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  • 07/18/15--13:01: Arsenal


  • A  football signed by the Arsenal team of 1936.  The signatures are:

     Norman Sidey

    A centre half (which was now a central defensive position rather than a playmaker), he played 45 games for Arsenal (1932-38).

    Bobby Davidson

    The man who had to shoulder the onerous billing of being the next Alex James. Davidson played
    63 games and scored 15 goals (1935-1937) but had the reputation of being a  'difficult personality' and moved on to Coventry City.

    George Male
    The fullback played 321 games for Arsenal (1930-48) He captained England 6 times in his 19 international appearances. 

    Alex James
    Among the greatest footballers of all time, James was the man who developed the role of the inside forward into something more approaching the modern midfielder. 

    George Cox

    In 2 seasons Cox played 7 games for Arsenal. He then moved on to Fulham, but his career never really took off.

    Peter Dougal

    A peripatetic Scottish inside forward whose many clubs included  FC Sete in France.





     Jackie Milne
    A versatile winger, playing either left or right, Milne was at the club from 1935 to 1937 and played 54 games, scoring 19 goals .



    Bob John 
    Welsh international (15 caps) half back. John was with Arsenal from 1922 to 1937, making 470 appearances.  



    Cliff Bastin
    By the age of nineteen Bastin had won a League title, the FA Cup and been capped for England, making him the youngest player ever to achieve all three. 
    He played 399 games for Arsenal having joined from Exeter City as a 17 yr old.  An outside left, he won  21 caps. He suffered with deafness.

     LesCompton.

    A full back and later a centre half, he represented England twice and was associated with Arsenal for 22 years, playing over 250 matches. 





    George Allison (Manager)
    Given the unenviable task of succeeding the most innovative manager in the history of football Mr Allison did a more than decent job. An old school secretary manager with little involvement in coaching or tactics he led the Gunners to 2 league titles and 2 FA Cup wins.  In the 1939 film The Arsenal Stadium Mystery, he had the prophetic line: It's one-nil to the Arsenal. That's the way we like it.


     Joe Shaw (Assistant Manager)
    Shaw had joined Arsenal as a player in 1907. On retiring in 1922 he joined the coaching staff and became caretaker manager when Herbert Chapman passed away. He oversaw the winning of the 1933-34 League title.



    Arsenal players on a training walk.This form of fitness preparation has now fallen out of favour. 



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  • 07/21/15--12:43: Italy 1910

  • 25 footballers identified as 'probables ' for the future Italian national team by Lettura Sportiva in February 1910.
    The first Italian XI in May of that year featured 10 of these players (marked *), and 19 of those featured eventually represented their country.  It seems surprising that Genoa CFC or Torino are not represented.

    The players (and their clubs) are as follows:

    Andrea Doria

    Luigi Marchetti

    ? Ansaldo
    Francesco Cali*


    Of the 3 players from the Genoese club only the defender Francesco Cali (who had previously represented Switzerland) attained international honours. 

    Juventus

    Giovanni Goccione

    Alfredo Ferraris

    Ernesto Borel

    Umberto Pennano


    None of these players made the international XI.

    Club Internazionale

    Virgillio Fossati*


    Internazionale had only been founded in 1908, and this was the year of their farcical first scudetto. Centre half Fossati was killed in battle in 1918.

    Club Ausonia

    Giuseppe Rizzi*

    Attilio Trerea*
    Franco Bontadini

    All 3 were capped. Bontadini was selected for the first international  but couldn’t play due to medical school commitments. When selected for international duty he had moved on to Internazionale.

    Ausonia Football Club was a Milan based team that folded in 1912.

    Milan 

    Foot-Ball and Cricket Club
    Pietro Lana *

    Aldo Cevenini*
    Gustavo Carrer



    All three represented Italy. 

    Unione Sportiva Milanese

    Franco Varisco *

    Mario De Simoni*
    Arturo Boiocchi *


    USM originally wound up in 1928 

    Pro Vercelli

    Giovanni Innocenti

    Giuseppe Milano

    Felice Milano

    Guido Ara

    Pietro Leone

    Carlo Corna

    Angelo Binaschi

    Carlo Rampini


    Pro Vercelli were the big guns of Italian football, and the inclusion of 8 of their players shows how highly they were regarded. However, in between the publication of this magazine and the selection of the first Italian XI Pro Vercelli were ostracised for their refusal to play Internaziuonale in a championship play-off, instead fielding a team of 11-15 year olds (of which more soon!). As a consequence of this the Pro Vercelli stars had to wait a while for their international debuts. 


