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Unlikely Semi Finalists?

FA Cup semi-final weekend.It will for many be the high point of the season, but ultimately the unsuccessful semi finalists will largely be forgotten.If we accept a certain standard of knowledge of the...

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Manchester United in Budapest

A flyer advertising Manchester United's visit to Budapest in 1908.

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Standard Athletic Club

1902La Coupe Dewar was a knockout tournament contested by Parisian clubs from 1899-1900.Standard Athletic Club won 4 of the first 6 editions.Here we see action from the 1902 final in which Standard...

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The Edinburgh Cup

By my reckoning this competition (still played for today in the guise of the East of Scotland Shield) is the third oldest Association football cup tournament in the World. This despite the apparent...

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Say it with flowers #1

Wherever it appears on the internet, this picture is invariably described as  Copa America 1921. Emilio Solari, captain of  Argentina, greeting  Bartolome Brizuela of Paraguay at the 1921 South...

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The Oval

In the 1860s London's football was played in public parks such as Clapham Common and Battersea Park. There were no enclosed football grounds.A significant change occurred on Saturday October 9th 1869,...

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Last day drama -1903

On Saturday April 18th 1903 (which was FA Cup Final day) The Wednesday completed their League campaign with a 3-1 win over West Bromwich Albion at Owlerton (goals from Andy Wilson, Fred Spikesley and...

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Augusto Rangone

When we think of Italian managers in the pre war era the name of Vittorio Pozzo will, of course, forever dominate, leading the Azzuri on 95 occasions including 2 World Cup wins.In the majority of other...

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Bovril Wins

Nottingham Forest won the FA Cup in 1898, beating local rivals Derby County 3-1 at Crystal Palace.

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Polyteknikkojen urheiluseura (PUS)

1906 Polyteknikkojen urheiluseura  (PUS) was founded in 1903 at the Helsinki University of Technology. In 1909 they won the national championships. Finland was, at the time, a part of the Russian...

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Westfalia Schalke

1908 The earliest known photograph of Schalke 04 (above) dates from 1908, when the club was still known as Westfalia Schalke. At the time of the club's formation in 1904 the protagonists were around...

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The World ...1871

In 1871, when the Wanderers were beginning to feel their omnipotence, they issued a challenge to the Rest of the World.A number of the players from the 1867 matches were still involved.  The World...

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Hibernian 1902

The 1902 Scottish Cup Final was due to be played at Ibrox on 12th April, but due to the tragic Ibrox disaster the match was delayed until the 26th . The venue was changed to Celtic Park, giving Celtic...

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Spot The Ball

Spot the Ball competitions used to be very popular, appearing on the back pages of most newspapers, with large cash prizes on offer.  To mark FA Cup Final day here are 4 Cup Final Spot the Balls....

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Say it with flowers #2

     Américo Miguel Tesoriere                                                             Agostinho Fortes FilhoEstadio das Laranjeiras, Rio de Janeiro 15.10.22. Brazil 2 Argentina 0.

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Berlin

Footballers in Berlin's Tempelhofer Park c.1900. Fantastic berets.

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FC Young Boys Bern

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The Oval, 1869-70 season

Having secured the use of the Surrey County Cricket ground at Kennington Oval The Wanderers put it to good use for the 1869-70 season.Contemporary reports reveal that the Association game was still...

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Newton Heath's first competitive match

Three pence was the price of admission to the North Road ground on 27.10.83 to witness Newton Heath LYR's first competitive match. Three pence to see the FA Cup holders? That seemed to be the deal as...

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Singer's FC

1885-86 Singer's was a bicycle factory in Coventry. The works team was founded in 1883.  In 1892 they won 3 cup competitions (The Birmingham Cup, The Wednesbury Cup and The Walsall Cup). In 1894 the...

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