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    A scene from one of the Juventus v Internazionale matches in 1910.
    The goalposts appear to be far from perpendicular.

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  • 12/30/16--10:33: Football in Germany

  • In November 1899 the Football Association sent a team to Germany and Austria on the invitation of Walter Bensemann. The tourists, as expected, thrashed the hosts.
    Back home The Athletic News anticipated the matches with a rather uncharitable caricature of the portly and eccentrically equipped bon vivants reputed to represent The German Empire.





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  • 01/01/17--04:53: Holiday Match

  • The Glasgow Herald 02.01.95
    The cutting above appears in the excellent Celtic Wiki
    This was the first New Years Day meeting between the Glasgow rivals.




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    If I had a time machine I think the first football match I would go and watch would be the 1930 World Cup Final.
    This souvenir brochure was produced in a limited edition of 3,000 copies. Published by the Uruguyan Football Association the book featured 174 photographs and an account of the organization of the tournament, reports of all the matches and  FIFA's official summary.
    A good copy would fetch about € 1,100 at auction.



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  • 01/05/17--10:27: Raich Carter

  • Image result for first fa cup final

    1937




    His wonderful positional sense and beautifully timed passes made him the best forward of his generation.
    Charles Buchan

    Horatio Stratton Carter made his debut for Sunderland in October 1932. His career went on until 1952. He won the League Championship with Sunderland in 1936 (when he was also top scorer in the League) and the FA Cup the following season. 
    He represented England 13 times. 
    His father, Robert 'Toddler' Carter had played for Burslem Port Vale, Stockport County, Fulham and Southampton. He tragically died of an head injury when Raich was just 14.
    Carter junior had a trial with Leicester at the age of 17, but was told he was too small to make it. He broke into the Sunderland first team as an 18 year old, standing 1.70m and weighing around 59 kg. 




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    Druids, 1880 

    North East Wales was a hotbed of football in the late 19th century. A link to a very interesting article here.



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  • 01/08/17--14:52: Stalinets

  • Stalinets (which very roughly translates as Steel men) was founded in 1925 by the workers of the Leningrad Metal Factory (Ленинградский Металлический Завод). Stalinets were effectively absorbed into the Zenit Leningrad club.




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    7th of November 1896, a match played at Anfield in rain and fog, Ned Doig (top  right) protesting that the light was too dim for the match to continue. Liverpool fielded 9 Scottish players, Sunderland 11. 
    Following this win Liverpool went top of the League, but eventually finished in 5th place. 
    Former Sunderland player Davy Hannah, playing at outside left, scored all 3 goals for Liverpool.


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  • 01/13/17--14:20: FC Libertador


  • The city of Caxias do Sul in Rio Grande do Sul was founded by Italian migrants in 1890. The 2 major clubs in the city are Sociedade Esportiva e Recreativa Caxias do Sul (1935) and Esporte Clube Juventude (1913).
    Pictured above is the team of FC Libertador from 1933. From what I can gather this was a team associated with the São Pedro woolen mill.  



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  • 01/14/17--13:13: Names
  • If we look at the current top 5 levels of the English Football Pyramid we find 18 different suffixes to club names:
    I have not included Villa as Aston Villa is actually a place name (Villa Cross, Handsworth  was shown on the Ordnance Survey map of 1834 as Aston Villa). Crystal Palace, similarly, I have taken to be a place name.  I have also passed over the psuedo exotic use of AFC as a prefix . 
    In a blog which deals with the development of football up until 1937 it would be foolish to include Dons, a 21st century suffix arising out of the relocation of Wimbledon in 2004.  Arsenal was originally a suffix, but now Arsenal is just Arsenal. 
    That leaves us with the following:

    Unique suffixes:


    Alexandra 

     Crewe's football club formed in 1877. They either took their name from Princess Alexandra or from a pub that was named in her honour.  

     Argyle

     Initially founded in 1886 and resurrected in 1897 Argyle Football Club added Plymouth to their name on joining the Southern League in 1903. The club was likely to have been named after the Argyle public house. 