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    Club Atlético Porteño (Buenos Aires) was originally formed in July 1895 as Club Atlético Capital. The founders were Irish immigrants . They gambled the club kitty om a horse called Porteño. The horse won, and the club flourished, so they changed the name of the club to that of the horse. 
    They rose to the Primera División in 1907 and remained there until until 1928 . When Argentinian football was professionalised in 1931 the football club dropped out of the league. Porteño is now predominantly a Rugby Union club.
    Porteño won the Federación Argentina de Football Primera División in 1912 and 1914 and the Copa de Competencia Jockey Club in 1915 and 1918.
    Porteño also featured in 2 annual interleague contests , the Copa Rosario (Culaciatti) and Copa Mariano Reyna, in which they represented the Asocación Argentina de Football against Liga Rosarina (invaribaly Rosario),
    The team photo comes from the 1919 Copa Rosario final, which Porteño won 1-0. 
    The stripes were Royal blue and white. 


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  • 07/26/15--13:40: Artistic License



  • This large ceramic tile was produced by the Spode company in the 1870s. There is some lovely detail in evidence, such as the construction of the ball and the costumes of the players. However, a closer look at the jerseys reveals some artistic license. Is it fair to assume that the rose and the thistle motifs are meant to suggest that what we are seeing here is an England v Scotland clash, played out against a backdrop of rolling hills?
    England, of course, have never sported the rose as a national football emblem (it has always been the crest of the Rugby Union team). The thistle is usually Scotland's Rugby emblem, but the Association team adopted it in the 1890s before a return to the lion rampant that had featured from the first ever international. The combination of hooped jerseys (navy and white) and the thistle emblem might have appeared in 1881, but those jerseys were collared.
    See also: http://gottfriedfuchs.blogspot.co.uk/2014/05/egg-chasers.html



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    I cannot find words strong enough to express my disapproval. The habit of smoking, once started, may lead to grave disasters.
    Jack Jones (1904)
    Jack  Jones was born in Rhuddlan but grew up on Merseyside. Early in his career he played for Bootle, but his first taste of League football came at Grimsby Town.  His talent as a cricketer took him to Sheffield United Cricket Club and he then also signed for the Sheffield United Football Club. After 3 seasons at Bramall Lane Jones moved to Tottenham Hotspur. The fact that Tottenham were then in the Southern League meant that United didn't receive a transfer fee. United were further angered as the club had secured Jones a cricket coaching position at Rugby School.
    Jones enjoyed 7 years at Tottenham Hotspur, and was captain of the FA Cup winning side in 1901. An outside left, he represented Wales on 21 occasions. 
    Jones' book ran to 112 pages and featured chapters entitled The Disposition Of The Field; The Forwards; Half Backs; Backs; The Goalkeeper; Heading, Dribbling, Passing, and Shooting; Training For Football; The Rules Of Association Football; The Football Association and The Offside Rule.



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  • 07/28/15--12:47: Spain 1929

  • A splendid photograph from an interesting blog.
    Gorgeous strip on the Spain team that famously defeated England at Madrid's Estadio Metropolitano on May 15th 1929. The great Ricardo Zamora sports his trademark cricket sweater.



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  • 07/29/15--12:52: Bus Parade

  • The civic parade for a victorious team is now one of the great traditions in world football, dating back to Blackburn Olympic's FA Cup winning celebrations in 1883.
    In the 1915-16 season Bethlehem Steel became the first team to complete a National Challenge Cup and  American Cup double.



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  • 08/01/15--01:31: Clash of Colours, 1882
  • When we think of the professional football clubs of the industrialized north that came to dominate the game in the 1880s, it is easy to consider them as being an entirely different entity from the southern clubs of the amateur gentlemen. There was, however, a thread that linked many of the clubs of Lancashire to the public schools from which Association football had developed in the 1860s.
    Turton, probably the first Lancashire side, were founded by Old Harrovians (of which more later). The case we will look at here is that of the team that really put the cat among the pigeons by reaching the FA Cup Final in 1882, Blackburn Rovers.


