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  • 10/30/16--07:05: More from Vivian Woodward

  •  Vivian Woodward's career with the full England international side saw him play 23 matches, scoring 29 goals.
    FIFA also give full international status to a further 30 matches that Woodward played, 24 for the England Amateur XI and 6 for the Great Britain Olympic team , scoring 44 goals.
    That's a total of  53 appearances and 73 goals,
    FIFA  did not extend official status to the annual matches the England Amateurs played against Ireland and Wales' amateur selections.
    Let's take a look at the 13 matches Woodward played in against  Ireland and Wales amateurs.






     VJW

    15.12.06

    Ireland

    1

    2

    England

    1

    07.12.07

    England

    6

    1

    Ireland

    1

    22.02.08

    England

    1

    0

    Wales

    1

    21.11.08

    Ireland  

    1

    5

    England


    20.11.09

    England  

    4

    4

    Ireland

    1

    19.02.10

    England  

    6

    0

    Wales

    1

    18.02.11

    Wales

    1

    5

    England

    2

    18.11.11

    England

    2

    0

    Ireland

    1

    17.02.12

    England

    3

    0

    Wales


    05.10.12

    Ireland  

    3

    2

    England


    08.02.13

    Wales  

    1

    3

    England


    08.11.13

    Ireland

    0

    2

    England


    07.02.14

    England

    9

    1

    Wales

    2


    If we take these matches with England and Wales into account Woodward's totals stand at: matches 66 goals 83.


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  • 11/05/16--02:54: Scotch Professors
  • The Scottish Umpire, 23.10.88
    The legalization of professionalism in England led to a surge in the numbers of Scottish players moving south.
    The days of denial and sinecure posts gave way to an open market.
    The Scottish Association placed an embargo on all players who had signed as professionals for English clubs, banning them from ever representing Scotland or Scottish clubs. As we have seen in the case of  Dr John Smith, they went so far as to ban players who had played against professionals.
    Despite the influx 70% of the players who took part in the first Football League fixtures were English born (101, as compared to 27 Scots and 4 Welshmen).

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  • 11/06/16--01:49: Some Famous Referees

  • In the earliest years of the Football Association referees and umpires were drawn from the ranks of current players. Charles Alcock, for example umpired in international matches before participating as a player. In the 1880s Major Marindin bestrode the world of refereeing like a colossus.  As football's mass appeal burgeoned  the referees themselves became celebrities. As the illustration above shows the favoured uniform was tweed plus fours and a deerstalker.


    Arthur Kingscott
    From Long Eaton, Mr Kingscott refereed in 3 FA Cup Final matches (1900 and 1901, including the replay). He officiated for 14 seasons in the Football League. There was controversy when he made a call on a goal line incident resulting in a Sheffield United goal when he was distant from the action.

    Patrick Harrower
    Mr Harrower took charge of the 1905 FA Cup Final. He was a Scottish Rugby Union internationalist. He refereed international matches on the continent.

    A. J Barker
    Hanley's Mr Barker refereed the 1904 FA Cup Final.
    On the opening day of the 1906 season Mr Barker (whose moustache is worthy of note) oversaw a game between Manchester City and Woolwich Arsenal in which 5 City players left the pitch due to the effects of the 32C temperature.

    John Adams
    In charge at the 1903 FA Cup Final.

    John Lewis
    In his distinguished career the Prince of Referees took charge of 3 FA Cup Finals (1895,1897 & 1898) and 9 internationals, including  2 Olympic Finals (1908 &1920). The 1920 Final was a shambles and the Czechs, having walked off in the 40th minute, were extremely critical of the performance of the 65 year old Mr Lewis.

    Tom Kirkham
    Mr Kirkham officiated in 3 internationals and the 1902 FA Cup Final (including the replay). This is the referee pursued by William Foulke in the legendary story.