    Hotspur 
    The Tottenham was added by in order to avoid confusion with the Hotspur FC who had joined the Football association in 1879.

    Orient

    Eagle Cricket Club became Orient FC in 1888. This was possibly a reference to the
    Orient Shipping Company, or maybe on account of  their relatively easterly location. The locational prefixes Clapton (1898) and Leyton (1945) were used in turn. From 1966-1987 the club was known as plain Orient.



    Stanley


    Accrington Stanley were originally founded in 1891. As far as I am aware the name originates from the Stanley Street area of the town. 

    Wednesday

    Founded in 1867 Sheffield Wednesday were officially known as The Wednesday until 1929.  

    Interestingly there was a club in Wales called Abergavenny Thursdays (1927-2013).

     Others:


    Albion
    The ancient Greek name for Britain. West Bromwich were the first team to be known as Albion. However, rather than some poetic reference to antiquity or the visionary Blake the name originates from the fact that Albion is actually a district in West Bromwich. West Bromwich Albion graced the first season of  League football. 

    Athletic

    Amateur Athletic were a London club formed in 1868. Loughborough Athletic and Football Club (founded 1887) joined the League in the 1895–96 season.

    City

    The earliest use of the suffix City was by Lincoln City in 1884. They were also the first City in the League (1892–93).

    County
    The Nottingham club pre date the Football Association, being founded in 1862. The 2 Counties, Notts and Derby featured in the first season of the Football League.

    Forest
    The original Forest FC (the forest referred to being Epping forest) went on to change their name to Wanderers. Nottingham Forest joined the League in 1892–93.

    North End 

    Preston North End (originally a cricket club founded in 1863) played in the northern part of the town. hence the name. Preston began playing Association football in 1878.  Glossop North End was founded in 1886.

    Rangers

    The original Rangers were Hertfordshire ('Herts') Rangers, based in Watford and founded in 1865. Queen's Park Rangers entered the League in 1920.

    Rovers 
    A first for London: Clapham Rovers, alternating between Rugby and Association, founded in 1869. Blackburn carried the name proudly in the opening season of the League. 

    Town

    Saffron Walden were the first club to bear the suffix Town. Founded in 1872 they were known as Town by the time they joined the Football Association in 1879. The first Town in the League were Grimsby (1892–93).

    United 

    In 1873 Hanover United from Chiswick were the first Association club to use United. Sheffield United (1892–93) were the fist United in the League. 

    Wanderers 

    Wanderers FC were founder members of the FA. The first team to use Wanderers as a suffix appears to have been Shropshire Wanderers circa 1873. Wolverhampton and Bolton both played in the first season of League football.


    The Football League has featured the following suffixes in the past:

    Borough


    Image by George Chilvers

    Wigan Borough were in existence from 1920-1931 (previous clubs in Wigan had been Town, United  and County, Borough were later superseded by Athletic).

    Celtic
    Usually denoting a club with Irish Catholic origins, the Manchester club Stalybridge Celtic (founded 1909) played in the League for 3 seasons from 1921. I am uncertain about the origins of the club name.

    Fosse
    Leicester used to play their matches alongside the old Roman road, the Fosse Way. Joining the League in 1894–95 they were known as Leicester Fosse up until 1919, when they adopted the name Leicester City.

    Harriers
    Kidderminster Harriers and Football Club was formed by the merger of an Athletics club and a Rugby club. Harriers was a common name for athletics clubs. They switched to Association football in 1886. I have included them here although they did not join the Football League until 2000.

    Ironopolis
    A city of Iron- an apt suffix for Middlesbrough. The 'Nops' were founded in 1889. There was a  Welsh club Caernarvon Ironopolis (1894-1903).


    Park Avenue 
    A slippery one this, as this was never the official name of Bradford FC (1907), but the name of their ground was used to distinguish them from Bradford City.