    1878:Notice in the picture above how there is inconsistency in the jerseys.

    The 'quartered ' shirts and the Maltese Cross motif that Rovers wore in the early days pointed to their (surprising) public school origins. Founder  Arthur Constantine was an Old Salopian (Shewsbury). 



    Shrewsbury School, 1912

    According to Charles Francis in The History of Blackburn Rovers (1925) several of the 17 present at the  St Leger Hotel On 5th November 1875 were young fellows who had just finished their education at public schools
    The stipulation in setting out the club livery was that a Maltese cross be worn on the left breast This motif was worn by both the Shrewsbury and Malvern school teams.



    Malvern College

    Malvern College  provided Rovers with players such as the Greenwood brothers (Thomas, Harry and Doctor) and Fred Hargreaves.


    Blackburn Rovers' strip remains one of the most readily recognisable in the world of football, and was much imitated. However, when their first chance of glory came as they reached the FA Cup Final in 1882 they were denied the opportunity of wearing their famous strip.The 11th FA Cup Final was the first to necessitate a change of colours.
    John Lewis recalls a letter from Alcock- there is no evidence that a coin was tossed or any lots were drawn in order to decide who changed kit- Rovers were instructed, by letter. Lewis was convinced that this was a bad omen. Rovers also requested assistance with their travelling expenses; the FA declined.

    On the day Rovers wore narrow black and white  hoops in the mode of Queen's Park. Old Etonians wore harlequin shirts of light blue and white (a departure from their previous plain light blue). 






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  • 08/02/15--12:17: Outcasts FC
  • Manchester United during the dispute

    Meredith pictured as Guy Fawkes

    Following the demise of the AFU there was no organised body to represent the interests of the professionals until 1907.  The rather clumsily named Association of Football Players’ and Trainers’ Union (the 'of' is uneccesary?) popularly known as The Players' Union was formed on  December 2, 1907  at the Imperial Hotel, Manchester. The main figures involved were Manchester Untited's Charlie Roberts and Billy Meredith.



    The The Players' Union campaigned for freedom of movement, compensation for loss of earnings through injury and opposed the ceiling on wages. 


    On June 9th 1909, the FA management committee announced thet any player not cancelling their mebership of the Union by July 1st would have their registration cancelled. 
    In response to this threat the teams of Newcastle United, Middlesbrough and Sunderland joined en masse, as did about 150 other League players. Machester United (and their reserves) were all memebers bar 3- so the ban would have hit them particularly hard.


    Peter Curran, Labour MP for Jarrow and President of the General federation of Trade Unionists gave the players his backing- they are morally right in every way, and cannot do other than win, and their demands are fair as fair can be. The Football Association is an association of capitalists and the Players' Union is a union of workmen...

    Veitch
    Prominent in the negotiations that brought an end to the dispute was Colin Veitch, Newcastle United's egalitarian socialist and Chairman of the Professional Footballers' Association between 1911 and 1918.
    On August 31st  1909 the FA backed down and recognized the Union. All suspensions were lifted and the players that had been suspended had the wages owed to them paid.

    The unfortunate thing is that so many players refuse to take things seriously but are content to live a kind of schoolboy life and to do just what they are told . . . instead of thinking and acting for himself and his class-  Meredith
    Try to remember that union is strength, and without it you can do nothing- Roberts


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    Played in Lima, Peru, the 1927 South American Championship of Nations featured Uruguay, Argentina, Peru and Bolivia.
    In the 5th match Argentina defeated Uruguay 3-2 (Adhemar Canavesi's own goal proving to be the winner). Match 6 saw Argentina seal the championship with a 5-1 win over Peru. It was Argentina's 3rd championship.
    Argentina used 15 players during the tournament:

     v Bolivia,  30.10.27
     v Uruguay, 20.11.27
     v  Peru, 27.11.27
    7-1
    3-2
    5-1
    Octavio Díaz
    Octavio Díaz
    Angel Bossio
    Ludovico Bidoglio
    Ludovico Bidoglio
    Ludovico Bidoglio
    Humberto Recanattini
    Humberto Recanattini
    Humberto Recanattini
    Juan Evaristo
    Juan Evaristo
    Juan Evaristo
    Luis Monti
    Luis Monti
    Luis Monti
    José Fossa
    Adolfo Zumelzú
    Adolfo Zumelzú
    Alfredo Carricaberry
    Alfredo Carricaberry
    Alfredo Carricaberry
    Pedro Ochoa
    Juan Maglio
    Juan Maglio
    Manuel Nolo Ferreira
    Manuel Nolo Ferreira
    Manuel Nolo Ferreira
    Manuel Seoane
    Manuel Seoane
    Manuel Seoane
    Segundo Luna
    Segundo Luna
    Raimundo Orsi




