On this day in 1930, Arsenal won the Charity Shield for the first time after they beat Sheffield Wednesday at Stamford Bridge in front of 25,000 people.

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The big giant thing in the middle is the Shield

The Charity Shield began life as the Sheriff of London Charity Shield in 1898 as a professional v amateurs cup but was revamped after leading amateur clubs had a disagreement with the FA. The new format, from 1908, saw the First Division champions play the Southern League champions.

Over the next load of years, the competition varied, from a contest between amateurs and professionals to the one we know today that takes place between the league and FA Cup winners that first took place in 1921.

Arsenal qualified for the Charity/Community Shield final by beating Huddersfield Town in the the FA Cup final the previous season.

Their game against Sheffield Wednesday saw one of Arsenal’s greatest number sevens, Joe Hulme, score the opener before David Jack doubled their lead. Harry Burgess pulled one back for the Owls after Jack was penalised for handball and a penalty awarded but Arsenal held on to pick up the trophy.

The following year, Arsenal won the league title for the first time.

Arsenal have won the Shield 15 times in total, the last time in 2017 when they beat Chelsea on penalties at Wembley.