As the new Premier League season draws ever closer, here are ten fun facts about The Arsenal.
1 - Why do Arsenal wear red? The Gunners sport red shorts to this day thanks to a donation of red shirts from Nottingham Forest shortly after Arsenal were founded in 1886. The club, then known as Dial Square, had two former Forest players in Fred Beardsley and Morris Bates - who had moved to the Woolwich Arsenal for work. Following the formation of a cash-strapped football club at the munitions factory in south east London, the pair asked Forest if they could send a set of shirts for Dial Square to play in. Forest duly obliged – and the rest is history.
2 - It is a common misconception that Arsenal have never been relegated. They have, in 1912-13 when Woolwich Arsenal finished bottom out of 20 teams in Division One. They have never been relegated from the top tier of English football since they were elected to Division One after the end of World War One and will mark 101 years in the top flight this coming season.
3 – Did you know Arsenal’s game against Sheffield United at Highbury on January 22, 1927 was the first ever English league match to be broadcast on the radio.
4 – Ten years later, a game between Arsenal’s first team and their reserves was the first ever football match to be televised live in September 1937.
5 - On January 31, 2010, Arsenal’s game against Manchester United was the first match to be broadcast in 3D.
6 – As England gear up for their latest round of international matches (you might want to check thier latest odds on this site) did you know Arsenal hold the record for the most players from a single club for the Three Lions when seven Gunners were selected for England against Italy at Highbury in 1934 – in a notorious match which was to be known as the ‘Battle of Highbury’. Arsenal, sorry England triumphed against the world champions 3-2 in a tempestuous game.
7 – Arsenal have won three doubles – in 1970-71, 1997-98 and 2001-02.
8 – Arsenal have been champions of England 13 times – 11 more than bitter rivals Spurs, who last won the league before man set foot on the moon!
9 - The club’s biggest away win against rivals Spurs was a 6-0 thrashing in March 1935.
10 - Graham Rix and Kenny Sansom were the first Arsenal players to play in a World Cup for England in 1982 vs France.