Arsenal v Wolves – November 2nd, 2019
Wolves has humble beginnings shaped by the twin influences of cricket and the church. The club was founded in 1877 as St Luke’s F.C. by John Baynton and John Brodie, two pupils of St Luke’s Church School in Blakenhall, who had been presented with a football by their headmaster Harry Barcroft. The team played its first-ever game on 13 January 1877 against a reserve side from Stafford Road, later merging with the football section of a local cricket club called Blakenhall Wanderers to form Wolverhampton Wanderers in August 1879.
Having initially played on two different strips of land in the town, they relocated to a more substantial venue on Dudley Road in 1881, before lifting their first trophy in 1884 when they won the Wrekin Cup, during a season in which they played their first-ever FA Cup tie. Having become professional, the club were nominated to become one of the twelve founder members of the Football League in 1888, in which they played the first Football League match ever staged (against Aston Villa). They ended the inaugural season in third place, as well as reaching their first FA Cup Final, losing 0–3 to the first “Double” winners, Preston North End.
At the conclusion of the campaign the club relocated for a final time when they moved to Molineux, then a pleasure park known as the Molineux Grounds.
On September 24, 1904 Arsenal played their first Division 1 game it was a home game against Wolverhampton Wanderers and it was also the day we scored our first ever top flight goal.
Charlie Satterthwaite holds the honour of scoring Arsenal’s first ever goal in the First Division. The striker had a keen eye for goal during his six-year spell with the Club and scored 48 times in 141 appearances. Satterthwaite made history on September 24, 1904 with the opening strike in a 2-0 victory over Wolves – Arsenal’s first goal and victory of their maiden campaign in the top flight of English football. He had joined five months earlier from West Ham and made his debut on the opening day of the 1904/05 campaign in a 3-0 loss to Newcastle. Satterthwaite finished as the team’s top goal scorer that year and also in 1906/07 (with 19 goals) before retiring in 1910 at the age of 33. His younger brother Joe also played for Arsenal, which made them the first siblings to achieve the feat.
From: an article at the time –
Saturday’s game was rather interfered with by the weather and a much smaller crowd were present on the Woolwich ground than when Preston played them a fortnight before. Still, there were quite 20,000 enthusiasts present, and these were soon cheering themselves hoarse in an ecstasy of delight, for it was quickly seen that the Arsenal were playing a winning game, and even the heavy rainstorm which broke over the ground failed to damp the ardour of these partisans of the “Reds” who showed much of the form which made them so popular when playing in the Second Division last year.
There was a rare scene of enthusiasm at the end of the game as the Arsenal players fought their way back to their dressing room through a mob of excited partisans amid much back slapping and hand wringing.
Football League First Division
Champions (3): 1953–54, 1957–58, 1958–59
Winners (4): 1892–93, 1907–08, 1948–49, 1959–60
Football League Cup
Winners (2): 1973–74, 1979–80
FA Charity Shield
Winners (4): 1949*, 1954*, 1959, 1960* (* shared)
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Wolves have never beaten us at home in the EPL era and only 8 times in the 50 occasions they have met us in London. But they are a very different proposition with Nuno Espírito Santo in charge and we should expect a very difficult game.
Normally TotalArsenal gives here his preferred line-up but as Emery has announced he will not start our captain Xhaka tomorrow, I will not do one out of protest.