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Sheffield and England in the 19th Century...

The City of Sheffield was a major centre of footballing development , and its influence on the evolution of the Association game cannot be overlooked.  There were Sheffield men present in the England...

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Los grandes centre- forwards

This page is taken from an edition of Mundo Uruguayo published in 1930, the centenary of the nation. The issue was titled 'The Resurgence of the Nation' and focused on the triumphs of the Uruguay...

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France v Switzerland 1930

The card shows the France team that lined up against Switzerland at Stade Olympique Yves-du-Manoir(Colombes). The match ended in a 3-3 draw. Switzerland were 2-0 in 13 minutes (both goals by...

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Genoa Cricket & Athletic Club

When Genoa Cricket & Athletic Club won the first of its national championships in 1898 it retained many features of its origins as an English institution. The club jerseys for example, were white,...

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Hirsch and Fuchs

Julius Hirsch and Gottfried Fuchs, the 2 Jewish footballers who represented Germany. During the Third Reich era Fuchs went into exile and Hirsch was murdered at Auschwitz.The memory of these 2...

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Newcastle United's Golden Era

The 11 seasons from 1900 marked a golden age for Newcastle United.Let's take a look at their league positions and FA Cup performance: season League FA Cup 1900–01 6th R1 1901–02 3rd R3 1902–03 14th R1...

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There's no 'I' in 'team'?

It may be apocryphal, but a lovely story anyhow. Professionalism is still 6 years off, and the England team is still dominated by the old Public Schoolboys and 'Varsity men. Combination play has yet to...

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Billy Meredith

Billy Meredith looking very workmanlike. Who's the man in the bowler?We'll be back in a week or so.

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Ferencváros in Brazil

Read more about this tour here: http://gottfriedfuchs.blogspot.co.uk/2014/03/ferencvaros-tour-of-south-america-1929.html

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Dual Internationals- Cricket and Association Football

When the football season ended by May 1st and didn't resume until September there was a lot more scope for men to play both sports at the highest level.  A number of England internationals were also...

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Amsterdam 1928

The gold, silver and bronze winning teams (Uruguay, Argentina, Italy) Netherlands (v.Uruguay)Uruguay (v. Germany)   Montevideo greets news of the victory.Uruguay before the first game with...

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Australian Inter Colonial Matches in the 19th Century

Prior to the Federation of Australia in 1901 there were six separate colonies (Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria,Tasmania, South Australia, and Western Australia).Victoria had it's own local code...

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Manchester United's First FA Cup Win -1909

GK  Harry Moger RB  George Stacey LB  Vince Hayes RH  Dick Duckworth CH  Charlie Roberts (c) LH  Alex Bell OR  Billy Meredith IR  Harold Halse CF  Jimmy Turnbull IL  Sandy Turnbull OL  George Wall...

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Turn- und Sportverein München von 1860

German clubs are very fond of including their foundation date in their official titles. In the case of Turn- und Sportverein München von 1860, this date could be seen as a bit misleading. The...

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White Hart Lane

Tottenham Hotspur moved to White Hart Lane (site of a market garden) in 1899. These photographs show the first match played at the new enclosed ground, which had a capacity of 35,000. Notts County...

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Stephen Smith

These were the days before agents and transfer deadline day dramas. Steve Smith was working nights in a coal mine in Cannock Chase and playing for Hednesford Town. Aston Villa financial secretary...

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Combinado del Pacifico

Another ambitious intercontinental tour from the 1930s saw a squad made up from 3 leading Peruvian clubs, supplemented by 3 players from Colo-Colo in Chile, travel to Europe. Colo Colo had toured...

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FC St. Gallen

St Gallen FC, founded in April 1879,  claims to be the oldest club in continental Europe. The club was founded by young businessmen who had been exposed to football when they studied with English...

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Gandhi

 When Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi became involved in Civil Rights and anti racism in South Africa he recognized the populist force of football. In 1913 he organized football  in Natal for the Indian...

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Fussball Ohne Aufnehmen Des Balles (Assoziation-Fussball)

First published in 1909, this 90 page booklet was volume 18 in a series on sports and games. The title rather charmingly translates as Football Without Picking Up The Ball. Author Johannes Scharfe was...

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