26 March 1896 – Tottenham 1-3 Arsenal. The shape of things to come, even before Jack the Ripper was invented.

26th March 1930 – Hull City 0-1 Arsenal, FA Cup semi final replay. Arsenal won this game on the way to our first major trophy. Sounds like an eventful match, read all about it here.

26th March 1948 – Arsenal 7-0 Middlesbrough. We were eight points clear at the top of the league and would go on the win the league by seven points. This was despite only winning two more games of the final eight.

26th March 1966 – Arsenal 1-3 Newcastle. Our seventh game without a win and even our goal was an own goal in a disappointing season until the summer where England did something a bit special for the one and only time.

26th March 1979 – Bolton 4-2 Arsenal. Another poor defeat on the road made it four defeats, one win, one draw in the last six league games.

26th March 1987 – Alan Martin Smith signed for Arsenal for £750,000, only to be promptly loaned back to Leicester for the rest of the season. Turned out to be quite the striker for Arsenal when he eventually joined properly, scoring 86 goals in 264 games between 1987 and 1995.

‘Smudger’ was part of ‘that night at Anfield’, glancing in the first goal to set up the greatest end to a league season ever. With Arsenal, he won the double, two league titles, an FA Cup, a League Cup and a Cup Winners Cup, taking the golden boot in both of our league title seasons in 1989 and 1991. He was also named as the 27th Greatest Gunner by the club.

26th March 1999 – Ex-Arsenal player Graham Rix was sentenced to a year in prison for having sex with an underage girl. He served six months of his sentence, then Chelsea gave him a job.

26th March 2000 – Arsenal 3-0 Coventry, goals from Kanu, Grimandi and Thierry Henry saw us ease to an easy win at home in the Premier League.

26th March 2019 – Al Nasr 2-3 Arsenal. We came from behind to win this friendly at our warm-weather training camp. Carl Jenks, Alexandre Lacazette and Tyreece John-Jules all on the scoresheet in front of 15,000 fans.

26th March 2020 – As the COVID-19 virus takes over the world, Mikel Arteta’s men remain the only side unbeaten in the league this year.


Matches from this day:

26/03/1887 2nd Rifle Brigade A Friendly 0-1
26/03/1892 Everton H Friendly 2-2
26/03/1894 St. Mirren H Friendly 1-3
26/03/1896 Tottenham Hotspur A Friendly 3-1
26/03/1898 Gainsborough Trinity A Division 2 0-1
26/03/1900 Reading H Southern District Combination 1-1
26/03/1904 Bolton Wanderers H Division 2 3-0
26/03/1910 Sheffield Wednesday H Division 1 0-1
26/03/1921 Sheffield United H Division 1 2-6
26/03/1927 Southampton N FA Cup 2-1
26/03/1930 Hull City N FA Cup 1-0
26/03/1932 West Ham United A Division 1 1-1
26/03/1937 Stoke City H Division 1 0-0
26/03/1938 West Bromwich Albion A Division 1 0-0
26/03/1948 Middlesbrough H Division 1 7-0
26/03/1951 Portsmouth A Division 1 1-1
26/03/1955 Bolton Wanderers H Division 1 3-0
26/03/1960 Leeds United H Division 1 1-1
26/03/1963 Everton H Division 1 4-3
26/03/1966 Newcastle United H Division 1 1-3
26/03/1973 Crystal Palace H Division 1 1-0
26/03/1977 Chelsea A Friendly 0-3
26/03/1979 Bolton Wanderers A Division 1 2-4
26/03/1983 Everton A Division 1 3-2
26/03/1988 Derby County A Division 1 0-0
26/03/1994 Liverpool H Premier League 1-0
26/03/2000 Coventry City H Premier League 3-0


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Put together using some data from the Arsenal History Society Anniversary Files