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  • 12/07/15--13:02: The World...1867
  • It's hard to imagine a time when football did not enjoy mass popularity, and unless you've ever tried to organise a works or pub team , it's equally difficult to appreciate the obstacles that Alcock, Kinnaird et al overcame in order to bring the game to a wider public.
     As Alcock himself reflected in 1880:
    What was ten or fifteen years ago the recreation of a few … has now become the pursuit of thousands – an athletic exercise, carried on under a strict system … almost magnified into a profession.

    The world of Association football in the 1860s and early 1870s was narrow and parochial, described in correspondence to the press as a 'local clique.'
    A great sense of fun also reaches out to us across the years- these were hip young men engaged in something novel and almost esoteric.

    Alcock, in particular, was always on the lookout for novelty- ultimately it was this desire that gave us both international football and the FA Cup.

    In 1867 a combined Eton and Harrow team challenged The Rest of the World.
    A fitting example of how the most rag tag scratch matches in which these pioneers were involved has retained a place in the annals of the Association game, for the first match , which took place on January 8th 1867 , The World (referred to in some quarters of the press as The Universe) could only muster 8 players.
    The 8 who took to the field at Westminster's Vincent Square ground were:

    C.W Alcock (Old Harrovians / Wanderers)

    K Muir McKenzie (Old Carthusians / Wanderers)

    M Muir McKenzie (Old Carthusians / Wanderers)

    H.F Deacon (Civil Service)

    H.G Phipps (Old Harrovians)

    J.E Tayloe  (Old Westminsters)

    C.M Tebbut (Wanderers)

    C.G Waudby (Civil Service)


    Selected but absent were:

    F Lucas (Old Westminsters)

    S.H West (Westminster School)
    W.J Dixon (Westminster School)


    The Eton Harrow line up was: A.F Kinnaird (E), E Freeth (E), C.J Thornton (E), E.L Corrie (E), E.A Owen (E), A Crompton (H) & F.R Broughton (H).

    The game ended in a 2-2 draw.


    The Vincent Square playing fields can still be seen in London SW1.



    For the rematch, held at the same venue on 23.01.67, The World turned out only 7 players. Despite the fact that Eton and Harrow had a one man advantage The World (who were practically Old Carthusians) ran out 0-2 winners.



    K Muir McKenzie (Old Carthusians / Wanderers)

    M Muir McKenzie (Old Carthusians / Wanderers)

    J Butter (Charterhouse School)

    E.C.S Gibson (Charterhouse School)

    C.E.B Nepean (Charterhouse School)

    J.A Foote (Charterhouse School)

    J Kirkpatrick (Civil Service)


    Selected but absent were:

    O.S Walford

    W.J Dixon (Westminster School)

    E.C Bovill                            
    H.J Smith


    The Eton Harrow line up was: A.F Kinnaird (E), A.L Gallus/ C.W Alcock (H), E Freeth (E), C.M Tebbut, S.T Holland, J.H Morgan, E Trower & H.F Deacon.


    I note that Tebbut played both for and against The World.



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  • 12/08/15--12:57: Ireland v Italy 1927

  • Having played 3 matches at the  Olympics, in June 1924 The Irish Free State entertained the USA in Dublin. These matches are frequently omitted from the list of internationals played by the Republic of Ireland.
    In March 1926 The Irish Free State were beaten 3-0 by a strong Italian side in Turin.
    The programme pictured above is for the 'return' match.
    This was not considered a full international by the Italians, and the side was designated as Italy B (or Nazionale Cadetti). It was a decent side however, and all 11 starters would in time become full internationals.

    GK

    Frank Collins 

    Jacobs

    FB

    Frank Brady  c

    Shamrock Rovers

    FB

    Alec Kirkland 

    Fordsons

    HB

    William Glen 

    Shamrock Rovers

    HB

    Michael O`Brien 

    Derby County

    HB

    Thomas Muldoon 

    Aston Villa

    F

    Bill Lacey 

    Shelbourne

    F

    Harry Duggan 

    Leeds United

    F

    Christopher Martin 

    Bo`ness

    F

    Bob Fullam 

    Shamrock Rovers

    F

    Joe Kendrick 

    Everton

                   



    GK

    Mario Gianni 

    Bologna

    FB

    Mario Zanello

    Pro Vercelli

    FB

    Delfo Bellini 

    Genoa

    HB

    Pietro Genovesi

    Bologna

    HB

    Luigi Burlando 

    Genoa

    HB

    Alberto Giordani 

    Bologna

    F

    Federico Munerati 

    Juventus

    F

    Antonio Vojak 

    Juventus

    F

    Pietro Pastore 

    Milan

    F

    Enrico Rivolta 

    Internazionale

    F

    Luigi Cevenini c

    Juventus

    Sub.

    Gianangelo Barzan(Milan) replaced Zanello



    Bob Fulam and Federico Munerati were the goalscorers as Italy won 2-1 watched by an crowd of approximately 20,000.




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    Newcastle upon Tyne and Sunderland, lying less than 20km apart, are the 2 major settlements in the North East of England , an industrialised area that is traditionally passionate about football.

    Sunderland FC began life as Sunderland and District Teachers in 1879.  The name was changed to Sunderland AFC in 1881 and the club turned professional in 1885. They first entered the FA Cup in the 1884-85 season.
    Sunderland joined the Football League in 1890.
    Newcastle United was formed by the merger of Newcastle East End (1881) and Newcastle West End (1882) in 1892. It was effectively a take over of a financially weak West End by the professional East End (already a limited company). One way in which West End had outdone their rivals was in the quality of their base- St James'Park, and it was there that the 'new' club settled.
     Refused entry to the Football League's First Division at the start of the 1892–93 season, they were invited to play in the newly founded Second Division. However, this was not seen as a lucrative proposition, so  Newcastle United decided to  remain in the Northern League.
    The following year they joined Division 2 of the Football League. 

    01.09.06

     Both clubs enjoyed Golden Eras: in the 1890s Sunderland were League Champions 3 times in 4 seasons. Between 1904 and 1911 Newcastle United reached 5 FA Cup finals and won 3 League titles. 

