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  • 08/21/15--10:30: Sandy Tait

  • Sandy Tait began his football career in his home village, with Glenbuck Athletic. Having played in the Scottish League for Glasgow Rangers and Motherwell, full-back Tait joined Preston North End in 1894. Tait played 76 first team games for Preston in 5 seasons.
     He then moved to Tottenham Hotspur. In 8 seasons at Spurs Tait played a total of 322 first team games (207 in the Southern League, 79 in the Western League and 36 in the FA Cup).
    In 1899-1900 Tottenham won the Southern League and in 1901 the FA Cup.
    Tait's robust tackling earned him the nickname Terrible Tait, but he was fair- never being cautioned or dismissed in his career. 

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    On October 6th 1877 Queen's Park entertained a visiting side from Wales. Although contemporary reports and Queen's Park histories suggest that this was a representative side of the best of Welsh football, it was in fact the Druids club of Ruabon (giants of early Welsh football), with a trio of guests, including Sheffield Heeley half back Jack Hunter, who would go on to represent  England 7 times. There were also 6 players in the Druids line up who would experience international football with Wales, including the captain and Welsh FA founder Llewelyn Kenrick .
    Scottish internationals, of course, featured prominently for Queen's Park.
    The attendance at Hampden was 6,000 and the home side won by 3-0, the goals coming from Weir, MacKinnon and Highet. 


    Queen’s Park

    Druids

    A.R Anderson

    G

    C Quilter

    C Campbell*

    B

    L Kenrick*

    R.W Neill*

    B

    J Powell*

    D Davidson*

    HB

    E Morris

    J Phillips*

    HB

    J Hunter (Sheffield)*

    J.B Weir*

    F

    W Williams*

    J.T Richmond*

    F

    G.F Thompson*

    W MacKinnon*

    F

    J Hughes *(Cambridge University)
    F Tod

    F

    D Quilter

    H McNeil*

    F

    W.H Davies *

    (Oswestry)
    C. T Highet*

    F

    G.B  Ramsay



    *Internationals 


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  • 08/25/15--14:27: Umberto Caligaris
  • Umberto Caligaris was a full back  who played for Casale (1919-28), Juventus (1928-35) and Brescia (1935-37). He won 59 caps for Italy between 1922 and 1934. This remained the record number of caps for Italy until 1971. 
    Caligaris won a bronze medal at the 1928 Olympics and was part of the Italy squad that won the Coupe Internationale européenne that concluded in 1930. He was picked for Italy's 1934 World Cup Squad but didn't play in any of the matches. 
    He featured in  Juventus's run of five consecutive Serie A wins (Il Quinquennio d'oro).
    Notice that his name is misspelled on the card.




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    I am doing African football something of a disservice by condensing the development of the game across a huge and culturally diverse geographical area over a period of 60 years into one post. This is intended as just an overview. However, 

    the history of African football is, generally speaking, rather recent, particularly in terms of international competition - only South Africa and Egypt had played international football during the pre 1937 era. 
    The history of football in the region which later became South Africa is covered elsewhere. It is worthy to note, however, that football was played by Europeans in the ‘Cape’ district in the pre-association days, and that organised soccer was being played by both settlers and the indigenous population by 1880.


    Football was introduced into Africa via the usual sources- firstly European military/ naval or commercial visitors and later colonial institutions and schools spread the game. The  major colonising powers were  France, Belgium and Great Britain. 
    The list below is not exhaustive- I have looked at various sources and identified key dates in the development of the game in across Africa. 

    1870s – Zanzibar 
    European employees of The Eastern Telegraph Company were playing informal football matches in Zanzibar in the 1870s. The game was adopted by the locals, who began organizing their own teams. 



    1897- Oran (Algeria) 
    French colonists were responsible for founding 

     Club des Joyeusetés d'Oran in 1894, and a football section was established in 1897.  


    1890s –Cape Coast (Gold Coast / Ghana) 
     British sailors played the first football in what is now known as Ghana.

    1902- Calabar (Nigeria)
    Rev. James Luke, a Scotsman, introduced football at Hope Waddell Training Institution in the tradition of  muscular Christianity.



    Excelsior
    1903 - Cape Coast (Gold Coast / Ghana)
    Ghana's first club,  

    Excelsior was founded by Mr. Briton, the Head Teacher of Philip Quaicoe Government Boys School in Cape Coast.


    1904- Tunisia
    French colonists founded Football Club de Tunis , later  changing its name to Racing Club.


    1904 - Calabar (Nigeria)
     In June 1904 the first competitive football match in Nigeria was played between Hope Waddell Training Institution and the crew of the British gunboat HMS Thistle. The match was won by the Nigerians, 3-2. 



    1905- Conakry (Guinea)

    The French founded Union Sportive,  Artistique et de Tir, which included a football section.

    1906 - Calabar (Nigeria)
    What seems to be the first tournament held outside the Southern Cape region  was played in Calabar. The competition was called The Beverley Cup (the cup was donated by Captain Beverly, an officer of the Colonial Government). The first edition was won by the Southern Nigeria Regiment (which was, incidentally, the regiment to which Captain Beverly was attached).

    1910s-Lagos (Nigeria)
     Frederick Mulford, affectionately known as  Baba Eko (our father)- a British Commercial Agent, organised matches at Lagos racecourse, initially for Europeans but later extended invitations to Nigerian teams. Mulford also coached local schoolboys at  

    at CMS Grammar School (Nigeria’s premier high school).


    1907- Cairo (Egypt) 
    The club Al Ahly (National Club) was formed. The first chairman was an Englishman, Mitchell Ince, but in 1910 the club limited their membership  exclusively to Egyptians and becme a focus for nationalists.

    1911-  Belgian Congo (DRC)

    Ligue de Football du Katanga was founded, but was open only to teams of Europeans.



    1911-12 North Africa
    FC Blidéen (of Blida in Algeria) won a tournament for teams from French colonies in North Africa.


    
    
    
    
    1911- Cairo (Egypt) 
     Belgian lawyer George Marzbach formed Qasr El-Neel Club , which became the present day Zamalek Sports Club.


    1912- Leopoldville (Belgian Congo/DRC)
    Football played by Europeans .

    1913- Brazzaville (French Equatorial Africa/ Congo)


    Football played by Europeans .

    1913- Morrocco
    Union Sportive Marocaine is founded, but locals are not included in the membership. 

    1913-Dakar (French West Africa/ Senegal)


    French colonists were playing regular matches in Dakar by 1913, and the organization Union Sportive et Artistique de Dakar was founded. 

    1914- Brazzaville 
    A match was played between white teams representing French Equatorial Africa and  Belgian Congo.

    1917- Cairo

    Sultan Hussein Cup - the 1st 4 editions of this 'Egyptian' tournament were won by British military teams.


    1917- Leopoldville (Belgian Congo/DRC)
     Father Raphael de la Kethulle arrived in Leopoldville. Tata Raphael, as he was known to the locals,  actively promoted Congolese football, forming clubs and associations  for Africans . He was also responsible for establishing a decent pitch on what had been swampland near a church.  In 1919 he founded the Association Royale Sportive Congolaise.
    Fr, Raphael's influence on Congo football extended into the 1930s, and he was  responsible for developing  Stade Reine Astrid, completed in 1937.

