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The signing of arguably Arsenal’s greatest ever player


These are the Arsenal anniversaries that we have found for this day.
A full list of all the anniversaries for the year appear in the month by month listings on this site.  See the index in the left column or on our home page.  Today’s headline story comes from 1929.
17 May 1901: Thomas Briercliffe signed from Stalybridge Rovers.  He came into the team at outside right for the first match of the season against Burnley which Arsenal won 2-1,  and scored his first goal in the second match of the season on 7 September 1901, a 2-0 defeat of Leicester Fosse.   It was the first time ever that Arsenal had won their first two matches of the season!
17 May 1918: To try and overcome the problems with conscription in Ireland (which Sir Henry Norris had argued strongly against in the War Office)  the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, Lord French, invented t...