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Arsenal Football Club is an English football club and presently compete in the Barclays Premier League. The club has been very successful, their thirteen top flight titles is only bettered by both Manchester United and Liverpool. Arsenal's total of 10 FA Cups is second only to Manchester United. The club has also won three domestic doubles of League Title and FA Cup (1970-71, 1997-98, 2001-02). Arsenal were the first club to complete the domestic cup double by winning both the FA Cup and the League Cup in 1993. In 2006 Arsenal became the first London based club to compete in the UEFA Champions League final were they lost to F.C. Barcelona by a score of 2-1.
The origins of Arsenal Football Club can be traced to the Woolwich Arsenal, a government run munitions factory, located on the borders of rural Kent and the southern part of London. At that time the most popular sports in that area were cricket and rugby. It was a group of men from outside this area who worked at the munitions factory who came together to form a football club.
One of the key members of this group was David Danskin a Scotsman from Kirkcaldy in Fife. When two players from Nottingham Forest, Fred Beardsley and Morris Bates, arrived at the works it inspired Danskin and three friends Elijah Watkins, John Humble and Richard Pearce to ask around to see who would be interested in joining the new team. Fifteen men paid sixpence to join the club and Danskin added three shillings of his own money.
The first game for the club came on December 11, 1886 against a club named Eastern Wanderers. The club quickly adopted the name of Dial Square, which was the name of one of the workshops within the Arsenal. The actual result is disputed, because there were a lack of cross bars and markings on the pitch, it is generally accepted that Dial Square won the match 6-0.
An Historic Meeting
Christmas Day of 1886 was indeed a very important day for the new club. It was on that day that the players held a meeting in which they set about to solve some rather obvious problems. The name of the club was one of the issues to be tackled. Dial Square proving to be unpopular. The new name was a combination of the name of the pub, Royal Oak, where the players were meeting and their place of work. Thus was born the name Royal Arsenal. Eventually though the club adopted the name Woolwich Arsenal in 1891.
The next bit of business to be sorted was the kit. The color red was adopted mainly because the former Forest players Beardsley and Bates already had shirts of this color. Beardsley then wrote to his former club asking if they could help outfit the rest of the squad. Forest was very generous and sent the red shirts and even a ball.
The last bit of business was finding a place to play. It became clear to the men in attendance that their only option was to use the closest bit of public land available, this happened to be Plumstead Common.
Entry to the Football League
When originally formed the club was an amateur side as was the norm in the London area. The London Football Association were very much against the move of the northern clubs towards professionalism. Jack Humble a club committee member and sometime goalkeeper was taken aback by the relative ease at which the professional clubs could attract the better players from the amateur sides. Seeing this Humble first proposed taking the club professional in 1891. The proposal was approved by a vast majority.
The backlash from this controversial move was that the London FA immediately banned Arsenal from all competitions. The only option available for the club was to then enter the FA Cup and also schedule friendlies against other professional clubs. The FA Cup became a very important competition for the club financially. However, in their first round cup tie in 1892 the club lost to Small Heath 5-1. The following year they again bowed out in the first round losing to Sunderland 6-0.
One other item of change produced by the move to go professional was that the club changed their name dropping the "Royal" and calling the club Woolwich Arsenal. This was more than likely done to deflect any further backlash from the London FA.
Given this lack of success something had to be done. In 1892 Arsenal held meetings to determine the likelihood of forming a southern division of the professional Football League. The original idea found favor of 12 clubs including Arsenal. Once more the London FA threatened to ban the member clubs so all of them save Arsenal dropped out.
With the collapse of the southern division idea only one option was left for Arsenal. At the end of the 1892-93 season the Football League decided to expand the Second Division from 12 clubs to 15. In addition to that, two further spots opened when Bootle resigned and Accrington refused relegation from the First Division. There were now five spots open in the Second Division. Newcastle United and Rotherham Town were given places immediately. The other three spots were voted upon and Liverpool, Woolwich Arsenal and Middlesbrough Ironopolis were granted entry into the Second Division. Woolwich Arsenal became the first team south of Birmingham and Burton to enter the Football League.
Move to Highbury
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Crest, Colors, Kit
The following table lists the all time club leaders in appearances. Only competitive matches are included.
|Rank||Player||Nationality||Years||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Europe||Community Shield||Total Appearances|
|1.||David O'Leary||Template:Team Ireland||1975-93||558||70||70||21||3||722|
|2.||Tony Adams||Template:Team England||1984-02||504||53||59||48||4||669|
|3.||George Armstrong||Template:Team England||1961-77||500||60||35||26||0||621|
|4.||Lee Dixon||Template:Team England||1988-02||458||53||45||57||5||619|
|5.||Nigel Winterburn||Template:Team England||1987-00||440||47||49||43||5||584|
|6.||David Seaman||Template:Team England||1990-03||405||47||38||69||4||564|
|7.||Pat Rice||Template:Team Northern Ireland||1964-80||397||67||36||27||1||528|
|8.||Peter Storey||Template:Team England||1965-77||391||51||37||22||0||501|
|9.||John Radford||Template:Team England||1964-76||379||44||34||24||0||481|
|10.||Peter Simpson||Template:Team England||1964-78||370||53||33||21||0||477|
|11.||Bob John||Template:Team Wales||1922-37||421||46||0||0||3||470|
|12.||Graham Rix||Template:Team England||1975-88||351||44||47||21||1||464|
|12.||Ray Parlour||Template:Team England||1992-04||339||43||26||52||4||464|
|14.||Martin Keown||Template:Team England||1984-86, 1993-04||333||40||23||49||4||449|
|15.||Paul Davis||Template:Team England||1980-95||351||27||51||16||2||447|
|16.||Eddie Hapgood||Template:Team England||1927-44||393||41||0||0||6||440|
|17.||Paul Merson||Template:Team England||1985-97||327||31||40||22||3||423|
|17.||Dennis Bergkamp||Template:Team Netherlands||1995-06||315||39||16||48||5||423|
|19.||Patrick Vieira||Template:Team France||1996-05||280||48||7||68||4||407|
|20.||Frank McLintock||Template:Team Scotland||1964-73||314||36||34||19||0||403|
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