Bitesize Blasts from the Past

Today a bitesize selection of things that make us The Arsenal.

  • 1893-94 – in Arsenal’s third ever League game John Heath scored our very first hat trick in a 4-0 win over Walsall Town Swifts.
  • 1894-95 – following unsavoury incidents against the referee on January 26th, 1895 Arsenal’s ground on was closed for five weeks. The home games against Burton Swifts and Leicester Fosse had to be played on neutral grounds.
  • 1895-96 – while the modern manager might complain of having a couple of fixtures in three days two fixtures in one day was not unheard of back in the 1800’s. That happened to Woolwich Arsenal on Saturday December12th 1896 when they were due to visit Loughborough in the League and also entertain Leyton in the Third Qualifying Round of the FA Cup. The first team travelled to Leicestershire for the League match and lost 8-0 while the reserves disposed of Leyton 5-0 in the FA Cup.
  • 1889-90 – On March12th 1990 Arsenal got their revenge on Loughborough for the 8-0 defeat by giving them a 12-0 thrashing.
  • 1889-90 – Arsenal played away in the second qualifying round of the FA Cup to Thorpe, the game ended in a 2-2 draw after extra time. Thorpe was unable to travel for the return game and Arsenal gained the victory by default.
  • 1900 – Samuel Hill-Wood, Arsenal’s chairman, playing in a county cricket match for Derbyshire against the MCC at Lords scored an incredible ten runs off of one ball which is still the highest recorded for a single delivery.
  • 1904 – On Christmas day Arsenal played against a Paris XI and defeated them 26-1 (our highest ever score) the lone goal scored by the Paris XI was by the only Englishman on their side – it’s reported that the Arsenal team stepped aside to allow him to score.
  • 1907 – on November 7th Arsenal played Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in the first ever London derby which Arsenal won 2-1 with a big assist going to the huge throng of Arsenal away supporters in the crowd of 65, 000. Royal Arsenal Works at Woolwich had closed for the day to allow its workers to celebrate King Edward VII’s birthday.
  • 1926 – Dan Lewis, our Welsh goalkeeper, was sent off in a game against Sunderland on April 10th 1926. He was the only Arsenal player to be sent off during the twenty seasons between the two world wars.
    • 1925 – In his first major purchase for Arsenal Herbert Chapman resigned Charlie Buchan from Sunderland, he had left previously over an expenses dispute. Buchan was responsible, along with Herbert Chapman, for Arsenal’s adoption of the WM formation which eventually brought Arsenal significant success in the 1930s. After retiring from football Buchan became a football journalist with the Daily News (later renamed the News Chronicle), wrote one of the first coaching manuals, and also commentated for the BBC. In 1947, he co-founded the Football Writers’ Association, and from September 1951 until his death, he edited his own football magazine, Charles Buchan’s Football Monthly, which was published until June 1974.

  • 1928 – Arsenal manager Herbert Chapman sent his team out wearing the numbers 12-22 while his opponents Sheffield Wednesday wore number 1-11.
  • 1930 – Arsenal wins their first FA Cup on April 26th 1930 in front of a crowd of 92,488 at Wembley Stadium beating Huddersfield Town 2-0. With Alex James and Jack Lambert scoring the goals.
  • 1931 – Arsenal wins their first League Division One Championship under new manager Herbert Chapman.
  • 1932-1935 – Arsenal become only the second club to win three consecutive League Division One Championships, Huddersfield Town were the first club to do so from 1924 to 1926. Herbert Chapman was the manager for the 1932-33 and 1933-34 titles and unfortunately died of pneumonia in 1934. George Allison managed the team for the 1934-35 title.
    • 1936 – Arsenal won their second FA Cup on April 25th 1936 in front of a crowd of 93,384 at Wembley Stadium beating Sheffield United 1-0. Ted Drake scored the only goal with sixteen minutes left in the game.

  • 1938 – Arsenal won the First Division Championship for the fifth time in 1937-38 with 52 points which was only 16 points more than bottom club West Bromwich Albion. It was manager George Allison’s second League title.
  • 1939-1945 – Arsenal lost 9 players during WW11, more than any other club.
  • 1947-48 – Arsenal won the First Division Championship for the sixth time, it was the first title for manager Tom Whittaker.
  • 1950 – Arsenal won their third FA Cup on April 29th 1950 in front of a crowd of 100,000 at Wembley Stadium beating Liverpool 2-0. Reg Lewis scored both goals.
  • 1950 – Arsenal retained their entire professional staff of fifty nine at the end of the season, which is thought to be the largest recorded number in Football League History.
    • 1951-51 – Doug Lishman scored three consecutive hat tricks at Highbury against Fulham, West Bromwich Albion and Bolton Wanderers. Thierry Henry duplicated this feat during the 2002-03 season.

