Rewind - On this day in Arsenal history

On April 28, 1970, Arsenal lifted the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup, their first European trophy. But what else has occurred on April 28? Read on to find out...

Rewind - On this day in Arsenal history

On this day in Arsenal history. CREDIT: OFFSIDE

On this day in 1970 the Gunners lifted the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup, their first European trophy. But what else had occurred on April 28 in Arsenal's long and illustrious history? Read on to find out. 

1893: George Lawrence put pen to paper a contract on behalf of the Woolwich Arsenal Company with W B Jackson of Royal Arsenal Football Club to transfer Royal Arsenal into The Woolwich Arsenal Football And Athletic Company Ltd

1897: Arsenal 1-2 Man City.  The match was versatile James Boyle’s final game for the club. During his time with the Gunners he featured at left half and centre-half – while even playing in goal for three games during an injury crisis which saw the club field fourth keepers in 15 matches

1898: Arsenal 5-0 Tottenham.  The thrashing of Spurs was one of three friendlies the club played in five days, with the other two away to Thames Ironworks, and Millwall.  Arsenal also played Tottenham twice in the United League this season (2-3, 0-0)

1904: Millwall Athletic 2-1 Arsenal. The Gunners went down in the Southern Pro Charity Cup, a tournament which ran from 1901 to 1908

1906: Arsenal 5-0 Tottenham (again). This time it was in the Southern Pro Charity Cup semi-final in front of 12,000. The Gunners reached the final of the tournament for the first time. They beat Reading in the final – 48 hours later.

1908: Rangers 1-1 Arsenal. The first known clash between the north Londoners and the Glasgow giants. The fixture was part of a Scottish tour which saw the Gunners play eight matches in nine days

1910: With concern over the club’s perilous finances growing a friendly was arranged against Colchester in a bid to raise vital funds. Arsenal won the match 3-2

1917: Arsenal 4-0 Crystal Palace. 4,500 attended the final home match of the season as the First World War took its toll. To boost spirits chairman Henry Norris treated the entire Arsenal team to a rare dinner out, at the Holborn Restaurant

1920: Bradford Park Avenue 0-0 Arsenal. In the club’s first season back in the top flight after Henry Norris’ ‘machinations’ 7,000 watched the match with the side from west Yorkshire. The result saw Arsenal remain in 11th position with the Bantams in ninth.  It was Arsenal’s third draw in succession, with one more to yet come – funnily enough at home to Bradford

1923:  Arsenal 2-0 Sheff U The victory saw the Gunners seal a nine match unbeaten run to finish their campaign in 11th spot.  

1930: Arsenal 0-1 Sunderland. The Gunners under Herbert Chapman lifted the FA Cup for the first time in the club’s history only 48 hours previously by beating Huddersfield 1-0 at Wembley - so perhaps it was understandable they lost to the Wearsiders 

1934: Chelsea 2-2 Arsenal. The draw at Stamford Bridge in front of a crowd of 65,344 saw Chapman’s captain Joe Shaw lift the Division On title, to make it two in a row.

1970: Arsenal 3-0 Anderlecht. Bertie Mee’s side lifted the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup after an emotional night at Highbury where they turned around a 3-1 deficit from the first leg, through goals from Eddie Kelly, John Radford and Jon Sammels. It was the club’s first European trophy and their first silverware in 17 years.

1980: Arsenal 1-1 Liverpool. The third match in the club’s FA Cup semi final series against the Reds as they fought each other to another stalemate in the second replay at Villa Park. Alan Sunderland was the scorer. Terry Neill’s side: Jennings, Rice, Devine, Talbot, O’Leary, Young, Brady, Sunderland, Stapleton, Price, Rix.

1984: Don Howe was appointed permanent boss.  

2008: Derby 2-6 Arsenal. Having beaten Derby 5-0 at the Emirates in the previous September, Emmanuel Adebayor grabbed a treble while Theo Walcott, Nicolas Bendtner, and Robin Van Persie netted the other goals.

2014: Arsenal 3-0 Newcastle. The victory ensured Arsenal would finish above Spurs for the 18thseason in a row as Gooners once again laughed at their bitter north London rivals.

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