Arsenal: The History


1886:
Dial Square FC formed at Royal Arsenal Armaments Factory, Woolwich. Name of club changed to Royal Arsenal FC. Nottingham Forest FC loan first set of playing shirts.

1888:
Home venue moved to Manor Ground.

1890:
Home venue moved to Invicta Ground.

1891:
The club embrace professionalism and started season 1891-92 as professionals. Club changed name to Woolwich Arsenal. 1893 Elected to Division 2 of Football League. Home venue changed back to Manor Ground.

1896:
Biggest league defeat, 0-8 v Loughborough (A) on 12th December 1896.

1900:
Biggest league victory, 12-0 v Loughborough (H) on 12th March 1900.

1904:
Finish 2nd in Division 2 of Football League and promoted to Division 1.

1906:
FA Cup Semi-Finalists for the first time.

1910:
Company went into voluntary liquidation. New company formed.

1913:
Relegated to Division 2 of Football League at end of 1912-13 season. Fewest league points in a season 18. Home venue moved to Highbury. First game at Highbury v Leicester Fosse - Arsenal won 2-1. Club changed name to Arsenal FC.

1919:
On extension of Division 1 after the war, Arsenal are elected to Division 1 and have never been relegated. Leslie Knighton appointed Manager.

1925:
Herbert Chapman appointed Secretary-Manager.

1926:
Jock Rutherford becomes oldest Arsenal player at 41 years and 236 days v Manchester City, March 20th 1926. Runners up Football League.

1927:
FA Cup Finalists for the first time. Lost to Cardiff City FC 1-0.

1930:
FA Cup Winners for the first time. Beat Huddersfield Town 2 -0.

1931:
Champions of Football League for the first time (1930-31). Most goals scored in season - 127.

1932:
Runners up in Football League. FA Cup Finalists for the third time. Lost 1-2 to Newcastle United.

1933:
Champions of Football League for the second time (1932-33)

1934:
Herbert Chapman died January 1934. George Allison appointed Managing Director and later, Secretary-Manager. Champions of Football League for the third time (1933-34).

1935:
Record attendance at Highbury 73,295 v Sunderland, 9th March 1935. Champions of Football League for the fourth time (1934-35). Ted Drake scored 42 goals - an Arsenal record for one season.

1936:
FA Cup winners for the second time. Beat Sheffield United 1-0.

1938:
Champions of Football league for the fifth time (1937-38).

1947:
George Allison retired. Tom Whittaker appointed Secretary-Manager.

1948:
Champions of Football League for the sixth time (1947-48).

1950:
FA Cup winners for the third time. Beat Liverpool 2-0.

1953:
Champions of the Football League for the seventh time. Gerry Ward becomes the youngest player at 16 years, 321 days v Huddersfield Town, September 22nd 1953.

1956:
Tom Whittaker died. Bob Wall appointed Secretary and Jack Crayston appointed Manager. Youth team win South East Counties League Cup.

1958:
Jack Crayston resigned. George Swindin appointed Manager.

1962:
Billy Wright appointed Manager.

1966:
FA Youth Cup Winners. Bertie Mee appointed Manager.

1968:
League Cup Finalists for the first time. Lose 0-1 to Leeds United.

1969:
League Cup Finalists for the second time. Lose 1-3 to Swindon Town.

1970:
European Fairs Cup Winners beating Anderlecht of Belgium 4-3 on aggregate. Football Combination Champions.

1971:
THE DOUBLE YEAR - Champions of the Football League for the eighth time and FA Cup Winners for the fourth time. Beat Liverpool 2-1. FA Youth Cup Winners. South-East Counties League Cup Winners.

1972:
FA Cup finalists for eighth time. Lose 0-1 to Leeds United. Bob Wall appointed General Manager and Ken Friar appointed Secretary.

1973:
Runners up of Football League. FA Cup Semi-Finalists.

1976:
Bertie Mee resigns. Terry Neill appointed Manager.

1978:
FA Cup finalists for ninth time. Lose 0-1 to Ipswich Town.

1979:
FA Cup Winners for fifth time. Beat Manchester United 3-2.

1980:
FA Cup finalists for the eleventh time. Lose 0-1 to West Ham United. European Cup Winners Cup finalists. Lose on penalties to Valencia, Spain.

1982:
Peter Hill-Wood appointed chairman.

1983:
Don Howe succeeds Terry Neill as Manager. FA Cup Semi-Finalists. Ken Friar appointed Managing Director.

1984:
Football Combination Champions. Southern Junior Floodlit Cup Winners. David Dein appointed as Vice Chairman.

1986:
Don Howe resigns. George Graham appointed Manager.

1987:
Littlewoods Cup Winners. Beat Liverpool 2-1.

1988:
Littlewoods Cup finalists. Lose 2-3 to Luton Town. FA Youth Cup Winners for the third time.

1989:
Champions of the Football League for the ninth time. George Graham named "Manager of the Year".

1990:
Football Combination Champions.

1991:
Champions of the Football League for the tenth time only losing one game and only conceding 18 goals. George Graham named "Manager of the Year". FA Cup Semi-Finalists. South-East Counties League Champions. Southern Junior Floodlit Cup Winners.

1992:
Founder member of the FA Premier League.

1993:
Arsenal become the first team to win both the FA Cup and League Cup (Coca-Cola Cup) in the same season, beating Sheffield Wednesday 2-1 in both finals. David O'Leary sets a record of 722 appearances for Arsenal. The new North Bank Stand opens for the start of the 1993/94 season and Highbury becomes an all seater stadium October 1993.

1994:
Arsenal win their Second European Trophy, The European Cup Winners Cup beating Parma, Italy 1-0 in the final in Copenhagen. FA Youth Cup - Winners for the fourth time.

1995:
Finalists in the European Cup Winners Cup, Losing 2-1 to Real Zaragosa of Spain after extra-time in Paris. George Graham replaced by Bruce Rioch. Dennis Berkamp becomes record signing for 7.5m from Internazionale.

1996:
Bruce Rioch sacked. Stewart Houston leaves. Arsene Wenger appointed Manager and installs Pat Rice as his No 2.


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