    The squad featured 2 future World Cup winners- Luis Monti and Mumo Orsi- although the pair were representing Italy when they won this honour in 1934.
    The goals were shared by:
    Luna-3
    Carricaberry-3
    Recanattini-2
    Seoane- 2
    Ferreira- 2
    Maglio-2
    Own goals- 1

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    A new season is upon us. Before The D is taking a 2 week break.

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  • 06/08/15--01:10: Italy 1912
  • back (L-R):  Angelo Binaschi, Franco Bontadini, Felice Berardo, Giuseppe Milano, Pietro Leone, Renzo De Vecchi, Piero Campelli;
     front (L-R):. Carlo De Marchi, Enrico Sardi, Enea Zuffi, Edoardo Marian 

    Vittorio Pozzo had 4 spells as the manger/coach of the Italian national team. His first period in charge lasted 5 days, being for the duration of Italy's involvement in the 1912 Olympic Games at Stockholm.
    Here are the teams that Pozzo fielded in Italy's 3 games.

    Campelli (Internazionale)
    Campelli
    Campelli
    Binaschi (Pro Vercelli)

    De Vecchi
    De Vecchi
    De Vecchi (Milan C&FC)

    Valle (Pro Vercelli)
    Valle
    De Marchi  (Torino)  *             
    Binaschi
    Binaschi
    Milano (c) (Pro Vercelli)
    Milano (c)
    Milano (c)
    Leone (Pro Vercelli)
    Leone
    Leone
    Zuffi (Torino)
    Bontadini
    Zuffi
    Bontadini (Internazionale)
    Berardo
    Bontadini
    Berardo (Pro Vercelli)
    Sardi
    Berardo
    Sardi (Andrea Doria)
    Barbesino (Casale)
    Barbesino
    Mariani (Genoa C&FC)
    Mariani
    Mariani
     di Popolo 

    (Torino)*



    *di Popolo replaced  De Marchi at half time.

    In the opening game Italy lost 3-2 to Finland in extra time. Italy's goalscorers were Bontadini (1-1:10 min) and Sardi (1-2:25min).
    Italy then beat Sweden 1-0 in the consolation tournament (Bontaini the scorer).

    Pozzo in conference with William Garbutt (centre)

    In the next match they met Jimmy Hogan's Austria and were beaten 5-1, Berardo Italy's scorer. 
    Pozzo's next period as coach of the Azzuri began in the build up to the Paris Olympics 12 years later. 

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  • 06/10/15--11:36: Dubious Histories

  • Let me say at the outset that I have got absolutely nothing against Stoke City or its supporters.
    It's just that their claimed foundation date of 1863 has always struck me as being somewhat spurious. In identifying 1863 as the foundation date historians have contrived to assimilate 2 events separated by 5 years.
    I will further anger Stoke fans by presenting evidence that the club formed as Stoke Ramblers in 1868 ceased to exist in 1908 and an entirely new club was formed in its place,