    Swifts
    Burton Swifts came into being in 1871, morphing into Burton United in 1901. The season that Burton Swifts joined the League (1892–93) was also the debut season for Walsall Town Swifts (founded 1888). 

    Trinity
    Gainsborough Trinity were founded in 1873 as Trinity Recreationists, being founded by the Vicar of Holy Trinity Church. 


    Tower
    It is hardly surprising that a New Brighton club playing in the shadow of a 173 m tower (compared with Blackpool @ 158 m or Eiffel @ 324 m) should pay homage to that structure. New Brighton Tower (1896-1901) did just that.

    Victoria 
    The original Northwich Victoria was founded in 1874 and named in honour of The Queen.




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  • 01/16/17--13:28: 1930




  • Gold medals from the 1930 World Cup. These were presented to Hector Scarone and Jose Leandro Andrade. The 18 carat medals measure 4cm x 2cm and weigh 25 grammes.
    The Uruguayan Football Association also presented the players with replicas of the Trophy 'Victory', later named in honour of Jules Rimet.


    This model was the property of Uruguay captain, Jose Nasazzi.





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  • 01/21/17--10:47: Leeds United


  • Leeds United- 1920-21
    Standing : Jim Baker, Dick Murrell (Trainer), Ernie Hart, Billy Down, Mark Barker (Director), Ralph Rodgerson, J. Hilton-Crowther (President), Jimmy Walton.
    Sitting : George Mason, Bert Duffield, Tommy Howarth, Merton Ellson, Basil Wood, Jimmy Frew.

    United's president, Mr John Hilton-Crowther was a prosperous woollen mill owner who had injected a fortune into Huddersfield Town in 1918.  Huddersfield struggled to attract support, and their ability to sustain League status was called into question. With the demise of Leeds City Hilton-Crowther proposed a merger between Huddersfield town and the newly formed Leeds United.  Whilst welcomed in Leeds, this proposal, which was submitted to the Football League, caused outrage and protests in Huddersfield. The situation was resolved thus: The League gave Huddersfield Town  a month in which to pay Mr Hilton-Crowther off (£25,000) in order to maintain their independence. If they failed to do so the merger would go ahead. Hilton-Crowther settled for £17,500 and 12,500 Huddersfield Town shares.
    Strangely, for the first 14 years of their existence Leeds United played in the same colours as Huddersfield Town.



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  • 01/23/17--13:24: Joan Gamper - Goal Machine

  • The Joan Gamper we usually see is the bespectacled, avuncular elder statesmen of Barcelona, but when he founded that eminent club he was still a player first and foremost.
    In 1901-02 Barcelona enjoyed a glut of goals. They played 26 matches, losing only one, and scored in every game. They scored 146 goals in total, an average of over 5 a game.

    Goals scored

    Number of games

    1

    3

    2

    2

    3

    3

    4

    6

    5

    1

    6

    1

    7

    3

    8

    2

    9

    1

    10

    1

    12

    2

    15

    1

    At the forefront of this goal rush was 24 year old Gamper:

    Joan Gamper / Hans Camper

    Switzerland

    29

    Bernat Lassaleta

    Spain

    24



    Lluís d'Ossó

    Catalunya

    20



    Udo Steinberg

    Germany

    19



    Paul Viderkher

    Switzerland

    6

    Joaquín García

    Catalunya



    George Noble

    Catalunya

    5

    Alfonso Albéniz

    Catalunya



    John Parsons

    Catalunya

    4

    James Albert Eckes

    England

    Stanley Harris

    England

    Josep Llobet

    Catalunya



    Arthur Leask

    Catalunya



    3

    Henry Morris

    England /Basque/Philippines

    2

    ? Chown

    ?

    ? Catala

    Catalunya

    Own Goals




    Josep Quirante

    Catalunya

    1

    Josep Vidal

    Catalunya

    ? Conarre

    ?

    ? Gener

    ?



    The only team to defeat Barcelona's only defeat came in the final of Copa de la Coronació, beaten 2-1 by Athletic Club Bilbao in the guise of Bizcaya.




