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Die Pfarrwiese

Simply adore this panoramic postcard of Rapid Vienna's Pfarrwiese ground. Football in La Belle Époque.  There is an air of gentility about the scene. People in their Sunday best attending the game. An...

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O ataque dos 100 gols

In the 1927 Campeonato Paulista (the version run by APEA) Santos racked up 100 goals in 16 games, an average of  6.25 goals per game. Remarkably this wasn't enough to secure the title. Palestra Itália...

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1914

The football authorities came in for a great deal of criticism when play continued following the outbreak of war in 1914. There was no reluctance, however, to exploit the potential of the game as a...

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Everton v Newton Heath 1889

Dancing and funerals... As the 1888-89 season drew to a close the press reveals that clubs were engaged in an intense schedule of friendlies. The programme above is from Newton Heath's first ever...

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Our Winter Game

Summer is here. Time to remember, perhaps, that Association Football is primarily a winter game. Queen's Park started off playing in the summer but on the whole, whether in the Northern or Southern...

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Prehistory

Bell’s Life in London and Sporting Chronicle - 16.01.59 A brief dip into pre-history here. We know that the Football Association Laws of the game didn't just materialise from the ether, and it was a...

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Montes

Arturo Montesinos Cebrián , usually called Montes, also known as Tellà, was one of the early greats of Valencia. A prolific centre forward, Montes scored 254 goals in 259 games  for Valencia. His most...

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Italy 1912

back (L-R):  Angelo Binaschi, Franco Bontadini, Felice Berardo, Giuseppe Milano, Pietro Leone, Renzo De Vecchi, Piero Campelli; front (L-R):. Carlo De Marchi, Enrico Sardi, Enea Zuffi, Edoardo Marian...

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Dubious Histories

Let me say at the outset that I have got absolutely nothing against Stoke City or its supporters.It's just that their claimed foundation date of 1863 has always struck me as being somewhat spurious....

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William Pickford-Free Britons have queer ways of enjoying themselves

William Pickford was 17 years old when he watched an Association game between  Blackburn District and Bolton. Formerly a Rugby enthusiast he was captivated by the Asociation game. having relocated from...

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Managers

Here are some successful managers pictured during their careers as players. The player in the centre of the back row of this photograph is Helenio Herrera. The team is Casablanca Roches Noires (1929)....

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Walter Bennett

It was a different world... Footballers were paid decently enough, but for most working class pros the end of their playing days  meant a return to industry. Some made it as coaches and others were...

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Club Atlético Argentino de Quilmes

1903 In Quilmes, Buenos Aires, during the latter part of the 1890s there was a group of footballers who called themselves El Relámpago (Lightning). The local football club was Quilmes Atlético Club,...

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The Association Footballers' Union 1898- 1901

Jack Bell (Everton) -  chairman of the AFU John Cameron (Everton)- president of the AFU Now look here, how would any man in business like to have his wages reduced by 25% if his employers could well...

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Gentlemen and Players

I have been lucky enough to play against nearly all the League teams, and have, therefore, met many professionals. They are a very nice set of men, not only to meet on the football field, but off it....

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Schlosser- 59 international goals

Schlosser Imre (Imre Schlosser-Lakatos) A 21 year international career is in itself a remarkable achievement (in the pre 1937 era only Billy Meredith and Billy McCracken exceeded Schlosser).Only Anel...

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Campeonato Sud Americano de Football

1916 Winners Entrants Top Scorer Player of Tournament Hosts 1916 Uruguay Argentina Brazil Chile Uruguay Isabelino Gradín (Uru) 3 Isabelino Gradín (Uru) Argentina More here 1917 Winners Entrants Top...

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Goodison Park

'The first purpose built football stadium in England'- Goodison Park opened on 24 August 1892. FA dignitaries Lord Kinnaird and Frederick Wall were present, but strangely there was no football match- a...

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National Challenge Cup Winners 1930-32

A look at the winners of the United States' National Challenge Cup in the early 1930s reveals the following interesting sequence:1930The Fall River Marksmen of the Atlantic Coast League defeated...

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Football publications of the 1860s

The Laws of the Game Shortly after the Football Association formulated The Laws of the Game in 1863 they were published by John Lillywhite of Seymour Street in a booklet that cost a shilling and...

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