High-Scoring Defeat For Arsenal On This Day, 7th November 1896

Arsenal travelled to Nottingham to face the leaders of Division Two, Notts County. The oldest professional club in England were in fine form, scoring thirty goals in their previous ten games and the only points which they had dropped to this game came in their surprising 1 – 3 home reverse to Grimsby Town. The previous week to this, they had ascended to the top of the table with a 4 – 1 win over Manchester City.

Arsenal meanwhile were in mid-table having played less games than those around them, winning four and drawing two of their opening eight games. The goals had flowed in the previous two games, a 3 – 5 reverse at Walsall (Arsenal trailed 0 – 5 at half-time) had been followed by a 6 – 1 win at Gainsborough Trinity.

This match was followed by a 2 – 5 defeat at Small Heath (now known as Birmingham City) and was the highest scoring first class fixture in Sam Hollis’ reign. Whether you describe Hollis as a manager is another matter for another day.