    1863
    It is an historical fact that football was played in Stoke on February 17th, 1863. It was Shrove Tuesday, and it was reputedly the first time such a spectacle had occured in the town. It was a hybrid  Pre Association version of the game, overseen by Mr John Whitta Thomas, the 37-year-old headmaster of St Peter’s School.
    It was Liverpool born Mr Thomas and The Right Reverend Sir Lovelace Tomlinson Stamer who were responsible for introducing football to The Potteries.
    Rt.Rev. Stamer was an archetypal Good Victorian, founding schools and other charitable organizations (including a hostel for female ex prisoners). He was also keen on promoting sports.
    Accounts published in 1963 suggest that Mr Thomas and other schoolmasters were then responsible for founding a football club.
    1868 
    The notion that a Charterhouse pupil would be apprenticed to a Staffordshire railway company at the age of 13 is beyond belief. 
    In The Book of Football (1906) W.W. Cockbill wrote: Modern football can truly be said to have commenced in 1863, and one of the first clubs that sprang into existence was Stoke, founded by some Old Carthusians – Armand (sic), Bell, Matthews and Philpott.
    Armand was In fact, Henry John Almond. Almond, aged 13 in 1863, did not even feature in Charterhouse football until 1867. It was in 1868 that he began his apprenticeship at North Staffordshire Railway Works.
    The Field reported in September 1868 : A new club has been formed (in Stoke) for the practice of the Association rules under the charge of H.J. Almond, one of the most prominent performers of the Charterhouse School XI last year.
     Note that they were referred to as a new club. There is no reference to them having being in existence for 5 years in any other guise. The football they were playing in 1868 was still of the most casual nature. 
    The connection between 1863 and Almond's club of 1868 is Mr Thomas, who was Stoke Ramblers' first secretary. 
    I am not aware of any documentary evidence that John Whitta Thomas had maintained a regular football club in the town between 1863 and 1868.

    Stoke dropped the Ramblers from their name and were founding members of the Football League in 1888. 


    1908
    On 27.03.08 6,000 people saw Stoke lose 1-0 to Leicester Fosse at The Victoria Ground. This was the last League match for the original Stoke club. They finished 10th in Division 2 but resigned from the League due to financial problems. 
    An extraordinary meeting on 11.09.08 unanimously carried the proposal that the club be wound up. 
    Contemporary press reports consistently refer to the club that was subsequently founded as the new organization. There are also references to the two clubs as separate entities- for example, when the directors of the 'old' club donated £50 to the 'new' club. 
    Also the 'new' club would have commenced their Birmingham and District League season before the winding up of the 'old' club was proposed on 11.09.08.
    Incidentally, the XI who had faced Fosse in April were all at different clubs when September came around:



    September 1908
    Played for ‘new’ Stoke?
    Arthur Box
    Birmingham 

    Charlie Burgess
    Manchester City 

    Billy Cope
    Oldham Athletic 

    George Baddeley

    West Bromwich Albion

    Louis Williams
    Bradford City 

    Albert Sturgess
    Sheffield United 

    Billy Williamson
    Crewe Alexandra
    1911
    Freddie Brown 
    West Bromwich Albion

    Jackie Chalmers
    Bristol Rovers 

    Syd Owen
    Burslem Port Vale/ Leicester Fosse 
    1912
    Amos Baddeley 
    Blackpool
    1909



    Nottingham Evening Post - 30.07.08



    Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer - 18.07.08


    Nottingham Evening Post- 04.09.08

    Press reports form 1908 consistently make it clear that the Stoke FC formed that year after the collapse of 'the old club' was considered to be a separate entity. 





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    William Pickford was 17 years old when he watched an Association game between  Blackburn District and Bolton. Formerly a Rugby enthusiast he was captivated by the Asociation game. having relocated from lancashire to Hampshire he was active in local football administration and also wrote on the  game for the local press. 
    Mr Pickford took to refereeing when his playing days with Bournemouth Rovers came to an end.
    He was one of the 79 attendees of the March 1893 meeting at which The FA formed the first referees’ society. C.W. Alcock was President and F.J Wall Chairman.
    In 1895 the society produced the first edition of The Referees’ Chart, a set of guidelines that elabourated on The Laws of the Game.
    Mr Pickford played a leading role in the production of this document.
    He held several prominent positions in football; 
    He was member of the council of the Football Association, a Vice-President of FIFA and a member of the International Football Association Board. In 1937 he  became president of the Football Association.
    How to Referee appeared in 1906. It comnbines an analydis of the Laws of the Game with an outline of the psychological challenges of match control. 
    Free Britons have queer ways of enjoying themselves is taken from Mr Pickford's comment advising referees not to be perturbed by the passionate noise of the crowd.



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  • 06/13/15--11:10: Managers
  • Here are some successful managers pictured during their careers as players.


    The player in the centre of the back row of this photograph is Helenio Herrera. The team is Casablanca Roches Noires (1929).  As a manager in the 1950s and 60s he won La Liga 4 times, Serie A 3 times, The Fairs Cup twice, the European Cup twice, the Copa Del Rey twice and the Coppa Italia once. 