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  • 01/26/17--12:05: Alexandre Villaplane
  • Image result for Alexandre Villaplane

    France v Mexico,13.07.30 Villaplane behind the bouquet. 

    Algeria born Villaplane was a robust left half who played for FC Sète, Nimes, Racing, Antibes and Nice.
    He won 25 international caps and was the captain of France at the 1930 World Cup in Uruguay.
    During the war he emerged from the criminal underworld as an officer of the Brigade Nord Africain, who operated under the direction of the Gestapo. He was actively involved in atrocities and was executed for his crimes in 1944.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/blog/2009/nov/16/france



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  • 01/30/17--12:44: Gatto Magico

  • Goalkeeper Mario Gianni played 340 plus first team games for Bologna, winning 3 scudetti. In an era of outstanding goalkeepers he represented Italy 6 times.

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  • 02/01/17--12:53: Aston Villa




  • Aston Villa moved grounds in 1897, playing the first game at the Aston Lower Grounds on 17th April, 1 week after they had won the FA Cup and their position at the top of the League had become unassailable. 
    Aston Villa topped the League attendances for 6 seasons from 1899-1904 (displacing Everton, who had been top for the first 10 seasons of League Football, firstly at Anfield and then at Goodison).  

    Season

    Average

    1898-99

    23,045

    1899-1900

    18,765

    1900-01

    17,530

    1901-02

    19,580

    1902-03

    19,790

    1903-04

    20,035


    1898-99 was the first time that any club had enjoyed an average attendance in excess of 20,000.



    The new stadium at Aston Lower Grounds had more to recommend it than just accommodation for large numbers of spectators. Here we see Howard Spencer, the Prince of fullbacks (also England captain), enjoying the therapeutic benefits of an individual hot bath. The photographer was former Villa player Albert Wilkes who specialized in football subjects. 

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  • 02/03/17--08:49: Yorkshire









  • The Wednesday, 1892

    Huddersfield Town, 1910


    Middlesbrough, 1910

    Sheffield United, 1915





    Leeds United, 1934

    Bradford (Park Avenue), 1914



    Apart from the city of Sheffield, Yorkshire was Rugby country. Professional Association teams began to emerge at the turn of the century, but public interest largely remained with Rugby. This is illustrated by the relative attendances in Huddersfield as late as 1919. Town's average attendance was around 4,000 whilst the Rugby club drew crowds of 10,000.
    Sheffield of course held a  special place in the development of organised football (pre dating Association), and the emergence of 2 great clubs was a reflection of the huge popularity of the Association game in the city when the rules had effectively become unified.
    Let's look at the League careers of the Yorkshire based clubs in the pre 1937 era:


    SEASON

    Div 1.

    Div 2.

    92-93

    The Wednesday (12)



    Sheffield United (2)

    93-94

    Sheffield United (10)

    The Wednesday (12)



    Middlesbrough Ironopolis (11)

    Rotherham Town (14)

    94-95

    Sheffield United (6)

    The Wednesday (8)



    Rotherham Town (12)

    95-96

    The Wednesday (7) *

    Sheffield United (12)



    Rotherham Town (15)

    96-97

    Sheffield United (2)

    The Wednesday (6)




    97-98

    Sheffield United (1)

    The Wednesday (5)




    98-99

    Sheffield United (16) *

     The Wednesday (18)



    Barnsley (11)

    1899-1900

    Sheffield United (2)


    The Wednesday (1)

    Middlesbrough (14)

    Barnsley (16)



    1900-01

    The Wednesday (8)

    Sheffield United (14)



    Middlesbrough (6)

    Barnsley (15)

    01-02

    The Wednesday (9)

    Sheffield United (10) *

    Middlesbrough (2)

    Doncaster Rovers (7)

    Barnsley (11)



    02-03

    The Wednesday (1)

    Sheffield United (4)

    Middlesbrough (13)



    Barnsley (8)

    Doncaster Rovers (16)

    03-04

    The Wednesday (1)

