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Associação Atlética Ponte Preta

Ponte Preta was founded by students at the Colégio Culto à Ciência in Campinas. Two things stand out from the team group above- the distinctive neckties and the ethnic diversity of the players. When...

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Greetings from America!

1928-29:  5 former Hakoah Wien players in the colours of  New York Hakoah, from left: József Eisenhoffer (aka József Aczél)- a versatile left sided player capped 8 times by Hungary.  Moses “Moritz”...

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Alf Milward

Lloyd's Weekly London  Newspaper 17.01.92 Joining Everton from Marlow in 1888, Alf Milward made 225 first team appearances for the Toffees in 9 seasons,scoring 95 goals. He then spent 1 season at New...

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Ireland, Ireland!

The Irish Football Association was formed in 1880 and, though focused on Belfast, was responsible for the administration of the game throughout the island. Although there were cultural and sectarian...

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Bologna & Torino- South American Tour, 1929

Just 3 weeks after the decisive play off match that closed the 1928-29 Italian season, champions Bologna and runners up Torino were in South America on tour. The 2 squads sailed together from Genoa on...

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Billy Hunter

Scottish outside left Billy Hunter played 150 games for Southern League Millwall Athletic before joining Bolton Wanderers in 1908. Hunter made 55 first team appearances for Bolton over the next 4...

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Starostin Brothers

Petr, Аndrei, Аleksandr & Nikolai The years from the Great October Revolution (1917) to the end of the Great Patriotic War (1945)  saw football in the Soviet Union progressing in relative...

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Sergeant James Hamilton Speirs M.M.

Jimmy Speirs was an inside left who was born in Glasgow. He represented Scotland in 1 international (against Wales in 1908).  He played for Glasgow Rangers and Clyde before joining Bradford City in...

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Poland

For their first foray into international football Poland took a Cracovia dominated XI to meet Hungary at the Hungária körúti Stadion. Indeed there is some speculatiuon that the fixture only came about...

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The British League Cup 1902

To be the Champion of Britain was, as we have seen, the equivalent of being the Champion of the World. The domestic football of England and Scotland was without equal well into the 20th century.From...

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Jimmy Brogan

                                                                      Lloyd's Weekly London  Newspaper  (15.11.91)Jimmy Brogan scored 6 goals on his debut in senior football in 1883 (Hibernian beating...

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Early Association Football in Wales

The Football Association of Wales was founded in March 1876. At this point there were already a number of well established clubs in the Principality- mostly in the north East. Let's take a closer look...

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Czechoslovakia 1920

Czech international football had endured a 12 year hiatus following Bohemia's loss of international status in 1908. The new Czechoslovakian team made their international bow at the 1920 Olympics,...

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Lausanne v Streatham 1870

The history of Association Football is rendered all the more colourful by the controversies and disputes that crop up from time to time.Here is a very early example, taken from an otherwise...

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Der Verband der Prager Deutschen Fußball-Vereine

The history of German domestic football is made very complex by the large number of regional competitions that fed into the National Championships. Another level of complexity emerges when we consider...

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De Pijn trekt weg...

Kloosterbalsem (Cloister Balm) was an ointment for the treatment of bruises, sprains, scratches and blisters. Here it is endorsed by Kees van Dijke, the Feyenoord defender who played 3 times for The...

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Footballs

A newspaper advertisment from pre- revolutionary Russia. I Glazynov of Moscow offers London made footballs. The  'American rubber ' balls come in 5 sizes. Almost twice as costly are the 'English...

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Manchester United in Central Europe 1908

United and FerencvárosHaving won the League Championship for the first time in the 1907-08 season, Manchester United, under the leadership of Ernest Mangnall, embarked on their first overseas tour....

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De Voetballer

There was a time when the Olympic Games extended to non- athletic disciplines such as art, architecture and music.In 1920 when his countrymen were victorious in the controversial Association football...

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Tinsley Lindley

Lloyd's Weekly London Newspaper (23.11.90) Lindley was England's leading goalscorer before Steve Bloomer.  He scored 14 goals in 13 internationals.

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