Arsenal Football Club – Some History
Ground: London Emirates Stadium.
Manager: Arsene Wenger
Arsenal FC came about thanks to a small group of Scotsman and it is purely because of them that Arsenal was born to become one of the best names in modern day football.
It all came about thanks to a guy called David Danskin who was from the Scottish town of Kirkcaldy in Fife. He was working in a munitions factory located in Woolwich. David was a real football man but he was based in an area that was totally dominated by both rugby and cricket. He managed to muster some support from three of his friends Elijah Watkins, John Humble and Richard Pearce to found a team. Then the arrival of two players from Nottingham Forrest Fred Beardsley and Morris Bates really inspired David into action to create a new club.
As the word spread about ‘football’ and the creation of a new club around another 15 men put up sixpence each to help start the club. David added 3 shillings more to the pot.
December 1886 saw the very first game but at that stage the club had not actually been named, didn’t possess a kit and of course had no ground in which to play. David Danskin and Co were then referred to as Dial Square after one of the workshops in the factory. Their first game was against Eastern Wanderers on the Isle of Dogs.
Having won the game 6 goals to nil the team next met in the Royal Oak public house on Christmas day 1886, which was situated right next to Woolwich Arsenal station. Thankfully one of the Nottingham Forrest recruits Fred Beardsley solved the embarrassing problem of no kit by asking his old Forrest contacts to help. They sent down a set of red kits for the team, which has remained their home colour until this day.
Now they had a kit they wanted a new name so they combined the pub in which they met with their place of employment to come up with Royal Arsenal and this was to remain their name until 1891 when they changed it to Woolwich Arsenal. In 1888 the very first crest was unveiled which was three cannons viewed from above. This was dropped when they moved to Highbury but was reinstated again in 1922 and was changed to a single cannon. This is also when the clubs nickname, ‘The Gunners’ began. Also at the time of the move to Highbury the name Woolwich was dropped so they were now just known as Arsenal FC.
Ever since, Arsenal Football Club has achieved incredible success and won a host of silverware.
A summary of Arsenal FC honours include;
Football League Champions some thirteen times in 2004, 2002, 1998, 1991, 1989, 1971, 1953, 1948, 1938, 1935, 1934, 1933, 1931.
FA Cup Winners ten times in 2005, 2003, 2002, 1998, 1993, 1979, 1971, 1950, 1936 and 1930
Carling Cup Winners Twice in 1993 and 1987
Community Shield (formerly Charity Shield) twelve times 2004, 2002, 1999, 1998, 1991, 1953, 1948, 1938, 1934, 1933, 1931 and 1930
European Fairs Cup in 1970
Cup Winners Cup in 1994