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019 – Wally Hardinge

Throughout Arsenal’s history there have been a succession of players who also played cricket, the most famous being Denis Compton. An earlier one was H.T.W. (Wally) Hardinge who joined Arsenal when we moved to Highbury. Sadly his football career was interupted by the Great War He gave up playing football in 1921 and went into coaching but continued playing cricket for Kent as a free scoring batsman and slow left arm bowler.

"Hardinge, The Woolwich Arsenal footballer, taken in 1913"

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003 – Winning a Trophy

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.

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