The recent publicity surrounding Manchester City’s decision to charge Arsenal supporters £58 got us thinking of any non-recent historical precedents, and there are a number of early occasions when unscrupulous clubs doubled their entrance gate for the visit of Arsenal supporters. Probably the most blatant occasion was when Royal Arsenal visited Clapton in October 1891 and the opposition kept the gate at 3d for the home fans but doubled it to 6d for the Reds without any prior warning. As Arsenal won 7-0 it is doubtful too many were overly concerned by the end. Read More →
by Andy Kelly (@Gooner_AK)
Ingrained within the heritage of The Arsenal is the long standing latin motto “Victoria Concordia Crescit”. Over the years there have been a number of variations of the translation but all are roughly the same: “Victory Grows Through Harmony.”
But when was this motto first attributed to The Arsenal, and why?
By Andy Kelly
This is an expanded version of the article we recently wrote for the History Lesson page for the Arsenal matchday programme.
Throughout the club’s history Arsenal have always had a reputation as pioneers and innovators. On 23 March 1974 the club was involved in one of football’s more unusual firsts.
Mark Andrews @Royal Arsenal MRA
Caesar Jenkyns – First Arsenal player to appear in an international match.
To celebrate Movember we recall the “Victorian Souness”.
21 Mar 1896: Caesar Jenkyns became the first player at the club to play international football
By Andy Kelly
@gooner1947 recently posted an old photograph on Twitter of an Arsenal captain shaking hands with his opposite number at the start of the game. Peter asked who the captain was and what was the year. That captain was Charlie Jones but explaining what year and the reason why would take somewhat more than the 140 characters that Twitter allows in each tweet.
Welcome to The Arsenal History blog.
In the summer of 1886 the foundations were laid for a football team that we know today as The Arsenal*.