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    At the end of the 1924-25 season the Football Association sent a touring party to Australia under the leadership of Mr John Lewis, by now something of a Grand Old Man of the game.
    Billed in the local press, of course, as 'England' the tourists enjoyed a 100% success record and averaged 5.5 goals per game. There were 4 'Test Matches' against Australia (these were not recognised as full internationals).

    07.05.25     

    Perth Metropolitan XI 

    0

    8

    FA XI

    Perth

    09.05.25     

    Western Australia 

    0

    7

    FA XI

    Fremantle

    14.05.25    

    South Australia 

    0

    10

    FA XI

    Adelaide

    16.05.25    

    Australia XI 

    1

    4

    FA XI

    Thebarton

    20.05.25     

    Victoria

    0

    7

    FA XI

    Melbourne

    23.05.25     

    Australia XI 

    0

    5

    FA XI

    Melbourne

    30.05.25    

    New South Wales 

    2

    FA XI

    Sydney    

    03.06.25     

    Sydney Metropolis 

    1

    3

    FA XI

    Sydney  

    06.06.25    

    Illawarra District 

    0

    FA XI

    Wollongong

    08.06.25     

    New South Wales 

    1

    4

    FA XI

    Sydney

    13.06.25     

    Northern Districts 

    0

    FA XI

    Newcastle

    17.06.25 

     Ipswich and District 

    0

    FA XI

    Ipswich

    20.06.25 

    Queensland 

    0

    11

    FA XI

    Brisbane              

    24.06.25 

    North Queensland   

    0

    9

    FA XI

    Bundaberg       

    27.06.25 

    Australia 

    1

    5

    FA XI

    Brisbane              

    29.06.25 

    Toowoomba                

    0

    FA XI

    Toowoomba

    04.07.25 

    Australia 

    1

    2

    FA XI

    Sydney      

    08.07.25 

    Newcastle              

    0

    FA XI

    Newcastle

    11.07.25     

    Australia 

    2

    8

    FA XI

    Maitland

    15.07.25     

    South Maitland 

    1

    FA XI

    Cessnock

    18.07.25 

    Australia 

    0

    5

    FA XI

    Sydney     

    21.07.25    

    Granville District 

    1

    FA XI

    Parramatta  

    25.07.25 

    Australia   

    0

    FA XI

    Melbourne

    01.08.25 

    Western Australia   

    1

    5

    FA XI

    Fremantle

    03.08.25 

    Western Australia 

    1

    5

    FA XI

    Perth 


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    139
    13




    GK

    Teddy Davison*

    The Wednesday

    Harry Hardy*

    Stockport County

    FB


    Stan Charlton

    Exeter City

    Joe Hannah

    Norwich City

    Cecil Poynton

    Tottenham Hotspur

    HB


    Jimmy Hamilton

    Crystal Palace

    Len Graham*

    Millwall

    Billy Sage

    Tottenham Hotspur

    Tom Whittaker

    Arsenal

    CH

    Bill Caesar**

    Dulwich Hamlet ***

    Charlie Spencer*

    Newcastle United

    IF


    Jimmy Walsh

    Liverpool

    Jack Elkes

    Tottenham Hotspur

    Bert Batten

    Plymouth Argyle

    Billy Williams

    West Ham United

    CF

    Ernie Simms [c]*

    Stockport County

    OF

    Charlie Hannaford

    Clapton Orient

    Stan Seymour

    Newcastle United


    * full internationalist
    ** amateur internationalist

    The 18 players were from the following Divisions:
    Div 1- 8
    Div 2- 5
    Div 3- 4
    Isthmian League- 1***
     *** Caesar was 'on the books' at Darlington (Div 3) in the 1924-25 season but didn't make any first team appearances.

    Bert Batten- scorer of  47 goals during the tour 

    John Lewis was never one to shy away from controversy. He reported the  Australian FA  for paying  their players £1 per day, a £5 bonus and broken time payments. Mr Lewis also disapproved of their use of substitutes.



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  • 02/25/15--13:05: Old Carthusians 1903
  • The Dunn Cup was introduced in 1903 for clubs for former Public Schoolboys, and  Old Carthusians enjoyed a good run of success (they were winners  in 1903, 1904, 1905, 1906, 1908 and 1910).

    This line up features 3 'full ' internationalists (G.O Smith, Maurice Stanborough and Charles Wreford-Brown), as well as a couple of amateur internationals (Rowlandson, Timmis).
    Captain William Simpson was a leading referee (he had taken charge of the 1896 FA Cup Final).  
    Haig-Brown, O.E Wreford-Brown and Rowlandson were killed in the 1914-18 War.




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  • 03/01/15--01:02: The Crafty Berlin Decision

  • It was the most scandalous incident in the history of international football.
    Peru were the sole South American representatives at the 1936 Olympic Football Tournament.
    The 1935 South American Championship served as a qualifier for the Olympics, but neither champions Uruguay nor runners up Argentina were able to travel to Germany due to an economic recession. Peru had finished 3rd, winning just the one game, against Chile. 


