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Welcome to the AISA Members’ page. Here we will offer you exclusive content, invitations to members’ only events and special offers. We intend to keep updating the whole aisa.org site, including this members’ only page, so please bookmark us and pop back now and again to see what’s new.

To start with, we have a couple of history pieces – ‘Golden Memories’ – some fascinating facts about Arsenal in Septembers gone by. Each of the hotlinks will open a new tab for the AISA Arsenal History Society and give you even more information about the highlighted topics.

New features are being added in the next few days. And news of a new, exciting Zoom meeting. Keep checking back!

What else is on this page?

Then there’s the answers to the ‘What happened in August quiz (on the News and Views section). Thanks to Tony Attwood of the AISA Arsenal History Society for these.

Finally, at the bottom of this page will be your membership details – and where they always can be found.

SEPTEMBER:

GOLDEN MEMORIES

1 September 1934: First home match for George Allison as manager. Arsenal 8 Liverpool 1.  Ted Drake and Ray Bowden each score hattricks in front of 54,062.  Having won the league for the last two seasons expectations were very high despite Chapman’s death.   It was Jack Crayston’s first game.

6 September 1913: First match at Highbury.  Arsenal beat Leicester Fosse 2-1 in what was the first opening day victory since 1906.  20,000 present.  George Jobey scored the first Arsenal goal at the ground but was later taken off injured.  See also George Jobey,  The Day it Began and Season Ticket Prices.

13 September 1997: Ian Wright broke Cliff Bastin’s goalscoring record with a hattrick against Bolton (the second of which actually broke the record, although Wright revealed his celebratory t-shirt after the first goal).  

20 September 2002:  Arsène Wenger pronounced that, “Arsenal can go unbeaten all season” to huge derision from the media.  “It’s not impossible as Milan once did it but I can’t see why it’s so shocking to say it. Do you think Manchester United, Liverpool or Chelsea don’t dream that as well? They’re exactly the same. They just don’t say it because they’re scared to look ridiculous, but nobody is ridiculous in this job as we know anything can happen.”  Not one journalist ever apologised for the derisory remarks they made after Wenger’s initial comment.

Arsène Wenger pronounced that, “Arsenal can go unbeaten all season” to huge derision from the media. “It’s not impossible as Milan once did it but I can’t see why it’s so shocking to say it. Do you think Manchester United, Liverpool or Chelsea don’t dream that as well? They’re exactly the same. They just don’t say it because they’re scared to look ridiculous, but nobody is ridiculous in this job as we know anything can happen.” Not one journalist ever apologised for the derisory remarks they made after Wenger’s initial comment.

21 September 1889: Arsenal beat Tottenham 10-1 in the opening game of the season.  Arsenal played six games between this date and the end of November and scored 50 goals, letting in five.

22 September 1897: Woolwich Arsenal were playing Loughborough in a United League game when the game was abandoned with 8½ minutes remaining – probably due to failing light.  It was agreed that the remaining minutes be played on 18 December 1897 following the Football League fixture between the two clubs. Ten of the eleven players that played in the first fixture played in the second fixture, with Paddy Farrell playing in place of Frank McAvoy making Farrell Arsenal’s first substitute in a league match!

23 September 2008: Arsenal put out a youth team and beat Sheffield U 6-0 in League Cup.  Fabianski, Hoyte, Djourou, Song, Gibbs, Randall, Ramsey, Merida, Wilshere, Bendtner, Vela.  Among the substitutes was Francis Coquelin.

28 September 2002:  Leeds 1 Arsenal 4.   Arsenal beat Nottm Forest’s record of 22 away games without defeat.  Olivier Dacourt of Leeds commented on the team,”We’re all fighting for second place now. It was demoralising. They just pass and move, pass and move. You find yourself working for nothing.”    Arsène Wenger called the performance as “edging nearer to perfection… We are playing great, Total Football.   Danger comes from everywhere.” Leeds manager Terry Venables said: “Manchester United have been exceptional for 10 years – but I’ve not seen anything as good as that.”   Arsenal also beat Chesterfield’s 72 year old record of scoring in 47 consecutive league games set between December 1929 and December 1930 in the Third Division north in which Arsenal player Jack Lee, who was transferred to Chesterfield in 1928, was very much part of Chesterfield’s run.  

28 September 2013: Arsenal made it a record-breaking 12 consecutive away wins beating Swansea 2-1, as they also equalled the all-time record of 8 consecutive away PL wins, set by Arsenal on 11 May 2002.

What happened in August Answers to the quiz

1: 1982

2: 1999

3: He worked in a sweet shop.

4: Paul Merson

5: Liverpool, 22 August 1964.

6: Leicester 3 Arsenal 3

7: Manchester United

8: 1913

9: 1919

10: The report was for the fourth match of the unbeaten season

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