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La Máquina Blanca

Nacional won back to back championships in 1933 & 1934, the team nicknamed La Máquina Blanca.The 1933 championship concluded (almost) in the notorious  El gol de la valija  incident The record of...

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Segar Bastard

In the 19th century officials (umpires and referees as they were until 1891) were often drawn from among the ranks of the players.Segar Bastard of Upton Park refereed the 1878 FA Cup Final at the age...

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The club named after a ship...

Hertha was a steamship that cruised the Havel River. It so impressed young Fritz Lindner that when he formed a football club in 1892 he took not only the name of the ship, but also its blue and white...

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The Wanderers' Last Match

December 18th, 1883. Kennington Oval. The great Wanderers, the dominant force in early Association football, 5 time FA Cup winners, play their last ever game, the annual match with Harrow School.

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Yacopini

Brothers Bruno and Gino Jacoponi, a goalkeeper and a forward respectively, played for Livorno  in the Prima Categoria final of 1920. US Livorno 1920. In 1923 the brothers moved to Chile where they...

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Nita Carmona

Apparently Ana Carmona Ruiz, known as Nita Carmona, played for Sporting Club Malaga in the 1920s in the guise of a man.

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A.J Woolley & Co.

21 rue de la Pépinière, 75008 Paris is still home to a sports shop!

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Alcock on Lancashire

Though the introduction of Association football into Lancashire about the same period as the establishment of the Cup, the first of an innumerable succession of trophies of a similar kind, was a mere...

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... a less rough and dangerous game ...

Bath Chronicle and Weekly Gazette 19.10.71 John Charles Thring was instrumental in developing two sets of rules during the pre-history of football.  The Cambridge Rules of 1848 were an attempt at a...

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The Sixty Minute International Match

Played at The Oval, 18.01.79.England 2 Wales 1 England Wales Rupert Anderson Old Etonians George Glascodine Wrexham Lindsay Bury Cambridge University Llewelyn Kenrick Oswestry Claud Wilson Oxford...

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Wednesday v Middlesbrough

A lovely old programme from 1902.Hogg played in place of Blacketh.Featured in the Wednesday line up were 2 beautifully named players, Ambrose Langley and Herod Ruddlesdin.Wednesday won 2-0, Davis and...

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Leagues

Nottingham Evening Post 24.09.89 In the same way in which the FA Cup spawned many imitators, the foundation of the Football League gave rise to the establishment of any number of similar...

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Lithuania

The Lithuanian team that was defeated 3-2 by Latvia at Kaunas on 21st August 1926.

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Celtic v English Clubs in the 19th Century

1888-89 1888 was Celtic’s foundation year- they played their first match in May. They reached the final of the Scottish Cup in the 1888-89 season. 31.12.88 Celtic                     7 1 Mitchell St...

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Texas

Yorkshireman Ernest Oates founded Dallas Athletics in 1908. This was the first Association football team in Texas.Read historian Paula Bosse's account of the venture here.View archive material here.

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Pepe Soares

José Manuel Soares, known as Pepe was an inside forward who played 14 times for Portugal (including 2 as a substitute), scoring 7 goals. He made 3 appearances at the 1928 Olympics.Pepe's debut for his...

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England, 1876

We are used now to hyperbole in the media. Victorian journalism was more restrained. Here's how The Athletic News introduced the England team who faced Scotland on 5th March 1876: The following...

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José Laguna

  José Durand Laguna, known as 'El Negro', was a prolific forward for Huracán.  He represented Argentina 4 times, scoring 3 goals. His debut came in unusual circumstances. At the 1916 South American...

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Southampton & Sheffield United, 1902

April 19th, 1902.Sheffield United were to face Southampton at Crystal  Palace and The Sporting Life was jam packed with statistics on the Cup Final teams. Age Weight Height Foulke 25 21 st 133 kg 6 ft...

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Llandrindod Wells

The increasing popularity of Association football was reflected in the development of grass roots clubs throughout the United Kingdom.Here we see a team from Llandrindod Wells, Radnorshire, from the...

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