    At the Olympics Peru beat Finland by 7-3 in the first round, giving them a match with Austria in the next round.
    Austria went  two-nil up through goals from Werginz  and Steinmetz . They held onto this lead until the 75th minute. Campolo Alcalde pulled one back and then in the 81st minute Alejandro Villanueva equalized. Peru were then reduced to 10 men by the loss of Alcade.

    This Austria side, with the great Jimmy Hogan as manager, were not of the calibre of Meisl's Wunderteam from earlier in the decade.

    The game went into extra time, and during the first period referee Mr  Kristiansen of Norway disallowed 3 Peruvian 'goals'.
    Villanueva gave Peru the lead in the 117th minute and in the very last minute of extra time Teodoro Fernández made it 4-2 to Peru.
    And then the trouble started.
    There was a pitch invasion following the 4th Peruvian goal, The Austrians claimed that one of their players was assaulted. The referee abandoned the match (with just seconds remaining). Press reports stated that "about 1,000 Peruvian supporters" stormed  the pitch with "iron bars, knives and even a pistol". 1.000 Peruvian supporters ? In Berlin? It seems unlikely. The Peruvians counter claim was that the pitch invaders was fascists who couldn't stomach a victory by a team featuring black players.
    Following a hearing which the Peruvian delegation missed (they were waylaid en route, stuck behind a fascist parade!)  the Olympic Committee and FIFA ordered a replay behind closed doors.
    Peru however (supported by Columbia) chose to go home. Anti German feeling in the South American continent ran high after this debacle. 
    The Crafty Berlin Decision was how the incident was described by Snr. Oscar Benavides, the President of Peru.

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    The voyage 

    Sparta Prague won the Stredoceska I. Liga (Czech national Championship) in the 1925-26 season. In the autumn of 1926 they undertook a 2 month tour of North America. It was a strong squad; of the 18 players who went on the tour 17 won international honours. Jan Dvořáček, league top scorer with 32 goals (from 18 games!) did not travel. 



    Standing:
    Josef Fanta
    Fanta managed the Czech national team throughout the 1920s and up until 1933.

     František Hochmann
    7 Czechoslovakia caps. Goalkeeper.

    Antonín Kaliba
    Kaliba was loaned from Union Žižkov to cover the injured Hochmann and stayed on for the tour. He had kept goal 7 times for Czechoslovakia back in 1922-23.

    Jaroslav Polacek
    Represented Czechoslovakia once in 1925. Forward.

    Josef Miclik
    Spent 4 seasons at Sparta and won 2 league titles. Forward.

    Jaroslav Červený
    7 caps for Czechoslovakia, he remained in the USA following the tour, Playing for Sparta of Chicago.
    Halfback.

    Ferdinand Hajný 
    A Mitropa Cup winner with Sparta in 1927, Hajný represented Czechoslovakia on 12 occasions. Inside left. 

    Rudolf Dolejší
    Joined Sparta from Rapid Prague in 1926. Won 1 international cap for Czechoslovakia that summer. Fullback.

    Karel Steiner
    4 years at Sparta sandwiched between 4 and 7 year spells at Viktoria Žižkov. Steiner was a 1920 Olympian, and won a total of 14 caps. Fullback.


    Josef Horejs
    Joined from First Vienna in 1925. He represented Austria 4 times. Fullback.

    Otto Fleischmann
    Represented Czechoslovakia 3 times. Forward.

    František Kolenatý
    Clocked up a total of 7 league championships with Sparta. Also represented Czechoslovakia 28 times.
    Halfback.

    Karel Pesek-Kada
    Pesek enjoyed success as an Ice Hockey international in addition to his achievements as a footballer. Played football in the 1920 Olympics, became the first man to lift the Mitropa Cup and won 5 league titles with Sparta. Halfback.

     Václav Špinder
    Coach who led Sparta to Mitropa Cup success in 1927 and also won 3 national championships.

    Seated: 
    Josef Maloun
    1 international cap, 2 league titles. Forward.


    Antonín Perner
    In 14 years at Sparta he won 8 league titles. A veteran of the 1920 Olympics, Perner won 28 international caps for Czechoslovakia.Halfback.

    Antonín Janda-Očko
    34 year old Janda effectively came out of retirement for this tour. He had last played competitively in 1923. In 10 internationals he scored 12 goals and won 5 league titles with Sparta. Inside forward.

    Not in picture:
    Antonin Carvan
    Carvan joined Sparta from Viktoria Žižkov late in the domestic season. He represented Czechoslovakia 14 times and later played in France with Nimes.
    Halfback.

    Antonín Hojer
    Played 35 international games for Czechoslovakia  and won 7 league titles and the Mitropa Cup with Sparta. Fullback.

    Josef Silný
    Joined Sparta from rivals Slavia at the end of the 1926 season. 50 international caps, scoring 28 goals, Sliný played in the 1934 World Cup final. Later played in France with Nimes. Forward.