    Sheffield United (7)

    Middlesbrough (10)



    Barnsley (8)

    Bradford City (10)

    04-05

    Sheffield United (6)

    The Wednesday (9)

    Middlesbrough (15)



    Barnsley (7)

    Bradford City (8)

    Doncaster Rovers (18)

    05-06

    The Wednesday (3)

    Sheffield United (13)

    Middlesbrough (18)

    Leeds City (5)

    Hull City (6)

    Barnsley (11)

    Bradford City (12)



    06-07

    Sheffield United (4)

    Middlesbrough (11)

    The Wednesday (13) *


    Bradford City (5)

    Barnsley (7)

    Hull City (9)

    Leeds City (10)



    07-08

    The Wednesday (5)

    Middlesbrough (6)

    Sheffield United (17)


    Bradford City (1)

    Hull City (8)

    Leeds City (12)

    Barnsley (16)



    08-09

    The Wednesday (5)

    Middlesbrough (9)

    Sheffield United (12)

    Bradford City (18)


    Hull City (4)

    Leeds City (12)

    Bradford Park Avenue (16)

    Barnsley (17)

    09-10

    Sheffield United (6)

    Bradford City (7)

    The Wednesday (11)

    Middlesbrough (17)


    Hull City (4)

    Barnsley (9)

    Bradford Park Avenue (10)

    Leeds City (17)

    10-11

    Bradford City (5) *

    The Wednesday (6)

    Sheffield United (9)

    Middlesbrough (16)


    Hull City (5)

    Leeds City (11)

    Bradford Park Avenue (12)

    Huddersfield Town (13)

    Barnsley (19)



    11-12

    The Wednesday (5)

    Middlesbrough (7)

    Bradford City (11)

    Sheffield United (14)


    Barnsley (6) *

    Hull City (7)

    Bradford Park Avenue (11)

    Huddersfield Town (17)

    Leeds City (19)



    12-13

    The Wednesday (3)

    Bradford City (13)

    Sheffield United (15)

    Middlesbrough (16)

    Barnsley (4)

    Huddersfield Town (5)

    Leeds City (6)

    Hull City (12)

    Bradford Park Avenue (13)



    13-14

    Middlesbrough (3)

    Bradford City (9)

    Sheffield United (10)

    The Wednesday (18)

    Bradford Park Avenue (2)

    Leeds City (4)

    Barnsley (5)

    Hull City (7)

    Huddersfield Town (13)


    14-15

    Sheffield United (6) *

    The Wednesday (7)

    Bradford Park Avenue (9)

    Bradford City (11)

    Middlesbrough (12)

    Barnsley (3)

    Hull City (7)

    Huddersfield Town (8)

    Leeds City (15)




    19-20

    Bradford Park Avenue (11)

    Middlesbrough (13)

    Sheffield United (14)

    Bradford City (15)

    The Wednesday (22)



    Huddersfield Town (2)

    Hull City (11)

    Barnsley (12)

    Rotherham County (17)

    20-21

    Middlesbrough (8)

    Bradford City (15)

    Huddersfield Town (17)

    Sheffield United (20)

    Bradford Park Avenue (22)


    The Wednesday (10)

    Hull City (13)

    Leeds United (14)

    Barnsley (16)

    Rotherham County (19)



    21-22

    Middlesbrough (8)

    Sheffield United (11)

    Huddersfield Town (14) *

    Bradford City (21)


    Barnsley (3)

    Hull City (5)

    Leeds United (8)

    The Wednesday (10) Rotherham County (16)

    Bradford Park Avenue (21)


    Div. 3N

    Halifax Town (19)

    22-23

    Huddersfield Town (3)

    Sheffield United (10)

    Middlesbrough (18)

    Leeds United (7)

    The Wednesday (8)

    Barnsley (9)

    Hull City (12)

    Bradford City (15)

    Rotherham County (21)



    Bradford Park Avenue (2) Halifax Town (7)


    23-24

    Huddersfield Town (1)