    The legendary William Shankly of Preston North End. He guided Liverpool to 3 League titles, 2 FA Cups and a UEFA Cup. These figures mean nothing. His solid proletarian ethics and his philosophy of football cemented his place in the folklore of the game.

    Guttmann Béla - Known outside Hungary as Bela Guttmann- the silk shirted dancing master who played at the heart of the great Hakoah Vienna side later won titles as a manager in Hungary, Brazil and Portugal ( he also managed clubs in the Netherlands, Romania, Switzerland, Austria, Uruguay, Argentina, Italy and Greece!) . He won the European Cup twice with Benfica, and his parting curse on that club remains potent to this day. 


    Sir Matt Busby built 2 great sides at Manchester United, winning the European Cup, 5 League titles and 2 FA Cups. In his playing days he represented Liverpool and Manchester City.




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  • 06/16/15--14:16: Walter Bennett



  • It was a different world...
    Footballers were paid decently enough, but for most working class pros the end of their playing days  meant a return to industry. Some made it as coaches and others were set up as publicans, but they were in the minority. In April 1908 Cocky Bennett was killed at  Denaby Main Colliery. 18 months earlier he had been playing for Bristol City in the First Division. 
     He scored 22 goals in 49 matches for Bristol City, helping them to win the Second Division title in 1905-06. 
    Bennett had joined Bristol City from Sheffield United. He made 234 appearances for The Blades, scoring 72 goals. During this period United were a consistently strong side, as witnessed by the achievements shown here:


    League
    FA Cup
    1896–97
    Runners up

    1897–98
    Champions

    1898–99


    1899–1900
    Runners up
    Winners
    1900–01

    Runners up
    1901–02

    Winners*

    *Bennett played in the first match but missed the replay due to injury

    Bennett represented England twice in 1901.


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    1903
    In Quilmes, Buenos Aires, during the latter part of the 1890s there was a group of footballers who called themselves El Relámpago (Lightning). The local football club was Quilmes Atlético Club, founded in 1887 by English residents. As native born Argentinians the Colegio Nacional students who played for El Relámpago were excluded from Quilmes Atlético Club.
     Quilmes Atlético Club, like many other clubs in Argentina, remained the preserve of European incomers. The language of Argentine football was English, and so was the style. 
    On December 1st, 1899 the boys who had made up El Relámpago founded Club Argentino de Quilmes. The act of foundation  records that the name Club Atlético Argentino de Quilmes , chosen as a tribute to the Motherland and our People, was proclaimed unanimously.
    Argentino de Quilmes was the first club to be formed by native born Argentinians, and as such was the club in which  The notion of fútbol criollo as a distinct style and philosophy of play first found its expression.



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    Jack Bell (Everton) -  chairman of the AFU

    John Cameron (Everton)- president of the AFU

    Now look here, how would any man in business like to have his wages reduced by 25% if his employers could well afford better terms?- John Cameron.

    The first Trade Union connected with Association football was founded in February 1898. Given that football was now becoming the Peoples' Game and the majority of players were from proletarian backgrounds, it seems a shame that the AFU wasn't exactly steeped in socialist principles. 
    It is often reported that the catalyst for the foundation of the AFU was the introduction of the maximum wage in 1893. However, the maximum wage was proposed in 1893 but did not come into force until 1901. Prominent member Jack Devey (Aston Villa) stated that the AFU were not concerning themselves with wages, and president, John Cameron said that the main objective was to enable players to negotiate transfers, rather than being excluded from the process completely. This was a response to the retain and transfer system, introduced in 1893, that effectively gave the clubs complete control over players, even if they were 'out of contract'. The AFU failed in their attempts to challenge this system, which, incredibly, remained in force until 1963.


    By 1901 the situation for professional players had actually worsened. The Football League had introduced a maximum wage and outlawed the payment of bonuses. The maximum wage was fixed at £4 per week- a higher sum than most professionals could hope to earn in the League. On this front the AFU was more of a vehicle for the concerns of star players and Scottish imports who, in a free market, would be commanding wages more in the region of £10 a week. 

    In fact 1901 saw the dissolution of the AFU as many of it's more active members had left League clubs to seek employment in the Southern League (which had no wage cap and at the time didn't recognise the retain and transfer system).
    Neither the Football Association nor the Football League recognized the Association Footballers' Union.