  • 1952-53 – Arsenal won their seventh First Division Championship, the second for Tom Whittaker.
  • 1953-53 to 1968-69 – this was a barren period for Arsenal as they went through sixteen seasons without winning any trophies.



94 Responses to Bitesize Blasts from the Past

  1. Morning all

    GinnerN5 has stepped up to the breach and will be offering us some Blasts from the Past for our Friday posts.

    He’s promised to look for some of TMHT’s ghosts too 😉

  2. Big Raddy says:

    Tremendous, especially the early stuff and made even better by the facts being somewhat left-field and not just about player stats and percentages.

    Today is Matthew Flamini’s birthday as well as Ray Parlour’s (and Sir Viv Richards) ……

    And mine!

  3. chas says:

    Top stuff, GN5.

    Pathe were shut out of the 1936 Cup Final. They did make this, though. That Girocopter thing looks dangerous.

  4. chas says:

    Happy Birthday, BR.
    What exalted company!
    Razor, Flam and Vivian should be honoured. 🙂

  5. chas says:

    Have you ever seen anyone use less effort to hit the ball over the boundary?

  6. GoonerB says:

    A big happy birthday to Sir Vivian, Pitbull Flamini, the Romford Pele, and Danish Denilson.

    Lovely post GN5, I do enjoy reading up about our history. It just re-affirms how lucky one is to be a supporter of this club. When you say we lost 9 players to world war II GN5 do you mean they died in battle? If that is the case does anyone know if the club have any type of permanent memorial to them? If we haven’t does anyone else feel that is something that should be put to the club as part of the Arsenalisation?

  7. Vinay says:

    Love to know about our club history, throws so much light to how we have actually progressed and how much we had achieved as well before,
    Happy Bday Big Raddy, you are in elite company of 2, Ramford Pele and Sir Viv, mathieu well he shares the bday with you so he should be more happier, hahaha.

  8. Sav from Australia says:

    Nice post, GunnerN5. It’s a bit – I’m not sure of the word, awe-inspiring perhaps – that clubs like The Arsenal have lasted over 100 years as an institution. I wonder what the old boys back at the turn of 1900 would make of things now?

    …maybe a bit familiar…back in Afghanistan for a bit and all that…Russia…Crimean…

  9. Sav from Australia says:

    Incidentally, I read yesterday’s thread at work today and didn’t get a chance to say thanks to all the people who provided information on the young players coming through the ranks. Thanks guys.

    And I agree with LB. For better or worse and in no way slighting his potential as a player, Jack getting injured might be the butterfly that flutters in north London and blows up Tokyo (thats what that movie was about right?)

  10. GunnerN5 says:


    Remembering the Arsenal Players that died during WW2
    1 Reply

    The Second World War was to prove a tragic time for a heavily bombed Highbury. No less than 9 of the 42 professionals on Arsenal’s books in 1939 failed to survive it, the highest loss by any Club. The nine players to lose their lives were, Sidney Pugh, Harry Cook, William Parr, Leslie Lack, Bobby Daniel, Hugh Glass, Cyril Tooze, Herbie Roberts and Bill Dean.
    Here we Remember them.

    Lack, a Spitfire pilot, was killed in a ‘friendly fire’ incident while Parr was shot down during a mission to hunt down a German U boat. Cook died while training to land a plane on an aircraft carrier. Daniel went missing on December 23rd, 1943, while serving as a Flight Sergeant Gunner. His Lancaster bomber was lost without trace during a mission to Berlin.
    Three other players known to have died were members of the Royal Fusiliers. Hugh Glass drowned at sea in 1943 when his ship, the Ocean Crusader, was sunk by a U boat, while Cyril Tooze was the victim of a sniper’s bullet in Italy on February 10th, 1944. Perhaps the most popular player to die was Herbie Roberts, a member of the team that won the League Championship three times between 1932 and 1935, who became a lieutenant in the Royal Fusiliers. He died of a skin disease, erysipelas on June 19th, 1944.
    Finally, Bill Dean, a goalkeeper, died when his Royal Navy ship HMS Naiad, was hit by a torpedo in March 1942. His death was particularly poignant. When Dean had made his debut for Arsenal in 1940 he had said, prophetically: “Well I have fulfilled my life’s ambition, I have played for Arsenal.”