    1918-Leopoldville
    First championship won by FC Castermans.


    1919-Leopoldville 
    A formal association (later known as Federation de Football Association du Pool) was formed. Football in both Belgian Congo and French Equatorial Africa remained strictly racially segregated, and organized football remained the preserve of Europeans.

    1920-Antwerp
     Egypt play in the Antwerp Olympics. They beat Belgium 4-2 in a friendly before the Olympics. In the tournament  itself they lost 2-1 to Italy and beat Yugoslavia 4-2.

























    1920- Accra (Gold Coast / Ghana)
    1920- North Africa
    The first Championnat d'Association de Football Nord-Africain is held, featuring teams from the french colonies of Algiers, Oran, Constantine, Tunis and Morrocco.

    
    

    
    
    1923-Leopoldville /Brazzaville 
    Stanley Pool Championship introduced . The competition was exclusively for Europeans.

    1920s –Sudan
    At Atbara employees of the Sudan Railways co, introduce the game to the area.


    1921-22 - Cairo
    Zamalek won Prince Farouk's Cup, the 1st Egyptians only edition of the national cup competition.

    1922- 23- Cairo

    Zamalek (Mokhtalat) won the first Cairo league competition.

    1923- French West Africa 
    In what are now the nations of Mauritania, Senegal, Mali,Guinea,Côte d'Ivoire, Burkina Faso, Benin and Niger, the French Colonial Authorities introduced compulsory physical education in schools, introducing more African boys to football.

    1923- Egypt joins FIFA


    1924- Paris
    A second Olympic outing for Egypt. They beat Hungary 3-0 and were then eliminated in a 5-0 defeat to Sweden.

    1926Brazzaville 
    Étoile du Congo founded as Club Scolaire Brazzavillois.

    1926 - Zanzibar 
    Zanzibar Football Association founded and the  Zanzibari Cup first contested. 

    1927- Yaounde (Cameroon) 


    Celebrations to mark the completion of the Douala to Yaounde railway connection included 2 racially segregated football matches played at Yaounde. Yaounde Africans defeated Douala Africans and their European counterparts shared a draw.

    1927-Leopoldville 
    Federation de Football Association du Pool affiliates with the Belgian FA.

    1928- Leopoldville /Brazzaville
    First edition of  the Stanley Pool Cup

    1928-Amsterdam
    Egypt reach the Olympic semi finals but are thrashed 11-3 by Italy in the bronze medal match.

    1929- Brazzaville
    The Native Sports Federation founded. 2 years later the Federation came under the control of the colonial authorities. These authorities insisted that African players should play without boots, even though some of the more established teams had been playing in boots for a number of years. 

    1930- Brazzaville
    16 years after white teams from Brazzaville and Leopoldville had first met, black players repeated the feat as L' Etoile played Leopoldville's Mutuelle.

    1931-Brazzaville
    Etoile de Poto-Poto won a league competition for African teams.

    1930-31- North Africa
    First edition of the Coupe d'Afrique du Nord  won by Club des Joyeusetés (Oran- Algeria).

    1933-Brazzaville
    Federation Athletique Congolaise, organized by the Catholic church, broadens the opportunities for African players to participate in organized football.

    1934- Naples
    Africa's first World Cup participation- Egypt are beaten 4-2 by Hungary.



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    Krasnaya Presnya 1924


    Although the name Spartak was not adopted until 1935, Spartak Moscow can trace their history back to 1922.
    The club came into being when the Communist Party committee in the Sokolniki region of Moscow brought about the merger of two multi-sport clubs, the RGO (Russkoe gimnastisticheskoe obshchestvo) and the OFV (Obshchestvo fizicheskogo vospitania). The club was initially named Moscow Sports Circle of Krasnopresenskoga Region (МКС)  but after one year became Krasnaya Presnya. 

    Nikolai Pashintsev, president of the Party's Krasnopresenskii Region Executive Committee, was the team's chief patron, and the clubs 'branding' changes tended to reflect C. Pashintsev's involvement in various organizations.
    Over the next 12 years the club was associated with a succession of different organizations- I hesitate to call them sponsors as the Soviet Union was a Socialist state. 


    When the club were seeking a new name in 1935 Nikolai Starotsin was inspired by Raffaello Giovagnoli's novel Spartacus, and the qualities that this name evoked ( according to Starotsin 'courage, the will to fight, endurance and strength, loyalty to ideals').
    Here is a timeline of the various guises the club took during the first 12 years of its existence. 



    Year
    Name

    English
    Origin / Patronange
    1922
    Московский кружок спорта Краснопресненского района (МКС)

    Moscow Sports Circle of Krasnopresenskoga

    Region

    (MKS)


    Krasnaya Presnya is a

    district in Moscow.  The Communist Party and Komsomol were influential in the development of the club and its facilities.


    1923
    Красная Пресня
    Krasnaya Presnya
    1926
    Пищевики
    Pishchevik
    The union of workers employed in the food packaging industry.


    1931
    Промкооперация
    Promkooperatisa
    A collective retailing organization.


    1932 – Дукат (Dukat)
    During 1932 a significant portion of Promkooperatisa’s squad moved to Dukat. Dukat was the trade name of a tobacco manufacturer- Comrade Pashintsev was involved in the company and his influence led to the players moving there.

    However, Dukat was actually a separate organization and Promkooperatisa continued to operate, and it is debatable whether Dukat should be seen as a part of the heritage of Spartak or as something of an aside.


    1932
    Промкооперация
    Promkooperatisa


    1935
    Спартак (Москва)

    Spartak Moscow


    Summary of the club achievements 1922-1937:




    Spring
    Autumn
    Cups

    1922
    MKS
    Moscow Championship 2nd Division – finished top of a 6 team league with a 100% record.

    Moscow Championship 2nd Division- not completed.
    Maytova Cup winners.
    Red jerseys.

    1923
    Krasnaya Presnya
    Moscow Championship- winners- won a play-off.
    Moscow Championship-
    Finished last in a 4 team league.


    1924
    Moscow Championship- winners (6 teams).

    Moscow Championship- 2nd (4 teams).
    Won Tosmena Cup, beating Spartak Petrograd in the final.

    1925
    Moscow Championship- outcome is unknown.

    Discovery Cup Winners.
    1926
    Pishchevik

    MGSPS Championship- 2nd in a 14 team league.


    Sky blue jerseys

    1927
    Moscow Championship- 3rd (6 teams).
    Moscow Championship- winners (6 teams).


    Red and white stripes.

    1928
    Moscow Championship- 3rd (6 teams)


    White with a red horizontal band on the chest

    1929
    Moscow and Trades Unions Championship – winners. (knockout format).
    MGSPS and MSFK Championship- 2nd (8 teams ).
    Won Tosmena Cup beating Pishchevik Leningrad in the final.

