21. Mick Quinn spoils North Bank party

Mick Quinn

Mick Quinn spoils the North Bank Stand's opening-day party 14 August 1993

It was a sad day when the old North Bank saw its final game in May 1992. But after a season of renovation, the new stand was ready to open.

Arsenal had given the old North Bank a rousing send off with a 5-1 victory against Southampton in their final game of the 1991/92 campaign but couldn’t welcome the new state-of-the-art North Bank Stand in quite the same fashion.

It was the opening day of the season, August 14, 1993, and Coventry City were the visitors. A home win looked on the cards, but the Sky Blues spoiled the party.

Mick Quinn opened the scoring from the penalty spot after 34 minutes and Arsenal went in at the break trailing.

George Graham’s side were in deeper trouble just after the hour when Quinn scored his and the Sky Blues' second of the game.

The striker completed his hat-trick only a few minutes later and compounded the misery for Arsenal.

Despite an ominous start, the new North Bank Stand would soon witness some fantastic performances from the Gunners. It waited just 10 days for its first home win - a 2-1 victory against Leeds.

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