    1913

    Newcastle United

    Sunderland

    season

    League

    FA Cup

    League

    FA Cup

    1884-85

    QR

    1885-86

    QR

    1886-87

    QR

    1887-88

    Disqualified

    1888-89

    QR

    1889-90

    R1

    1890-91

    Div 1.  7th

    Semi final

    1891-92

    Div 1.  Champions

    Semi final

    1892-93

    Northern League 2nd

    R1

    Div 1.  Champions

    Q ¼ final

    1893-94

    Div 2. 4th

    R2

    Div 1.  2nd

    R2

    1894-95

    Div 2. 10th

    R2

    Div 1.  Champions

    Semi final

    1895-96

    Div 2. 5th

    R2

    Div 1.  5th

    1896-97

    Div 2. 5th

    R1

    Div 1.  15th

    1897-98

    Div 2. 2nd (P)

    R2

    Div 1.  2nd

    1898-99

    Div 1.  13th

    R2

    Div 1.  7th

    1899-00

    Div 1.  5th

    R2

    Div 1.  3rd

    1900-01

    Div 1.  6th

    R1

    Div 1.  2nd

    1901-02

    Div 1.  3rd

    Q ¼ final

    Div 1.  Champions

    1902-03

    Div 1.  14th

    R1

    Div 1.  3rd

    1903-04

    Div 1.  4th

    R1

    Div 1.  6th

    1904-05

    Div 1.  Champions

    Runners up

    Div 1.  5th

    1905-06

    Div 1.  4th

    Runners up

    Div 1.  14th

    1906-07

    Div 1.  Champions

    R1

    Div 1.  10th

    1907-08

    Div 1.  4th

    Runners up

    Div 1.  16th

    1908-09

    Div 1.  Champions

    Semi final

    Div 1.  3rd

    1909-10

    Div 1.  4th

    Winners

    Div 1.  8th

    1910-11

    Div 1.  8th

    Runners up

    Div 1.  3rd

    1911-12

    Div 1.  3rd

    R1

    Div 1.  8th

    1912-13

    Div 1.  14th

    Q ¼ final

    Div 1.  Champions

    1913-14

    Div 1.  11th

    R1

    Div 1.  7th

    1914-15

    Div 1.  15th

    Q ¼ final

    Div 1.  8th

    1919-20

    Div 1.  8th

    R2

    Div 1.  5th

    1920-21

    Div 1.  5th

    R3

    Div 1.  12th

    1921-22

    Div 1.  7th

    R2

    Div 1.  12th

    1922-23

    Div 1.  4th

    R1

    Div 1.  2nd

    1923-24

    Div 1.  9th

    Winners

    Div 1.  3rd

    1924-25

    Div 1.  6th

    R2

    Div 1.  7th

    1925-26

    Div 1.  10th

    R5

    Div 1.  3rd

    1926-27

    Div 1.  Champions

    R5

    Div 1.  3rd

    1927-28

    Div 1.  9th

    R3

    Div 1.  15th

    1928-29

    Div 1.  10th

    R3

    Div 1.  4th

    1929-30

    Div 1.  19th

    Q ¼ final

    Div 1.  9th

    1930-31

    Div 1.  17th

    R4

    Div 1.  11th

    1931-32

    Div 1.  11th

    Winners

    Div 1.  13th

    1932-33

    Div 1.  5th

    R3

    Div 1.  12th

    1933-34

    Div 1.  21st (R)

    R3

    Div 1.  6th

    1934-35

    Div 2. 4th

    R4

    Div 1.  2nd

    1935-36

    Div 2. 8th

    R5

    Div 1.  Champions

    1936-37

    Div 2. 6th

    R3

    Div 1.  8th

    Winners







    Head to head:
    League (Division One)