    Sidney James “Sid” Pugh Rank: Flying Officer Date of Death:15/04/1944 Age: 24
    Henry Bennett Cook Rank: Sub-Lieutenant (A) Date of Death: 26/02/1943 Age: 22
    William Wilfred Parr Rank: Sergeant Date of Death: 08/03/1942 Age: 26
    Leslie Martin Lack Rank: Sergeant Date of Death:18/03/1943 Age: 22
    Robert Norman Victor Daniel Rank: Flight Sergeant Date of Death: 24/12/1943 Age: 21
    Hugh Glass Rank: Greaser Date of Death: 26/11/1942 Age: 23
    Cyril Ernest Tooze Rank: Fusilier Date of Death: 22/01/1944 Age: 25
    Herbert Roberts Rank: Lieutenant Date of Death:17/06/1944 Age: 39
    William Benjamin Dean Rank: Stoker 2nd Class Date of Death:11/03/1942

    They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
    Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning, We will remember them.

  11. GunnerN5 says:

    Great early video Chas, thank you.

    When I was a kid in Highbury we used to watch Pathe News at the “flicks”, it was usually shown before the “flick”

    It was really up to date stuff as the “flicks” we watched were also the newfangled “talkies”

  12. kelsey says:

    Great snippets GN5 some hardly seem believable,like two matches in one day.

    I like the idea of one team being numbered 1 to 11 and the other 12 to 22

    “1889-90 – On March12th 1990 Arsenal got their revenge on Loughborough for the 8-0 defeat by giving them a 12-0 thrashing”

    who does the proof reading 🙂

    A Happy 70th Birthday to you Raddy and 1.22 euros to the £.

  13. GunnerN5 says:

    One of you cricketers will have to let me know how a batsman could do this, I dug up the fact but it left me mystified.

    in 1900 – Samuel Hill-Wood, Arsenal’s chairman, playing in a county cricket match for Derbyshire against the MCC at Lords scored an incredible ten runs off of one ball which is still the highest recorded for a single delivery.

  14. GunnerN5 says:


    Picky, picky, picky –

    There were several errors associated with the dates – but I blame it on blurred eyesight

  15. chas says:

    This suggests we lost the 1907 game against Chelsea?

    (Don’t FA Cup games count as London derbies? (We played Millwall and Clapton as early as 1892))

    I can’t find Thierry’s 3 consecutive hat tricks. I was going to put up the videos. All I can find is two against Liverpool and Leeds in 2003/4?

    Sorry for all of the questions; it’s your fault for getting me all interested in our great history. 🙂

  16. Gööner In Exile says:

    Millwall has never been part of London 😀

    And Clapton was probably a leafy village on the outskirts then

  17. chas says:

    Was Millwall in Kent like Tottnumb was in Middlesex?

  18. GunnerN5 says:

    Chas your interest caused me to dig deeper into the validity of my “facts”

    You are correct about the Chelsea game they won 2-1 not Arsenal.
    I cannot find any proof that Theirry did score three consecutive hat tricks. Both of these facts were from the same source – sports author Dean Hayes – so I dug into his history and what I found out left me feeling disgusted…………………….

    Former headteacher turned author Dean Hayes, aged 59, is serving a five-and-a-half-year jail sentence for indecency with children. When the revelations about his past came to light earlier this year, Bolton Wanderers stopped stocking all of his books about the club, including his latest, Bolton Wanderers On This Day. The publisher of his books pulped their entire stock.

  19. RA says:


    I do not know the answer to the specifics of the Hill Wood score of 10 runs off 1 ball, but the answer in general, might be as follows.

    Let’s say that a batsman face 5 balls in an over. On the 6th ball, the bowler sends down a no-ball and it goes for four. That means the bowler has to bowl again to complete the over (6 balls) and the batsman hits a 6. Eureka – 10 runs.

    Or, the batsman hits a ball hit towards the boundary and rune 3 before it is stopped inside the boundary. The fielder throws the ball back wildly and it misses the Keeper and the batsman runs another 3, before the ball is once again stopped and badly hurled back to the keeper who misses it and it goes across the boundary for another 4.
    Eureka; 3 + 3 + 4 = 10

    As I said, I do not know the facts of the Hill Wood deal, but it can be done, if the fielder/Keeper are useless.

