On this day, 26 years ago, Arsenal travelled to the North West to face Manchester United in their Football League First Division encounter. The game wasn’t particularly exciting for spectators and produced the single goal in favour of the North London side.
However, the fixture is remembered when goalscorer Anders Limpar and United defender Denis Irwin attempted to win the ball before Arsenal’s Nigel Winterburn tackled Irwin, sparking a pitch brawl involving 21 players. Only Limpar and Winterburn subsequently received a booking.
Both clubs wasted no time and fined a number of their players with Arsenal going as far as disciplining then-manager George Graham. The English FA followed suit, fining both clubs for bringing the game into disrepute.
Arsenal and Manchester United were also docked points for the brawl, with the former receiving a heftier point deduction for a similar precedent against Norwich City in 1989.
Nevertheless, this punishment didn’t dent Arsenal’s title hope as the Gunners went on to become league champions with just one defeat.
>More memorable events on this day:
1996: Manchester United concede biggest defeat in 12 years after losing 5 – 0 to Newcastle United.
2004: Formula One’s contract recognition board refuse to ratify Jenson Button’s move to Williams.
2011: Stuart Pearce and Hope Powell named by the FA as coaches for the British men’s and women’s football teams at the 2012 Olympic Games.
Born today in 1951, Claudio Ranieri began his career in football as a player, featuring for sides Roma, Catanzaro, Catania and Palermo before eventually hanging up his boots to pursue coaching.
In 1991, he gained recognition for masterminding Cagliari’s rise to the Serie A from third division, which subsequently helped him secure stints for top-tier teams like Napoli, and Fiorentina, helping the latter secure promotion and a domestic cup win.
Six years later, the Italian packed his bags for Spain where he took charge of Atletico Madrid and Valencia, helping Los Che lift the Copa del Rey in 1999.
With Italy and Spain under his belt, Ranieri’s next destination was England where he managed Chelsea before returning to Valencia to lift the UEFA Super Cup in 2004.
Perhaps feeling homesick, the Roman coach flew back to Italy and coached the likes of Parma, Juventus, Roma and Inter Milan before his appointment at AS Monaco. Despite his successful tenure in France where he ensured promotion in his first season and Champions League qualification in the next, the two parties parted ways in 2014.
After an abysmal stint with Greece, the Italian manager was soon appointed as boss of Premier League side Leicester City, famously leading the Foxes to an unexpected first title triumph in the 2015/2016 season.
More sport stars born on this day:
1961: Ian Rush, the Welsh footballer is Liverpool’s all-time leading goalscorer thanks to his 346 goals in all competitions (55).
1971: Eddie Jones, American basketball player who spent 14 years in the NBA and was thrice selected as part of the All-Star team (45).
1979: Paul O’Connell, retired Irish rugby union lock who sits in third place for most international caps (36).
1992: Mattia De Sciglio, Italian fullback who features for AC Milan and the national side (24).
It remains one of the unlikeliest results in the history of football, but on this day in 1993, in their first and only European campaign, ‘country bumpkins’ Norwich City beat Bayern Munich 2-1 at the German giants Olympic Stadium.
English football was suffering at the time with the national team heading out of the World Cup qualifiers and club sides still overcoming the effects of the five-year European ban after Heysel.
But it was given a spark in the first leg of the UEFA Cup tie as Jeremy Goss scored a sublime volley to seal a famous 2-1 over a Bayern side led by Lothar Matthaus.
The Canaries became the first English side ever to beat Bayern at home.
More memorable events on this day:
1958: Stirling Moss beats Mike Hawthorn in the one and only Moroccan Grand Prix.
1966: Bobby Orr makes his NHL regular-season debut for the Boston Bruins against the Detroit Red Wings.
2007: Andrew Strauss is dropped for England’s Test tour of Sri Lanka.
2010: Man United boss Sir Alex Ferguson reveals Wayne Rooney wanted to leave the club.