    1930
    Moscow Championship winners (4 teams).
    Moscow Championship 8th (8 teams).


    1931
    Promkooperatisa
    Moscow Championship- 7th
    Won a tournament contested by the physical culture co-operatives of Moscow, Leningrad and Kharkiv.

    1932
    Very little evidence remains from these  seasons due to a lack of press coverage of football.


    1933
    1934
    Moscow Championship winners (8 teams).
    Moscow Championship 4th (8 teams).
    MGSFK tournament winners.
    All-Union co-operatives competition winners.

    Red with a white band on the chest.

    1935
    Spartak
    Moscow Championship-3rd (8 teams).






    Spartak and Dinamo were excused from the Autumn competition in the interests of the national team.

    Won a cup competition for various ‘Spartak’ clubs in the Soviet Union – 6 in all!
    1936
    Soviet Union Championship- 3rd
    (7 teams).
    Soviet Union Championship- winners (8 teams).


    1937
    Soviet Union Championship- 2nd
    (9 teams).





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  • 09/03/15--14:40: H. Atkinson's Sports Depot

  • I still have my grandfather's Acme referee's whistle. It's hanging on its 80 odd year old string from the shelf next to where I write this blog. He was born in Swansea in 1903 and was a lifelong Swansea Town fan. I wouldn't be at all surprised if he was a customer at Atkinson's. The advertisement is taken from an old Swansea Town programme.



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    The Cairo Derby between Al Ahly and Zamalek represents one of the most passionate rivalries in world football. Here we will look at the earlier days of this fixture.
    Al Ahly Sporting Club was founded 1907 and is considered the first Egyptian club. In 1910 membership was limited exclusively to Egyptians. 
    Kasr El Nil was founded in 1911, a Belgian,George Marzbach. The club changed its name to El Mokhtalat in 1913. (In 1941 the name changed to King Farouk and then in 1952 to Zamalek SC). The 2 Cairo rivals first met in 1917 and played each other 40 times up to the summer of 1937.*
    In compiling this post I have drawn on the work of Dr Tarik Ahmed Said. His pages include line ups, scorers etc. for these matches. However, I have only been able to establish which was the home team in the matches marked *


    Date


    Competition

    09.02.17

    Al Ahly

    1

    0

    El Mokhtalat*

    Friendly

    02.03.17

    Al Ahly*

    0

    1

    El Mokhtalat

    Friendly

    17.03.24

    Al Ahly

    1

    1

    El Mokhtalat

    Sultan Cup SF

    21.03.24

    Al Ahly

    0

    2

    El Mokhtalat

    Sultan Cup SF (R)

    ??.10.26

    Al Ahly

    3

    0

    El Mokhtalat

    League

    12.11.26

    Al Ahly

    2

    0

    El Mokhtalat

    League

    25.10.27

    Al Ahly

    2

    1

    El Mokhtalat

    League

    20.04.28

    Al Ahly

    1

    0

    El Mokhtalat

    Egypt Cup F

    30.11.28

    Al Ahly

    0

    3

    El Mokhtalat

    League

    21.12.28

    Al Ahly

    0

    0

    El Mokhtalat

    League

    15.03.29

    Al Ahly

    1

    0

    El Mokhtalat

    Egypt Cup QF

    Abandoned after 81 mins.


    25.10.29

    Al Ahly

    0

    0

    El Mokhtalat*

    Friendly

    06.12.29

    Al Ahly

    0

    1

    El Mokhtalat

    League

    07.03.30

    Al Ahly

    1

    3

    El Mokhtalat

    Sultan Cup SF

    06.06.30

    Al Ahly

    2

    2

    El Mokhtalat

    League

    28.11.30

    Al Ahly

    4

    0

    El Mokhtalat

    League

    26.12.30

    Al Ahly

    3

    3

    El Mokhtalat

    League

    23.01.31

    Al Ahly*

    1

    0

    El Mokhtalat

    Friendly

    13.02.31

    Al Ahly

    3

    2

    El Mokhtalat*

    Friendly

    26.06.31

    Al Ahly

    4

    1

    El Mokhtalat

    Egypt Cup F

    06.11.31

    Al Ahly

    1

    1

    El Mokhtalat

    League

    18.12.31

    Al Ahly

    1

    2

    El Mokhtalat

    League

    06.05.32

    Al Ahly

    1

    2

    El Mokhtalat

    Egypt Cup F

    18.11.32

    Al Ahly

    3

    3

    El Mokhtalat

    League

    23.12.32

    Al Ahly

    0

    0

    El Mokhtalat

    League

    24.03.33

    Al Ahly

    3

    1

    El Mokhtalat

    Egypt Cup SF

    03.11.33

    Al Ahly

    2

    3

    El Mokhtalat

    League

    11.05.34

    Al Ahly

    0

    3

    El Mokhtalat

    Egypt Cup SF

    02.11.34

    Al Ahly

    3

    0

    El Mokhtalat

    League

    22.02.35

    Al Ahly

    2

    1

    El Mokhtalat

    League

    10.05.35

    Al Ahly

    0

    3

    El Mokhtalat

    Egypt Cup F

    03.11.35

    Al Ahly

    1

    1

    El Mokhtalat

    League

    24.01.36

    Al Ahly

    2

    2

    El Mokhtalat

    League

    08.01.37

    Al Ahly

    5

    1

    El Mokhtalat

    League

    19.02.37

    Al Ahly

    1

    1

    El Mokhtalat

    Sultan Cup R1

    02.04.37

    Al Ahly

    2

    1

    El Mokhtalat

    Sultan Cup R1 (R)

    16.04.37

    Al Ahly

    4

    1

    El Mokhtalat

    League

    30.04.37

    Al Ahly

    1

    1

    El Mokhtalat

    Egypt Cup QF

    14.05.37

    Al Ahly

    2

    2

    El Mokhtalat

    Egypt Cup QF (R)

    30.05.37

    Al Ahly

    5

    0

    El Mokhtalat

    Egypt Cup QF (R)



    Balance of power:

    Wins

    Drawn

    Goals

    Al Ahly

    17

       13

    68

    El Mokhtalat

    10

    49


    Titles:


    League

    Sultan Cup

    Egypt Cup

    1920-21


    El Mokhtalat


    1921-22


    El Mokhtalat

    El Mokhtalat

    1922-23

    El Mokhtalat

    Al Ahly


    1923-24



    Al Ahly

    1924-25

    Al Ahly

    Al Ahly

    Al Ahly

    1925-26


    Al Ahly


    1926-27

    Al Ahly

    Al Ahly

    Al Ahly

    1927-28

    Al Ahly


    Al Ahly

    1928-29

    El Mokhtalat

    Al Ahly


    1929-30

    El Mokhtalat


    Al Ahly

    1930-31

    Al Ahly

    Al Ahly

    Al Ahly

    1931-32

    El Mokhtalat


    El Mokhtalat

    1932-33




    1933-34

    El Mokhtalat



    1934-35

    Al Ahly


    El Mokhtalat

    1935-36

    Al Ahly



    1936-37

    Al Ahly


    Al Ahly




    In earlier posts we have looked at Egyptian players who played in the UK, and it comes as no surprise to find them featuring in the Cairo Derby.
    The remarkable Tewfik Abdallahaka Tewfick Abdullah aka Tawfik Abdallah (who played in Egypt, Scotland, England, Wales, Canada and the USA) appeared for Ahly on his return from North America (he appeared in the 1929 and 1931 matches).



