On 24 April 1915, Woolwich Arsenal played their last game outside the top division in which they cruised past Nottingham Forest with a 7-0 score line. The Gunners ended the season in fifth position behind Wolverhampton Wanderers, Barnsley, Preston North End and Derby County who were crowned the Football League Second Division Champions that season.
However, competitive football in England was suspended between 1914 and 1919 due to the profound effects of the First World War. Basically every Woolwich Arsenal staff member were contributing to the war effort, with quite a considerable number serving in the forces.
As such, the Gunners followed suit and joined rival teams in drafting in ‘guest players’ in a bid to keep competitive football alive. Although the teams took part in the regional competitions, appearances in these tournaments did not bear any weight in players’ official records.
After the First World War, Arsenal was promoted back to the First Division with the help of owner Sir Henry Norris under controversial circumstances, considering the Gunners had finished fifth in the Second Division before the start of the war.
The Highbury side took full advantage of the opportunity and is still remain unhinged from the top flight of English football a century later.