    Sheffield United (5)

    Middlesbrough (22)

    Leeds United (1)

    The Wednesday (8)

    Barnsley (11)

    Hull City (17)

    Bradford City (18)


    Rotherham County (4)

    Bradford Park Avenue (5)

    Doncaster Rovers (9)

    Halifax Town (14)


    24-25

    Huddersfield Town (1)

    Sheffield United (14) *

    Leeds United (18)

    Hull City (10)

    Middlesbrough (13)

    The Wednesday (14)

    Barnsley (15)

    Bradford City (16)



    Bradford Park Avenue (5)

    Halifax Town (9)

    Doncaster Rovers (18)

    Rotherham County (22)

    25-26

    Huddersfield Town (1)

    Sheffield United (5)

    Leeds United (19)

    The Wednesday (1)

    Middlesbrough (9)

    Hull City (13)

    Bradford City (16)

    Barnsley (18)



    Bradford Park Avenue (2)

    Halifax Town (5)

    Doncaster Rovers (10)

    Rotherham United (14)


    26-27

    Huddersfield Town (2)

    Sheffield United (8)

    The Wednesday (16)

    Leeds United (21)

    Middlesbrough (1)

    Hull City (7)

    Barnsley (11)

    Bradford City (22)



    Bradford Park Avenue (3)

    Halifax Town (4)

    Doncaster Rovers (8)

    Rotherham United (19)

    27-28

    Huddersfield Town (2)

    Sheffield United (13)

    The Wednesday (14)

    Middlesbrough (22)

    Leeds United (2)

    Barnsley (13)

    Hull City (14)

    Bradford Park Avenue (1)

    Doncaster Rovers (4)

    Bradford City (6)

    Halifax Town (12)

    Rotherham United (14)



    28-29

    The Wednesday (1)

    Sheffield United (11)

    Leeds United (13)

    Huddersfield Town (16)

    Middlesbrough (1)

    Bradford Park Avenue (3)

    Hull City (12)

    Barnsley (16)



    Bradford City (1)

    Doncaster Rovers (5)

    Halifax Town (13)

    Rotherham United (16)

    29-30

    Sheffield Wednesday (1)

    Leeds United (5)

    Huddersfield Town (10)

    Middlesbrough (16)

    Sheffield United (20)

    Bradford Park Avenue (4)

    Barnsley (17)

    Bradford City (18)

    Hull City (21)



    York City (6)

    Doncaster Rovers (14)

    Rotherham United (20)

    Halifax Town (21)

    30-31

    Sheffield Wednesday (3)

    Huddersfield Town (5)

    Middlesbrough (7)

    Sheffield United (15)

    Leeds United (21)

    Bradford City (6)

    Bradford Park Avenue (10)

    Barnsley (19)

    Hull City (6)

    York City (11)

    Rotherham United (14)

    Doncaster Rovers (15)

    Halifax Town (17)



    31-32

    Sheffield Wednesday (3)

    Huddersfield Town (4)

    Sheffield United (7)

    Middlesbrough (18)


    Leeds United (2)

    Bradford Park Avenue (6)

    Bradford City (7)

    Barnsley (21)

    Hull City (8)

    York City (9)

    Doncaster Rovers (15)

    Halifax Town (17)

    Rotherham United (19)


    32-33

    Sheffield Wednesday (3)

    Huddersfield Town (6)

    Leeds United (8)

    Sheffield United (10)

    Middlesbrough (17)


    Bradford Park Avenue (8)

    Bradford City (11)


    Hull City (1)

    Doncaster Rovers (6)

    Barnsley (8)

    Halifax Town (15)

    Rotherham United (17)

    York City (20)



    33-34

    Huddersfield Town (2)

    Leeds United (9)

    Sheffield Wednesday (11)

    Middlesbrough (16)

    Sheffield United (22)


    Bradford Park Avenue (5)

    Bradford City (6)

    Hull City (15)


    Barnsley (1)

    Doncaster Rovers (5)