    BR, in my youth I was educated for a short time in the UK, and I actually played cricket (badly) and I still like T20 format and have a reasonable knowledge of the rules. 🙂

  20. RA says:


    Sorry, I should have mentioned I enjoyed the Post and the chance to read a potted date summary of key moments.

    Thank you. 🙂

  21. chas says:

    From the link below (answer is it was a temporary dodgy scoring system)

    “What is the highest number of runs scored off one ball, and how was it achieved?

    The highest recorded in first-class cricket is ten, by Samuel Hill-Wood off Cuthbert Burnup for Derbyshire v MCC at Lord’s in 1900. There was a peculiar trial scoring system in some matches at Lord’s that year, whereby a net was stretched around the boundary, and the batsmen had to run for all their hits (unless they hit it over the net, which was worth three runs). You got a bonus of two if you hit it into the net. Presumably Mr Hill-Wood hit the ball to some remote part of Lord’s – or maybe the fielders got tangled up in the nets. “Wisden” called the idea “clumsy”, and it was abandoned after a few matches, although the net stayed around the Lord’s boundary all that season.”

    Also from above link
    “For which country did Vivian Richards play football?

    Sir Viv played for his native Antigua in the qualifying rounds of the football World Cup in the early 1970s. He was a midfielder. When he first came to England he had a trial with non-league Bath City, but was not signed up.”

    p.s. love the name Cuthbert Burnup. 🙂

  22. Chas, i just think Millwall is its own State 😀

    RA i think you are very close to how it was done.

    “In May 1900, when playing for Derbyshire against MCC, he struck a ball from Cuthbert Burnup and as a result of the netting and an overthrow clocked up ten – a feat which was originally included in the Guinness Book of Records”

    Not sure what they mean by netting, i can only envisage a part of the field had some net on it, and PHW had cunningly driven a ball beneath the netting resulting in players attempting to retrieve the ball, getting snared etc etc.

    Seems to be not cricket like at all to actually continuing running 😀

  23. Beaten to the punch by king of Google

  24. GunnerN5 says:


    You may well be correct, I never gave it enough thought but your conclusions sound very logical.

  25. GunnerN5 says:

    Strange day, first of all I find out that one of my sources of dodgy info is now a jailed child molester – the only good thing about that is the fact that other prisoners class pedophiles as the lowest of the low, so he will have a very unpleasant time inside.

    Secondly RA tells me that I’m potting dates – does that mean he thinks I’m bent?

  26. GunnerN5 says:

    On the other hand I might be going mad as I seem to have been talking to myself most of the day……….oh dear.

  27. GunnerN5 says:

    Hi GIE, great pictures – many thanks.

  28. chas says:

    I was shocked by your revelation resulting from your investigation which was, in turn, prompted by my questions.
    I should have acknowledged your response but was too gobsmacked by that Dean Hayes chap.

    What did you think about FA Cup games being counted as London derbies?

  29. MickyDidIt89 says:


    Ended the week, and settled down to read one of your classics. What a great start to the weekend. Fantastic.

    Wow, 16 Trophyless Seasons. Wonder if they were “Wenger Out’ing” or still happily enjoying Football, The Arsenal and meeting up with their Mates 🙂

  30. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Happy Birthday Big Raddy 🙂

    At least you’ll be with your loved one. My birthday is on Tuesday, and being without my loved one, will take myself off to Wank for the day.

  31. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Oh grow up you lot. Perfectly innocent and mature factual comment. Jeepers.

  32. GunnerN5 says:

    Chas, Yea, I was really ticked off, If I had known beforehand I would never have entertained using his “facts” which proved to be as dodgy as his character.

    I’ve never considered Cup games to be local derbies – but why not? It doesn’t mean they are not but it just seems odd to consider them as derby games?

  33. GunnerN5 says:

    Happy birthday Raddy, I hope you write your pre-match before your birthday celebrations.