    Hussein Hegazi appeared for Ahly in the 1917 matches, he later switched allegiances between the 2 clubs and is credited with the revival of El Mokhtalat's fortunes.

    Hussein Hegazi's  associations with the 2 clubs were as follows: 
    1915–23 Al-Ahly 
    1923–28 El Mokhtalat 
    1928–29 Al-Ahly 
    1929–31 El Mokhtalat 

    *This blog covers the history of Association football up to July 1937.

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  • 09/09/15--14:24: Derby Midland


  • The Mids played in black and white stripes 

    Derby had a football club as early as 1869- Derby Town FC. The Midland Railway Football Club 
    was founded in 1881 and was soon known by their familiar name Derby Midland, or The Mids. Derby Town, eclipsed by the newcomers, went out of existence in 1882.
    Midland's popularity inspired the formation of another team- in 1884 Derbyshire County Cricket Club decided to form a football section. Having rejected the name Derbyshire County Football Club they settled for the snappier Derby County. 
    The fact that a number of Midland players joined the new County club was a source of great animosity that led to the 2 clubs refusing to play each other for 3 years. 
    When the Football League was founded in 1888 a one club per town principle was applied. Being overlooked in favour of County, Midland became founder members of the Midland League in the 1889-90 season.
    In June 1891 the 2 clubs 'merged'. In fact the merger was a takeover.  The Midland Railway Company withdrew funding from the club, who were forced to consider  reverting to amatuerism. However  County agreed to cover Midland's debts and took on the Midland players (including a promising 17 year old inside forward called Steven Bloomer!). There was some speculation that Midland would survive as a second team and continue to play in the Midland League, but the takeover ensured their dissappearance. 

    I have found evidence of the following meetings between The Mids and County:


    08.10.87

    County 

    1

    2

    Mids






    04.02.88

    County 

    3

    1

    Mids






    24.03.88

    County 

    3

    1

    Mids


    Derby County Charity Cup played at the County Ground.


    01.12.88

    Mids

    2

    1

    County


    Midland Ground


    24.12.88

    County

    1

    4

    Mids



    04.05.89

    County

    3

    0

    Midland


    Johnny Goodall's first appearance for County. He scored in the 12th minute.


    02.11.89

    County

    1

    1

    Mids






    12.04.90

    Mids

    0

    0

    County






    30.03.91

    County

    0

    4

    Mids


    County reserves


    16.04.91

    County

    0

    2

    Mids


    Played at The Baseball Ground. County didn’t make the permanent move to The Baseball Ground until 1895, but used it on occasions when the County Ground wasn’t available.


    30.4.91

    County

    4

    1

    Mids










    Derby Midland's League record was :
    The Midland League
    1889-90 2nd (11 clubs)
    1890-91 4th (10 clubs)

    Midland entered the FA Cup in 7 consecutive seasons:

    1883-84

    Bye in 1st Round

    Birmingham Excelsior  

    1

    1

    Mids

    Mids  

    2

    1

    Birmingham Excelsior

    Wednesbury Town  

    1

    0

    Mids

    R3



    1884-85

    Mids

    1

    2

    Wednesbury Old Athletic

    R1



    1885-86

    Mids  

    2

    1

    Birmingham Excelsior

    Mids  

    1

    3

    Walsall Swifts

    R2



    1886-87

    Birmingham Excelsior  

    3

    3

    Mids

    Mids  

    2

    1

    Birmingham Excelsior

    Aston Villa  

    6

    1

    Mids

    R2



    1887-88

    Ecclesfield  

    4

    1

    Mids

    R1



    1888-89

    Mids  

    2

    1

    Derby St Lukes

    Notts County  

    2

    1

    Mids

    3QR



    1889-90

    Derby St Lukes

    0

    1

    Mids

    Mids

    6

    0

    Stavely

    Mids  

    3

    0

    Nottingham Forest

    Bootle

    2

    1

    Mids

    R2





    They reached the final of The Derbyshire County Cup in 1884, 1885, 1890 and 1891. They won the Cup in 1890. 






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    International Football in the 1870s

    A number of matches during this decade left an indelible mark on the development of the game, as competitive cup football and international fixtures came into being. There were also developments and consolidations regarding the Laws of The Game that gave football a look that would be more familiar to a present day eye.

    Scotland v England - 1872
    After CW Alcock's attempt to organize international fixtures in 1870-71 the first truly representative international fixture took place on 30.11.72. If we follow FIFA's definitions this match shouldn't really count as a full international, as there was no Scottish FA, but that's pedantic nit picking. Queen's Park club served as a national association for Scotland until the inception of the Scottish FA in 1873,
    It is a misconception that the Scottish team was Queen's Park in disguise- true, all 11 players were members of Queen's Park but there were 2 London based players included and dual or multiple club membership was commonplace. The England selection was geographically more diverse than one might expect (although JC Clegg's recollections suggest that there was a degree of north south divide in evidence). It was a case English muscle and hard work vs Scots guile and combination. 0-0.

    The FA Cup 1871-72
    Alcock's masterstroke- a knock out tournament based on the house matches of Harrow school. This signalled the arrival of competitive Association football and was a catalyst in the broader development of the game.
    The first round of matches was played on November 11th 1871:

    Upton Park
    0
    3
    Clapham Rovers
    Jarvis Kenrick is credited with the first ever FA Cup goal


    Barnes
    2
    0
    Civil Service

    Maidenhead
    2
    0
    Marlow

    Hitchin
    0
    0
    Crystal Palace
    There was no replay-both teams progressed to the next round


    The following matches were not played :
    Queen’s Park
    v
    Donnington School
    Failing to arrange to play this match did not prevent both sides from being placed in the draw for the next round.


    Royal Engineers (walk over)
    v
    Reigate Priory
    Wanderers (walk over)
    v
    Harrow Chequers
    Hampsted Heathens (bye)


    Sheffield v Glasgow - 1876
    This was the in the third in the Sheffield vs Glasgow series of matches. The significance is that I believe it is the match that led to Clydesdale's JJ Lang becoming the first Scottish footballer to move to England in order to make his living from the game. 
    The following is taken from everybody's favourite soccer history blog:

    Sheffield 0 Glasgow 2 
     Bramall Lane 19.02.76
    Again Sheffield Rules were played .
    The press quoted odds of 5-4 on for Glasgow before the game.
    6000 were  at Bramall Lane in wet conditions. The Telegraph comments on the lithe and wiry physique of the Scots and on their showing fine concerted play in contrast to the individualistic approach of Sheffield. There is reference to the bar (instead of the tape), and ends were changed at 45 minutes rather than after a goal. Andrews opened the scoring in the 20th minute.  
    Glasgow's second goal came when goalkeeper Carr tried to make a quick throw out but hit Andrews on the legs, the ball rebounding into the goal. 
    The usually partisan Sheffield press admitted that their team was outplayed both 'in speed and tactics'. 



