The First League Hat-Trick Of Thomas Mitchell’s Reign At Arsenal, On This Day, 13th November 1897

Thomas Mitchell had taken over as manager at Arsenal in January 1897 and whilst trebles had been registered in FA Cup Qualifiers and friendlies, this was the first in a league match. The first of his reign in all matches came as Arsenal trouned Ilkeston 7 – 0. 

Walsall Town Swifts came to town this day having beaten Woolwich Arsenal on their home turf 3 – 2 the previous Saturday. It meant that this was a real mid-table clash with Arsenal seventh and the visitors, ninth. Archie McGeoch, the hat-trick hero, was a Mitchell-man, making his debut on the opening day of this season in the 4 – 1 win over Grimsby Town.

McGeoch would only stay at the club for a season or so, scoring 14 goals in his 39 games, his final match being Arthur Kennedy’s last in charge, a 2 – 3 reverse against Tottenham.

 

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2 thoughts on “The First League Hat-Trick Of Thomas Mitchell’s Reign At Arsenal, On This Day, 13th November 1897

    • I dunno, some book and a pamphlet I read mentioned that he took over, to dig the club out of a hole. You’ll be able to read more about the book next week…

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