  34. chas says:

    09 Nov 1896 Woolwich Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur L 2-1 United League
    25 Feb 1897 Tottenham Hotspur v Woolwich Arsenal D 2-2 United League
    25 Dec 1897 Woolwich Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur W 2-3 United League
    08 Apr 1898 Tottenham Hotspur v Woolwich Arsenal D 0-0 United League
    11 Mar 1899 Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur L 2-1 United League
    29 Apr 1899 Tottenham Hotspur v Arsenal W 3-2 United League
    17 Apr 1900 Tottenham Hotspur v Arsenal W 4-2 Southern and District Combination League
    24 Apr 1900 Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur L 2-1 Southern and District Combination League
    16 Sep 1901 Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur W 0-2 London League
    04 Nov 1901 Tottenham Hotspur v Arsenal W 5-0 London League
    17 Nov 1902 Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur L 2-1 London League
    01 Dec 1902 Tottenham Hotspur v Arsenal W 1-0 London League
    01 Sep 1903 Tottenham Hotspur v Arsenal L 0-1 London League
    14 Nov 1903 Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur D 1-1 London League

    That 11v11 site also has us playing the Spuddies from 1896 in something called the United League, Southern and District Combination League and the London League. Though when I looked at the London League history it suggested it was just reserve games.

  35. GunnerN5 says:

    Arsène Wenger has given an update on the latest team news ahead of Saturday’s game against Everton:

    on the team news…
    Apart from Jack, we have a doubt about Koscielny who has come back with a hamstring problem and didn’t play for France. All the other players came back in a good shape.

    on the chance of Koscielny playing…
    His scan is clear but we will have to test him today.

    on Wilshere playing again this season…
    Yes [I expect him to]. There are 11 weeks to go, he will be out for six before he can absorb normal training. His injury will not stop him working on fitness so two weeks after [the first six weeks] he should be competitive. That means the maximum for him to be competitive in a game is eight weeks.

    on the return of Ramsey and Kallstrom…
    Aaron Ramsey is one week away. I think the next two games are coming too soon for him but for the weekend after [against Tottenham] he should be available. Kallstrom as well.

  36. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Funnily enough GN5, I can’t remember whether it was in a post or a comment, but at the beginning of the season I wrote how invariably unexpected heroes emerge during a season.

    I predicted Ox and Verm. Perhaps the latters moment has come and he can join the former.

  37. GunnerN5 says:


    Interesting info, it would seem logical to only consider League games as derby games.

    I thought I would check out the 11v11 but my virus security warned me not to go onto the site? i never disagree with my virus check.

  38. LB says:

    Happy birthday BR and a very interesting post as ever GN5

  39. GunnerN5 says:

    Micky, I firmly believe that Ox and Ramsey are going to be the bedrock of our midfield for years to come, I hope that Jack is also going to be one of the mid-field stars – but I have my doubts on both the injury front and his consistency.

  40. GunnerN5 says:

    I just wish I had been more diligent in checking the facts LB – but one would think that (dis) reputable authors would have already done due diligence. You live and learn.

  41. chas says:

    When we got drawn against the spuds in this year’s 3rd round, the press were banging on about the North London derby being the highlight of the round. Thats why I asked. 🙂

  42. GunnerN5 says:

    Well there you go Chas I seem to have made a habit out of being wrong today (lol) Derby it is.

  43. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Don’t commentators always refer to two London teams playing each other in a Cup Game as a local derby?

  44. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Oh sorry Chas @ 5.22
    Same point

  45. RA says:


    You are definitely not Bent – he played for Spurs! 🙂

    I googles after the comments from Chas and Exile and their hairnets.

    This blasts Hill Woods ’10’ into oblivion.

    In Fore’s Sporting Notes and Sketches in 1894, Somerville Gibney writes: “Without doubt the biggest hit of the year was one for 93! It was recorded in an evening paper — and I give it as there stated.

    “The Peckham Pushers were playing Camberwell Albion, on the 26th of May. Albion made 129, and there remained fifty-five minutes for play. The Pushers could only look for a draw, and sent in JH Brown and A Archer. From the very first ball Brown made a big drive, the ball lodging in a rook’s nest. While a fielder was getting the ball, which could be seen, and was therefore not lost, they ran 93. The Pushers eventually knocked off the remainder, and won by four wickets.”

    The Australians countered with a similar claim that seems like an English windup, because allegedly one team scored 286 runs when a ball lodged in a tree, was declared ‘not lost’, and after the fielding team tried to axe the tree down, or saw the offending branches down and eventually resorted to shooting the ball down with a sawn off shotgun, the knackered batsmen were awarded the game because the light was fading.