    06.09.26

    International League

    0

    4

    Sparta

    Brooklyn

    All Stars New York

    11.09.26

    Brooklyn Wanderers

    3

    3

    Sparta

    Brooklyn

    12.09.26

    New York Giants

    0

    6

    Sparta

    New York City

    19.09.26

    Fall River Marksmen

    3

    2

    Sparta

    North Tiverton Rhode Island 

    26.09.26

    Ohio Stars

    2

    6

    Sparta

    Cleveland


    Cleveland All Stars


    04.10.26


    Chicago Stars


    0

    1

    Sparta


    Chicago


    10.10.26


    Ulster United


    4

    4

    Sparta


    Toronto

    17.10.26


    St. Louis Stars


    3

     5

     

    Sparta

     

    St. Louis
    23.10.26


    Sparta F.C


    0


    9


    Sparta


    Chicago

    24.10.26


    Detroit Stars


    1

    2

    Sparta


    Detroit


    30.10.26



    Brooklyn Wanderers


    3

    1

    Sparta


    Brooklyn


    03.11.26


    Galicia


    1


    1


    Sparta


    Newark



    P

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    17

    12

    3

    2

    43

    20



    Fall River played a league match against Springfield on the morning of their meeting with Sparta, and several Springfield players guested for the Marksmen in the second game. 
    Sparta Chicago (Sparta Athletic and Benevolent Association Football Club) was founded by Czech migrants in 1917 and dominated Illinois football from 1927 onwards. 
    Brooklyn Wanderers featured 3 former Hakoah Vienna players (Neufeld, Drucker and Schoenfeld).



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  • 03/04/15--11:09: Imports


  • Hiden

    In 1930 Herbert Chapman was very keen on signing Rudolf Hiden for Arsenal. 
    We have seen how Glasgow Rangers had imported Karl Pekarna (sadly the Scottish public did not witness the full extent of his undoubted talents) and Tottenham Hotspur had flirted with the recruitment of the French goalkeeper Pierre Chayriguès from Red Star in 1913.
    Hiden was probably the best goalkeeper in the World. In May 1930 the 21 year old had impressed in a 0-0 draw with England in Vienna.  Chapman, ever the progressive, had strong connections with Hugo Meisl and the sophisticated world of Danubian coffee house football culture. 
    The transfer of Hiden to Arsenal from Wiener Athletiksportclub was opposed by both the players' union and the Football League. They lobbied the Ministry of Labour to prevent the deal, based on the argument that for Arsenal to employ Hiden would be a simple case of taking a job from an Englishman and giving it to a foreigner. 
    The combined forces of the Football Association, The Football League, the player's union and the Ministry of Labour ensured that the Hiden transfer was never completed. Hiden moved to Racing (Paris) in 1933. His first name became Rodolphe and he earned 1 cap for France in 1940.
    On 1 June 1931 the  FA Council approved the following:
    A professional player who is not a British-born subject is not eligible to take part in any competition under the jurisdiction of this Association unless he possesses a two-year residential qualification within the jurisdiction of the Association.
    This move reflected the attutude expressed by senior FA councillor and Football League Management Committee member  Charles Sutcliffe in August 1930 ; The idea of bringing foreigners to play in league football is repulsive to the clubs, offensive to British players and a terrible confession of weakness in the management of a club. It will be a bad day for club managers when they have to cultivate team spirit in a team of players where some would not understand a word said to them.



    In the 1930-31 season Arsenal did feature a foreign goalkeeper-Gerrit Keizer of the Netherlands. 
    Keizer had joined Ajax as a 16 year old. He moved to England to study the language in 1930, playing as an amateur for Margate Town (he was registered with Milwall but never turned out  for the Lions). Keizer's status as an amateur seems to have diffused any protests regarding his playing in England.  Chapman signed Keizer for Arsenal, but the extent of his first team career was 12 matches from August to October 1930. The following season he appeared 17 times for Charlton Athletic in Division 2 . Before moving back to Ajax (he was first choice goalkeeper for 15 years, making over 300 appearances) he was briefly on the books at Queen's Park Rangers. 


    Keizer


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    Turin, 31.01.15- Italy 3- Switzerland 1.

    European International Football 1914-1919


    The Central Powers

    Austria played 22 matches during the hostilities-19 editions of their long running series with Hungary and 3 against neutral Switzerland
    Germany played no internationals between April 1914 and June 1920.

    Hungary played 19 matches v Austria.


    The Entente Powers

    Belgium (site of the Western Front hostilities) played no matches between April 1914 and March 1919.

    Finland (then a part of the Russian Empire) played no matches from May 1914 to May 1919.

    France played no matches between May 1914 and March 1919.

    Italy played Switzerland in 1915 before entering the war.

    Russia played its last international in July 1914 and ceased to exist following the October Revolution in 1917.


    The United Kingdom.

    The 4 United Kingdom teams- England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales, all suspended internationals during the period of the war. In Scotland domestic football continued.