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  • 11/10/16--13:03: Wembley 1923



  • Bolton Wanderers


    West Ham United

    Dick Pym

    GK

    Ted Hufton

    Bob Haworth

    FB

    Billy Henderson

    Alex Finney

    FB

    Jack Young

    Harry Nuttall

    HB

    Syd Bishop

    Jimmy Seddon

    HB

    George Kay (c)

    Billy Jennings

    HB

    Jack Tresadern

    Billy Butler

    F

    Dick Richards

    David Jack

    F

    Billy Brown

    Jack Smith

    F

    Vic Watson

    Joe Smith (c)

    F

    Billy Moore

    Ted Vizard

    F

    Jimmy Ruffell

    Charles Foweraker

    M

    Syd King


    This was one of those iconic events that has had so much written about it that there's not much to add.
    It was a game that shouldn't have been played and a result that shouldn't have been allowed to stand. But there was a game of football, of sorts, played at Wembley Stadium on April 28th 1923.
    The crowd, it goes without saying, frequently interfered with the play. Bolton's first goal, scored by David Jack, came when a West Ham defender was trying to extricate himself from the crowd. Jack Smith's second half strike was even more controversial. The ball was played to Vizard by a spectator. Vizard centred and Smith shot. The ball cannoned back into the field of play and the referee awarded a goal, despite the protests of the West Ham players that the shot had hit the post.




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    This picture shows the first match played at Winterthur's Schützenwiese ground on 24.10.97. The visitors were FC Zürich.FC Winterthur won 2-0 with goals from  Spinzio and Notz.
    FC Winterthur

    FC Zürich

    Arthur Fink

    Machwürth

    Louis Rossi

    Willy Imhoof ©

    Heinrich

    Wettstein

    Paul Heubi

    Keller

    Sidney Jacobs ©

    Heinrich Escher

    Emil Moser

    Staub

    Balli (FC St. Gallen)

    Mädler

    Masterman

    K. Meier

    Notz (Lausanne)

    Hans Enderli

    Alfred Spinzio

    Wiederkehr

    Rudolf Soldati

    Kram


    Both clubs were formed in 1896. The Swiss Football Association was founded in 1895.
    Serie A was first contested in 1898 following an unofficial championship in 1897.
    The teams that  featured in the 1897 tournament were: 
    Grasshopper Zürich 
    FC Zürich
    Villa Longchamp Lausanne
    FC Yverdon
    Lausanne FC et CC
    Maison Neuve Vevey
    Villa d'Ouchy (Lausanne)
    Château de Lancy (Geneve)
    Racing Club de Geneve
    La Châtelaine Geneve

    
    
    
    
    
    

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  • 11/17/16--14:21: Campionat De Catalunya
  • Hispània AC 1901

    Club Español de Fútbol 1904

    F.C. España 1913


    CE Europa 1923

    CS Sabadell FC 1934





    P

    W

    D

    L

    F

    A

    1900-01

    Copa Macaya


    The original Catalan championship was named after Alfons Macaya, 22-year-old president of Hispania AC

    Hispània AC

    6

    5

    1

    0

    37

    2


    Club Español de Fútbol withdrew in protest claiming that referees were favouring Hispània. Barcelona backed these claims.


    1901-02

    Barcelona

    8

    8

    0

    0

    60

    2



    1902-03

    Club Español de Fútbol

    4

    3

    0

    1

    9

    2

    After finishing level on points, Español defeated Hispània 3-1 in a playoff.


    Copa Barcelona

    Barcelona

    14

    12

    2

    0

    45

    10


    After being deducted points for fielding an ineligible player in the Copa Macaya, Barcelona withdrew and started their own tournament. The clubs who contested the Copa Macaya also featured in this competition!

    1903-04

    Campionat De Catalunya


















    Club Español de Fútbol

    16

    15

    1

    0

    82

    15



    1904-05

    Barcelona

    8

    5

    2

    1

    21

    12



    1905-06

    X Sporting Club

    6

    5

    0

    1

    7

    4


     X benefitted from an influx of players following the demise of Club Español de Fútbol.


    1906-07

    X Sporting Club

    3

    2

    0

    7

    3


    X won after a chaotic situation- their final game with Barcelona saw the referee belatedly changing his mind after awarding Barca a penalty which they had scored! This took the score back from 3-3 (Barca as champions) to 3-2 (X as champions). The dispute was resolved by the arrangement of a winner takes all playoff match that X won by 3-1.


