Formed in 1886 by a group of para-military agitants who assumed the name of the nearby South London armaments depot, Woolwich Arsenal. They did so in the hope that deliveries intended for the depot would be re-directed to them for their nefarious activities. Their aim was to take the Football League by storm; however, being based in Plumstead meant that they had a tricky river crossing to make before they reached civilization. They were also known as Dial Square Football Club for a while, after they adopted their sponsor's name into their title (They were a premium cost phone line for the negative, lateral passing game called "Dial Square Football").

Arsenal have always been a rich club. No old leather medicine balls for them in training. Oh, no. They used, their now famous, marble balls of Highbury. In fact, when they wanted to play their football in the most fashionable part of London, the only piece of land available was a large burial mound (High-bury) in an area that was notable for it's mass graves during the Black Death of the 17th Century (i.e. Finsbury, Cannonbury, Gunnersbury). The ground was intended to be built by part-time decorators, but owing to a typographical error in the advertisement, it was built using art deco. Thus, it has the look of a pre-World War II stadium built for dictators on the continent or a base for a tacky table lamp. 

The club has always been at the forefront on innovations for the game. They were the first to play a recognised centre-half. They were the first to introduce the twin centre-halves. They became the originators of the three central defender system. One wonders just what they will come up with next !! The finest moment of their history undoubtedly came in 1971, when they completed the "Double" that they have become famous for - beating Tottenham Hotspur home and away. Since then there have been trophies along the way, but they are better known for their humiliating defeats at the hands of lesser opposition in cup competitions at home (York, Wrexham, Millwall) and in Europe (Winterslag, PAOK Salonika, Spartak Moscow). Indeed, they added to their infamous European role of shame by losing a UEFA Cup final to Galatasaray of Turkey in a penalty shoot-out.  

Unfairly labelled a 'negative' and 'defensive' team, they seek to recapture the halcyon days of the 1930's when the club was in the ascendancy. Ever since then, they have carried the "Lucky" Arsenal tag, which they stole from Middlesbrough Ironopolis just before they went out of existence. It is rumoured that a horse and cart involved in the construction of Highbury, are interred under the stadium, with their feet pointing upwards so the horseshoes are the right way up. For several years a family of black cats resided in the referee's dressing room, before a complaint to the FA made the club remove them. The strong links with Ireland resulted from the club sending representatives over to find a four leaf clover, but ended up forging an association with Shamrock Rovers. The drafting of players from the Emerald Isle was intended to allow some of the luck of the Irish to rub off on the other squad members. 

Since those days, their formerly emerald eyes have strayed to the continent, from where Arsene Winker has looked for young players to boost the squad.  Consequently, they have looked a cosmopolitan side at home and poor away in Europe.  This culminated in a Champions League final defeat to Barcelona, meaning they had lost in the final of each European competition.

Overall, a team that is much loved throughout the country and one that everybody loves to see do well.

FAMOUS PLAYERS :- Willie Young, Gus Caeser, Terry Neill, David Price, Canon B.O. Ring Esq., Malcolm Webster, David Hillier, Francis Jeffers.

FAMOUS FANS : - Jeremy Beadle [deceased]  (TV Prankster), Melvyn Bragg (TV Presenter and author); Rory McGrath (Comedian); Frankie Dettori (Jockey); Aled Jones (child soprano, TV Presenter - BBC "Songs Of Praise"); David Miliband MP; Peter Hyman MP; Damon Hill (former racing driver); Patsy Palmer (actress - BBC TV "EastEnders"); Jo Guest (Former glamour model); Osama Bin Laden [deceased] (Al Queda terrorist leader); Piers Morgan (former Daily Mirror Editor and TV presenter); Nick Hornby (writer); Stavros Flately (bad X Factor dancer).


Club Records

Formed 1886
Turned Professional 1891
Became a Limited Company 1893
Previous names Dial Square           1886
Royal Arsenal         1886-91
Woolwich Arsenal      1891-1914
Previous grounds Plumstead Common  1886-87
Sportsman Ground    1887-88
Manor Ground       1888-1890
Invicta Ground       1890-1893
Manor Ground       1893-1913
Nickname "The GUNNERS"
Club Colours HOME : Shirts - Red with white sleeves
Shorts - White  
Socks - Red with white turnover 

AWAY : Shirts - Yellow with blue trim 
Shorts - Blue  
Socks - Yellow with blue turnover

Record Premier League Win 6-1  v Middlesbrough
Away        24.4.1999
Record Premier League Defeat 2-8  v Manchester United
Away        28.8.2011
Record Football League Win 12-0  v Loughborough Town
Div. 2        12.3.1900
Record Football League Defeat 0-8 v Loughborough Town
Div. 2        12.12.1896
Record Cup Win 11-1  Darwen 
FAC R3      9.1.1932
Record Fee Paid 13 million to Bordeaux for Sylain WILTORD  (August 2000)
Record Fee Received 25 million from Barcelona for Marc OVERMARS (July 2000)
Record Football League Appearances 558 -  David O'LEARY  (1975-93)
Record Premier League Appearances 242 - Nigel WINTERBURN (1992-99)
Record Premier League goal-scorer 104 - Ian WRIGHT (1992-98)
Record goal-scorer in a Premier League season 30  -  Ian WRIGHT (1992-93)
Record goal-scorer in a season 42  -  Ted DRAKE  Division 1     1934-35
Record all-time goalscorer  185      Ian WRIGHT   (1991-98)
Most goals in one match 7  -  Ted DRAKE  v  Aston Villa  14.12.1935
Record Home Attendance (all-time) 73,295 v  Sunderland 
Div. 1       9.3.1935
75,707  v  RC Lens
CL        25.11.1998 (Wembley)
Record Premier League Attendance 38,377  v Tottenham Hotspur  29.4.1995
Record Match receipts 392,726.50   v  Sampdoria  (ECWC SF L1)  6.4.1995
Record total of goals in a Premier League season 68 -   1997-98, 38games     
Record total of goals in a  League season 127 -  Division 1  1930-31
Record Premier League points total 78  -  1997-98, 38 games
78  -  1998-99, 38 games
Record  League points total 2 for a win : 66  -  Division 1   1930-31

3 for a win : 83  -   Division 1   1990-91

Most Capped player while at club Kenny SAMSON 77 (England) 


Stadium details

Arsenal Stadium, Avenall Road, Highbury, London, N5 1BU

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Capacity : 38,500
Pitch size : 110 yards  x  73 yards
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