    London v Sheffield 1877
    Up until this point Sheffield rules had existed alongside Association- similar but not the same- and were the favoured rules in South Yorkshire and the Midlands. In 1877 the last of the differences between the codes were resolved.
    On 17.11.77 the 18th fixture between London and Sheffield (if we include the 1866 match) was the first played under the unified rules. The London side, led by Arthur Kinnaird, outclassed Sheffield and won 6-0.

    Remnants v Darwen 1879


    The Daily News 31.01.79

    Not quite a team of mill workers - (Darwen had 2 Scottish professionals and a doctor in the side!), but this match represents the first real challenge to the old order in English football. Football in Lancashire was taking off- professionalism was on the rise and cup football had begun to grip the enthusiasm of the proletariat.
    For the full story see Keith Dewhurst's Underdogs - essential reading for anyone interested in 19th century Association football.









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  • 09/15/15--13:45: Fallen Idols
  • In the early part of the 20th century the footballing public in what was then the Austo-Hungarian Monarchy held British football in reverential regard.
    Willy Meisl wrote of the influence of the touring teams of the 1900s , tours which  his visionary brother Hugo was instrumental in arranging.
    Any British team would be enthusiastically greeted, and many ex pros from the British Isles secured coaching positions in central Europe.


    The events of the summer of 1929 showed to what extent that idealised view had soured.
    Newcastle United had finished 10th in Division 1, Huddersfield Town 16th. 
    As reported in the Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer (03.06.29) Huddersfield Town returned from their tour complaining of bad refereeing and hard grounds. The argument was that it was impossible to play with any style against the kick and rush tactics that the continental teams had employed. A club spokesman complained that having lost the opening game of the tour Town were asked to accept reduced fees for the subsequent games (they refused).



                        Turner (Huddersfield Town) punches in the match with Ferencváros

    Whereas Huddersfield Town returned to England with something of a sour taste in their mouths, Newcastle United found themselves embroiled in an international controversy which the Football Association took 4 months to resolve.
    In terms of results the tour got off to a positive start- a 1-0 win over Ambrosiana in Milan. It was, however, an inauspicious curtain raiser. Newcastle complained that the ball was much smaller than the standard size and there was some refereeing controversy -Tommy Lang was dismissed after being bitten by an opponent. The players were harassed by a stone throwing crowd as they left the pitch, and these assaults continued on the team bus and even at the airport.
    Following a defeat against WAC the Neues Weiner Journal wrote: 10,000 people were deceived of their money. We need no more games with English teams. That is the net result of the game with Newcastle and of most displays given by English teams in Vienna since the war.
    In Bratislava Newcastle suffered the indignity of an 8-1 thrashing at the hands of a Slovakian select team, but it was in Budapest that things really got bad. Newcastle faced MTK (reported elsewhere as being a Hungary Select XI). Following the game, which United, reduced to 9 men, were beaten 4-1, the Hungarian press levelled a number of allegations at the tourists. The Newcastle players, they wrote, didn't exert themselves, and adopted rough tactics. It was even claimed that some of the players were drunk during the match. The Hungarian FA withheld Newcastle's share of the gate money (£165) - they sent it to the Football Association, requesting an investigation into the conduct of the Newcastle playersThe club strenuously denied the allegations. They countered that the refereeing had been extraordinarily bad- at Budapest the referee had operated from the touchline, a fact that did not prevent him from playing a goal-making pass to a Hungarian forward!
    Newcastle also put the matter into the hands of the Football Association.  Meanwhile, according to The Yorkshire Evening Post (04.06.29) the Hungarian press were circulating reports calculated to undermine British prestige. These included the opinion that English players on tour:...travel about pompously, earn  high rewards for their play,and behave as if they were missionaries  from the home of football culture who were condescending to honour inferior Colonials with their visit.
    The controversy became an issue of discussion by the Hungarian FA and the Football Association. A representative of the Hungarian governing body attended an enquiry held in October 1929.
    The FA concluded that the Hungarians had been justified in trying to cancel the contract on the basis of substandard performances by United,  but that the match having being played, they could not withhold the money.The FA were also satisfied that the refereeing had been substandard.

    Gallacher

    The FA did not comment on the dismissal of Gallacher and Maitland . The referee, Gabriel Boronkay, wrote in his report to the Hungarian FA:
    In the 26th minute of the second half-time, I was compelled to send off the field the English (sic) player named Maitland, on account of his having boxed his adversary (Hirzer). In the 28th minute I had to give marching orders to the English (sic) player Gallacher because of his rough foul against Borsanyi. I beg to remark that in this moment I was standing quite close to the player and I am convinced that he was tipsy, and as I heard, he drunk much cognac between the two half-times.

    Hugh Gallacher offered this explanation:
    It was a boiling hot day so we rinsed our mouths out with a drop of scotch and water.


    
    
    15.05.29

    SC Admira

    3

    0

    Huddersfield Town

    Vienna

    19.05.29

    MTK

    4

    2

    Huddersfield Town

    Budapest

    20.05.29

    Ferencváros

    1

    1

    Huddersfield Town

    Budapest

    ??.05.29

    Sparta Prague

    3

    2

    Huddersfield Town

    Prague

    26.05.29

    Leipzig Select

    5

    3

    Huddersfield Town

    Leipzig



    19.05.29

    Ambrosiana

    0

    1

    Newcastle United     

    Milan

    23.05.29

    WAC

    2

    0

    Newcastle United     

    Vienna

    26.05.29

    Slovakia Select

    8

    1

    Newcastle United     

    Bratislava

    28.05.29

    Slavia Prague

    1

    1

    Newcastle United     

    Prague

    30.05.29

    MTK*

    4

    1

    Newcastle United     

    Budapest



    * some sources have Hungary XI- but contemporary press reports refer to 'The Hungaria Club' ie. MTK (Magyar Testgyakorlók Köre Budapest Futball Club)

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    Football annuals state that he has played in fifty-one matches for Wales. If any sceptic troubled to write Meredith about these figures, which have been disputed, he would supply all the dates to substantiate this amazing record. He took great pride in playing for Wales, and was one of those rare persons who put all such performances in a book.

    J. A. H. Catton, The Story of Association Football (1926)

    Billy Meredith was one of the first superstars of professional football, and his career had it all- success, political strife, controversy, conflict with authority- but it seems that in his record keeping he was simply wrong.
    Sources agree that he played 48 games for Wales (the Welsh Football Data Archive has 47). 
    Incidentally Catton went on to state that Meredith had once told him that he wished he had been born in England:  You know the house where I was born was only 300 yards or so over the border. What a time I should have had if I had been an Englishman. I'm sick of being on the losing side. 
     In A–Z of Manchester Football (1978) Derek Brandon claims that Meredith was selected for 71 consecutive internationals. Thus  is an exaggeration and of course erroneous, as Meredith could not have been selected in 1906 (see below), and in order to have fitted in 71 internationals he would have had to have been selected as a 17 year old playing for Chirk AAA in 1892. He was named among the reserves in February 1894 when he was still listed as a Chirk player.
    Meredith's final appearance for Wales was in their 111th international outing. He was 45 years and 229 days old.
    He featured in a trial match in January 1921 (to make up the numbers) but was not selected for the subsequent internationals. 