    England and Scotland played each other twice for charitable causes...
    13 May 1916 - England 4 Scotland 3

    8 June 1918 - Scotland 2 England 0


    Stockholm, 20.8.16- Sweden 2- U.S.A 3.

    Neutrals

    Denmark played 15 games v Norway and Sweden.

    Luxembourg (under German occupation) played no matches between February 1914 and August 1920.

    Netherlands played no matches between May 1914 and June 1919.

    Norway featured in 17 matches including 1 vs USA and 16 against Sweden and Denmark.

    Sweden played 18 matches during the hostilities-1 vs USA and 17 against Norway and Denmark.

    Switzerland played 5 matches, 1 against Italy (before Italy entered the war), 3 v Austria and 1 v Hungary.









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  • 03/07/15--12:04: Henry Renny-Tailyour

  • Born in India, raised in Montrose, educated at Cheltenham College and Royal Woolwich Military Academy. Henry Waugh Renny-Tailyour was a great all round sportsman.
    In May 1870 in the games between the 2 Royal Military Academies, Woolwich and  Sandhurst , he won the 1/2 mile  race ( in 2 mins 10), and finished  2nd in the mile.  The following month Renny-Tailyour scored a century in the cricket match between the Royal Military Academy  and the Royal Engineers. In July 1870 he graduated from the Academy and became a Lieutenant in the Royal Engineers.
    In 1871 Renny-Tailyour represented Scotland in the  4th match in the unofficial 'England v Scotland' series, played at The Oval on 18th November. Renny -Tailyour scored  in a 2-1 defeat. 
    Further evidence of the Lieutenant's versatility came when on 5th February 1872 at The Oval when he played (as a forward) in the second ever  international under Rugby Football rules. A dead leg received in this match kept Renny-Tailyour out of action for the next couple of weeks, meaning he was unable to play in the 5th 'Alcock International'.
    On 16th March that year however he was back at The Oval, playing in the first FA Cup Final, in which the Royal Engineers went down 1-0 to The Wanderers. 
    In 1873 Renny-Tailyour became the only man to represent Scotland at both Rugby and Association when he was one of 4 English based players called into service for the 2nd international. The Oval was again the venue, and in the 10th minute, with England 2-0 ahead, Renny-Tailyour scored Scotland's first ever goal in international football. (England won 4-2).

    Renny-Tailyour features prominently in match reports of the Royal Engineers' club matches during the early 1870s, a period during which they were a major force in terms of both results and the evolution of style. In 1871-72 they lost just 1 out of 20 games (the FA Cup Final) scoring 73 to 2. In the 4 seasons 1871-72 to 1874-75 the stats were:


    P
    W
    D
    L
    F
    A
    86
    74
    9
    3
    244
    21

    Another of those very rare defeats came in the 1874 FA Cup Final, a 2-0 loss against Oxford University.
      Renny-Tailyour won the FA Cup with Royal Engineers at the third attempt in 1875. In a replayed final The Sappers beat Old Etonians 3-0, (after a 1-1 draw), with Renny-Tailyour scoring in both matches.


    This seems to have marked the end of Renny-Tailyour's football career. He married in the summer of 1875 (his wife was the sister of  Royal Engineers teammate and England internationalist Cecil Wingfield-Stratford).

    During the 1875-76 season he was being written about in the  past tense in football reports ruing the decline in the Royal Engineers team (and partly attributing this decline to the 'loss' of Renny-Tailyour).
    In March 1876 he was appointed Aide De Camp to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland.
    One aspect of Renny-Tailyour's sporting life persisted into the 1880s. His first class cricket career extended from 1873 to 1883. He represented MCC and Kent as well as playing in the Gentlemen v Players matches. In 1880 he scored 266 for Royal Engineers against The Civil Service, an uncommonly high score at the time.  



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  • 03/08/15--11:38: Wilhelmina...
  • In 1908 a football club was formed in a street corner cafe ( De Vereeniging) in Rotterdam. It has been claimed that the inspiration was the receipt, as a birthday gift, of a genuine leather football by one Cees Van Baaren.



    The lads who formed the club gave it the name Wilhelmina , the name of the local church near which they held their kickabout games. According to some sources the founders were van Baaren (age 17), G.A Muller, Gerard van Leerdam , J. Bladel, and  L. den Hertog . Other sources include Nico  Struijs and give the name Henk Mulder in place of Muller.  Van Baaren,  Muller, van Leerdam and Struijs featured in the club's first ever fixture, a  2-1 win over Be Quick Bospolder. 



     In 1909 the name was changed to HFC (Hillesluise Footbal Club) and joined the Rotterdam Football Association. However, the Association wouldn't accept the name  HFC as Haarlem FC  (now Royal HFC Haarlem) were already members. 


    Van Baaren in the plain jersey, hand on GA Muller's shoulder. The hoops were black and yellow. 

