Peter Connolly’s London Senior Cup medal from 1891
Walking around the Arsenal Museum you may inadvertently miss a small gold medal in a case that holds some of the oldest known surviving memorabilia related to Arsenal Football Club.
The medal is approximately 4cm in diameter, and has the inscription “London Football Association Challenge Cup” along with the London FA’s coat of arms on the front. On the obverse it shows that the medal was won by P. Connolly of RAFC (Royal Arsenal Football Club) in 1890-91, and has a gold hallmark. Read More →
“YOU’RE SUPPOSED TO BE AT HOME”
With Arsenal’s forthcoming FA Cup fifth round tie against Sutton United, we thought we’d take a look at how the Gunners have fared against non-league opposition in the past. When we say “non-league” we actually mean non-Football League as, technically, Sutton do play in a league.
We’ve also decided to review games since the end of World War 1 as before the war the Football League only consisted of two divisions, each with 18 teams. If we were to write a blog about all of Arsenal’s non-league FA Cup opponents, we’d be in the realms of a fair sized book!
But we have included a handy table of every tie at the end of this article. Read More →
The Arsenal History have just launched a sister website – The Arsenal Collection.
It is an online collection of Arsenal memorabilia including full copies of official and unofficial publications such as programmes and books, along with photographs and other items.
We’ve got a limited amount of content at the moment but will be adding more on a regular basis, so follow via email, twitter, instagram or facebook via the links on the website which is:
If you have the slightest interest in Arsenal’s long and glorious history, you will want to visit this website.
Who did Arsenal play on this day?
We were recently asked by Mike Soteriou if we could produce a list of all Arsenal games in “On This Day” order (i.e. all games on 1 January, then all games on 2 January, etc). As we know, football fans love a good list so we thought we’d oblige.
After a few trials and errors, we’ve managed to do it. Read More →
20: Alexander Sanders Robertson – 1891-92
A while ago Andy set a fiendishly difficult twitter question:
“Who was the first Invincible to sign for the club?”
After a number of incorrect answers that included the likes of Ray Parlour and Martin Keown, the correct player was named. Read More →
James Roy “Jimmy” Gray: 1926 – 2016
Jimmy Gray: The Arsenal 1946-1951
Jimmy Gray was an Arsenal reserve right full back just after World War 2, and a batting all-rounder for Hampshire County Cricket Club between 1948-1966.
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Raymond William Mabbutt 1936-2016
Ray Mabbutt: The Arsenal 1954
Ray Mabbutt played a couple of times for the Arsenal A team in the 1953-54 season, but after National Service found his feet with Bristol Rovers.
Thomas Ernest Lawrence 1933-2016
Tommy Lawrence: The Arsenal 1957
Tommy Lawrence had a very brief Arsenal career making a single A team appearance in the 1956-57 season. An England amateur international he went onto transform Enfield as both a player and manager.
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458: David George Herd 1934-2016
David Herd: The Arsenal 1954-61
David Herd was the 458th player to appear for Arsenal. Highly thought of at Highbury, this Scottish International goal machine had to leave Highbury to gain well deserved winners medals elsewhere in the 1960s.
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476: Melvyn “Mel” Charles 1935-2016
Mel Charles: the Arsenal 1959-62
Mel Charles was the 476th player to appear for Arsenal. A Welsh international captain, he was at home at centre forward, centre back or wing half. A free scoring versatile player his time at Arsenal was marred by injury.
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