    Goals

    Total

    Goals

    1

    16.03.95

    Ireland

    2

    2

    Wales

    Solitude, Belfast



    2

    18.03.95

    England

    1

    1

    Wales

    Queens Club, London



    3

    29.02.96

    Wales

    6

    1

    Ireland

    Racecourse, Wrexham

    2

    2

    4

    16.03.96

    Wales

    1

    9

    England

    Arms Park, Cardiff



    5

    06.03.97

    Ireland

    4

    3

    Wales

    Solitude, Belfast

    2

    4

    6

    20.03.97

    Wales

    2

    2

    Scotland

    Racecourse, Wrexham



    7

    29.03.97

    England

    4

    0

    Wales

    Bramall Lane, Sheffield



    8

    19.02.98

    Wales

    0

    1

    Ireland

    Oval, Llandudno



    9

    28.03.98

    Wales

    0

    3

    England

    Racecourse, Wrexham



    10

    20.03.99

    England

    4

    0

    Wales

    Ashton Gate, Bristol



    11

    24.02.00

    Wales

    2

    0

    Ireland

    Oval, Llandudno

    1

    5

    12

    26.03.00

    Wales

    1

    1

    England

    Arms Park, Cardiff

    1

    6

    13

    18.03.01

    England

    6

    0

    Wales

    St James’ Newcastle



    14

    23.03.01

    Ireland

    0

    1

    Wales

    Solitude, Belfast



    15

    03.03.02

    Wales

    0

    0

    England

    Racecourse, Wrexham



    16

    15.03.02

    Scotland

    5

    1

    Wales

    Cappielow Park, Greenock



    17

    02.03.03

    England

    2

    1

    Wales

    Fratton Park, Portsmouth



    18

    09.03.03

    Wales

    0

    1

    Scotland

    Arms Park, Cardiff



    19

    28.03.03

    Ireland

    2

    0

    Wales

    Solitude, Belfast



    20

    29.02.04

    Wales

    2

    0

    England

    Racecourse, Wrexham



    21

    06.03.05

    Wales

    3

    1

    Scotland

    Racecourse, Wrexham

    1

    7

    22

    27.03.05

    England

    3

    1

    Wales

    Anfield, Liverpool



    23

    23.02.07

    Ireland

    2

    3

    Wales

    Solitude, Belfast

    1

    8

    24

    04.03.07

    Wales

    1

    0

    Scotland

    Racecourse, Wrexham



    25

    18.03.07

    England

    1

    1

    Wales

    Craven Cottage, London



    26

    16.03.08

    Wales

    1

    7

    England

    Racecourse, Wrexham



    27

    11.04.08

    Wales

    0

    1

    Ireland

    Athletic Ground, Aberdare



    28

    01.03.09

    Wales

    3

    2

    Scotland

    Racecourse, Wrexham



    29

    15.03.09

    England

    2

    0

    Wales

    City Ground, Nottingham



    30

    20.03.09

    Ireland

    2

    3

    Wales

    Grosvenor Park, Belfast

    1

    9

    31

    05.03.10

    Scotland

    1

    0

    Wales

    Rugby Park, Kilmarnock



    32

    14.03.10

    Wales

    0

    1

    England

    Arms Park, Cardiff



    33

    11.04.10

    Wales

    4

    1

    Ireland

    Racecourse, Wrexham



    34

    28.01.11

    Ireland

    1

    2

    Wales

    Windsor Park, Belfast



    35

    06.03.11

    Wales

    2

    2

    Scotland

    Ninian Park, Cardiff



    36

    13.03.11

    England

    3

    0

    Wales

    The Den, London



    37

    02.03.12

    Scotland

    1

    0

    Wales

    Tynecastle, Edinburgh



    38

    11.03.12

    Wales

    0

    2

    England

    Racecourse, Wrexham



    39

    13.04.12

    Wales

    2

    3

    Ireland

    Ninian Park, Cardiff



    40

    18.01.13

    Ireland

    0

    1

    Wales

    Grosvenor Park, Belfast



    41

    03.03.13

    Wales

    0

    0

    Scotland

    Racecourse, Wrexham



    42

    17.03.13

    England

    4

    3

    Wales

    Ashton Gate, Bristol

    1

    10

    43

    19.01.14

    Wales

    1

    2

    Ireland

    Racecourse, Wrexham



    44

    28.02.14

    Scotland

    0

    0

    Wales

    Parkhead, Glasgow



    45

    16.03.14

    Wales

    0

    2

    England

    Ninian Park, Cardiff



    46

    14.02.20

    Ireland

    2

    2

    Wales

    The Oval, Belfast



    47

    26.02.20

    Wales

    1

    1

    Scotland

    Ninian Park, Cardiff



    48

    15.03.20

    England

    1

    2

    Wales

    Highbury, London




    Meredith was a Manchester City player for games 1-21, and a Manchester United player for games 22-48.

    Every one of these matches was in the British Home Championships.  Here is a breakdown of the results of the matches Meredith played in:



    P
    W
    D
    L
    Win %
    All
    48
    13
    11
    24
    27
    England
    20
    2
    4
    14
    10
    Ireland
    16
    8
    2
    6
    50
    Scotland
    12
    3
    5
    4
    25

    Between his debut and his final international Wales played 15 matches in which Meredith did not appear:



    Wales

    Meredith

    1

    23.03.95

    2-2 v Scotland at The Racecourse, Wrexham.

    League Division 2- Lincoln City 3 Manchester City 11. Meredith scored twice in what must have been a remarkable game.


    2

    21.03.96

    0-4 v Scotland at Carolina Port, Dundee.

    League Division 2- Manchester City were beaten 4-1 away to Newcastle United.


    3

    19.03.98

    Wales v Scotland at Fir Park, Motherwell – 5-2 to Scotland.

    League Division 2- Manchester City lost 2-1 away to Lincoln City.


    4

    04.03.99

    Wales lost 1-0 to Ireland in Belfast.

    League Division 2- Meredith scored a hattrick as Manchester City beat Barnsley 5-0 at Hyde Road.


    5

    18.03.99

    Scotland put 6 past Wales at The Racecourse.

    Division 2: Manchester City draw 1-1 away to Walsall.


    6

    03.02.00 

    Scotland 5 Wales 2 at Pittodrie.

    Division 1:- Meredith scored in a 1-1 draw away to Wolverhampton Wanderers.


    7

    02.03.01

    Wales draw 1-1 with Scotland at The Racecourse, Wrexham.


    City lost 2-0 to Derby County at the Baseball Ground ( Div 1

    8

    22.02.02

    Wales 0- Ireland 3 at Cardiff Arms Park.

