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The World...1867

It's hard to imagine a time when football did not enjoy mass popularity, and unless you've ever tried to organise a works or pub team , it's equally difficult to appreciate the obstacles that Alcock,...

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Ireland v Italy 1927

Having played 3 matches at the  Olympics, in June 1924 The Irish Free State entertained the USA in Dublin. These matches are frequently omitted from the list of internationals played by the Republic...

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A Great North Eastern Rivalry

Newcastle upon Tyne and Sunderland, lying less than 20km apart, are the 2 major settlements in the North East of England , an industrialised area that is traditionally passionate about...

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Villa Park

Home to Aston Villa since 1897, Villa Park is one of the great stadia of English football. During the first quarter of the 20th century only Goodison could rival its grandeur. Aston Lower Grounds was...

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Italy 1928

Amsterdam, June 9th 1928- Italy beat Egypt in the Olympic Bronze medal match. The final score is 11-3. Schiavo, Banchero and Magnozzi score 3 each, Baloncieri gets 2.And the Italians celebrate by ......

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South America v Europe

From 1924-1936 there were 27 meetings between South American and European international teams. 1924 Paris Olympics. 26.05.24 Yugoslavia 0 7 Uruguay  01.06.24    France    1 5 Uruguay...

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Bohemia

Bohemia was a part of the Austrian Empire that now makes up the greater part of The Czech Republic.  Between 1906 and 1908 Bohemia, recognised by FIFA, played six international matches. Game 1:...

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Christmas Day 1889 - Nick Ross

The first time that League football was played on Xmas Day was in 1889, the second season of League football.In heavy conditions before a crowd of 6-7,000, top of the table Preston North End...

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The Sheffield and Hallamshire Senior Cup in the 19th Century

 April 1877 The Sheffield Football Association The Sheffield Football Association was founded in 1867, but until 1877 the clubs played the Sheffield Rules variant of the game. In 1877 Sheffield...

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Billy Meredith career stats

Season Club League Cup Internationals* apps goals apps goals apps goals 1890-91 Chirk AAA 1891-92 Combination 7th 1892-93 Combination 4th Welsh 2nd 1893-94 Northwich Victoria Div .2 15th Welsh Cup...

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North Wales v Sheffield

FOOTBALL. SHEFFIELD V. NORTH WALES This match was played on the Racecourse, at Wrexham, on Saturday, November 18. The weather was very unfavourable, it being a damp, foggy, miserable day. Owing to the...

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El Gran Pattullo

Glaswegian George Pattullo travelled to Catalunya due to his connections in the coal trade. He was a noted tennis player, who played casual football for an ex-pats team. The story goes that Pattullo...

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Alex Latta

Lloyd's Weekly London  Newspaper - 30.10.92

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Gottfried Fuchs Platz

This is our 1,000th post, so it is dedicated to the memory of the footballer after whom this blog was originally named: Gottfried Fuchs of Karlsruher FV and Germany.Note the building in the...

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Tylers Football Boots

Ireland in the early 1900s. Buy a pair of Tylers Football Boots. Judging by the illustration they were 'the best' for ruthlessly cropping your opponents.

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Rudolf Ramseyer

Rudolf 'Ruedi' Ramseyer won 59 caps for Switzerland between 1920 and 1931. He captained the national side 30 times, scored 5 goals in internationals and appeared at the 1924 Olympic Games.Ramseyer...

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Hungary 1912

The luck of the draw...Hungary were in a pretty good place before the commencement of the 1912 Olympic tournament at Stockholm.15 games had passed since they had been beaten 8-2 by England in 1909. Of...

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Patrick O'Connell

The above sculpture celebrates Betis Balompié's La Liga win in 1935. Among the names on the sculpture is that of Betis' manager- former Manchester United captain Patrick O'Connell.  The team...

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Pe de Ouro

                                         Friedenreich with the Brazil team 1925 Arthur Friedenreich had a phenomenal goal scoring record. It is possible that he was the most prolific scorer in the...

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Turton

Turton's ground at Tower Street, Chapeltown  The story of football as we know it today really begins with the working classes of the industrial north of England embracing the codified football that...

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