    24.12.98

    Sunderland

    3

    Newcastle United

    22.04.99

    Newcastle United

    0

    1

    Sunderland

    23.12.99

    Newcastle United

    2

    4

    Sunderland

    28.04.00

    Sunderland

    1

    2

    Newcastle United

    06.10.00

    Sunderland                        

    1

    1

    Newcastle United

    24.04.01

    Newcastle United

    0

    2

    Sunderland

    28.09.01

    Newcastle United

    0

    1

    Sunderland

    31.03.02

    Sunderland                        

    0

    0

    Newcastle United

    27.12.02

    Sunderland                        

    0

    0

    Newcastle United

    25.04.03

    Newcastle United

    1

    0

    Sunderland

    26.10.03

    Newcastle United

    1

    3

    Sunderland

    01.01.04

    Sunderland                        

    1

    1

    Newcastle United

    24.12.04

    Sunderland                        

    3

    1

    Newcastle United

    22.04.05

    Newcastle United

    1

    3

    Sunderland

    02.09.05

    Sunderland                        

    3

    2

    Newcastle United

    30.12.05

    Newcastle United

    1

    1

    Sunderland

    01.09.06

    Newcastle United

    4

    2

    Sunderland

    20.03.07

    Sunderland                        

    2

    0

    Newcastle United

    24.12.07

    Sunderland        

    2

    4

    Newcastle United

    18.04.08

    Newcastle United

    1

    3

    Sunderland

    05.12.08

    Newcastle United

    1

    9

    Sunderland

    10.04.09

    Sunderland                        

    3

    1

    Newcastle United

    18.09.09

    Sunderland                        

    0

    2

    Newcastle United

    13.04.10

    Newcastle United

    1

    0

    Sunderland

    01.09.10

    Sunderland                        

    2

    1

    Newcastle United

    19.11.10

    Newcastle United

    1

    1

    Sunderland

    14.10.11

    Sunderland                        

    1

    2

    Newcastle United

    17.02.12

    Newcastle United

    3

    1

    Sunderland

    07.09.12

    Newcastle United

    1

    1

    Sunderland

    28.12.12

    Sunderland                        

    2

    0

    Newcastle United

    06.09.13

    Sunderland                        

    1

    2

    Newcastle United

    27.12.13

    Newcastle United

    2

    1

    Sunderland

    25.12.14

    Newcastle United

    2

    5

    Sunderland

    26.12.14

    Sunderland                        

    2

    4

    Newcastle United






    22.11.19

    Sunderland                        

    2

    0

    Newcastle United

    29.11.19

    Newcastle United

    2

    3

    Sunderland

    09.10.20

    Newcastle United

    6

    1

    Sunderland

    16.10.20

    Sunderland                        

    0

    2

    Newcastle United

    19.11.21

    Newcastle United

    0

    0

    Sunderland        

    26.11.21

    Sunderland                        

    2

    2

    Newcastle United

    04.11.22

    Newcastle United

    2

    1

    Sunderland

    11.11.22

    Sunderland                        

    2

    0

    Newcastle United

    15.12.23

    Sunderland                        

    3

    2

    Newcastle United

    22.12.23

    Newcastle United

    0

    2

    Sunderland        

    18.10.24

    Sunderland                        

    1

    1

    Newcastle United

    21.02.25

    Newcastle United

    2

    0

    Sunderland        

    17.10.25

    Newcastle United

    0

    0

    Sunderland        

    27.02.26

    Sunderland                        

    2

    2

    Newcastle United

    30.10.26

    Sunderland                        

    2

    0

    Newcastle United

    19.03.27

    Newcastle United

    1

    0

    Sunderland        

    05.11.27

    Newcastle United

    3

    1

    Sunderland        

    17.03.28

    Sunderland                        

    1

    1

    Newcastle United

    27.10.28

    Sunderland                        

    5

    2

    Newcastle United

    09.03.29

    Newcastle United

    4

    3

    Sunderland        

    19.10.29

    Sunderland                        

    1

    0

    Newcastle United

    22.02.30

    Newcastle United

    3

    0

    Sunderland        

    22.11.30

    Sunderland                        

    5

    0

    Newcastle United

    28.03.31

    Newcastle United

    2

    0

    Sunderland        

    28.11.31

    Sunderland                        

    1

    4

    Newcastle United

    09.04.32

    Newcastle United           

    1

    2

    Sunderland

    26.11.32

    Sunderland                        

    0

    2

    Newcastle United

    08.04.33

    Newcastle United

    0

    1

    Sunderland

    21.10.33

    Newcastle United

    2

    1

    Sunderland

    03.03.34

    Sunderland                        

    2

    0

    Newcastle United



    Wins

    Goals

    Newcastle United

    24

    93

    Sunderland        

    27

    108

    Drawn

    13




    FA Cup

    12.02.02

    Newcastle United

    1

    0

    Sunderland

    R2

    06.03.09

    Newcastle United

    2

    2

    Sunderland

    R4

    10.03.09

    Sunderland

    0

    3

    Newcastle United

    R4

    08.03.13

    Sunderland

    0

    0

    Newcastle United

    R4

    12.03.13

    Newcastle United

    2

    2

    Sunderland

    R4

    17.03.13

    Newcastle United

    0

    3

    Sunderland

    R4




    Wins

    Goals

    Newcastle United

    2

    8

    Sunderland        

    1

    7

    Drawn

    3




    Stand out games?
    25.04.03-  Reigning champions Sunderland went to St James' Park requiring a win to seal the title. Newcastle United won 1-0 thanks to a Bob McColl goal.

    05.12.08- Newcastle United went into this game with the stingiest defence in the League- they had conceded 13 goals in 15 games. The first half was unremarkable. Sunderland took the lead in the 8th minute (Hogg) and Newcastle equalised with a penalty.
    George Holley put Sunderland ahead in the 48th minute. Hogg scored again on 58. In the next 18 minutes Sunderland added another 6 goals ( 2 each  from Holley and Bridgett and 1 apiece from Mordue and Hogg).





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  • 12/13/15--09:16: Villa Park


























  • Home to Aston Villa since 1897, Villa Park is one of the great stadia of English football. During the first quarter of the 20th century only Goodison could rival its grandeur.
     Aston Lower Grounds was originally an amusement park set in the grounds of a 17th century mansion.  
    Up until 1914 the stadium also hosted cycling and athletics events- in this photograph from 1907 the banked cycling track is clearly visble. 





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  • 12/15/15--12:06: Italy 1928

  • Amsterdam, June 9th 1928- Italy beat Egypt in the Olympic Bronze medal match. The final score is 11-3. Schiavo, Banchero and Magnozzi score 3 each, Baloncieri gets 2.
    And the Italians celebrate by ... I always thought that this photograph depicted a fascist salute, which had entered common usage in Italy in 1925.  The contemporary Dutch and French descriptions refer to an Olympic greeting .

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  • 12/19/15--13:00: South America v Europe
  • From 1924-1936 there were 27 meetings between South American and European international teams.

    1924

    Paris Olympics.

    26.05.24

    Yugoslavia

    0

    7

    Uruguay 

    01.06.24   

    France   

    1

    5

    Uruguay               

    06.06.24   

    Netherlands

    1

    2  

    Uruguay

    09.06.24   

    Switzerland   

    0

    3

    Uruguay  


    1928

    Uruguay had been the only South American team at the 1924 Olympics, qualifying via the South American championships. In 1928 they were joined by Argentina (who they beat in the final) and Chile.

