Compton Loses a Cap

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In 1938, Denis Compton damaged his knee in a collision with an opposing goalkeeper and his subsequent sporting career on both the cricket and football fields was seriously afflicted by knee problems.

Eventually. in November 1955. he underwent surgery to have his right kneecap removed.

The surgeon kept the kneecap as a souvenir and later donated it to Middlesex County Cricket Club as a part of their Lord's archive. It has been described as looking like a medium-sized mushroom, honey-coloured and honey-combed.


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'Cancel close-season game in Germany.'

Arsenal FC board meeting minutes, 13 April 1939

Arse trivia 2011-12

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Some trivia...mainly sourced from Martin Tyler.

On 16 October 2011, Robin Van Persie scored the fastest goal of the 2011–12 Premier League season, 28 seconds into a home match against Sunderland.

Chelsea scored their 6,000th league goal in October becoming the 31st team to get 6,000 English league goals - and the third in London after Arsenal and Tottenham.
Arsenal's 5-3 win at Stamford Bridge was the first time Chelsea have conceded five at home in the Premier League and the first time since Liverpool's 5-2 win there in 1989.

Quick Cup Facts

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* In the victorious 1970/71 FA Cup campaign, Arsenal were not drawn at home once. However, two of their ties - Portsmouth in the fourth round and Leicester in the sixth round - ended in draws, which meant the ties had to be replayed at Highbury.
* Arsenal were the first team to win both the FA Cup and the League Cup in the same year - 1993 - beating Sheffield Wednesday on both of the occasions.
* Arsène Wenger is the only Arsenal manager to win the FA Cup more than once.
* Mr Wenger also led Arsenal to five successive FA Cup semi-finals between 2001 and 2005.

Manure loss

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To all my Gooner brethren ,hurting and teased after THAT loss--we can remind Manure of their loss in the 1996 campaign when they shipped 6 goals against the TOONS!


Other people called Arsène

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Arsène Lupin - A fictional character appearing in the works of French crime stories by Maurice Leblanc.

Arsène Oka - A footballer from the Ivory Coast currently playing in the Major Soccer League (MLS) in the US.

Arsène James - A St Lucian Politician.

Arsène Houssaye - A 19th-century French novelist and poet.

Arsène Roux - A 20th-century language expert.

Pizza Excess

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A quick look at the past and present Arsenal players’ favourite toppings:

Patrick Vieira - Pepperoni
Sebastian Larsson - Ham and Beef
Alexandre Song - Bolognese
Theo Walcott - Four cheese
Robert Pires - Mushrooms, egg and ham

Exceptional Rules

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The ‘Players Instructions and Training Rules’ book was compiled in the 1940s by Assistant Manager Jack Crayston and approved by Manager Tom Whittaker. It had to be produced to the Commissionaire at the official entrance to Highbury to gain access to the stadium.

The rules included:

All week winners

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Arsenal have won a trophy on every day of the week:

The 1971 League Championship on a Monday

The 1970 Fairs Cup on a Tuesday

The 1994 European Cup Winners’ Cup and the 2002 Premiership on a Wednesday

The 1993 FA Cup replay on a Thursday

The 1989 League Championship on a Friday

The 1998 FA Cup Final, among others, on a Saturday

The 1998 Premiership trophy and two League Cups on a Sunday