    A 3-0 win at Hyde Road v Wolverhampton Wanderers.


    9

    12.03.04

    Wales and Scotland drew 1-1 at Dundee.

    Meredith got a brace as City beat Blackburn Rovers 5-2 at Ewood Park.


    10

    21.03.04

    Wales lost 1-0 to Ireland at Bangor.

    Meredith scored in a 6-1 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux.


    11

    08.04.05

    Ireland 2 Wales 2 in Belfast.

    Meredith scored a penalty for Manchester City in a 1-0 win over Woolwich Arsenal at Hyde Road.


    12

    03.03.06

    Billy Meredith missed the 1906 British Home Championships as he was suspended from football from 05.08.05 until 30.04.06 for bribing an Aston Villa player to ‘throw’ a match against Manchester City.


    13

    19.03.06

    14

    02.04.06

    15

    07.03.08

    Scotland defeated Wales 2-1 at Dundee.


    FA Cup tie: Manchester United losing 2-1 away at Fulham.









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  • 09/23/15--11:20: Il Quinquennio D'Oro
  • Rosetta, Combi, Caligaris

    In the 1930-31 season Juventus secured their 3rd national championship (they won the 
    Prima Categoria in 1905 and Prima Divisione in 1925-26). They went on to win 5 league titles in succession.


    P
    W
    D
    L
    F
    A
    1930-31
    34
    25
    5
    4
    79
    37
    1931-32
    34
    24
    6
    4
    89
    38
    1932-33
    34
    25
    4
    5
    83
    23
    1933-34
    34
    23
    7
    4
    88
    31
    1934-35
    30
    18
    8
    4
    45
    22




    Line ups:

    1930-31
    1931-32
    1932-33
    1933-34
    1934-35
    Combi*

    Valinasso

    Rosetta*

    Caligaris*

    Ferrero

    Caligaris

    Foni*

    Barale

    Monti**

    M Varglien*

    Rier

    Bertolini*

    Munerati*

    Sernagiotto"

    Cesarini

    Cesarini**

    G Varglien*

    Vecchina*

    Borel*

    Ferrari*

    Orsi**






    * Italian internationals.
    **Italian/Argentinian internationals.
    " Brazil international.

    Leading Scorers:
    1930-31
    Orsi- 20, Vecchina, Ferrari -16
    1931-32
    Orsi- 19, Ferrari- 17
    1932-33
    Borel-29 (capocannoniere)
    1933-34
    Borel- 31 (capocannoniere), Ferrari- 16
    1934-35
    Borel - 13

    Monti

    Renato Cesarini

    Mario Varglien

    Orsi, Vecchina, Munerati 

    Giovanni Ferrari


    Felice Borel




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  • 09/28/15--14:10: St Petersburg 1901-17
  • Organised football in St Petersburg evolved in the 1890s through the efforts of  German and British workers. This led to the formation of the city's first league in 1901. The winners received a trophy donated by English entrepreneur TM Aspden. Initially the league was dominated by teams of German and British origin, but gradually Russian clubs began to feature. Sport were the first in 1902 and in 1904 50% of the teams in the league were Russian. In 1909 the original foreign run clubs, Nevsky, Neva and Victoria left the league.
    In the pre revolutionary era 16 clubs competed in the St Petersburg/ Petrograd league in various combinations. There were 3 teams in the opening season, and the highest number of competitors was 8 in 1912.
    The following table shows the record of each team in the league in the seasons 1901-1917.

    Team

    English

    Seasons
    P
    W
    D
    L
    F
    A
    W%

    C

    спорт

    Sport

    16
    148
    73
    15
    60
    428
    372
    49.32

    5
    меркур

    Mercur

    11
    107
    54
    13
    40
    289
    228
    50.46

    2
    нева

    Neva

    10
    95
    37
    3
    55
    204
    263
    38.94


    невский

    Nevsky

    10
    86
    57
    10
    19
    282
    121
    66.27

    5
    коломяги

    Kolomyagi

    8
    79
    42
    8
    29
    207
    172
    53.16

    2
    виктория

    Victoria

    8
    66
    32
    11
    23
    189
    109
    48.48

    1
    унитас

    Unitas

    7
    71
    35
    10
    36
    232
    152
    49.29


    триумф

    Triumph

    5
    54
    8
    4
    42
    70
    209
    14.81


    нарва

    Narva

    5
    51
    17
    5
    29
    112
    149
    33.33


    националы

    National

    4
    39
    12
    2
    25
    60
    134
    30.76


    невка

    Nevka

    3
    18
    7
    4
    7
    37
    47
    38.88

    1
    Новый петербург

    New Peterburg

    2
    22
    0
    0
    22
    12
    119
    0


    петровский

    Petrovsky

    2
    18
    6
    2
    10
    37
    87
    33.33


    надежда

    Nadezhda

    2
    16
    6
    1
    9
    60
    42
    37.5


    уделная

    Udelnaya

    1
    8
    3
    2
    3
    13
    19
    37.5


    интернационал

    International

    1
    8
    3
    0
    5
    24
    33
    37.5





    Season

    Teams

    Champions

    1901

    3

    Nevka

    1902

    4

    Nevsky

    1903

    5

    Victoria

    1904

    6

    Nevsky

    1905

    6

    Nevsky

    1906

    6

    Nevsky

    1907

    7

    Nevsky

    1908

    5

    Sport

    1909

    5

    Sport

    1910

    5

    Sport

    1911

    7

    Mercur

    1912

    8

    Unitas

    1913

    5

    Sport

    1914

    6

    Sport

    1915

    6

    Mercur

    1916

    6

    Kolomyagi

    1917

    6

    Kolomyagi























    Kolomyagi 1909

    Unitas 1913





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  • 09/30/15--14:35: The Greek Cup 1931-32


  • The final of the first Greek national cup competition was played at Panathainikos' stadium on November 8, 1931. AEK defeated Aris 5-3.

    Athlitiki Enosis Konstantinoupoleos (Athletic Union of Constantinople) was founded in 1920 by Greek refugees who had fled Constantinople during the Greco-Turkish War.


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  • 10/03/15--01:26: Copa Ricardo Aldao
  • Copa Aldao trophy.jpg
    As we have seen , the tradition of trans Platense football dates back to 1889, and Argentine and Uruguayan teams had been playing each other since Albion crossed the river to play Retiro and Belgrano in 1896.

    During the first quarter of the 20th century there was something of a mania for copas contested by leading teams from the 2 republics. 
    The Copa Ricardo Aldao (also known as the Copa Rio de la Plata and the Campeonato Rioplatense) was established by Dr. Ricardo Camilo Aldao, president of Federación Argentina de Football (1912-1914) and Asociación Argentina de Football  (1918-1919). He was also the president of the Buenos Aires club Gimnasia y Esgrima.
    The initial edition of the Cup was due to take place in 1913. Federación Argentina de Football champions Estudiantes took on Liga Uruguaya winners River Plate. Or did they? According to Argentinian historian Miguel Bionda (author of Historia del Fútbol Platense) Estudiantes won 4-1 (in a match played at Montevideo on 17.05.14). Contemporary newspaper reports state that  the game was either abandoned or not played at all due to torrential rainfall. It is speculated that Snr.Bionda has misattributed the result of one of three friendlies played between Estudiantes and River Plate in 1913.