    1907-08

    X Sporting Club

    6

    5

    0

    1

    14

    6


      

    1908-09

    Barcelona

    7

    4

    3

    0

    16

    7



    1909-10

    Barcelona

    10

    10

    0

    0

    46

    3


      

    1910-11

    Barcelona

    7

    7

    0

    0

    25

    7



    1911-12

    Club Deportivo Español

    10

    8

    1

    1

    35

    5


    The champions were a reincarnation of Club Español de Fútbol.


    1912-13

    FCCF

    Espanya

    10

    9

    1

    0

    19

    5

    FAC

    Barcelona

    4

    3

    0

    1

    24

    9


     

    Federació Catalana de Clubs de Foot-ball was the official championship.

    Football Associació de Catalunya was a dissident league. It must be considered a failure as Barcelona FC provided 3 of the 6 teams and then the season was not completed.


    1913-14

    Espanya

    8

    8

    0

    0

    12

    2



    1914-15

    Club Deportivo Español

    9

    8

    0

    1

    38

    5



    1915-16

    Barcelona

    21

    21

    0

    0

    110

    18


    The league split into championship and relegation groups mid-season.



    1916-17

    Espanya

    11

    8

    1

    2

    26

    9


    Barcelona finished 3rd having had 4 results annulled for fielding the Filipino Juan de Garchitorena – there was some convoluted scandal around his nationality.


    1917-18

    Club Deportivo Español

    10

    7

    2

    1

    34

    8


         

    1918-19

    Barcelona

    10

    8

    1

    1

    31

    6


     

    1919-20

    Barcelona

    10

    9

    1

    0

    28

    7


         

    1920-21

    Barcelona

    10

    6

    3

    1

    17

    8



    1921-22

    Barcelona

    10

    9

    1

    0

    63

    8


     

    1922-23

    CE Europa

    10

    8

    1

    1

    31

    11


     Europa and Barcelona finished level on points. Europa won the playoff 1-0.

    1923-24

    Barcelona

    10

    10

    0

    0

    28

    7




    1924-25

    Barcelona

    14

    9

    2

    3

    25

    9


       

    1925-26

    Barcelona

    14

    9

    2

    3

    35

    11



    1926-27

    Barcelona

    14

    11

    1

    2

    64

    20



    1927-28

    Barcelona

    14

    12

    0

    2

    56

    11


    Barcelona and Europa finished level on points. Barca won the play off 1-0.


    1928-29

    Club Deportivo Español

    10

    9

    1

    0

    32

    4



    1929-30

    Barcelona

    10

    8

    0

    2

    33

    6



    1930-31

    Barcelona

    10

    8

    1

    1

    34

    10



    1931-32

    Barcelona

    14

    11

    1

    2

    43

    11



    1932-33

    Club Esportiu Espanyol

    14

    12

    1

    1

    42

    14


    Espanyol and Barcelona finished equal on points- the championship was decided on the results of the league fixtures between the 2. Espanyol won 3-2 and the return was a 1-1 draw.


    1933-34

    CS Sabadell FC

    14

    11

    1

    2

    34

    19


        

    1934-35

    Barcelona

    10

    8

    1

    1

    36

    10



    1935-36

    Barcelona

    10

    9

    1

    0

    41

    9


         

    1936-37

    Club Esportiu Espanyol

    10

    7

    0

    3

    29

    23






    Titles



    Barcelona

    22

    Club Español de Fútbol /Club Deportivo Español /Club Esportiu Espanyol

    8

    X Sporting Club

    3

    Espanya

    3

    CE Europa

    1

    CS Sabadell FC

    Hispània AC
    1
    1


    Image result for barcelona 1902
    Barcelona 1902





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  • 11/18/16--13:19: Edmund Conen

  • Edmund Conen's career was divided into two halves; 1934-1935 and 1939-42. The Saarbrücken forward made his debut as a 19 year old, scoring twice against Hungary. His next international came at the World Cup in Italy, where he scored 3 goals in 20 minutes to give Germany victory over Belgium.
    Up to September 1935 Conen played in 14 internationals, scoring 14 goals (including a further 2 hat tricks).
    Conen then vanished from top class football for the best part of 4 years.
    He was suffering from a mental disorder which was characterized by a somatic preoccupation with his heart, believing himself to be seriously ill.
    Remarkably he recovered to go on to an equally prolific 'second' career- scoring 13 goals in 13 internationals.




