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Bloomer

In his 5th England appearance 23 year old Steve Bloomer of Derby County nets his 11th international goal.The 85th minute strike was England's final goal in the 6-0 win over Ireland at Trent Bridge...

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...too fierce a character to be popular

Sporting Life 05.12.63 A letter supporting the initiative of the Football Association to unify the laws of the game goes on to make a prediction that football played by grown men would never catch on.

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Romania 1909

In October 1909 Romania's first governing body for Association football, Asociaţiunea Societăţilor Atletice din România was founded. The founding members were:Olympia București-  Bucharest's oldest...

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Everton Vina Del Mar

Is it a coincidence that the Chilean Everton was founded in 1909, the year in which the English Everton toured South America?The founders, youths of 15 years old, were largely of English descent. David...

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FA Cup Final 1903

This is one of those records that I don't think we'll see beaten; the most onesided FA Cup Final.It was a case of one game too many for Derby, who were hampered by injuries. Most significantly Steve...

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King George V

Burnley 1914 1923  Arsenal 1930 Manchester City 1934 King George V was the first reigning monarch to attend an FA Cup Final (1914). He put in a number of appearances during his 26 years on the throne....

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FA Cup Winner's Parades

Athletic News 04.04.83 Manchester United, 1909 Blackburn Rovers, 1928 As the first non-metropolitan team to triumph in the FA Cup it is unsurprising that Blackburn Olympic were also the first to be...

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Club Atlético River Plate

1909 From their foundation in 1901 until 1905 Club Atlético River Plate wore white jerseys. Their iconic red band first appeared in 1905, but in 1909 was replaced by red and white vertical stripes....

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Leen Vente - Wat een geweldig kapsel!

Leen Vente (Leendert Roelof Jan Vente) was an inside forward.10 of Vente's 21 Netherlands appearances came during 'our' era (pre July 1937). In these games he scored 10 goals, including 5 in his...

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Peñarol in Europe 1927

Hertha v Peñarol  In the 1920s, the Golden Decade of Uruguayan football, Europe was enthralled by the Rio Platenese brand of the game.  Peñarol's eternal rivals, Nacional, had undertaken a successful...

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Donald Simpson Bell V.C

Full back Donald Bell was on the books at Newcastle United as an amateur in 1910-11 but didn't make a first team appearance.In 1913 he made his League debut for Bradford Park Avenue. He made 5...

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Ángel Zárraga

Another beautiful painting by Ángel Zárraga.

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1904 FA Cup Final

The first all Lancashire Final.Billy Meredith scored in the 23rd minute, beating his countryman Dai Davies with a left footed shot. In the illustration Davies (who had played for Swinton in the 1900...

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Roose saves from Morris

The evolution of halftone printing techniques led to the widespread use of photographs in the mass media. The Athletic News was prominent among the publications that brought this exciting presentation...

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Parque Central

Boaters de rigueur. 22,000 at Montevideo's Parque Central to see Uruguay defeat Argentina 2-0 on 02.12.23

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9th Far Eastern Games

The football tournament of the 9th Far Eastern Games was played in Tokyo in May 1930.  25.05.30  Japan 7-2 Philippines  27.05.30  China 5-0 Philippines  30.05.30  Japan 3-3 China  Japan conceded the...

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Nils Middelboe

Before joining Chelsea in 1913 Middleboe represented Kjøbenhavns Boldklub, Frederiksberg. He made 15 appearances for Denmark (7 goals), and played at 3 Olympic tournaments (winning 2 silver medals)....

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Portugal

18.06.25Portugal recorded their first international victory in their 5th match (the first 4 had all been against Spain).Italy were defeated 1-0 at Estádio do Lumiar (Lisbon) thanks to a João Francisco...

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Amsel Ignác

15.04.28:  Amsel Ignác, The Spider,  puts the ball over his crossbar during Ferencváros' 5-1 win over Kispest.   Between 1921 and 1931 Amsel represented Hungary 9 times, but was only on the winning...

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Perinetti, Recanatini & Onzari

This 1932 edition of El Grafico featured 3 seasoned campaigners.Natalio Perinetti (Racing Club de Avellaneda)Perinetti's ghost is said to haunt the Estadio Juan Domingo Perón, though he never played...

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