    The club now chose the name Celeritas (Latin for swift or speedy) and replaced their red white and blue kit with black and yellow hoops.


    In 1912 Celeritas were promoted into the third tier of the Dutch Football Association. This necessitated another name change (there was a Celeritas den Haag) In July 1912 members voted on 3 possible names: Mars, Het Zuiden or Feijenoord.  Feijenoord (later Feyenoord) was chosen, and the new colours of red and white were adopted to mark the change. 
    The following month, under the new name, the club won it;s first ever trophy, the Concordiaan-Beker.





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  • 03/10/15--13:37: Mr. John Madden


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    13 Internationals were played in the 1870s, with England, Scotland and Wales taking part. There was no international competition as such, all the matches being designated friendlies.

    The matches:

    30.11.72

    Scotland

    0

    0

    England

    Hamilton Crescent, Partick

    08.03.73

    England

    4

    2

    Scotland

    Kennington Oval

    07.03.74

    Scotland

    2

    1

    England

    Hamilton Crescent , Partick

    06.03.75

    England

    2

    2

    Scotland

    Kennington Oval

    04.03.76

    Scotland

    3

    0

    England

    Hamilton Crescent , Partick
    25.03.76 

    Scotland

    4

    0

    Wales

    Hamilton Crescent , Partick
    03.03.77

    England

    1

    3

    Scotland

    Kennington Oval

    05.03.77 

    Wales

    0

    2

    Scotland

    The Racecourse, Wrexham

    02.03.78

    Scotland 

    7

    2

    England

    Hampden Park #1

    23.03.78 

    Scotland

    9

    0

    Wales

    Hampden Park #1

    18.01.79

    England
    2

    1

    Wales

    Kennington Oval
    05.04.79 

    England
    5

    4

    Scotland

    Kennington Oval
    07.04.79 

    Wales

    0

    3

    Scotland

    The Racecourse, Wrexham



    P
    W
    D
    L
    F
    A
    %
    Scotland
    12
    8
    2
    2
    41
    15
    66
    England
    9
    3
    2
    4
    17
    24
    33
    Wales
    5
    0
    0
    5
    1
    21
    0


    153 players were capped: 69 by England , 48 by Scotland and 37 by Wales  - if you notice the figures don't add up? That's because John Hawley Edwards was capped by both Wales and England.
    At the end of the decade Billy MacKinnon (Queen's Park & Scotland) was the most capped international (9 appearances). He also shared the honour of being the top goalscorer in international football (5 goals) with his countrymen Harry McNeil and John Ferguson.
    Here, then is a list of the men who played international football in the 1870s:

    Scotland

    1
    Robert Gardner
    Granville/Queens Park/ Clydesdale

    2
    Joseph Taylor
    Queens Park

    3
    William Ker
    Granville/Queens Park

    4
    James Thomson
    Granville/Queens Park

    5
    James Smith
    Queens Park/ South Norwood

    6
    Billy MacKinnon
    Queens Park

    7
    Jerry Weir
    Queens Park

    8
    Robert Leckie
    Queens Park

    9
    David Wotherspoon
    Queens Park

    10
    Robert Smith
    Queens Park/ South Norwood

    11
    Alexander Rhind
    Queens Park

    12
    Henry Renny-Tailyour
    Royal Engineers

    13
    Lord Arthur Kinnaird
    Wanderers

    14
    John Blackburn
    Royal Engineers

    15
    William Gibb
    Clydesdale

    16
    John Hunter
    Third Lanarkshire RV

    17
    Charles Campbell
    Queen’s Park

    18
    John Ferguson
    Vale of Leven

    19
    Harry McNeil
    Queen’s Park

    20
    Angus MacKinnon
    Queen’s Park

    21
    Frederick Anderson
    Clydesdale

    22
    Alexander McLintock
    Vale of Leven

    23
    Alexander Kennedy
    Glasgow Eastern

    24
    Thomas C.Highet
    Queen’s Park

    25
    Peter Andrews
    Glasgow Eastern

    26
    John McPherson
    Clydesdale

    27
    Alexander McGeoch
    Dumbreck

    28
    William Miller
    Third Lanark RV

    29
    John Baird
    Vale of Leven

    30
    Robert Neill
    Queen’s Park

    31
    Jimmy Lang
    Clydesdale / Third Lanark RV

    32
    Moses McNiel
    Glasgow Rangers

    33
    Thomas Vallance
    Glasgow Rangers

    34
    James Phillips
    Queen’s Park

    35
    James Richmond
    Queen’s Park

    36
    John McGregor
    Vale of Leven

    37
    John McDougall
    Vale of Leven

    38
    John Smith
    Mauchline

    39
    Andrew McIntyre
    Vale of Leven

    40
    Robert Parlane
    Vale of Leven

    41
    James Duncan
    Alexandra Athletic

    42
    David Davidson
    Queen’s Park

    43
    James Watson
    Glasgow Rangers

    44
    Peter Campbell
    Glasgow Rangers

    45
    William Somers
    Queen’s Park

    46
    John McPherson
    Vale of Leven

    47
    William Beveridge
    Glasgow University

    48
    Robert Paton
    Vale of Leven



    England

    1
    Robert Barker  

    Herts Rangers

    2
    Ernest Harwood Greenhalgh  
    Notts County

    3
    Reginald Courtenay Welch
    Harrow Chequers/ Wanderers

    4
    Frederick Chappell 

    Oxford University

    5
    William Maynard
    1st Surrey Rifles

    6
    John Brockbank  

    Cambridge University

    7
    Charlie Clegg
    The Wednesday

    8
    Arnold Kirke Smith
    Oxford University

    9
    Cuthbert Ottaway
    Oxford University

    10
    Charles Chenery  

    Crystal Palace

    11
      Charles Morice  

    Barnes

    12
    Alexander Morten

    Crystal Palace

    13
      Leonard Howell  

    Wanderers

    14
    Alfred Goodwyn
    Royal Engineers

    15
    Robert Vidal  

    Oxford University

    16
    Pelham George von Donop
    Royal Engineers

    17
    William Clegg  

    The Wednesday

    18
    Alexander Bonsor
    Wanderers

    19
    William Kenyon-Slaney  
    Wanderers

    20
    Hubert Heron  
    Wanderers

    21
    Robert Ogilvie 
    Clapham Rovers

    22
    Alfred Stratford
    Wanderers

    23
    Francis Birley 
    Oxford University/ Wanderers

    24
    Charles Wollaston 
    Wanderers

    25
    John Hawley Edwards
    Shropshire Wanderers

    26
    Robert Kingsford 
    Wanderers

    27
    John Owen 
    Sheffield FC

    28
    William Carr 

    Owlerton

    29
    Edward Haygarth
    Swifts

    30
    Herbert Rawson
    Royal Engineers

    31
    Charles Alcock
    Wanderers

    32
    William Rawson
    Oxford University

    33
    Richard Geaves 
    Clapham Rovers

    34
    Arthur Savage 
    Crystal Palace

    35
    Fred Green 
    Wanderers

    36
    Edgar Field 
    Clapham Rovers

    37
    Ernest Bambridge 
    Swifts

    38
    Beaumont Jarrett 
    Cambridge University

    39
    Arthur Cursham 
    Notts County

    40
    Frank Heron 
    Wanderers

    41
    Charles Eastlake Smith 
    Crystal Palace

    42
    Walter Buchanan 
    Clapham Rovers

    43
    Monty Betts  
    Old Harrovians

    44
    William Lindsay  
    Wanderers

    45
    Lindsay Bury  
    Cambridge University/Old Etonians

    46
    Alfred Lyttelton  
    Cambridge University

    47
    Cecil Wingfield-Stratford  
    Royal Engineers

    48
    John Bain  
    Oxford University

    49
    Billy Mosforth  
    The Wednesday/ Sheffield Albion

    50
    Conrad Warner  
    Upton Park

    51
    Edward Lyttelton  
    Cambridge University

    52
    Jack Hunter  
    Sheffield Heeley

    53
    Norman Bailey
    Clapham Rovers

    54
    Percy Fairclough  
    Old Foresters

    55
    Henry Wace  
    Wanderers

    56
    John Wylie  

    Wanderers

    57
    Rupert Anderson  

    Old Etonians

    58
    Claude William Wilson  

    Oxford University

    59
    Edward Parry  

    Old Carthusians

    60
    Thomas Heathcote Sorby  

    Thursday Wanderers

    61
    Herbert Whitfield  

    Old Etonians

    62
    Reg Birkett  

    Clapham Rovers

    63
    Harold Morse  

    Notts County

    64
    Edward Christian  

    Old Etonians

    65
    James Prinsep

    Clapham Rovers

    66
    Arnold Hills  

    Old Harrovians

    67
    Arthur Goodyer 

    Nottingham Forest

    68
    Francis Sparks

    Herts  Rangers

    69
    Charlie Bambridge

    Swifts






    Wales

    1
    David Thompson
     Druids/Shropshire Wanderers

    2
    William Addams Williams Evans
    Oxford University

    3
    Llewelyn Kenrick
    Druids/Shropshire Wanderers Oswestry

    4
    Edwin A Cross
    Wrexham

    5
    William Williams
    Druids

    6
    Dr Daniel Grey
    Druids

    7