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  • 11/19/16--01:36: Spot the Ball

  • 1925- Championship winners HBS in action against Go Ahead (Deventer). We're off on a ten day break.

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    We have seen that Argentina stopped off in Portugal for a  friendly international en route to the 1928 Olympic tounament. They also played 2 matches in Spain.
    On 08.04.28 Atlético Madrid were beaten 2-0, and on 22.04.28 Barcelona beat the visitors 4-1.
     Here is a rather novel team photograph from the Atletico match:




    Ángel Bossio

    Club Atlético Talleres

    Ludovico Bidoglio

    Boca Juniors

    Fernando Paternoster

    Racing Club de Avellaneda

    Ángel Segundo Médici

    Boca Juniors

    Adolfo Zumelzú

    Club Sportivo Palermo

    Luis Monti

    Club Atlético San Lorenzo de Almagro

    Natalio Perinetti

    Racing Club de Avellaneda

    Pedro Ochoa

    Racing Club de Avellaneda

    Manuel Ferreira

    Estudiantes de La Plata

    Roberto Cherro

    Boca Juniors

    Raimundo Orsi

    Independiente








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  • 11/30/16--11:32: Olympia Leipzig

  • Here's a club that has been through a lot of name changes- currently known as SG Olympia 1896 Leipzig e.V., the club was founded in June 1896 as Ballspiel- Verein Olympia Leipzig e.V.




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  • 12/03/16--11:10: Free Kicks at Football

  • Here is a link to this interesting football pamphlet, published in Glasgow in 1882:  http://special.lib.gla.ac.uk/exhibns/month/jan2004.html






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  • 12/04/16--09:21: The 'Swift'

  • This ball was used in the match between Albion and Belgrano Athletic Club on August 12th 1900. The match, a semi-final of the Tie Cup, was played in Montevideo, Belgrano winning 1-0 in extra time. 
    The English made ball sold at auction for $4,817 in 2014.


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  • 12/07/16--23:55: Kinnaird's own goal
  • The Hon. Arthur Fitzgerald Kinnaird (Lord Kinnaird from 1887) has a distinguished FA Cup record.
    He appeared in 9 finals (he played for Wanderers and Old Etonians), was on the winning side 3 times, playing as a forward, halfback,  back and goalkeeper. He scored twice in Finals.
    He also has the distinction of being the first player to score an own goal in a final.
    The incident occurred in the 15th minute or thereabouts of the  Wanderers versus Oxford University Cup Final of 1877.
    Some contemporary accounts ( I've read the ones in the London Evening Standard, and Sheffield Independent)  credit the goal to Waddington.

    There is plenty of evidence for the own goal:
    ...a long kick by Waddington drove the ball sharply into the centre of the posts and Kinnaird inadvertently stepped back between the posts with the ball in his hands. An immediate appeal was made to the umpires and after some consultation the verdict was given in favour of Oxford- a decision that seemed to be quite correct and fully confirmed by the spectators in the immediate vicinity of the wanderers goal.
    Oxford University Herald 31.03.77

    Waddington made a splendid kick clear from the centre of the ground, and Kinnaird misjudging it, to the amazement of the spectators, falling back into his goal, the umpires, after a lengthy consultation, properly awarding a goal to Oxford.
    Nottinghamshire Guardian 30.03.77

    An oft repeated addendum to this story is that Kinnaird later used his influence to have this goal expunged from the records until it was reinstated 'some 50 years after Kinnaird's death'. 
    If that was the case football history books, annuals, newspaper reports etc from the first 70 odd years of the 20th century would show the score as being 2-0 in favour of Wanderers, 
    Try as I might I have not been able to find any evidence of the score being recorded as 2-0. 




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  • 12/10/16--12:55: Women's Football

  • A charming illustration of an international match between England and France.

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  • 12/13/16--23:48: Burma
  • Sir George Scott

    Sir George Scott (1851-1935) was a Scottish Colonial Administrator and journalist who spent most of his life in Burma.  In the late 1870s and early 1880s he was a master at St John's College, Rangoon, where he introduced Association football to the locals.