    The cup was definitely contested in 1916. On December 3rd at Buenos Aires Nacional defeated Racing Club de Avellaneda 2-1. Both clubs enjoyed a period of considerable dominance in domestic football. Racing won seven consecutive championships from 1913 to 1919.
    In 1917 the same two sides drew 2-2 in Montevideo. The trophy was awarded to Racing Club as they were the visitors. 




    In 1918 Racing Club defended the trophy successfully on home soil, defeating Peñarol 2-1.
    1919 saw a home town victory for Nacional, defeating Boca Juniors 3-0. The same clubs met again on the opposite side of the River Plate in 1920. Nacional again emerged victorious, by 2-1.

    The competition then became somewhat sporadic.
    San Lorenzo de Almagro travelled to Montevideo and defeated Rampla Jniors (1-0) in 1927.
    In 1928 Peñarol won the trophy with a 3-0 win over Huracan at Buenos Aires.



    The competition was revivied in the 1930s. Club Athletico River Plate of Buenos Aires enjoying successive wins over Peñarol in 1936 and 1937.


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    I'm sure these cards were intended to titillate rather than to promote a positive image of women's participation in sport. The young lady's shape suggests corsetry- it's a nice kit though. 
    I recommend this site to anyone interested in cigarette cards and other sporting ephemera.

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  • 10/07/15--13:07: Forest v Barnes 1863

  • Bell's Life in London and Sporting Chronicle- 19.12.63
    The Forest Club was founded by CW and JF Alcock.  JF Alcock was a delegate at the 6  Football Association meetings held in October-December 1863 and was elected onto the first FA Committee in 1864. 
    The cutting contains an early reference to the Football Association's ideal of seeing their new rules adopted universally.


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  • 10/11/15--11:43: El Tigre e Homem-Borracha

  • This photograph, taken in September 1938  shows 2 early superstars of Brazilian football.
    On the right is Arthur Friedenreich. On the left is Leônidas da Silva.
    Fried's career lasted from 1909 to 1925. He was top scorer in the Liga Paulista in 9 seasons. He represented Brazil 23 times, scoring 10 goals. He was a South American Championship winner in 1919 and 1922. He missed out on the 1930 World Cup squad as São Paulo players were overlooked. Friedenreich scored over 1,200 goals in his first class career.
    Leônidas began his career in 1929 and played until 1946. His international goal return was 21 goals in 19 matches.
    Most of Leônidas' triumphs came after 1937- but he did feature in the 1934 World Cup. During his first 4 years in top football (including a season at Peñarol) his strike rate was greater than a goal a game.




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    30 years after the Football Association arranged their first overseas tour, The Welsh FA followed their example. A 15 match tour of Canada was undertaken in the summer of 1929. Of the 20 players who toured 18 would achieve full international honours.





    Pos.
    P
    G
    Len Evans
    Barry Town

    GK
     6

    Bert Gray
    Manchester City

    GK
    11

    Bert Lumberg
    Wrexham

    FB
    13

    Moses Russell
    Plymouth Argyle

    FB
    16

    Fred Keenor
    Cardiff City

    HB
    15
     2
    Eddie Lawrence
    Clapton Orient

    HB
     5

    Ray Bennion
    Manchester United

    HB
    12

    Bill Jennings
    Bolton Wanderers

    HB
    12
     1
    Bob Pugh
    Newport County

    HB
     4

    Albert  Wardell
    Newport County

    OR
     2

    Fred Warren
    Cardiff City

    OR
    11
    11
    Rees Williams
    Manchester United

    OR
     6

    Tommy Lewis
    New Brighton

    IR
     4
     3
    Billy Rogers
    Wrexham

    IR
     6
     1
    Johnny Neal
    Wrexham

    IR
    11
    11
    Len Davies
    Cardiff City

    CF
     8
    17
    Walter Robbins
    Cardiff City

    CF
     9
    10
    Charlie Jones
    Arsenal

    IL
    12
     4
    Fred Cook
    Portsmouth

    OL
    10
     3
    Ted Vizard
    Bolton Wanderers

    OL
     8
     2

    Len Evans of Barry Town (Southern league- Western Division) was the only player not currently playing in the Football League, though he had previous League experience at Aberdare Athletic and Merthyr Town and had represented Wales 4 times.
    The absence of Swansea Town players can be explained by the fact that the Swans only had a handful of Welshmen in their first team. Only one Swansea player was awarded a Welsh cap in the seasons 1928-29 and 1929-30.

    01.06.29         

    Montreal and District 
    1
    3
    Wales
    Montreal
    03.06.29 
    Hamilton and District 
    0
    1
    Wales
    Hamilton
    05.06.29 
    Toronto and District 
    1
    Wales
    Toronto
    08.06.29                       
    Manitoba 
    2
    7
    Wales
    Winnipeg
    10.06.29 
    Regina and District 
    0
    7
    Wales
    Regina 
    12.06.29 
    Calgary and District 
    1
    10
    Wales
    Calgary
    15.06.29                  
    Upper Island (or All Island) 
    0
    Wales
    Nanaimo  
    17.06.29                
    Lower Mainland 
    0
    8
    Wales
    Vancouver
    19.06.29         
    Victoria and District 
    0
    Wales
    Victoria 
    22.06.29 
    Westminster Royals 
    1
    2
    Wales
    New Westminster     
    24.06.29 
    Edmonton and District 
    1
    Wales
    Edmonton 
    26.06.29 
    Saskatoon and District 
    1
    6
    Wales
    Saskatoon
    28.06.29
    Whites
    2
    4
    Reds
    Winnipeg
    Each team had 8 Welsh players and 3 Canadians


    01.07.29 
    Ontario 
    1
    0
    Wales
    Toronto
    02.07.29         
    Hamilton and District 
    0
    2
    Wales
    Hamilton 
    Wales finished the game with 10 men after Moses Russell was assaulted by spectators.


    03.07.29 
    Montreal and District  
    1
    2
    Wales

    Montreal   




    P
    W
    D
    L
    F
    A
    15
    15
    0
    0
    61
    10




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  • 10/17/15--10:59: Plánička

  • František Plánička played  969 games for Slavia Prague, 76% of which ended in victory. During thirteen seasons that Plánička was at the club between 1925 and 1938, Slavia won seven league titles. He played 73 games for Czechoslovakia. The English influence on central European football was evident in one of his nicknames-  Majster Robinzonád- The Master Diver. The diving save being known as a Robinzonád after the turn of the century Southampton and England 'keeper Jack Robinson.

     Plánička was 172cm.
    The picture above shows Plánička as captain of Czechoslovakia at the 1934 World Cup Final. He is shaking hands with Gianpierro Combi- the goalkeeper and captain of Italy.




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