    Argentina played a friendly on their way to the tournament:


    01.04.28

    Portugal

    0

    0

    Argentina

    Amsterdam Olympics

    27.05.28

    Portugal        

    4

    2

    Chile

    30.05.28 

    Uruguay

    2

    0

    Netherlands

    02.06.28 

    Belgium

    3

    6

    Argentina

    03.06.28 

    Uruguay

    4

    1

    Germany

    07.06.28 

    Uruguay

    3

    2

    Italy

    08.06.28 

    Netherlands

    2

    2

    Chile        
      

    1930

    Uruguay 1930 World Cup

    14.07.30    

    Romania

    3

    1

    Peru

    14.07.30 

    Brazil

    1

    2

    Yugoslavia

    15.07.30      

    Argentina

    1

    0

     France   

    17.07.30  

    Bolivia

    0

    4

    Yugoslavia

    19.07.30

    Chile

    1

    0

    France

    20.07.30 

    Paraguay

    1

    0

    Belgium

    21.07.30 

    Uruguay

    4

    0

    Romania

    27.07.30

    Uruguay

    6

    1

    Yugoslavia

    Post World Cup friendlies

    01.08.30  

    Brazil

    3

    2

    France

    03.08.30 

    Argentina

    3

    1

    Yugoslavia

    10.08.30

    Brazil

    4

    1

    Yugoslavia


    1934

    Italy 1934 World Cup

    27.05.34 

    Brazil

    1

    3

    Spain

    27.05.34

    Sweden

    3

    2

    Argentina 

    Post World Cup friendly

    03.06.34

    Yugoslavia

    8

    4

    Brazil


    1936

    Germany 1936 Olympics

    06.08.36    

    Finland  

    3

    7

    Peru

    09.08.36   

    Peru

    4

    2

    Austria                          


























    Uruguay v Switzerland 1924




















    Yugoslavia v Brazil 1930


    W

    D

    G

    South America

    18

    2

    79

    Europe

    7

    47


    P

    W

    D

    L

    F

    A

    Uruguay

    9

    9



    36

    6

    Paraguay

    1

    1



    1

    0

    Argentina

    5

    3

    1

    1

    12

    7

    Brazil

    5

    2


    3

    13

    16

    Peru

    3

    2


    1

    12

    8

    Chile

    3

    1

    1

    1

    5

    6

    Bolivia

    1



    1

    0

    4



    P

    W

    D

    L

    F

    A

    Spain

    1

    1



    3

    1

    Sweden

    1

    1



    3

    2

    Yugoslavia

    7

    3


    4

    17

    25

    Portugal   

    2

    1

    1


    4

    2

    Romania

    2

    1


    1

    3

    5

    Netherlands

    3


    1

    2

    3

    6

    Italy

    1



    1

    2

    3

    Switzerland   

    1



    1

    0

    3

    Austria

    1



    1

    2

    4

    Germany

    1



    1

    1

    4

    Finland

    1



    1

    3

    7

    Belgium

    2



    2

    3

    7

    France   

    4



    4

    3

    10



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  • 12/22/15--11:27: Bohemia
  • Bohemia was a part of the Austrian Empire that now makes up the greater part of The Czech Republic.  Between 1906 and 1908 Bohemia, recognised by FIFA, played six international matches.

    Game 1:

    01.04.06

    Hungary

    1

    1

    Bohemia

    Millenáris Sporttelep, Budapest


    Valášek 


    Jan Pech 

    S.K. Meteor VIII, Praha

    Viktor Müller   

    S.K. Smíchov, Praha

    Antonín Kučera 

    S.K. Smíchov, Praha

    Josef Kopecký 

    S.K. Meteor VIII, Praha

    František Jirásek 

    S.K. Smíchov, Praha

    Ladislav Jetel 

    S.K. Meteor VIII, Praha

    Vladislav Jelínek 

    S.K. Smíchov, Praha

    Bohumil Jelínek 

    S.K. Smíchov, Praha

    František Rosmaisl 

    S.K. Slavia, Praha

    Antonín Šetela 

    S.K. Smíchov, Praha

    Jindřich Valášek 

    S.K. Meteor VIII, Praha

    Game 2:
    07.10.06

    Bohemia

    4

    4

    Hungary

    Stadion Slavii, Prague


    Starý  (2), Baumruk, Košek


    loslav Jeník 

    S.K. Slavia

    Emanuel Benda 

    S.K. Slavia

    Richard Veselý 

    S.K. Slavia

    Josef Kopecký 

    S.K. Meteor VIII

    Jindřich Rezek 

    S.K. Slavia

    Bohumil Macoun 

    S.K. Slavia

    Jindřich Baumruk 

    S.K. Slavia

    Ctibor Malý 

    S.K. Slavia

    Jan Starý 

    S.K. Slavia

    Jan Košek  Captain

    S.K. Slavia

    Miroslav Vaněk 

    S.K. Slavia





    Game 3:
    07.04.07

    Hungary

    5

    2

    Bohemia

    Millenáris Sporttelep, Budapest


    Pelikán,  Bohumil Jelínek 


    Zdeněk Richter 

    S.K. Smíchov

    Viktor Müller 

    S.K. Smíchov

    František Jirásek 

    S.K. Smíchov

    Josef Bělka 

    S.K. Slavia

    Antonín Vosátka  Captain

    S.K. Slavia

    Alois Kovařovič 

    S.K. Smíchov

    Vladislav Jelínek 

    S.K. Smíchov

    Bohumil Jelínek 

    S.K. Smíchov

    Karel Hradecký 

    A.C. Sparta

    Josef Pelikán 

    S.K. Smíchov

    Jindřich Valášek 

    S.K. Meteor VIII



    Game 4:

    06.10.07

    Bohemia

    5

    3

    Hungary

    Stadion Slavii, Prague


    Košek (3) Bělka (2)


    Zdeněk Richter 

    S.K. Smíchov

    Emanuel Benda 

    S.K. Slavia

    Viktor Müller 

    S.K. Smíchov

    Alois Kovařovič 

    S.K. Smíchov

    Karel Kotouč 

    S.K. Slavia

    Jaroslav Jirkovský 

    S.K. Slavia

    Vladislav Jelínek 

    S.K. Smíchov

    Josef Bělka 

    S.K. Slavia

    Jan Starý 

    S.K. Slavia

    Jan Košek   

    S.K. Slavia

    Jaroslav Čížek 

    Novoměstský S.K


     Jan Košek 
    Josef Bělka 
    Game 5:

    05.04.08

    Hungary

    5

    2

    Bohemia

    Millenáris Sporttelep, Budapest


    Bělka (2)