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    Lietuvos Fizinio Lavinimosi Sąjunga Kaunas v Rygos JKS 08.06.22 in Kaunas. Rygos (Riga YMCA) were 4-0 winners. LFLS are in the dark jerseys.

     Lietuvos Fizinio Lavinimosi Sąjunga Kaunas, known as LFLS, won the first Lithuanian championship in 1922.
    They took the title with considerable ease, winning all nine matches and scoring 48 goals in the process.
    The club's reserve team finished in 3rd place in the 6 team league.




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    You might think that scoring 3 goals on your first appearance for England would presage a glittering future in international football. Or at least a second cap. Here are 5 men who scored 3 on debut but were never called upon again...


    Albert Allen 1888
    The Aston Villa inside forward was 21 years old when he made his sole England appearance. He was drafted into the team to travel to Ireland in place of Neville Cobbold.
    Allen scored England's 2nd, 3rd and 4th goals in a 5-1 win in the rescheduled match at Ulster Cricket Ground on 07.04.88.
    His top class football career was ended by ill health in 1891.

    Jack Yates 1889
    Yates began his career at Accrington and won the FA Cup with Blackburn Olympic in 1883. At the time he was a cotton weaver (legalized professionalism was 2 years away). Following a return to Accrington Yates joined Burnley in 1888. He was 28 when he was awarded his cap in the match against Ireland at  Anfield on 02.03.89. Yates, playing at outside left, scored  the 2nd, 3rd and 6th goals as England won 6-1.
     England's selection was weakened due to the fact that 4 FA Cup ties were played on this day (featuring Preston North End, The Wednesday, Wolverhampton Wanders, West Bromwich Albion  and  AstonVilla).

    Walter Gilliat 1893
    Gilliat (who later became a reverend) was an Old Carthusian and Oxford Blue (1892). 
    The  23 year old played at inside left for England against Ireland at Wellington Road on 25.02.93. Gilliat was called up the day before the match when Cunliffe Gosling withdrew with an injury. England fielded 7 debutants, including G.O Smith. 
    Gilliat scored the first 3 of England's goals (in the 8th,18th and 30th minutes) in a 6-1 win.


    John Veitch 1894
    Old Westminsters' 24 year old inside left came into the England side that faced Wales at The Racecourse, Wrexham  on 12.03.94. England won 5-1 with Veitch getting the 1st, 3rd and 4th goals. Contemporary reports suggest that the first and second of his goals were of a particularly high quality.




    Frank Bradshaw 1908
    Vivian Woodward scored 4 goals in England's resounding win over Austria in Vienna on 08.06.08. The Wednesday's 24 year old centre forward Frank Bradshaw bagged 3 in an 11-1 win.





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  • 12/20/16--11:23: Catalunya v France, 1912

  • This image is from a card issued by Chocolates Amatller of Barcelona. It shows action from the Catalunya v France match played at 
    camp del carrer Indústria on 01.12.12 (the rear of the card dates the match as being played on 01.01.13). Catalunya won 1-0. 
    The player referred to in the caption is Gabriel Bau (Futbol Club Espanya).




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  • 12/24/16--01:34: Billy Meredith

  • 44,000 were present at Bank Street on Christmas Day 1907 to see Manchester United beat Bury 2-1. United led the table from September and won their first League Championship title by 9 points.
    Billy Meredith opened the scoring for United in the Christmas fixture .




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  • 12/25/16--01:02: Christmas Day 1888
  • 4 Irish teams entered the FA Cup in the 1888-89 season.
    The  2nd qualifying round  included 2 all Irish ties, as Linfild beat Ulster 7-1 and Cliftonville beat Belfast YMCA 5-0. 
    In the 3rd qualifying round Cliftonville benefited from a walkover at the expense of Liverpool Stanley, whilst  Linfield recorded  a 4-0 home win over Bolton Wanderers in what was considered the biggest FA Cup upset to date.
    In the 4th qualifying round the 2 surviving Irish teams were drawn together, and it took 3 matches to separate them.  Following successive 3-3 draws Linfield won the Christmas Day game 7-0.

    This is the only time that an FA Cup tie has been played on Christmas Day .




    The Belfast News - Letter 26.12.88



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