    William H Davies
    Oswestry

    8
    George F Thomson
    Druids

    9
    John Hawley Edwards
    Shrewsbury

    10
    Jack Jones
    Druids

    11
    Alfred Davies
    Wrexham

    12
    Thomas B Burnett
      Ruabon

    13
    John R Morgan
    Cambridge University /Swansea

    14
    John Price
    Wrexham

    15
    Alexander F Jones
    Oxford University

    16
    John Hughes
    Cambridge University /Aberystwyth Town

    17
    Edward Phennah
    Wrexham

    18
    George G Higham
    Oswestry

    19
    Jack Powell
    Druids

    20
    Harry Edwards
    Wrexham

    21
    George Savin
    Oswestry

    22
    James Davies
    Wrexham

    23
    Thomas J Britten
    Parkgrove Glasgow

    24
    Charles Edwards
    Wrexham

    25
    George Glascodine
    Wrexham

    26
    Thomas Owen
    Oswestry

    27
    W William Shone
    Oswestry

    28
    Denis Heywood
    Oswestry

    29
    William Digby Owen
    Oswestry

    30
    William Roberts
    Llangollen

    31
    John Davies
    Wrexham

    32
    Knyvett Crosse
    Druids

    33
    William Williams
    Oswestry

    34
    James W Lloyd
    Wrexham

    35
    George Woosnam
    Newtown White Stars

    36
    John Roberts
    Corwen

    37
    Jack Vaughan
    Oswestry





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  • 03/12/15--10:51: River Plate Football Club













  • 1910 

     It was an early example of the democratization of football in South America. 
    In 1897, when football was still almost exclusively a bourgeoisie concern, a group of dock workers in Montevideo formed a football club. They called it Cagancha FC.
    They applied to join the Uruguayan Football Association but there was an evident distaste for 'native' clubs. So Cagancha changed their name to FC London. The eventual name change to River Plate is said to have been inspired by the name on containers aboard  English ships that docked in Montevideo. 
    The club colours were originally black but after the 1904 Civil War they changed to red and white vertical stripes. 
    River Plate joined the Primera División of Liga Uruguaya in 1907 and won the championship  in 1908, 1910, 1913 and 1914. They also won the Copa de Honor Cousenier in 1912, beating Racing Club de Avellaneda.
     In 1910  River Plate played the Argentine club  Alumni, 6 times Copa Tie winners and the strongest team in South America. I am unable to identify what the match was played for, was it part of a tournament or simply a friendly?  There was a clash of colours and  River plate wore a change strip of celestial blue.  T he match took place at Parque Central Montevideo on 10.04.10. Alumni took a 1-0 lead but River came back to win 2-1. 
    In recognition of this feat the Asociación Uruguaya de Fútbol adopted the celestial blue jerseys as the colour of the national team from 1910 onwards. 
    In 1920 River Plate were relegated. They participated in the dissident Federación Uruguaya de Football championship in 1923, finishing 26th out of 32. In 1925 the club ceased to exist.
    In 1932 a new club emerged from the merger of Club Atlético Capurro and Olimpia, taking the name Club Atlético River Plate.




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  • 03/13/15--12:18: The Good Old Days...

  • Yorkshire Evening Post - 07.05.28




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  • 03/14/15--11:36: Johnny Campbell

  • In eleven years Johnny Campbell had a hand in winning 10 major trophies:


    Celtic



    1892

    Scottish Cup Winners

    1893
    Scottish Champions


    1894
    Scottish Champions




    Aston Villa



    1896
    Football League Champions


    1897
    Football League Champions
    FA Cup Winners

    Double Winners

    Celtic



    1898
    Scottish Champions


    1899

    Scottish Cup Winners

    1900

    Scottish Cup Winners



    Third Lanark



    1903
    Scottish Champions





    Campbell was part of Celtic's first Scottish Cup winning team (in 1892 -scoring twice in a 5-1 win over Queen's Park).
    In his first season at Villa he scored 26 goals in 27 games. 
    Once , during a disturbance, he knocked out the teeth of an Abercorn supporter.  
    As well as scoring the first goal at Villa Park, he also scored the first goal at St James Park.
    Between 1893 and 1903 he represented Scotland on 12 occasions.

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  • 03/15/15--09:33: Punditry

  • The anonymous journo makes light of the fact that Uruguay were double Olympic Champions and that Argentina had put 11 past the USA when they had last met.
    USA went on to meet Argentina in the semi-finals and were beaten 6-1.



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  • 02/25/15--13:05: Old Carthusians 1903
  • The Dunn Cup was introduced in 1903 for clubs for former Public Schoolboys, and  Old Carthusians enjoyed a good run of success (they were winners  in 1903, 1904, 1905, 1906, 1908 and 1910).

    This line up features 3 'full ' internationalists (G.O Smith, Maurice Stanborough and Charles Wreford-Brown), as well as a couple of amateur internationals (Rowlandson, Timmis).
    Captain William Simpson was a leading referee (he had taken charge of the 1896 FA Cup Final).  
    Haig-Brown, O.E Wreford-Brown and Rowlandson were killed in the 1914-18 War.




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  • 03/17/15--14:09: Anton Karpacz





  • I've reblogged this photograph for the simple reason that i think it is one of the most bizarre images that I have ever seen. Anton Karpacz  aka Haxen-Toni '- a footballer with the Munich Club Terra Pila  who later abandoned the game to devote himself to  alpinism and the foundation of the German Alpine Club.
     Toni stands transfixed on the fur rug, mesmerized as  the ball floats through the neo classical decor of the studio.



