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Cevenini brothers

The five Cevenini brothers all played top class football, their collective careers spanning the years 1907- 1939, winning 8 league titles between them.Cevenini I: Aldo- combined 200 games with Milan...

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Jimmy Quinn

The idol of the people a gentleman who spends his Saturday afternoons endeavoring to kick a leather ball into a net. If he is successful in his efforts the eighty thousand or so who look on are seen...

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United avoid the drop

United keeper Jack Hacking catches a cross Modern day audiences might find it hard to believe that once upon a time Manchester United had to beat Millwall in the last game of the season in order to...

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The club named after some Anarchists...

In 1904 the 2 Villa Crespo clubs Mártires de Chicago and Sol de la Victoria underwent a merger to form Asociación Atlética y Futbolística Argentinos Unidos de Villa Crespo.This name was soon shortened...

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Outside Right- Matthews (Stoke City)

Sir Stanley Matthews made his England debut as a 19 year old, scoring in the 4-0 win over Wales in September 1934. He also featured in England's famous match against Italy later that year.

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Calciatore di mistero

Ars et labor, incorporating Musica e Musicisti (1906-1912) was an Italian illustrated arts magazine from the Stile Liberty period.I initially thought 'Genoa Cricket and Football Club' when I saw this...

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Arthur Grimsdell

Arthur Grimsdell made his debut for Tottenham Hotspur in April 1912.His career was interrupted by the 1914-18 war.He had been touted as an England international as early as 1913, and played in 2...

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Netherlands 1900

Netherlands played their first international fixture in 1905. Prior to this All Netherlands select teams had played against foreign clubs and selections. Examples of  English opponents include...

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England v Scotland 1899

England v Scotland, Villa Park, 08.04.1899 The England XI for this match was made up of 10 professionals and 1 amateur. These men illustrate the social gulfs that were bridged by the game in Victorian...

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Aberystwyth Town v West Bromwich Albion 1895

South Wales Daily News  26.09.95  Jack Edwards had joined Bury from Aberystwyth  in 1894. He only made 2 league appearances. At West Bromwich he made no competitive first team appearances and returned...

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A Schoolboys' International

The English Schools' Football Association was founded in 1904 , the idea having been proposed at that year's conference of  The National Union of Teachers.The first schools international fixture was...

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The Two Referee System

Sheffield Independent 15.11.34   Whereas nowadays we debate the use of video technology to assist referees the concern in the 1930s was that referees could not keep up with the pace of the modern...

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Olphie Stanfield

Olphert Stanfield was the most capped international footballer in the 19th century, becoming the first man to each 20 caps (24.02.94) and 30 caps (27.03.97).He made his debut at 17.  He scored 11...

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Italy 1934

Pozzo and his formidable team, 9 of whom had won World Cup winners medals the previous June.They played England at Highbury on 14.11.34.England won a highly controversial match 3-2.

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Alumni A C

1910  In their 15 year existence Alumni Athletic Club won 22 major trophies:Primera División : 1900, 1901, 1902, 1903, 1905, 1906, 1907, 1909, 1910, 1911 National cups:Copa de Honor Municipalidad de...

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Scotland v England 1884

Played at Cathkin Park 15.03.84.This was the inaugural season of the British Home Championship and the Scotland England clash was always likely to be the decider. This was the 13th meeting between the...

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Estadio Centenario

Estadio Centenario, Montevideo.A super stadium purpose built for the 1930 FIFA World Cup.The stands commemorated the triumphs of Uruguay's Golden Decade (Amsterdam, Colombes, Olympic).Originally the...

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Pilgrims

The Pilgrims, a selection of  amateur invitees, made 2 tours to North America in the 1900s.1905The 1905 tour was financed by C. H. Murray, an American 'gentleman'. In addition to the players and Mr...

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France 1906

01.11.06- Parc des Princes, Paris. France's 5th international match and the first appearance of the England Amateur international side.The English romped home by 15-0. Vivian Woodward deliberately...

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Hakoah

Hakoah Vienna line up at New York's Polo Grounds, May 1926.back: Fabian, Eisenhoffer, Schwarz, Neufeld, Hess, Drucker, Häusler, Grünwald;front: Wegner, Pollak, Wortmann, Gold.

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