    Halifax Town (9)

    York City (12)

    Rotherham United (21)

    34-35

    Sheffield Wednesday (3) *

    Huddersfield Town (16)

    Leeds United (18)

    Middlesbrough (20)


    Sheffield United (11)

    Hull City (13)

    Bradford Park Avenue (15)

    Barnsley (16)

    Bradford City (20)



    Doncaster Rovers (1)

    Halifax Town (2)

    Rotherham United (9)

    York City (15)

    35-36

    Huddersfield Town (3)

    Leeds United (11)

    Middlesbrough (14)

    Sheffield Wednesday (20)


    Sheffield United (3)

    Bradford City (12)

    Bradford Park Avenue (16)

    Doncaster Rovers (18)

    Barnsley (20)

    Hull City (22)


    Rotherham United (11)

    York City (16)

    Halifax Town (17)

    36-37

    Middlesbrough (7)

    Huddersfield Town (15)

    Leeds United (19)

    Sheffield Wednesday (22)


    Sheffield United (7)

    Barnsley (14)

    Bradford Park Avenue (20)

    Bradford City (21)

    Doncaster Rovers (22)

    Hull City (5)

    Halifax Town (7)

    York City (12)

    Rotherham United (17)




    League Championships

    Wednesday (4)

    Huddersfield Town (3)

    Sheffield United (1)


    Average Division 1 position

    Huddersfield Town 6.9

    Wednesday 8.5

    Sheffield United 10.2

    Bradford City 12.5

    Middlesbrough 13.11

    Leeds United 14.7

    Bradford Park Avenue 14


    Most seasons in Division 1

    Sheffield United (37)

    Wednesday (34)

    Middlesbrough (26)

    Huddersfield Town (17)

    Leeds United (11)

    Bradford City (10)

    Bradford Park Avenue (3)


    FA Cup Wins

    Sheffield United (4)

    Wednesday (3)

    Huddersfield Town

    Bradford City

    Barnsley



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    There's been a lot in the press recently about League of Wales team The New Saints beating Ajax's record of most successive league wins (27 matches). In the period 1919-23 Sparta Prague recorded a 60 game unbeaten run.
    Having lost 2-1 at home to Union Žižkov in the second match of the 1919 season, Sparta won 9 games in a row to claim the Championship of the Czech Association of Football.
    They were unbeaten for 2 seasons in the Mistrovství Středočeské župy and then for a further 2 seasons in the Championship of the Czech Association of Football.

    Season

    P

    W

    D

    L

    F

    A

    1919

    8

    7

    0

    1

    25

    3

    Play offs

    3

    3

    0

    0

    17

    0

    1920

    11

    11

    0

    0

    37

    6

    1921

    11

    11

    0

    0

    48

    8

    1922

    13

    13

    0

    0

    51

    12

    Play offs

    1

    1

    0

    0

    7

    0

    1923

    15

    15

    0

    0

    94

    17




    1923

    http://gottfriedfuchs.blogspot.co.uk/2012/09/zelezna-sparta.html

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  • 02/06/17--13:13: Men v Boys

  • A remarkable photograph.
    Internazionale claimed their first championship title on 24-04-1910. They did so with a 10-3 victory over a Pro Vercelli reserve team made up of youths reportedly aged 11-15. The 2 had finished level on points at the end of the league programme. F.I.G.C.had refused to reschedule the play off, which clashed with Pro Vercelli's prior arrangement to play in a tournament. Pro Vercelli's response was to field the youth side, who reportedly indulged in some dirty play.
     In the regular season Pro Vercelli had beaten Inter 4-1 in Milan, whilst Inter had won the return 2-1.



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  • 02/08/17--11:21: Major trophy wins by region
  • London was the dominant region in football until the advent of professionalism.
    The North and the Midlands then dominated the game.
    After Blackburn Olympic's triumph in 1883 no southern team would win the  FA Cup  until 1901.
    It was 54 years before a southern team won the First Division championship.
    For the purpose of this post I have divided England into 5 broad areas:

    The South
    Lancashire
    North East
    Yorkshire
    Midlands

    And the period under consideration, from the introduction of competitive football in 1872 up until 1937, I have divided into the pre Football League era and the Football League era.

