Humble beginnings:

The history of the Arsenal Football Club dates from 1886 when a group of workers from the Woolwich firm, Royal Arsenal founded the team. The firm was an armaments factory, hence the nickname the team later acquired: "The Gunners". The original name of the club was taken from one of the workshops of the firm "Dial Square" (1886). On Christmas Day of the same year it was decided, in a meeting at the Royal Oak, to change the name to "Royal Arsenal" (1886). It was also known by other names: "Woolwich Reds" and a mixture of all these: "Woolwich Arsenal" (1891) and finally Arsenal Football Club (1914), known as simply "Arsenal". The name "Woolwich Arsenal" was its first name as a professional team. This name was changed to "Arsenal" when the team moved from its location in Woolwich, in South London, to Highbury.

From the beginning the team had close links with Nottingham Forest. Fred Beardsley, the new team's goalkeeper had previously played for Nottingham Forest and it was he who persuaded his former team to provide a set of red jerseys and balls for the "Royal Arsenal". This was the origin of the colours still worn by the team.

The club entered the 2nd Division of the Football League in 1893 and won promotion to the 1st Division in 1904. The team has since remained in the 1st Division (now FA Premiership) except from 1913 to 1919.



Arsenal FC Contact Information

Postal Address
Emirates Stadium,
75 Drayton Park,
London N5 1BU
Telephone / Fax Tel.: 020 7619 5003 Fax: 020 7704 4001
Ticket Office Tel.: 020 7619 5000
Website Official website


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Arsenal FC Team and Ground Information

Name of the ground Emirates Stadium
Ground capacity 60,338
Pitch size 105m x 68m
Team nickname "The Gunners"
Colours Red jersey, white sleeves, white shorts, white socks with red trim
Founded 1886


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