    Václav Titl 

    A.C. Sparta

    Emanuel Benda 

    S.K. Slavia

    Richard Veselý 

    S.K. Slavia

    Alois Kovařovič 

    S.K. Smíchov

    Karel Kotouč 

    S.K. Slavia

    Jaroslav Jirkovský 

    S.K. Slavia

    Josef Bělka 

    S.K. Slavia

    Karel Šubrt 

    S.K. Slavia

    Ctibor Malý 

    A.C. Sparta

    Jan Košek   

    S.K. Slavia

    Václav Titl 

    S.K. Slavia




    Game 6:
    13.06.08

    Bohemia

    0

    4

    England

    Stadion Slavii, Prague


    Miloslav Jeník 

    S.K. Slavia

    Rudolf Krummer 

    S.K. Slavia

    Richard Veselý  c
    S.K. Slavia

    Emanuel Benda 

    S.K. Slavia

    Karel Kotouč 

    S.K. Slavia

    Jaroslav Jirkovský 

    S.K. Slavia

    Miroslav Široký 

    S.K. Slavia

    Josef Bělka 

    S.K. Slavia

    Jan Starý 

    S.K. Slavia

    Ctibor Malý 

    S.K. Slavia

    Bohumil Macoun 

    S.K. Slavia


    The England team was a full international side (not the England Amateur side that was regularly thrashing continental teams in the pre 1914 era). Earlier in the month England had comprehensively beaten Austria ( 6-1 & 11-1) and Hungary (7-0).

    At The Vienna Congress of  FIFA Bohemia's membership was terminated as a result of pressure from the Austrian Football Association. The Austrians had opposed Bohemia's membership from the start on the basis that Bohemia was an Austrian territory. They had suspended matches between Austrian and Bohemian club sides whilst Bohemia were members of FIFA.  



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    The first time that League football was played on Xmas Day was in 1889, the second season of League football.
    In heavy conditions before a crowd of 6-7,000, top of the table Preston North End entertained Aston Villa at Deepdale.


    North End took a 6th minute lead and then came back from 2-1 down to win 3-2.
    When reading up on this match I was surprised to note that the scorer of Preston's goals was Nick Ross- one of the leading fullbacks of the era.
    Ross had risen to prominence as a left back. In the 1888-89 season (when he was at Everton, reputedly earning £10 a week) he had played 2 games at centre forward, scoring once.
    On his return to Preston for the 1889-90 season Ross played 16 of his 23 matches at centre forward, clocking up 24 goals.
    Remarkably, with the exception of a match against Burnley in 1891 in which he played at outside right, all the remaining games of Ross' career were played as a back! He finished with a career total of 31 goals from his 6 seasons during the Football League era.
    Incidentally the contemporary press referred to Ross (or Ross senior, as his younger brother Jimmy was also at Preston North End) as both Nick and Jack.  The great football writer Jimmy Catton (Tityrus) called him Nick- and that's the example I'll follow as Catton was very close to the Preston North End players.




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     April 1877
    The Sheffield Football Association

    The Sheffield Football Association was founded in 1867, but until 1877 the clubs played the Sheffield Rules variant of the game. In 1877 Sheffield adopted the Association rules, or rather the last differences were ironed out, the FA having already adopted several Sheffield innovations and reciprocal compromises having being reached (after the use of hands and touchdowns had disappeared from both sets of rules, offsides and throw ins had been the main sticking point).


    The clubs of the Sheffield F.A. of 1877 were: 
    Albion

    Artillery and Hallamshire Rifles
    Attercliffe
    Brightside
    Brincliffe
    Broomhall
    Crookes
    Exchange
     Exchange Brewery
    Fir Vale
    Gleadless
    Hallam
    Heeley
    Kimberworth
    Millhouses
    Norfolk
    Norfolk Works
    Owlerton
    Oxford
    Parkwood Springs
    Philadelphia
    Rotherham
    Sheffield
    Surrey
    Thursday Wanderers
    Wednesday


    On March 19th 1877 Hyde Park Sheffield hosted a tournament for 'non association' clubs. The teams  played for a prize of 3 footballs. The donor of the prize was unknown, but the local press carried reassurances that there was no move afoot to start a rival association.  
    The teams taking part were:  

           Talbot Street,

       Attercliffe Zion,  Huttons Wanderers,  Perseverence*,  Alliance*, and Adalene.

    * later members of the New Association.

    Sheffield New Association

    In 1877 a rival association given the name Sheffield New Association was established in protest at the Sheffield FA's decision not to allow any club under two years old to become a member.

    The original members of the New Association were:


    Alliance
    Buckingham
      Friends
    Nether
    Newfield
    Owlerton Broughton
    Park Friendly
    Park Wanderers
    Perseverence
    Pye Bank
    Rising Star
    St Jude’s
    St Phillip’s
    Saxons
    Sheaf United

    In 1883 the New Association changed its name to The Hallamshire Football Association

    Sheffield Challenge Cup
    1877
    Wednesday
    4
    3
    Heeley
    1878
    Wednesday
    2
    0
    Attercliffe
    1879
    Thursday Wanderers
    3
    1
    Heeley
    1880
    Staveley
    3
    1
    Heeley
    1881
    Wednesday
    8
    1
    Ecclesfield
    1882
    Heeley
    5
    0
    Pyebank
    1883
    Wednesday
    2
    1
    Lockwood Brothers
    1884
    Lockwood Brothers
    2
    0
    Heeley & Middlesbrough
    1885
    Lockwood Brothers
    2
    0
    Park Grange
    1886
    Mexborough
    2
    1
    Heeley
    1887
    Wednesday
    2
    1
    Collegiate


     

    Sheffield New Association Challenge Cup
    1878
    Pye Bank
    5
    0
    Owlerton Broughton
    1879
    Rising Star 
    4
    1
    Pitsmoor Christ Church
    1880
    Burton Star 
    2
    1
    Rising Star
    1881
    Intake 
    2
    0
    Burton Star
    1882
    Intake  
    1
    0
    Dronfield Exchange

     Hallamshire 

    Challenge Cup
    1883
    Spital (Chesterfield)


    ?
    1884
    Eckington
    4
    3
    Clinton
    1885
    Staveley
    ?
    ?
    Eckington
    1886
    Staveley
    3
    2
    Eckington
    1887
    Eckington
    3
    0
    Clinton

    At the end of the 1886–87 season a merger of the two associations was negotiated by Charles Clegg who took charge of the new association with Pierce-Dix as secretary.


