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Sandy Tait

Sandy Tait began his football career in his home village, with Glenbuck Athletic. Having played in the Scottish League for Glasgow Rangers and Motherwell, full-back Tait joined Preston North End in...

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Queen's Park v Druids, 1877

On October 6th 1877 Queen's Park entertained a visiting side from Wales. Although contemporary reports and Queen's Park histories suggest that this was a representative side of the best of Welsh...

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Umberto Caligaris

Umberto Caligaris was a full back  who played for Casale (1919-28), Juventus (1928-35) and Brescia (1935-37). He won 59 caps for Italy between 1922 and 1934. This remained the record number of caps...

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Some landmarks in the growth of football in Africa

I am doing African football something of a disservice by condensing the development of the game across a huge and culturally diverse geographical area over a period of 60 years into one post. This is...

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Народная команда - The Peoples' Team

Krasnaya Presnya 1924 Although the name Spartak was not adopted until 1935, Spartak Moscow can trace their history back to 1922.The club came into being when the Communist Party committee in the...

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H. Atkinson's Sports Depot

I still have my grandfather's Acme referee's whistle. It's hanging on its 80 odd year old string from the shelf next to where I write this blog. He was born in Swansea in 1903 and was a lifelong...

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The Cairo Derby- Al Ahly v El Mokhtalat

The Cairo Derby between Al Ahly and Zamalek represents one of the most passionate rivalries in world football. Here we will look at the earlier days of this fixture.Al Ahly Sporting Club was founded...

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Derby Midland

The Mids played in black and white stripes  Derby had a football club as early as 1869- Derby Town FC. The Midland Railway Football Club was founded in 1881 and was soon known by their familiar name...

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The matches that shaped Association football- The 1870s

International Football in the 1870s A number of matches during this decade left an indelible mark on the development of the game, as competitive cup football and international fixtures came into...

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Fallen Idols

In the early part of the 20th century the footballing public in what was then the Austo-Hungarian Monarchy held British football in reverential regard.Willy Meisl wrote of the influence of the touring...

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Billy Meredith's International Career

Football annuals state that he has played in fifty-one matches for Wales. If any sceptic troubled to write Meredith about these figures, which have been disputed, he would supply all the dates to...

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Il Quinquennio D'Oro

Rosetta, Combi, Caligaris In the 1930-31 season Juventus secured their 3rd national championship (they won the Prima Categoria in 1905 and Prima Divisione in 1925-26). They went on to win 5 league...

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St Petersburg 1901-17

Organised football in St Petersburg evolved in the 1890s through the efforts of  German and British workers. This led to the formation of the city's first league in 1901. The winners received a trophy...

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The Greek Cup 1931-32

The final of the first Greek national cup competition was played at Panathainikos' stadium on November 8, 1931. AEK defeated Aris 5-3.Athlitiki Enosis Konstantinoupoleos (Athletic Union of...

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Copa Ricardo Aldao

As we have seen , the tradition of trans Platense football dates back to 1889, and Argentine and Uruguayan teams had been playing each other since Albion crossed the river to play Retiro and Belgrano...

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Must'nt touch it with the hands.

I'm sure these cards were intended to titillate rather than to promote a positive image of women's participation in sport. The young lady's shape suggests corsetry- it's a nice kit though.  I...

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Forest v Barnes 1863

Bell's Life in London and Sporting Chronicle- 19.12.63 The Forest Club was founded by CW and JF Alcock.  JF Alcock was a delegate at the 6  Football Association meetings held in October-December 1863...

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El Tigre e Homem-Borracha

This photograph, taken in September 1938  shows 2 early superstars of Brazilian football.On the right is Arthur Friedenreich. On the left is Leônidas da Silva.Fried's career lasted from 1909 to 1925....

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The Football Association of Wales tour of Canada, 1929

30 years after the Football Association arranged their first overseas tour, The Welsh FA followed their example. A 15 match tour of Canada was undertaken in the summer of 1929. Of the 20 players who...

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Plánička

František Plánička played  969 games for Slavia Prague, 76% of which ended in victory. During thirteen seasons that Plánička was at the club between 1925 and 1938, Slavia won seven league titles. He...

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