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Some Famous Forwards

R. Templeton (Woolwich Arsenal)Bobby Templeton was an outside right. He began and ended his career with Kilmarnock, also playing for Aston Villa, Newcastle United, Woolwich Arsenal, Celtic and...

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The English Disease- 1885

Birmingham Daily Post

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Wiener Athletiksport Club

Wiener AC (1901): standing, l-r: Friedrich Dettelmaier, Karl Sokol, Philipp Nauss, Emil Wachuda, Herr Pammer (secretary), Heinrich Haller, Dr. Steiner, Strauss, Josef Taurer; seated:Gustav Huber,...

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A Team of Scotland v Canada

Scottish FA secretary William Dick was in the process of arranging a  tour to Canada when he died in 1880. This was the year in which David Forsyth had been instrumental in founding the The Western...

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Audacious

Audacious , Bold, Daring... take your pick of the translations of the name of  the team pictured above.  Команда смелых , founded by high school students and the young workers of  the St. George...

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Wales- Club Affiliations

The diversity of club affiliations in Wales line ups has always appealed to me- The FAW seemed to draw on the great professional clubs of the English north and midlands and the village teams of north...

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Strange days- El gol de la valija

May 27th , 1934,Centenario Stadium, Nacional v Peñarol in the league championship play off . 21 minutes into the second half. The score is 0-0.  Bahía, Peñarol's Brazilian winger, shoots at goal, (at...

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Hull City

Hull City supporters at The Boulevard, 1904 Hull City A.F.C. were founded on 28 June 1904. Kingston upon Hull was a  Northern Union (Rugby League) stronghold, and previous attempts to establish...

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Katwijkse Voetbal Vereniging Quick Boys

 In these 2 photographs of Katwijk's splendidly named Quick Boys the goalkeepers seem to be wearing neckties. Up until 1954 all football in the Netherlands was amateur. Quick Boys, founded in 1920,...

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Siam

Up until 1939 Thailand was known as Siam.The  Siam national football team played its first match on December 20th 1915. The opponents were a team of mixed European residents. Rather imaginatively this...

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Burma

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Fergie Suter

Following James Reddie Lang's spell with The Wednesday in 1876 the next examples of Scottish players moving to England in order to play football for money are Fergus Suter and James Love, who joined...

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The Maley Brothers

Thomas Maley was an Irishman who served in the Royal Highland Fusiliers for 22 years. He was a veteran of the Crimea and had traveled the world. He had 4 sons. One,Charles,became a priest, the other 3...

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Frank Barson

Imagine Nobby Stiles, Bryan Robson and Roy Keane rolled into one and the hardness multiplied by 10. That's the image that history tends to portray of the 6 foot tall half back Frank Barson.Whether or...

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Football Stitchers

The Yorkshire Evening Post 15.08.16 The local press (predominantly in the north of England) were advertising for football stitchers right up to the end of our period (1937)

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The Crystal Palace

The name Crystal Palace could refer to 3 things: 1. A founder member club of the FA formed by groundskeepers at the Great Exhibition site at Hyde Park . The club existed from 1861-1876.2. The London...

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Karl Pekarna

In the summer of 1904 the Austro- Hungarian Empire received a healthy dose of Scottish Football. Celtic and Rangers had finished  4th and 3rd  respectively in the league, and Celtic had beaten Rangers...

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Malvern College

Malvern College, 1900 Malvern College was one of the 'public' schools that retained Association football as its winter game when many others drifted towards Rugby. The photograph above shows the...

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Wages- 1928

Nottingham Evening Post 13.07.28  An agricultural labourer in England in 1928 would have an annual income of approximately £79.The average national weekly wage was £2, so that's about £104 a year....

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Joan Gamper

Hans Kamper was instrumental in the foundation of FC Zurich in 1896. He was an all round sportsman, interested in athletics, cycling, tennis, golf and even Rugby (which he played when living in...

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