    The Sheffield and Hallamshire Senior Cup

    1888

    The Wednesday

    3

    2

    Ecclesfield

    1889

    Rotherham

    2

    1

    Staveley



    1890

    Rotherham Town

    1

    0

    Sheffield United


    Midland League



    1891

    Doncaster Rovers

    2

    1

    Sheffield United



    Midland League


    1892

    Sheffield United

    2

    1

    The Wednseday Res.


    Northern League



    1893

    Sheffield United Res.

    3

    1

    The Wednseday Res.


      Sheffield Association  League




    1894

    Mexborough

     (

    League 

     

    format)
    Sheffield United Res.


      Sheffield Association  League


      Sheffield Association  League


    1895

    The Wednseday Res.

    League 

    format )

    Sheffield United Res.



      Sheffield Association  League


    1896

    Mexborough

     (

    League 

    format )

    Sheffield United Res.


    Midland League

      Sheffield Association  League


    1897

    Sheffield United Res.

    3
    0
    Wath


      Sheffield Association  League


      Sheffield Association  League

    1898

    Sheffield United Res.

    3
    1
    The Wednesday Res.


    Yorkshire League

    Yorkshire League


    1899

    Sheffield United Res.

    5
    2
    Attercliffe


    Midland League


      Sheffield Association  League

    1900

    The Wednesday Res.

    2
    0
    Worksop Town


    Yorkshire League


    Sheffield Association  League






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  • 12/30/15--12:46: Billy Meredith career stats


  • Season

    Club

    League

    Cup

    Internationals*

    apps

    goals

    apps

    goals

    apps

    goals

    1890-91

    Chirk AAA














    1891-92

    Combination 7th











    1892-93

    Combination 4th






    Welsh 2nd





    1893-94

    Northwich Victoria

    Div .2 15th

    Welsh Cup Winner

    (Chirk AAA)





    11

    5



    1894-95

    Ardwick


    Manchester City

    Div .2 9th



    2nd


    18

    12



    2


    1895-96

    Div .2 2nd


    3rd


    29

    12



    2

    2

    1896-97

    Div .2 6th

    R1

    4th


    27

    10

    1


    3

    2

    1897-98

    Div .2 3rd

    R2

    4th


    30

    12

    2


    2


    1898-99

    Div .2 Champions

    R1

    4th


    33

    29

    1

    1

    1


    1899-00

    Div.1 7th

    R1

    2nd


    33

    14

    2


    2

    2

    1900-01

    Div.1 11th

    R1

    3rd


    33

    7

    1


    2


    1901-02

    Div.1 18th

    R2

    4th


    33

    8

    4


    2


    1902-03

    Div .2 Champions

    R1

    4th


    34

    22

    1


    3


    1903-04

    Div.1 2nd

    Winners

    4th


    34

    11

    6

    2

    1


    1904-05

    Div.1 3rd

    R2

    2nd


    33

    8

    2

    1

    2

    1

    1905-06

    Suspended by the Football Association



    1906-07

    Manchester United

    Div.1 8th

    R1

    Winners


    16

    5

    2


    3

    1

    1907-08

    Div.1 Champions

    R4

    4th


    37

    10

    4


    2


    1908-09

    Div.1 13th

    Winners

    2nd


    34


    4


    3

    1

    1909-10

    Div.1 5th

    R1

    4th


    31

    5

    1


    3


    1910-11

    Div.1 Champions

    R3

    3rd


    35

    5

    3


    3


    1911-12

    Div.1 13th

    R4

    4th


    35

    3

    6


    3


    1912-13

    Div1. 4th

    R3

    2nd


    22

    2

    5


    3

    1

    1913-14

    Div1. 14th

    R1

    4th


    34

    2

    1


    3


    1914-15

    Div1. 18th

    R1



    26


    1













    1919-20


    Div1. 12th

    R2

    Winners


    19

    2

    2


    3


    1920-21

    Div1. 13th

    R1



    14

    1





    1921-22

    Manchester City

    Div1. 10th

    R3



    25






    1922-23

    Div1. 8th

    R1



    1






    1923-24

    Div1. 11th

    Semi final



    2


    4

    1



    * All of Meredith’s International appearances were in The British Home Championship.





    Apps

    Goals

    League

    680

    185

    FA Cup

    53

    5

    International

    48

    10

    Others

    7

    2





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  • 01/01/16--07:52: North Wales v Sheffield


  • FOOTBALL.

    SHEFFIELD V. NORTH WALES


    This match was played on the Racecourse, at Wrexham, on Saturday, November 18. The weather was very unfavourable, it being a damp, foggy, miserable day. Owing to the laurels which the Sheffield team have won, great interest was attached to the match, and notwithstanding the inclement weather, upwards of 250 were present on the course. Sheffield won the toss, and chose the goal nearest the grand stand. A little before three o'clock the ball was kicked off by Mr Kendrick, the captain of the North Wales Club. The Sheffield team soon began to press down on their opponents, but were smartly repulsed by Mr Kendrick. They, however, soon recovered their lost ground, and at 2.50 the ball was neatly shot through by Mr Gregory. Another goal was nearly made by the Sheffield men, but the goal was saved by Mr E. Evans, of the other club, putting the ball over the bar with his hands. Some great difficulty was then experienced by the home team in keeping their goal from the invaders. It soon became evident that there was no chance of success against the Sheffield players, the North Wales men stumbling on to the grass, while scarcely one of the opposite team was seen to fall. The Welsh goal required all the assistance that could be rendered, no attempt having been made to secure a goal. Mr J. C. Clegg, twice in succession, shot the ball within a few inches of the post, but failed in securing a goal. A raid was then made by the home team into the Sheffield ground, and Mr Davies, succeeding in neatly passing the ball to Mr Underbill, an excellent shot was made at the goal, and the goal keeper, possessing a long arm, managed to lift the ball over the bar. This infused fresh vigour into the first team. A scrimmage shortly afterwards ensued close to the strangers’ goal, which was ultimately taken by the North Wales at 3.15. The ball was then again kicked off, and some good play was witnessed, Mr Mosforth succeeding in placing the ball near to goal, but his intentions were frustrated by Mr Clegg, who secured a goal for the strangers. The home team, up to half time, made the scoring a difficult matter for the Sheffield men, although. they were often in close proximity to the North Wales goal, but after the game was again resumed, the Sheffield team began to show to advantage, and quickly ran their score up. When the game terminated, after an hour and a half's playing, the goals secured by the Sheffielders were six to the North Wales's one.

