Arsenal Thrash Leicestershire Side 12-0

12 March 1900
Woolwich Arsenal evolved into the Arsenal side we know today
Woolwich Arsenal evolved into the Arsenal side we know today

Football has progressed a lot over the decades. Yet one aspect that appears to have dwindled with time is high-scoring ties.

Barcelona’s 6-1 win over PSG in the Champions League to achieve one of the greatest comebacks in the competitions history. Germany’s 7-1 thrashing of Brazil in the 2014 World Cup was one of the most shocking moments in sporting history. And the infamous 8-2 drubbing of Arsenal from Manchester United in 2011 still lingers in the minds of Arsenal fans across the globe.

Speaking of Arsenal, it’s hard to imagine that their highest recorded win in the football league is going 117 years untested and untouched.

It was at Manor Ground in Plumstead on the 12th March 1900 when Woolwich Arsenal — yes the record is this old — stepped onto the pitch to face Loughborough Town in what was then the Second Division of English football.

The Gunners had beaten the Leicestershire based club nine days earlier in a 3-2 win, however Loughborough were the devils in Arsenal’s record defeat in a professional match that still stands today, an 8-0 loss at home in 1896.

However the then South London side, wow that its weird to say, more than earned their revenge four years earlier.

Forward Ralph Gaudie scored the only hat-trick of the game, whilst quartet John Dick, Ernest Herbert Cottrell, James Tennant, and Alexander Main all recorded braces, and half back John William Anderson wrapped up the scoring with the final goal to send the massive crowd of 600 spectators into pandemonium, Victorian style.