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  • 06/23/15--11:54: Gentlemen and Players

  • I have been lucky enough to play against nearly all the League teams, and have, therefore, met many professionals. They are a very nice set of men, not only to meet on the football field, but off it. It is quite an exceptional thing to find foul play amongst the leading professional clubs. When you meet second-class professional the case may be different; but the first-class professional rarely descends to shady tricks, and plays the game in the spirit in which it ought to be played.
    G.O. Smith 1896



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    Schlosser Imre (Imre Schlosser-Lakatos)

    A 21 year international career is in itself a remarkable achievement (in the pre 1937 era only Billy Meredith and Billy McCracken exceeded Schlosser).Only Anel Romano of Uruguay (69) played in more internationals during this era.  Schlosser's 59 international goals in 68 matches gives him a strike rate amongst the best ever (0.87 per match).



    Date




    Venue
    Schlosser
    Total
    1        

     

    07.10.06
    Bohemia
    4
    4
    Hungary
    Praguea



    2        

     

    04.11.06
    Hungary
    3
    1
    Austria
    Budapestb

    1
    1
    3        

     

    07.04.07
    Hungary
    5
    2
    Bohemia
    Budapestb

    4        

     

    05.05.07
    Austria
    3
    1
    Hungary
    Vienna c


    5        

     

    06.10.07
    Bohemia
    5
    3
    Hungary
    Praguea

    6        

     

    03.11.07
    Hungary
    4
    1
    Austria
    Budapestb

    7        

     

    05.04.08
    Hungary
    5
    2
    Bohemia
    Budapestb
    2
    3
    8        

     

    03.05.08
    Austria
    4
    0
    Hungary
    Vienna d


    9        

     

    10.06.08
    Hungary
    0
    7
    England
    Budapestb

    10    

     

    01.11.08
    Hungary
    5
    3
    Austria
    Budapestb
    2*
    5
    11    

     

    04.04.09
    Hungary
    3
    3
    Germany
    Budapestb
    1
    6
    12    

     

    02.05.09
    Austria
    3
    4
    Hungary
    Viennae

    3
    9
    13    

     

    30.05.09
    Hungary
    1
    1
    Austria
    Budapestb

    14    

     

    31.05.09
    Hungary
    2
    8
    England
    Budapestb
    1
    10
    15    

     

    07.11.09
    Hungary
    2
    2
    Austria
    Budapestb
    2
    12
    16    

     

    01.05.10
    Austria
    2
    1
    Hungary
    Vienna d

    17    

     

    26.05.10
    Hungary
    6
    1
    Italy
    Budapestb
    2
    14
    18    

     

    06.11.10
    Hungary
    3
    0
    Austria
    Budapestb

    19    

     

    01.01.11
    France
    0
    3
    Hungary
    Paris f
    3
    17
    20    

     

    06.01.11
    Italy
    0
    1
    Hungary
    Milan g
    1
    18
    21    

     

    08.01.11
    Switzerland
    2
    0
    Hungary
    Zurich h

    22    

     

    07.05.11
    Austria
    3
    1
    Hungary
    Vienna d

    23    

     

    29.10.11
    Hungary
    9
    0
    Switzerland
    Budapestb
    6
    24
    24    

     

    05.11.11
    Hungary
    2
    0
    Austria
    Vienna d

    25
    25    

     

    17.12.11
    Germany
    1
    4
    Hungary
    Munichj
    2
    26
    26    

     

    14.04.12
    Hungary
    4
    4
    Germany
    Budapesti
    1
    27
    27    

     

    05.05.12
    Austria
    1
    1
    Hungary
    Vienna d

    28    

     

    20.06.12
    Sweden
    2
    2
    Hungary
    Gothenburgk

    29    

     

    23.06.12
    Norway
    0
    6
    Hungary
    OsloL
    2
    29
    30    

     

    30.06.12
    Hungary
    0
    7
    England Am.
    Stockholmm

    31    

     

    03.07.12
    Hungary
    3
    1
    Germany
    Solnan
    3
    32
    32    

     

    05.07.12
    Hungary
    3
    0
    Austria
    Solna n
    1
    33
    33    

     

    12.07.12
    Russia
    0
    9
    Hungary
    Moscowo
    2
    35
    34    

     