    The following comprised the teams:

    Sheffield; J. C. Clegg (captain), W. E. Clegg, W. H. Carr, W. H. Stacey, W. Mosforth, J. Houseley, J. Hunter, W. Wilkinson, G. Anthony, P. Andrews, and R. Gregory; Mr W. P. Dix, umpire.

    North Wales: Ll. Kenrick (captain), H. Evans, senior, (goal), R. S. Richards, J. Jones, E. A. Cross, G. F. Thomson, W. H. Davies, C. Spencer, Thomas Higham, Dr Gray, and J. Underbill; Mr R. Mills, referee.



     In the evening the Sheffield team were invited by their opponents to the Wynnstay Arms Hotel, where Mr J. B. Murless had prepared an excellent dinner. The chairman was Lieutenant-Colonel Jones, and the vice- chair was occupied by Lieutenant Evan Morris.


    Cambrian News and Merionethshire Standard 24.11.76

    A number of present or future internationals on show here as  for  Sheffield  the  Cleggs,W. H. Carr, Billy Mosforth and Jack. Hunter would all represent England . North Wales featured 6 players who would represent the Principality -Kenrick, Dr Gray, Edwin Cross, Jack Jones, George F Thomson  and William H Davies.


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  • 01/02/16--11:51: El Gran Pattullo

  • Glaswegian George Pattullo travelled to Catalunya due to his connections in the coal trade. He was a noted tennis player, who played casual football for an ex-pats team. The story goes that Pattullo played in goal, and that in one game, with his team 5-1 down, he swapped places with the centre forward at half time and scored 5 goals. Joan Gamper saw the performance and persuaded Pattullo to turn out for Barca.
     Pattullo made his debut in September 1910. During the 1910-11 season Pattullo scored 41 times in only 20 appearances as Barcelona won the Campionat de Catalunya.
    A confirmed amateur who declined or refunded expenses, Pattullo returned to Scotland at the end of the season.
    Remarkably in 1912 he travelled back to Barcelona in order to appear in the semi final of the Copa Pirineos against Espanyol. He scored twice as Barcelona won 3-2. Pattullo did not appear in the final.
    His overall record for Barcelona was 43 goals in 23 games between 1910 and 1912. 
    Pattullo served with distinction in the 1914-18 War. He was affected by poisonous gas and there is no record of him playing any further football. In the 1920s he returned to Spain and was manager of Baleares FC in Mallorca in 1930. 

    Acknowledgements to Alan Pattullo and Gavin Jamieson.


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  • 01/05/16--12:16: Alex Latta
  • Lloyd's Weekly London  Newspaper - 30.10.92

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  • 01/06/16--12:25: Gottfried Fuchs Platz

  • This is our 1,000th post, so it is dedicated to the memory of the footballer after whom this blog was originally named: Gottfried Fuchs of Karlsruher FV and Germany.

    Note the building in the background, the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. It features prominently in images of matches at Karlsruhe in the early part of the 20th century when the city played a central role in the development of German football.
    The images below come from Germany's first international victory, a 1-0 win over Switzerland at Karlsruhe on 04.04.09.
    Das Stadion an der Telegraphenkaserne was demolished in 2006.
    More here: http://www.karlsruher-fv1891.de/stadien.html



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  • 01/08/16--11:17: Tylers Football Boots

  • Ireland in the early 1900s. Buy a pair of Tylers Football Boots. Judging by the illustration they were 'the best' for ruthlessly cropping your opponents.




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  • 01/09/16--09:16: Rudolf Ramseyer

  • Rudolf 'Ruedi' Ramseyer won 59 caps for Switzerland between 1920 and 1931. He captained the national side 30 times, scored 5 goals in internationals and appeared at the 1924 Olympic Games.
    Ramseyer transferred from Young Boys to FC Berne in 1925. He began his career as a winger but then became a successful fullback.
    The stunning card was part of a series issued by the Amor Chocolate company of Berne.



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  • 01/11/16--11:42: Hungary 1912
  • The luck of the draw...
    Hungary were in a pretty good place before the commencement of the 1912 Olympic tournament at Stockholm.
    15 games had passed since they had been beaten 8-2 by England in 1909. Of these only 3 had been lost. 8 had been won, and 45 goals had been scored. In November 1911 Imre Schlosser had scored 6 in a 9-0 win over Switzerland.
    Their final warm up match had been a 6-0 win over Norway in Oslo.
    Having been given a bye in the first round Hungary faced England Amateurs (Great Britain).
    It was a scorching day, and an experienced Hungary XI were outgunned by the English.
    Bradford City's Harold Walden got 6 goals and the legendary Vivian Woodward 1 as England ran out 7-0 winners.
    Contemporary Hungarian reports state that the score did not reflect the balance of play- possession and territory were about equal but that whereas the English forwards played phenomenally Schlosser was unwell and off form.


    England Amateurs (Great Britain)
    GK

    Dr Ronald Brebner

    Northern Nomads

    FB

    Thomas Burn

    London Caledonians

    FB

    Arthur Knight

    Portsmouth

    HB

    Harry Littlewort

    Glossop North End

    HB

    Ted Hanney

    Reading

    HB

    Joseph Dines

    Ilford

    F

    Arthur Berry

    Oxford City

    F

    Vivian Woodward

    Chelsea

    F

    Harold Walden

    Bradford City

    F

    Gordon Hoare

    Woolwich Arsenal

    F

    Ivan Sharpe

    Derby County




    Coach: 

    A. Birch



    Hungary
    GK

    Domonkos László 

    M.T.K.