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  • 03/18/15--15:20: Юзовка
  • The Ukrainian city of Donetsk was originally known as Hughesovka in honour of John Hughes, the Welsh industrialist who founded the settlement in the 1860s. 

    The city is home to Shakhtar Donetsk , founded in 1936 as Stakhanovets. 
    In the photograph below we see a pre revolutionary Hughesovka team. The year was 1916. Some lovely hats on display in the background. 





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  • 03/19/15--13:46: Bohemian F.C
  • 1890

    1907

    Richfield Sports Club  was founded in October 1889. The following September club members got together to form a football team. The founder members (lads of 17 and 18) were drawn from the Hibernian Military School and the Bells Academy (a civil service college).   They chose the name Bohemian F.C for its romantic and free spirited connotations.  The club was founded at the Gate Lodge of Phoenix Park (the North Circular Road entrance) and played their matches in the Phoenix Park Polo grounds.  
    The current club colours of red and black were adopted in 1893. 
    From 1902-1920 they were members of the  Irish Football League and contested the Irish Cup (which they won in 1908) when these were 'All-Ireland' competitions.  
    With Independence and the foundation of the Irish Free State Bohemians became founding members of the League of Ireland  and competed in the Football Association of Ireland Senior Challenge Cup.




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  • 03/20/15--12:39: Woking 1908

  • This ball was used in a first round FA Cup tie between Bolton Wanderers and Woking .
    The Cards were formed in 1889 and joined the West Surrey League in 1895. In the early part of the 20th century the club was beset by financial difficulties. In 1907-08 Woking progressed to the first round of the FA Cup having overcome Maidstone United and Oxford City in the qualifying rounds.
    In the first round proper Woking were drawn away to Bolton Wanderers. Bolton were 13th in the First Division at the time (they finished 19th and were relegated). Woking were no match for their hosts.

    Bolton Wanderers
    Woking
    John Edmondson
    GK
    J.C Adams
    Bert Baverstock
    RB
    R. Stevenson
    Jack Slater
    LB
    A.H Bell
    Sam Greenhalgh
    RH
    A.V Pearce
    Bob Clifford
    CH
    J .Monk
    John Boyd
    LH
    F.S Lintott
    David Stokes
    OR
    F. Butt
    William 'Kilty' Cameron
    IR
    J. Kyle
    Jackie Owen
    CF
    C.S Salisbury
    Wattie White
    IL
    R.A Pask
    Marshall McEwan
    OL
    G. Hutton


    The 5-0 defeat proved to be a lifeline for Woking, whose pluck  impressed Bolton. The following season Bolton visited the Surrey club to play a benefit match that secured their solvency.
    The match was played on Monday, 26th  April 1909, attracting a crowd of 2000.
    Bolton were 1-0 after 1 minute and 3 up at half time. They eased off in the second half  (Woods, Hughes (2) and Marsh were the Bolton scorers). Jack Kyle scored a consolation goal for Woking in the 90th minute.







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    The term Football was used in the Victorian press to refer to both Association and Rugby, sometimes creating the impression that the differences in the codes were negligible and that the games retained a common flavour.  In fact the South Wales and Yorkshire  press, though reporting almost exclusively on the handling code, hardly ever used the word Rugby in their columns. So , when the Boy's Own Annual featured a picture spread of Leading Football Players both codes were represented. I've italicized the Rugby players.  

     1  P.M Walters  (Old Carthusians, Oxford University & England)

     2  D Drummond - the only Drummond I could identify as playing top class Association or Rugby in 1888 was George "Geordie" Drummond of Preston North End.
     3  Sam Thompson (Preston North End & Scotland)

     4  J.R Dewhurst (St.Thomas's Hospital & England)
     5  Rawson Robertshaw (Bradford & England) 
     6  G.L Jeffery (Blackheath & England) 

     7  W.N 'Nuts' Cobbold  (Old Carthusians,  Cambridge University & England)

     8  T.W Blenkiron (Old Carthusians, Cambridge University) 

     9  H Springmann (Liverpool & England) 
    10  E Wilkinson Bradford 
    11  A. E Stoddart (Blackheath, England & The British Isles)

    12    A.M Walters  (Old Carthusians, Cambridge University & England)

    13  L Owen- I have been unable to identify this player. I can find no L Owen  playing for any of the major  Rugby teams listed in 1888 or thereabouts.  Association players of the era included G. Owen of Bolton Wanderers. and the brothers Billy and George Owen of Chirk and Wales. 

    14  Fred Dewhurst  (Preston North End & England)

    15  John Forbes  (Vale Of Leven, Blackburn Rovers & Scotland)

    16  George Haworth (Accrington & England)

    17  Patrick Hamilton Don-Wauchope (Fettes Lorettonian & Scotland) 

    18  John Goodall (Preston North End & England)

    19  W.F Holms (Edinburgh Wanderers & Scotland) 
    20  H.B Tristram (Richmond & England)





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