    You pays your money and you take your pick.

    [Exile, apparently in the 19th Century, there were no boundaries as such and the ‘netting’ might have been to try and make things easier to restrict how far the ball could be hit without being lost.] 🙂

  46. After Didits revelations of Wank Mountain on Thursday !. Has any of the AAettes been to Dildo ? .
    Also, was there a vote on Shrove Tuesday to whether sniffer was the biggest Tosser ?.

    How about the place at the bottom of the sign !. Fitting eh !.

  47. RA says:

    There are plenty of Brown Derbys in the US. 🙂

  48. Is there a squad of wheelchairs at London Colney ?…….actually Jacks name does sound a bit similar ! ………….Jack Wheelchair !.

  49. RA says:

    No squad of wheelchairs at the Ems, Cockie Condom, but I am sure that VCC will lend him one of his! 🙂

  50. Gööner In Exile says:

    RA I’m confused when you say no boundaries are you saying no 4’s or 6’s?

    Your story made me laugh even more than Hill Wood running for 10. Because the term “it’s simply not cricket” means that one is being unfair….both those occurrences seem to suggest cricket being a bit more mean spirited than we realise.

    A batsman should walk when he knows he has nicked one to the wicket keeper but it’s fair game to run for 93 when a ball gets stuck up the tree.

    When I last played village cricket a batsman suffered a bit of a blow and fell out of his crease. Whilst most of us looked on concerned the bowler decided he wanted the wicket so with ball in hand took off the bails. Thankfully he wasn’t a bastard enough to scream howzat at the square leg umpire but turned to the captain and said “its there if you want to”. Thankfully the skipper said no.

  51. RA says:


    It seems that in the early days of cricket all runs had to be ….. run.
    No 6s, no 4s.

    There were no boundaries so if the ball ran into scrub, long grass or the woods etc and got lost, like a golf ball in those circumstances, that was just too bad, and the batsmen just ran.

    Seems to have been deemed to be ‘fair’ as the rules applied to both teams.

    I always thought that Rasper was a dodgy character. 🙂

  52. arnie says:

    Great stuff, GN5. 😀 😀 Look forward to more of the greatness. 😀

    Belated happy birthday, Raddy. 😀 Look forward to the pre-match later. 😀

    Tough times. 😦 But my exile from AA seems likely to end by Tuesday next week. But plan to be around during the game tomorrow. 😀

  53. Gööner In Exile says:

    Missed Raddys birthday, belated HB Raddy 😀

    Now we wait to see whether the pre match was done pre or post the celebrations 😀

  54. evonne says:

    Happy Birthday Raddy!! I missed it too, sorry, just so busy. How many candles on the cake?

    Do Micky and Raddy share the birthday?? Was it Micky’s too?

  55. evonne says:

    hi ch, who is sitting above the yellow ribbon today?

  56. Gööner In Exile says:

    Sheeeeeeee Woooorrrrrrre

    Man I need to get to a game.

  57. Morning all

    Happy belated birthday greetings to Raddy, hope you had a great day 🙂

    Early start today and I’ve got a pug to walk too.

    I’m meeting up with goonermichael after the game, it’s his last game before he leaves for Vietnam 😦

    Looking forward to the match, it should be a great contest and someone has to win. Cup games – I love them.

  58. Big Raddy says:

    Morning All,

    Sadly (??) my celebrations took place prior to the writing of the PM, which I will start now. Could be a slowwww morning.

    Thank you all for your birthday wishes.

    p.s. I am younger and always will be than Kelsey 🙂

  59. evonne says:

    me too GiE, strong withdrawal symptoms. I was hoping that JC will want to enjoy the sunshine in his back garden, but the boy is indestructible 🙂

    Mind you, I am bad luck at Everton visits

  60. Gööner In Exile says:

    Haha JC should have a documentary made about his day on Arsenal TV.

    Just looked at the various fixtures, there’s a chance of making Swansea home, I’m in MK on the Tuesday and Lincoln on Wednesday, so a hotel stay somewhere up the A1 on route to Lincolnshire and a trip to the Ems in between.

    I would go for West Ham home but I’ll wait for today’s outcome as it’ll be moved to midweek if we get through.

  61. evonne says:

    Raddy – that is terrible of you!! No PM before partying, AND I could never say ‘I am younger and always will be than Peaches’ – she’d never speak to me again 🙂 🙂

    Morning Peaches – BIG hugs for GM

  62. kelsey says:


    I was thinking when did we last have a 12.45 kick off at home on a Saturday,I know we have had some away.

