Arsenal Play Their First Match At Highbury On This Day, 6th September 1913

The move from Plumstead had been mooted before but with attendances falling and the negative impact on the club’s finances that this brought, the opposition had eroded in 1912. Having looked at other sites, Norris settled on Highbury. The move was not as smooth as he would have liked with substantial local opposition, including the local council.

However, those obstacles were overcome and the ground was presented for the opening match. Except it wasn’t finished and work would continue throughout the season to complete the ground.

As it is, Leicester Fosse were the opposition and as when the club first played at The Emirates Stadium, the opposition scored first, taking the lead through Tommy Benfield before George Jobey equalised on his debut, the first Arsenal player to score at Highbury and the first to be stretchered off, before Archie Devine scored the winner.

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