Despite Arsenal's struggles at the moment, the beautiful history of the club still makes it one of the most attractive clubs in world football.
The Royal Arsenal was an armaments factory which produced weapons and munitions in Woolwich London hence the name Woolwich Arsenal.
Arsenal moved to the old Highbury Stadium in September 6th 1913 where they spent 93 years before moving to the new Emirates Stadium in May 7th 2006. This article reveals the first competitive match played by Arsenal at the old Highbury Stadium in 1913.
The match was played against Leicester Fosse and it was a second division fixture Arsenal's relegation at the end of the previous season. The Arsenal starting line-up included Lievesley, Shaw, Fidler, Grant, Sands, McKinnon, Greenaway, Hardinge, Jobey, Devine and Winship.
Leicester Fosse starting line-up included Brebner, Clay, Currie, McWhirter, Harrold, Burton, Douglas, Mills, Sparrow, Benfield and Waterall.
Leicester Fosse scored the first goal in the 20th minute through Benfield but George Jobey nodded in an equaliser for the Gunners. Devine then scored the winning goal from the penalty spot to give Arsenal the victory in front of a home crowd numbering 20,000.
The only negative of the game was an injury to Jobey who was attended to by doctors. He was later transported in a cart borrowed from a local milkman to his house to recover from the injury.
The Highbury Stadium is a memorable stadium for the club and many of Arsenal's greatest achievements were done there (including the Invincibles Season when the Gunners won the Premier League title without losing a single game)
Moving away from the old Highbury Stadium to the Emirates Stadium in 2006 was a key milestone in Arsenal's history and the fans would be hoping the glory days of the Highbury era returns to the club very soon.
Information Credit: (Arsenal.com and Wikipedia)
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