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El pez volador

Yustrich is at the top- Jaime Lema (San Lorenzo de Almagro) below. Juan Yustrich was Boca's first choice goalkeeper from 1932-37, winning league titles in 1934 and 1935. He represented Argentina once...

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Aberystwyth Town Internationals

 Roose Welsh Premier League club Aberystwyth Town (founded 1884) has provided Wales with 7 internationals (18 appearances). The club's predecessor, Aberystwyth, also produced 1 cap.When Wales faced...

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D.H Lawrence

In The Cambridge Companion to Football (2013) Peter Stead refers to D.H Lawrence as the only great modern British novelist from a working class background . In his 1913 story Strike Pay, Lawrence...

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L’étoile musulmane Mascaréene

L’étoile musulmane Mascaréene (founded 1908) - the team that evolved into Gallia Club de Mascara (1924). This picture dates from c 1916.

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John Wisden & Co. Manufacture The Finest Footballs In The World

The Sportsman 21.09.01 Wisden, a name more often associated with cricket, was also a supplier of football goods.Testimonials from the 1st Battalion Scots Guards (who used the 7/6 ball daily for 3...

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The FA Tour of Germany and Prague 1899

ENGLISH FOOTBALLERS ABROAD.FIVE or six years ago who could have foreshadowed the visit of an English football team to Germany as within the scope of practical politics before the end of the century?...

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Canada in The Antipodes,1924

In 1924 Canada toured Australia and New Zealand.Eight of the players (and the manager) were UK born.The touring party was: GK Harry Mosher University of British Columbia Hank Noseworthy Montreal FB...

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Huddersfield Town

Huddersfield Town dominated English domestic football in the mid 1920s, winning 3 League Championships in a row.Pictured here are Tommy Wilson, Bertie Smith, Clem Stephenson, Charlie Wilson, Billy...

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President's XIV v Secretary's XIV

THE FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION.The gentlemen who have expended so much time in arranging the new code of laws for the regulation of the game of football had the gratification of seeing them put to practical...

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Football League v Southern League

During the 1914-15 season only 6 of the 40 clubs in the Football League were from south of Birmingham. Of the 20 teams in the first division of the Southern League, 19 would become members of the...

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Madelon

La Madelon was a French popular song of the 1914-18 war.I do not know how it came to be the nickname of the Czech footballer Jan Knobloch , but he was, throughout his career, known as Madelon.Madelon...

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FA Cup Final, 1889

Here is a programme for the 1889 FA Cup Final between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Preston North End's Invincibles (the Cup version, with Mills- Roberts in the place of Trainer).Major Marindin would...

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Bulgaria 1924

1924 was a big year in Bulgarian football. The first national championship competition was scheduled and the nation played its first international fixtures.Regional leagues had been held since 1921,...

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Chirk AAA v Darwen

Cricket and Football Field 29.01.87 This article tells us so much about the state of football in 1880s. Professionalism was legal, organized competition in the form of the FA Cup and the county cups...

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Zuzu

Cunha Bueno, the Paulistano goalkeeper, in action against Palestra Itália in 1917.Zuzu, as he was known, was a goalkeeper of desperation, noted for unconventional last ditch saves executed with all...

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Any Wintry Afternoon in England

C. R. W. Nevinson was an English artist who was an associate of the Italian Futurists and an official War Artist in the 1914-18 conflict.Any Wintry Afternoon in England was painted in 1930, and can be...

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A Review of the 1897-98 Season

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Double Figure Scores in Internationals

 Sophus 'Krølben' Nielsen- 10 goals v France . Gottfried Fuchs- 10 goals v Russia  Poul 'Tist' Nielsen - featured in 2 double figure wins. 'Påsket' Bengtsson- conceded double figures on 2 occasions....

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Swansea Town 1920-21

I'm writing a book about Northern Union, so I'm going to be taking a break from posting on this blog. I intend to return to this in the spring of 2018.Thank you for your ongoing support.

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Sam Wadsworth

Always play fair; be always ready to congratulate your conqueror and you’ll never be sorry for it. I’ve always played fair and tried to play fair. Sam Wadsworth survived the 1914-18 war but suffered...

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A goal by Pablo Dorado

As I've written before, if I had a time machine I think the first football match I would go and watch would be the 1930 World Cup Final.In the 12th minute 22 year old outside right Pablo Dorado of...

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Woodward vs Scotland

Vivian Woodward played 23 'full' internationals for England, scoring 28 goals.This match, played on April 4th, 1903 was his third. Woodward put England ahead in the 10th minute, scoring from close...

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Morning Advertiser 18.01.1869 The County Ground at Islington (also known as The Cattle Market Ground) was no longer in use for cricket in 1869. Some familiar names in the line ups.

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Bert Bliss

Tottenham Hotspur's Bert Bliss with an overhead kick in the 1921 FA Cup Final. Bliss was an inside forward who made 215 appearances for Tottenham (106 goals). He later played for Clapton Orient and...

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Celtic vs Irish Free State XI: The Highest Paid Football Experts in the World

On 23.02.24 a warmly received Glasgow Celtic played a hastily arranged friendly against an Irish Free State XI in Dublin. Celtic won 3-0. There was a 20,000 crowd that spilled onto the pitch and...

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