    Pre Football League era 1872-1888
    FA Cup winners:
    The South- 11*
    Lancashire-  4
    Midlands-  2

    * From 1872-1883 the FA Cup was won exclusively by southern teams. 

    The Football League Era 1888-1937
    FA Cup Winners:
    Lancashire- 15
    Yorkshire -10
    Midlands-10
    North East -4**
    The South -4
    Wales -1

    Football League Champions:
    Lancashire-16
    North East -9**
    Yorkshire-8
    Midlands- 7
    The South -4*

    *Exclusively Arsenal- it was 54 years before a southern team won the First Division championship
    ** Although the North east is traditionally a football heartland, only Newcastle United and Sunderland have won major honours.


    FA Cup winners
    Football League Champions

    Season

    Lancashire

    Midlands

    North East

    Yorkshire

    The South

    72





    Wanderers


    73





    Wanderers


    74





    Oxford University


    75





    Royal Engineers

    76





    Wanderers


    77





    Wanderers


    78





    Wanderers


    79





    Old Etonians


    80





    Clapham Rovers


    81





    Old Carthusians


    82





    Old Etonians


    83

    Blackburn Olympic






    84

    Blackburn Rovers






    85

    Blackburn Rovers






    86

    Blackburn Rovers






    87


    Aston Villa





    88


    West Bromwich Albion





    88-89

    Preston North End

    Preston North End






    89-90

    Preston North End

    Blackburn Rovers






    90-91

    Everton

    Blackburn Rovers






    91-92


    West Bromwich Albion


    Sunderland



    92-93


    Wolverhampton Wanderers


    Sunderland



    93-94


    Aston Villa

    Notts County





    94-95


    Aston Villa


    Sunderland



    95-96


    Aston Villa



    The Wednesday


    96-97


    Aston Villa

    Aston Villa





    97-98


    Nottingham Forest


    Sheffield United



    98-99


    Aston Villa



    Sheffield United


    1899-1900

    Bury

    Aston Villa





    1900-01

    Liverpool




    Tottenham Hotspur


    01-02



    Sunderland

    Sheffield United



    02-03

    Bury



    The Wednesday



    03-04

    Manchester City



    The Wednesday



    04-05


    Aston Villa

    Newcastle United




    05-06

    Liverpool

    Everton






    06-07



    Newcastle United


    The Wednesday


    07-08

    Manchester United

    Wolverhampton Wanderers





    08-09

    Manchester United



    Newcastle United



    09-10


    Aston Villa


    Newcastle United




    10-11

    Manchester United




    Bradford City


    11-12

    Blackburn Rovers




    Barnsley


    12-13


    Aston Villa


    Sunderland



    13-14

    Blackburn Rovers
    Burnley






    14-15

    Everton



    Sheffield United








    19-20


    West Bromwich Albion

    Aston Villa





    20-21

    Burnley




    Tottenham Hotspur


    21-22

    Liverpool




    Huddersfield Town



    22-23

    Liverpool

    Bolton Wanderers






    23-24



    Newcastle United

    Huddersfield Town



    24-25




    Huddersfield Town



    25-26

    Bolton Wanderers



    Huddersfield Town



    26-27



    Newcastle United



    Cardiff City*

    27-28

    Everton

    Blackburn Rovers






    28-29

    Bolton Wanderers




    The Wednesday


    29-30




    Sheffield Wednesday


    Arsenal

    30-31


    West Bromwich Albion




    Arsenal

    31-32

    Everton



    Newcastle United




    32-33

    Everton





    Arsenal

    33-34

    Manchester City





    Arsenal

    34-35




    Sheffield Wednesday


    Arsenal

    35-36



    Sunderland



    Arsenal

    36-37

    Manchester City


    Sunderland




    * Wales








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