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Arsenal

A  football signed by the Arsenal team of 1936.  The signatures are: Norman SideyA centre half (which was now a central defensive position rather than a playmaker), he played 45 games for Arsenal...

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Italy 1910

25 footballers identified as 'probables ' for the future Italian national team by Lettura Sportiva in February 1910.The first Italian XI in May of that year featured 10 of these players (marked *),...

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The club named after a horse...

Club Atlético Porteño (Buenos Aires) was originally formed in July 1895 as Club Atlético Capital. The founders were Irish immigrants . They gambled the club kitty om a horse called Porteño. The horse...

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Artistic License

This large ceramic tile was produced by the Spode company in the 1870s. There is some lovely detail in evidence, such as the construction of the ball and the costumes of the players. However, a closer...

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Association Football by J.L Jones (1904)

I cannot find words strong enough to express my disapproval. The habit of smoking, once started, may lead to grave disasters. Jack Jones (1904) Jack  Jones was born in Rhuddlan but grew up on...

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Spain 1929

A splendid photograph from an interesting blog.Gorgeous strip on the Spain team that famously defeated England at Madrid's Estadio Metropolitano on May 15th 1929. The great Ricardo Zamora sports his...

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Bus Parade

The civic parade for a victorious team is now one of the great traditions in world football, dating back to Blackburn Olympic's FA Cup winning celebrations in 1883.In the 1915-16 season Bethlehem...

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Clash of Colours, 1882

When we think of the professional football clubs of the industrialized north that came to dominate the game in the 1880s, it is easy to consider them as being an entirely different entity from the...

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Outcasts FC

Manchester United during the dispute Meredith pictured as Guy Fawkes Following the demise of the AFU there was no organised body to represent the interests of the professionals until 1907.  The rather...

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Campeonato Sudamericano de Selecciones 1927

Played in Lima, Peru, the 1927 South American Championship of Nations featured Uruguay, Argentina, Peru and Bolivia.In the 5th match Argentina defeated Uruguay 3-2 (Adhemar Canavesi's own goal proving...

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A New Season, time for a break...

A new season is upon us. Before The D is taking a 2 week break.

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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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