    FB

    Rumbold Gyula 

    Ferencváros

    FB

    Payer Imre 

    Ferencváros

    HB

    Bíró Gyula 

    M.T.K.

    HB

    Károly Jenő

    Budapesti A.K.

    HB

    Vágó Antal 

    M.T.K.

    F

    Sebestyén Béla 

    M.T.K.

    F

    Bodnár Sándor 

    M.A.C

    F

    Pataki Mihály 

    Ferencváros

    F

    Schlosser-Lakatos Imre 

    Ferencváros

    F

    Borbás Gáspár 

    Ferencváros




    Coach:  Herczog Ede



    Hungary won the consolation tournament, beating Germany (2 days after their record 16-0 win over Russia) by 3-1. Hungary met Austria in the final, winning 3-0 with goals from Schlosser, Pataki and Bodnár.







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  • 01/12/16--23:16: Patrick O'Connell

  • The above sculpture celebrates Betis Balompié's La Liga win in 1935. Among the names on the sculpture is that of Betis' manager- former Manchester United captain Patrick O'Connell.  The team (currently Real Betis) had been promoted as winners of the 1931–32 Segunda División.

    Patrick O'Connell wasn't among the 7 players suspended as a result of the Football Association's investigation into the 1915 betting scandal. There must have been some doubts, however, over his penalty miss in the Good Friday match against Liverpool that gave rise to the charges. 


    Liverpool Daily Post - 03.04.15

    O'Connell was raised in Dublin but began his professional football career with Belfast Celtic. 
    After spells with The Wednesday (where he struggled to hold a first team place) and Hull City, O'Connell joined Manchester United in 1914, by which time he had represented Ireland 6 times. 
    O'Connell was captain of Manchester United at the time of the match fixing affair.
     In 1919 he moved to Dumbarton.
     O'Connell returned to England in 1920, joining Ashington of the North Eastern League. The following season Ashington joined the Third Division (north) and O'Connell was player manager.

    O'Connell moved to Spain in 1922 and was manager of Racing Santander for 7 years. he then moved to Real Oviedo before joining Betis in 1932. Following the La Liga success O'Connell moved on to Barcelona. He continued coaching in Spain until 1949.



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  • 01/15/16--14:18: Pe de Ouro



  •                                          Friedenreich with the Brazil team 1925

    Arthur Friedenreich had a phenomenal goal scoring record. It is possible that he was the most prolific scorer in the history of the game.
    Let's look at the statistics (or the reputed statistics) associated with Fried:
    It has been traditionally asserted that he scored 1239 goals in 1329 games. This figure was supposedly the outcome of a contemporary record which was the work of 2 people; Friedenreich's father and his Paulistano team mate Mário de Andrade e Silva.  If we accept that Fried's career lasted from 1909 (when he was 17) until 1935 1329  games would equate to a shade over 49 games a season.  The scoring rate is 0.93 goals per game.
    When Andrade died the records that he and Friedenreich Senior had kept were lost.
    A journalist named De Vanney firstly accepted these figures as being accurate and then inexplicably reversed them to promote the claim that Fried had scored 1329 goals in 1239 games. This would have represented a strike rate of 1.07 goals per game.
    Other figures (based on analysis of contemporary reports) have been 554 goals in 561 games (Alexandre da Costa) and 558 goals in 562 games (Severino Filho).
    A detailed season by season record that appears on RSSSF Brazil gives figures of 557 goals in 562 games (acknowledging the absence of reliable records for a number of matches). This gives a strike rate of 0.99 goals per game. 

    Looking at this apparently comprehensive record of the matches that Friedenreich played in during his adult life it is hard to imagine where the 767 unrecorded matches (and 682 goals) could have come? There have been suggestions that Andrade might have included scratch matches and Torneio Início Paulista (in which teams would play a number of matches of 20 minutes in one day). Even if this was the case the defecit of 30 matches a season (spread over his entire career) seems excessive. 
    I am inclined to believe the RSSSF Brazil figures which whilst not accounting for the 1000+ goals that others claim for Fried, are very impressive indeed:


    Year

    Team

    Matches

    Goals


    1909

    Germânia

    1

    *


    1910   
    Ypiranga

    2

    *


    1911

    Germânia

    13

    6*


    1912

    Mackenzie

    11

    15

    Liga Paulista top scorer
    Seleção Brasileira

    1

    2


    Combinado Paulista

    2



    Combinado Brasileiro

    2

    1*


    1913

    Ypiranga

    8

    5


    Americano

    5



    Combinado Brasileiro

    2

    1


    Seleção Paulista

    1



    Paulista

    1

    *


    1914

    Paulista

    2



    Atlas

    1

    1


    Ypiranga

    12

    16

    Liga Paulista top scorer
    Seleção Paulista

    5

    3


    Ypiranga/Paulistano

    1

    2


    São Bento/Ypiranga

    1

    2


    Seleção Brasileira

    4

    1


    1915

    Seleção Paulista

    2

    2


    Ypiranga

    12

    7


    Paysandu

    3

    *


    1916

    Paysandu

    6

    4*


    Seleção Paulista

    2

    3


    Paulistano

    2



    Seleção Brasileira

    4

    1


    1917

    Ypiranga

    6

    14

    Liga Paulista top scorer
    Flamengo

    1



    Paulistano

    6

    1*


    Seleção Paulista

    4

    8


    Seleção Brasileira

    1

    1


    1918

    Paulistano

    15

    25

    Liga Paulista top scorer
    Seleção Paulista

    8

    14


    Seleção Brasileira

    1



    1919

    Paulistano

    21

    28

    Liga Paulista top scorer
    Seleção Paulista

    1

    2


    Seleção Brasileira

    4

    4

    Campeonato Sul-Americano top scorer
    1920

    Seleção Paulista

    1

    3


    Tutu/Miranda

    1

    1


    Paulistano

    20

    37