In the late 1800s a fad developed of supporters having ‘In Remembrance’ cards printed to be given to opposing fans after a victory. As these were normally made of cheap paper, and no doubt not so gratefully received, I thought it would be interesting to put a scan of one I have up. Needless to say rumours of Arsenal’s demise were rather wide of the mark.
In the 1890s one of the main sporting magazines, which included all kinds of sporting fixture lists for the upcoming week as well as match reports from all kinds of sports. The clippings below are from an 1891 copy that has an early ‘league table’ showing Arsenal top. Of course.
In the late 1800s magazines relied on drawings to show match action. The two I’ve scanned below are both from The Penny Illustrated magazine, the first from October 1890 and the second from October 1891.
In 1889/90 Royal Arsenal entered the FA Cup (in the qualifying rounds) for the first time. As well as that we won our first competitions.
We won the Kent Senior Cup (beating Thanet 3-0) and the Kent Junior Cup. Old Westministers beat us 1-0 in the final of the London Cup before we got our revenge by beating them 3-1 to win the London Charity Cup. The cutting above is scanned from the Daily Graphic of April 7th, 1890.