    I hope Kos starts and we get stuck into the toffees 🙂

  63. kelsey says:

    Just to set the record straigh Baldrick, GN5,dandan and Norfolk Gonner who I know of, are all considerably older than me so as with Arsenal I may just qualify in 4th place for the CL 🙂

  64. kelsey says:

    Is goonermichael getting married again.

    nearly finished my review just a few details to fill in, but I insist on my own banner 🙂

  65. chas says:

    I think Matt’s opted out of his seat so Jon is on his own above the yellow ribbon.
    JC is sitting with Ant and me. He likes early kick offs.

  66. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Baldrick 🙂

    And Morning All

  67. MickyDidIt89 says:

    GM off to Vietnam, oh God. That’s where Gary Glitters go 😦

  68. evonne says:

    was it your 50th yesterday Micky?

    International Women’s Day – best wishes to me and Peaches, and Irish – have lovely day girls!! If we were in Poland we would get looooots of flowers today. But hey, ho, we get Toffees instead

  69. MickyDidIt89 says:

    No. Tuesday is me birthday.

    It’s called International Wimin’s Day 🙂

  70. chas says:

    I’d imagine JC would duck out of Swansea with it being an evening game so you can probably have his seat if you wish. The atmosphere isn’t very electric around us but I’ve heard you create your own.
    I’ll let you know after the game if you’re interested. Looks like it’s category C so £25 to you.

  71. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Will Tuesday’s game have any bearing on today’s team selection?

  72. chas says:

    I saw one open letter to Wenger begging him to play our strongest team for today.
    I can’t see him playing the same team for both games.

  73. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Not being an elite athlete myself, I have no idea about recovery times.

    Would I be right in assuming some players can manage two games in 4 days, and others can’t?

  74. evonne says:

    Micky – Tuesday? oh dear, I hope it is going to be a very very happy one

  75. kelsey says:


    you know everything. 🙂 Kindly answer my question about 12.45 kick offs on Saturday.

    Actually it was my eldest’s birthday yesterday as well, but he is a spud.

    So the oracles on LG think though he is married it’s Sturridge who will be named. So if he gets hit in the nuts he would actually enjoy it.

  76. MickyDidIt89 says:

    I thought it was interesting, and surprising, that someone posted that Maelstrom could be ready in two weeks.

    Maybe he’ll have an important role to play after all.

  77. kelsey says:

    I don’t think we can change the team much but I am never convinced that AW actually wants to put his strongest team out in the FA Cup but I hope I am wrong. There is a doubt about Jalieka.

  78. evonne says:

    GiE – £25 for the game and you get packed lunch for free 🙂 So much of it, that I have a meal of it the following day too 🙂 Bargain, go!!

  79. kelsey says:

    My team


  80. MickyDidIt89 says:

    But Kelsey, that’s only 11 players 🙂

    Why not Verm at LB?

  81. Big Raddy says:

    Kelsey is stuck in the old traditional ways – it is difficult to adjust to change at his age 🙂

    12 players is the way forward.

  82. kelsey says:

    oops made a mistake


  83. Big Raddy says:

    Micky, I am already looking forward to your post game report and an account of your topping Mount Wank

  84. Big Raddy says:

    kelsey. still only 11 players!

    Hope your son had as good a birthday as I did.We went to see At the Sands which is Curtis Stigers singing Sinatra music backed by a Big Band – not my usual guitar-based fare but wonderful nonetheless.

  85. kelsey says:


    add Santi,Gnabry,Jenkinson,Sanogo and Szsney

    How the rich live Raddy 🙂

  86. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Who said anything about me doing a pre, post or past review 🙂

    “How the rich live” ROLF. This from the man who announced on here that he has 17 homes and no mortgages 🙂

  87. kelsey says:

    I did 🙂

    add Santi,Gnabry,vermaelen,Sanogo and Szsney .Right that’s it.

  88. Rasp says:

    Morning all, many happy returns of yesterday Raddy 😛 ……

    …… New post ………

  89. I still listen to Gary Glitter 🙂

  90. Happy Birthday Raddy

  91. kelsey says:

    If we win today the semis and final are at Wembley therefore could a repeat f 1950 be on the cards,when we won the cup without leaving London.

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