Arsenal FC – Our away record against the Eagles

In 1895, the Football Association had found a new permanent home for the FA Cup Final at the site of the famous Crystal Palace Exhibition building. Some years later the owners, who were reliant on tourist activity for their income, sought fresh attractions for the venue, and decided to form their own football team to play at the Palace stadium. There had been an amateur Crystal Palace team as early as 1861, but they had disappeared from historical records around 1876. The owners of the venue wanted a professional club to play there and tap into the vast crowd potential of the area. Although the Football Association disliked the idea of the owners of the Cup Final venue also possessing their own football team and initially rejected their proposal, a separate company was established to form and own the club. Crystal Palace Football Club, originally nicknamed “The Glaziers”, was formed on 10 September 1905.

Our first game against Crystal Palace was in the FA Cup and took place at Highbury on January 27th 1934 in front of 56,701, Arsenal won 7-0 . The goals were scored by Ralph Birkett (1), Jimmy Dunne (2), Pat Beasley(2) and the legendary Cliff Bastin (2).

Here’s a little timelapse Pathe footage of the Clock End filling up for that game in 1934 (well, it appears to be the Clock End as the old East Stand is on the left?)

This was also the year that we lost our inspirational manager Herbert Chapman.

Our away record against Crystal Palace is superb we have only lost twice at Selhurst Park our overall record is – W10, D6, L2, GF34, GA19, GD, 15.

Photo by Chris Turvey/EMPICS via Getty Images

It would be very difficult to predict anything other than a resounding victory for Arsenal.

However our only loss in the Premier League came as recently as April 10, 2017  when we lost 0-3 so we cannot afford to take a victory for granted.



36 Responses to Arsenal FC – Our away record against the Eagles

  1. mickydidit89 says:

    Thanks GN5

    Your history notes always add another valuable and interesting layer to the whole match build-up routine.

    Thanks Chas for the clip. Great find.

  2. mickydidit89 says:

    Crystal Palace are one of those teams that don’t really register and I think it’s because they’re from South of the river.

    London maps must bugger up plans for many tourists as they probably see the Thames as bisecting the city but there is nothing at all south of the water.

    The only thing that has ever been of any interest down there historically was in Woolwich

  3. LBG says:

    Cheers GN5
    I always associate games against the Palace with Gorgeous George. Some unbelievable goals from him, with that upright stroll through the middle.
    Chas 6.53 and 6.57
    Firstly don’t tell me that that kid has not been encouraged to do that by one seeing it on telly and two my parent “talking him through it”. Sad!
    Secondly, me, first thing with Brady, if I’m a fraction of a second going out!!! I’ll teach you, you lazy…….

  4. chas says:

    Thanks, GN5, top stuff as ever.

    Jeez, just had a look at today’s fixtures. Nearly all could be games in the Championship.

    Funny about the spuds stadium opening put back again.
    Spursy in the extreme.

  5. Big Raddy says:

    GN5. Thank you.

    The first para was an eye opener. I had no idea that the FAC final was played at CP. There is no evidence of the stadium in the park except perhaps where the athletic track is (needs more research).

    Would be great if we could continue our run tomorrow but CP at home will be difficult.

    Very funny about the “best stadium in the world” 😀 :-D.

  6. Big Raddy says:

    I have to defend Sarf Larndan.

    Blackheath is quite pretty, there is a good market and the Longitude line in Greenwich and there is the War museum. Apart from that it is a complete toilet

    Agree about the quality of Chas’ vids. The CE filling up is superb.

    GG scoring superb goals vs CP is lodged in the memory but I have no idea why.

  7. chas says:

    Some old getty images photos of the FA cup at Crystal Palace.
    Page backwards and forwards.

  8. chas says:

    Here’s the link to the Pathe film to watch it in full.

  9. fred1266 says:

    Since no one did things you to eat I can recommend the pasta extremely good

  10. Big Raddy says:

    Fred. Thank you. I must try some. I hope that you can recommend something from your own land

  11. chas says:

    Nope, no idea what you’re on about, Freddie.

  12. mickydidit89 says:

    No Erik, poor shouts for south london

    Blackheath only “quite pretty” you say. That’s a fail
    Their market? Nothing like those north of the river. Fail
    Time line in Greenwich? Invisible. Fail again 🙂

  13. Big Raddy says:

    Micky. Fairplay. I was trying to play devil’s advocate

    I was relegated to the South in my late teens/early 20’s. Luckily I found a sponsor who helped me escape the Darkside and return to sunny, leafy, refined North London.

  14. LB says:

    Good read GN and love the clip of the Clock End filling up.

    You know how WW1 footage has been updated into colour, I wonder if that would be possible for old football games, with better syn we could even get to see how the games were actually played, how great would that be?

  15. Big Raddy says:

    Looks like Peter Storey in the post pic.

  16. mickydidit89 says:


    I had to omit The Imperial War Museum because it is the only positive

    Went this summer for the first time since I was about 12 because a mate wanted to visit the Victoria Cross collection in a room at the very top. That is mighty impressive

    I was, however, really disappointed there were no German WWII tanks as I was convinced there used to be a Tiger

  17. VP of Oz says:

    LB, Peter Jackson, Lord of the Rings director has done the WW1 footage into colour, refer attached preview –

    Now we can see war as soldiers did: Peter Jackson’s new 90-minute documentary about WW1
    The Lord Of The Rings director Sir Peter Jackson created a stunning new 90-minute documentary about the First World War by taking jerky black and white footage, sharpening it up and converting it to full colour.

  18. VP of Oz says:

    BR, we dont have a Crystal Palace in Australia but we do have a Crystal Castle in Byron Bay (Crystal Castle is the largest amethyst cave in the world).
    As for food in the Byron Bay area… gluten-free soy spaghetti, unhulled tahini and raw chocolate or deep sprouted-millet-and-buckwheat-vegan-wellness-loaf with a draught of kombucha.

    It all too hippy for me at Byron Bay

  19. GunnerN5 says:

    Morning all,

    The footage of Highbury in 1934 and the footage of WW1 gave me a lump in my throat. WW1 was before my time but some of my earliest memories are of the adult’s in our family in their service uniforms. I have my dad’s army belt with his dog tags still in the pocket.

    Thanks for the enhancements Chas.

  20. VP of Oz says:

    This is a very good read
    Just goes to show what us Melbourne/Aussie fans can bring to the Arsenal (or any overseas based fans)-

  21. Red Arnie says:

    wow. what a wonderful read, GN5. 🙂 many many thanks. such a lot to learn

  22. fred1266 says:

    No problem BR will bring you something next month

  23. Big Raddy says:

    VP. After an extensive 2 month tour of Oz Mr and Mrs Raddy decided that we’re we to live in Oz then Byron Bay was the place!

    We loved It. But I am a hippy.

  24. VP of Oz says:

    BR, I can see why you chose Byron Bay, it is the home of Thor after all.

    Chris Hemsworth – nestled among the trees in the surfing town of Byron Bay sits a home that will one day be worth close to $20 million

  25. fred1266 says:

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  28. mickydidit89 says:

    Were early matches all called flaming fuses?

    Aaaaaaand, morning all

  29. mickydidit89 says:

    out of interest, what is all that writing to the right of the page where we are now?

    ie Fabregas, man city and so on

  30. Big Raddy says:

    Morning All,

    Got confused by the hour thing, still that extra hour + has allowed me to have a slow morning. Nice.

    Now to get writing …

  31. Big Raddy says:

    There is a New Post

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