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The Rolling Stones London Tour
The Rolling Stones London Tour

ON THIS DAY IN LONDON

20th March 1968 Arsenal footballer Paul Merson was born in Harlesden, North London.

20th March 1920 1st flight from London to South Africa lands (1 months)

20th March 1906 George B Shaws Captain Brassbound's Conversion, premieres in London

20th March 1727 Issac Newton, English physicist/astronomer, died in London aged 84.go to related location

20th March 1616 Walter Raleigh released from Tower of London to seek gold in Guyana

Arsenal's old Invicta Ground



Arsenal's old Invicta Ground

The site of Arsenal FC's first ever ground.

Location: Hector Street, Plumstead

Description: The Invicta Ground was a football stadium , that was the home of Royal Arsenal (today known simply as Arsenal) between 1890 and 1893.

It's the first proper home of Arsenal having had a stand, a row of terracing and changing rooms. They attracted upwards of 1000 spectators in their first year and eventually up to 12000 in 1891 against the Scottish Cup holders Hearts.

The ground's owner, Mineral Water mogul George Weaver, almost doubled Arsenal's rent after their successful year. They decided not to stay and George never found new tenants so he sold the land for housing.

Arsenal returned to the Manor Ground, which they bought outright after a share issue, and spent the summer of 1893 building proper stands and facilities.

Some of the gardens here still feature concrete from the old terraces.


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