Arsenal’s Record Defeat On This Day, 12th December 1896

The record books show that this day saw Arsenal play twice. Which you might think explains this defeat except the Reserve XI that faced Leyton at home in an FA Cup-tie faired rather better than the strong XI which travelled to Leicestershire for a Division Two fixture.

As the Reserves won 5 – 0 in front of 3,000 at The Manor Ground, the club’s record defeat happened occurred with 500 witnesses. The scenario is not dissimilar to that of the club’s record win, also against Loughborough, which had a crowd of just 600 albeit due to the original fixture being abandoned the day before.

The result was unexpected more for the two sides differing fortunes. Arsenal were in the top half of the table and an entertaining side to watch, their 12 previous games averaging five goals. Loughborough meanwhile had scored just four goals in their previous 14 games. A resounding home win was not the scoreline envisaged.

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1 thought on “Arsenal’s Record Defeat On This Day, 12th December 1896

  1. I’ve read another report on this game that says Arsenal had most of the play but every time Loughborough broke away they scored. I guess it shows how subjective opinion can be.

    I’ve also read that it was Arsenal’s decision to bring the game forward knowing that they could easily beat Leyton (as they did) with a reserve team.

    There was a lot of falling out internally following this game with players being disciplined and Henry Boyd being transferred soon after

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