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1930 World Cup-Team of the Tournament

Enrique Ballestrero (Uruguay) The 25 year old Rampla Juniors ‘keeper conceded 3 goals, keeping 3 clean sheets in the group stage. José Nasazzi (Uruguay) El Gran Mariscal was 28 at the time of the...

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The Umpire's Whistle 1872

I have read a great number of speculative accounts regarding the introduction of the whistle (logically for use by umpires rather than the referee). The common denominators tend to be the involvement...

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Fulham

1934, Fulham ...because football nostalgia sites have to feature quirky pictures from time to time.

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The Birmingham Derby in the 19th Century

Birmingham (City since 1943) have always , to my mind, occupied a strange position in English football. Bearing the name of the second city and being at the heart of one of the hotbeds of the...

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Scotch Team

The 9th Scotland v England match was the 3rd in a row to produce 9 goals.  On this occasion Scotland ran out winners by 5-4. The goals came from Kerr (3), Baird, and Kaye.The term 'Scotch' was in...

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Alejandro Mena

Alejandro Mena played in Boca Juniors' title winning teams in 1930 (Asociación Amateurs Argentina de Football Primera División) and 1931 (Liga Argentina de Football - Primera División).

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In Touch with all Requirements

When ordering footballs please mention Association or Rugby...The best ball here costs 9/3*. An agricultural labourer earned 14/ per week.*Prices are in shillings /pence. 12 pence to a shilling, 20...

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A curious Cup Final goal

Illustrations of Association matches in the 1870s are hard to find, so apologies for relying on these overused images of  England v Scotland matches. Look at the goalposts. Rather flimsy looking...

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Blackburn Rovers

There's always one isn't there? In this case it appears to be Arthur Cowell, on the extreme right. I've checked other Rovers pictures from  the era and there doesn't appear to have been a tradition...

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Portugal v Argentina, 1928

Argentina's first official international against European opposition came on their way to the 1928 Olympic Tournament, On April 1st 1928 they faced Portugal at Sporting's Estádio do Lumiar.The game,...

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Football...seems to rouse him as nothing else can.

The Lancashire Daily Post 06.06.34 23.02.34: Fenerbahçe v Galatasaray. Nominally a friendly, the match descended into chaos.

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Go Ahead

c 1890 This picture is not immediately recognizable as a football team, the long trousers and berets- perhaps the only clue the shinguards on the 2 centrally seated men.It is however Wageningen...

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Herbert Chapman: Football Revolutionary?

 Mr Chapman with Arsenal players on the golf course in 1929. L-R: Unknown, Tom Parker, Alex James, David Jack, Herbert Chapman. David Jack with a cigarette , Alex James with plus fours that are about...

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Geary equalises for Everton

29.11.90Plenty of animation behind the goal at Anfield. Not much sign of life in the Blackburn defence though.Fred Geary played 100 games for Everton in 6 seasons, scoring 86 goals. This was his 13th...

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Petrograd

August 1914:  2 matches featuring Petrograd champions Kolomyagi. The first against  Moscow champions KFS, the second, as far as I can make out, against a team from Samara (KVOD).

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Irish Association Football in Argentina

Lobos Athletic Club 1892 Here is a link to the article Irish Association Football in Argentina by Víctor Raffo. The influence of Irish settlers on the development of football in Argentina,...

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Ramón Unzaga

Ramón Unzaga, pioneer of the bicycle kick, was a versatile sportsman who excelled at sprinting, javelin, high jump, diving, and waterpolo as well as football.He made 8 appearances for Chile, featuring...

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Sectarianism in 19th century Edinburgh

  Edinburgh Evening News 07.09.80  John Sweeney played in the first match between Heart of Midlothian and Hibernian on Xmas Day 1875. He played for Hearts until 1881, making 53 appearances and scoring...

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Ángel Zárraga

During the 1920's the Mexican artist Ángel Zárraga produced a series of vibrant paintings of footballers.More to follow...

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Ezelî Rekabet

Players of Galatasaray and  Fenerbahçe (in stripes) mingle in 1913. Unthinkable as it may seem now there were plans at the time to merge the 2 clubs . The new club was to be called Türkkulübü. The...

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