On 3 April 1914, Woolwich Arsenal was officially renamed to The Arsenal. How about a slight trip down memory lane? After moving to Highbury in 1913, Woolwich Arsenal was officially renamed to The Arsenal Football And Athletic Company Limited. A special resolution of the club, which was passed two years later, saw the words ‘Woolwich’ and ‘Athletic and Company’ removed and thus the club was simply known as The Arsenal Football Club Limited.
The club officially became known as Arsenal Football Club when it became a Public Limited Company in May 13 1991.
Additionally, on this very day in 1898, club legend Gavin Crawford became the first player to play 100 League games for Woolwich Arsenal. Crawford was among the first ever professional footballers for the Gunners when he joined the club from Sheffield United in 1892. He captained the team for several seasons and played in the club’s inaugural League season, scoring in the first ever League win which was a 4-0 triumph over Walsall in 1893.
Crawford later transferred to Queens Park Rangers before becoming the groundsman at Charlton Athletic until his 80th birthday.
Former Woolwich Arsenal midfielder Patrick Farrell otherwise known as Pat Farrell was born on April 3rd 1872 in Northern Ireland. Remi Garde – a former French international who had an illustrious career with Arsenal between 1996 and 1999 – was also born on this day in 1966.
More interesting stories lined up for tomorrow’s ‘On this day in history’ article.