    14.07.12
    Russia
    0
    12
    Hungary
    Moscowo
    5
    40
    35    

     

    03.11.12
    Hungary
    4
    0
    Austria
    Budapesti
    2
    42
    36    

     

    27.04.13
    Austria
    1
    4
    Hungary
    Viennap

    37    

     

    18.05.13
    Hungary
    2
    0
    Sweden
    Budapesti
    1
    43
    38    

     

    26.10.13
    Hungary
    4
    3
    Austria
    BudapestQ

    39    

     

    31.05.14
    Hungary
    5
    1
    France
    Budapesti

    40    

     

    19.06.14
    Sweden
    1
    5
    Hungary
    Solna n
    1
    44
    41    

     

    21.06.14
    Sweden
    1
    1
    Hungary
    Solna n
    1
    45
    42    

     

    04.10.14
    Hungary
    2
    2
    Austria
    Budapesti
    1
    46
    43    

     

    08.11.14
    Austria
    1
    2
    Hungary
    Viennap

    44    

     

    05.05.15
    Hungary
    2
    5
    Austria
    BudapestQ

    45    

     

    30.05.15
    Austria
    1
    2
    Hungary
    Viennap
    1
    47
    46    

     

    03.10.15
    Austria
    4
    2
    Hungary
    Viennap
    1
    48
    47    

     

    07.11.15
    Hungary
    6
    2
    Austria
    Budapesti

    48    

     

    04.06.16
    Hungary
    2
    1
    Austria
    BudapestQ
    1
    49
    49    

     

    01.10.16
    Hungary
    2
    3
    Austria
    Budapesti

    50    

     

    05.11.16
    Austria
    3
    3
    Hungary
    Viennap
    1
    50
    51    

     

    06.05.17
    Austria
    1
    1
    Hungary
    Viennap
    1
    51
    52    

     

    03.06.17
    Hungary
    6
    2
    Austria
    BudapestQ
    2
    53
    53    

     

    15.07.17
    Austria
    1
    4
    Hungary
    Viennap
    1
    54
    54    

     

    07.10.17
    Hungary
    2
    1
    Austria
    Budapesti

    55    

     

    04.11.17
    Austria
    1
    2
    Hungary
    Viennap

    56    

     

    14.04.18
    Hungary
    2
    0
    Austria
    BudapestQ
    1
    55
    57    

     

    12.05.18
    Hungary
    2
    1
    Switzerland
    BudapestQ
    1
    56
    58    

     

    02.06.18
    Austria
    0
    2
    Hungary
    Viennap
    1
    57
    59    

     

    06.10.18
    Austria
    0
    3
    Hungary
    Viennap

    60    

     

    09.11.19
    Hungary
    3
    2
    Austria
    BudapestQ

    61    

     

    24.10.20
    Germany
    1
    0
    Hungary
    Berlin R

    62    

     

    24.04.21
    Austria
    4
    1
    Hungary
    Vienna S

    63    

     

    05.06.21
    Hungary
    3
    0
    Germany
    BudapestQ
    1
    58
    64    

     

    06.11.21
    Hungary
    4
    2
    Sweden
    Budapesti
    1
    59
    65    

     

    18.12.21
    Hungary
    1
    0
    Poland
    BudapestQ

    66    

     

    06.06.26
    Hungary
    2
    1
    Czechoslovakia
    Budapesti

    67    

     

    14.11.26
    Hungary
    3
    1
    Sweden
    Budapesti

    68    

     

    10.04.27
    Austria
    6
    0
    Hungary
    Vienna d


    Venues:

    a Slavia Stadion
    g Arena Civica
    n , Råsunda

    bMillenáris Sportpálya

    hHardau Velodrome
    o  Sokolniki Sports Club

    c Rapid Platz

    i Üllői úti Stadion
    pWAC Platz

    d Hohe Warte

    j MTV 79 Platz
    Q Hungária körúti stadion

    e Cricketer Platz

    k Valhalla Idrottsplats

    RGrunewaldstadion

    fStade du Cercle Athlétique de Paris

    Frogner
    s Simmeringer

    M Olympiastadion


    * Not all sources credit Schlosser with goal 5.
    Games 30, 31 and 32 were at The Olympic Games.
     Goals 8 & 9 (game 12) were penalties.

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