David Danskin

We've seen how the works team of the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway went on to greater things, well, in the era when football was becoming a mass cultural affair, the humble works team could soon grow into a major professional club.
Overseas examples are not uncommon- Penarol (Uruguay), Rosario (Argentina),  are  examples of works teams made good.

When Scottish born engineer David Danskin started up Dial Square FC at his place of work, he founded a football institution that would become known all over the world, and one of the most enduring and successful clubs in English football.
Danskin worked at Dial Square workshop, part of the Royal Arsenal in Woolwich, London.

 Royal Arsenal 1888

Danskin bought the football, and captained the team in their  first match on December 11th 1886; Eastern Wanderers were beaten 6-0.
Soon afterwards the club was renamed Royal Arsenal , and team members  Fred Beardsley and Morris Bates were able to obtain a set of red kit from their former club, Nottingham Forest.
After it became apparent that with the advent of professionalism, they would lose all their players , 
Royal Arsenal took the unusual step for a southern club of turning professional themselves in 1891. In retribution the  London Football Association barred them from  local competitions. Faced with a lack of fixtures, Royal Arsenal  unsuccessfully attempted to set up a southern equivalent of the Football League.
In 1893 the club changed its name to Woolwich Arsenal, the year in which they became the  first southern club to enter the League.

They dropped Woolwich in favour of 'The' in April 1914, becoming plain Arsenal in November 1919.