David Danskin was a football enthusiast who lived in Woolwich, an area predominantly controlled by rugby and cricket.
The Scott worked at the Arsenal munitions factory, and decided that he was going to gather a group of friends to form a football team. A total of 18 men put in sixpence, Danskin put in three shillings, and the club purchased a football club. Behold, a football club is born in October of 1886.
Not knowing what to call themselves, the group chose the name Dial Square, which referred to one of the munitions factory's workshops.
The club scheduled their first-ever game for December of that same year. Dial Square traveled to the Isle of Dogs and defeated Eastern Wanderers 6-0.
Fred Beardsley, one of the Dial Square squad members, was a former Nottingham Forest player. He used his connections at his old club to help secure Dial Square a proper kit. The club received a complete set of red shirts.
However, now that they considered themselves a proper football club, the men decided that they were unhappy with their name.
They gathered at the Royal Oak pub, next to the Woolwich Arsenal station, to come up with a new name. The men decided to combine the name of the pub and their place of employment, and called themselves the Royal Arsenal.
That would remain the club's name for only a short period. The club members finally settled in 1891, and Woolwich Arsenal was born.
After a brief battle with the Football Association, Woolwich Arsenal finally achieved their professional status in the year 1893. They relocated to Manor Ground and were placed in the Second Division.