilson was born in Chesterfield. He played 308 Arsenal games.

31. 2000...Double winner George Armstrong sadly passed away. He played 621 Arsenal games.  1932...Gillespie Road tube station officially had its name changed to 'Arsenal'.


1. 1996...Arsène Wenger sold midfielder David Hillier to Portsmouth for £250,000.

2. 1977...Terry Neill bought striker Alan Sunderland from Wolverhampton Wanderers for £220,000.

3. 1963...Gunners legend Ian Wright was born in Woolwich, London. Ian scored 185 Arsenal goals.

4. 1972...George Graham made his last Arsenal appearance in a 2-0 home defeat by Coventry City.

5. 1983...Tony Adams makes league debut v Sunderland 

6. 1997...Centre-half Ray Daniel died aged 69. Ray played 99 games for Arsenal, scoring 5 goals.

7. 1925...Brain, Buchan, Hoar and Haden all scored in a 5-2 away win at Man City's Maine Road.

8. 1980...Hollins, Gatting, Talbot and Sunderland all scored in a 5-0 away win at Leeds United.

9. 1997...A late David Platt header gave us a dramatic 3-2 home win over Manchester United.

10. 1969...Goalkeeper Jens Lehmann was born in Essen, Germany.

11. 1970...Former Arsenal Defender / Midfielder Gilles Grimandi was born in Gap, France.

12. 1921...Whittaker, Baker, Hopkins and North all scored as Arsenal won 5-2 v Birmingham City.

13. 1990...An F.A. commission deducted Arsenal 2 points over their part in the 'Old Trafford Brawl'.

14. 1934...Arsenal provided seven of the England team that beat World Cup holders Italy 3-2.

15. 1952...Arsenal recorded their biggest ever win at Anfield, beating Liverpool 5-1.

16. 1962...Former Gunners centre-back Steve Bould was born in Stoke-on-Trent.

17. 1980...Terry Neill sold right-back Pat Rice to Watford for £8,000. Pat played 528 Arsenal games.

18. 1960...George Swindin bought inside-forward George Eastham from Newcastle Utd for £47,500.

19. 1929...Goalkeeper Jack Kelsey was born Llansamlet, Swansea. Jack played 352 Arsenal games.

20. 1968...A Radford goal gave Arsenal a 1-0 first-leg advantage in the League Cup semi v Spurs.

21. 1962...Striker Alan Smith was born in Hollywood, Birmingham. Alan scored 115 Arsenal goals.

22. 1986...Striker Paul Merson made his Arsenal debut in a 3-0 home win over Manchester City.

23. 1985...Defender Martin Keown made his Arsenal debut in a 0-0 draw at West Bromwich Albion.

24. 1934...Four goals from Ted Drake and one from Joe Hulme sank Chelsea 5-2 at the Bridge.

25. 2003...In an unforgettable European night, Arsenal beat Inter Milan 5-1 in the San Siro.

26. 1960...A David Herd hat-trick gave Arsenal a 3-2 win over Everton at Highbury.

27. 1946...Wing-half James McGill was born in Partick, Scotland. He played just 12 Arsenal games.

28. 1931...Goals from Lambert, Jack and Hulme gave Arsenal a 6-0 home win over Liverpool.

29. 1930...Arsenal recorded their biggest ever win at Stamford Bridge, beating Chelsea 5-1.

30. 1946...Left-half Joe Mercer made his Arsenal debut in a 2-2 home draw with Bolton Wanderers.


1. 1934...Four goals from striker Ted Drake helped Arsenal to a 7-0 home win against Wolves.

2. 2003...Cesc Fabregas became our youngest ever scorer in a 5-1 League Cup win v Wolves.

3. 1983...Don Howe took charge for his first game as manager, a 1-0 home defeat by WBA.

4. 1909...Arsenal played (and won) their first ever North London Derby against Spurs. Result: 1-0.

5. 1954...Gunners coach Boro Primorac was born in Mostar, Yugoslavia (now Bosnia).

6. 1924...A Harry Woods hat-trick and one from Toner gave Arsenal a 4-0 home win over Preston.

7. 1911...Striker Ronnie Rooke was born in Guildford. He scored 70 goals in just 94 Arsenal games.

8. 1991...Forward Jimmy Carter made his Arsenal debut in a 3-2 away defeat at Nottingham Forest.

9. 1981...Terry Neill sold central-defender Willie Young to Nottingham Forest for £175,000.

10. 1932...Highbury's magnificent West Stand was opened by H.R.H. The Prince of Wales.

11. 1886...Dial Square (later Arsenal) played their first ever game, a 6-0 win v Eastern Wanderers.

12. 1896...Arsenal suffered their heaviest ever defeat, 8-0 away to Loughborough Town.

13. 1976...Double-winning striker John Radford joined West Ham United in a £80,000 deal.

14. 1935...Ted Drake set a new league record by scoring all seven in a 7-1 away win at Aston Villa.

15. 1934...Hat-tricks from Drake and Hulme and two from Bastin crushed Leicester 8-0 at Highbury.

16. 1983...Terry Neill's reign as Arsenal manager came to an end after seven years in charge.

17. 1983...Islington born striker Raphael Meade scored a hat-trick as Arsenal beat Watford 3-1.

18. 1948...Striker Ronnie Rooke scored a hat-trick as Arsenal beat Huddersfield 3-0 at Highbury.

19. 1931...Two goals apiece for Jack and Bastin helped Arsenal to a 5-2 win at Middlesbrough.

20. 1924...Four goals from centre-forward Jimmy Brain helped crush Leeds United 6-1 at Highbury.

21. 1991...Ian Wright scored all four in a 4-2 home win over Everton. It was his 2nd Arsenal hat-trick.

22. 1971...Arsenal created a new League record by spending £220,000 on Everton's Alan Ball.

23. 1978...Arsenal recorded their biggest ever victory at White Hart Lane, beating Spurs 5-0.

24. 1932...Five goals from Jack Lambert and a Bastin hat-trick helped crush Sheffield Utd 9-2.

25. 1886...Royal Arsenal formed in the 'Royal Oak' public house in Woolwich.

26. 2000...Thierry Henry scored his first Arsenal hat-trick as Leicester City lost 6-1 at Highbury.

27. 1971...Inside-forward Alan Ball made his Arsenal debut in a 1-1 away draw at Nottingham Forest.

28. 1939...Double-winning central-defender and captain Frank McLintock was born in Glasgow.

29. 1990...Andy Cole played his only Arsenal League game as sub in a 4-1 home win over Sheff Utd.

30. 1961...Striker Charlie Nicholas was born in Cowcaddens, Glasgow. He scored 54 Arsenal goals.

31. 1994...Danish midfielder John Jensen scored his only Arsenal goal in a 3-1 home defeat by QPR.

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