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A Liverpool Defender

Billy Balmer was , indeed a Liverpool defender, being born in West Derby. He never played for Liverpool FC though. He made 331 appearances for Everton. He scored 1 goal.  For the curious this was a...

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Strange days-A game of 3 halves

 

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J.A.H. Catton: England and Scotland

When James Catton first contributed articles and reports to The Athletic News in 1886 he had been an avid football fan and a journalist for some 11 years. in the ensuing 40 years up until the...

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Steve Bloomer's England goals

Steve Bloomer , the great inside right, scored 395 goals in his club career (Derby County 527 games, Middlesbrough 130 games).He was also a prolific scorer in international football.Making his debut...

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French Losses 1914-19

22 French internationals died during World War I: René Camard - Association Sportive Francais Paris (08.02.87- 16.03.15) The outside left won 1 cap against Belgium in 1907.Killed in action in Carnoy...

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Hamilton Crescent

Cricket was being played in Hamilton Crescent before the West of Scotland Cricket Club was founded in 1862. Hamilton Crescent's place in sporting history was assured when it was chosen by Queen's Park...

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Villa's New Internationals-1913

Harry Hampton was with Aston Villa for 16 seasons,  scoring 242 goals in 376 games. He remains Aston Villa's top scorer in Football League matches (215).Hampton won 4 England caps:v Wales 17.03.13 (1...

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The Staffordshire Senior Challenge Cup 1883

Matches such as this were the staple in the pre League football days. Even in friendly competition local and regional rivalries could become fierce; when a trophy and medals were at stake competition...

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The Rev. Frank Marshall

The Rev. Frank Marshall was a clergyman and the headmaster of Almondbury Grammar School, Huddersfield. He was the co-author of Football; the Rugby Union game (1895). Rev Marshall was a referee and...

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AGF Fodbold

This is a very simple post. No story, no statistics, just a couple of old team photographs. The team is AGF Fodbold, of Aarhus in Denmark.  1908 1927 I tend to admire any attempt to break from the...

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Boca Juniors in Europe-1925

In 1925 Boca Juniors undertook a 3 month tour of Europe, focusing on Spain but also taking in games in Germany and France.They forfeited the majority of the 1925 domestic season in order to do so,...

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Sheffield v Manchester 1868

Sheffield Daily Telegraph -  04.04.68 As we can see from the result (2 rouges to nothing) this was a game played under the Sheffield Rules. Whilst acknowledging the importance of the Sheffield Rules I...

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Saturday and Sunday...

On March 5th 1899 Old Boys Basel were due to play Lausanne Football and Cricket Club in the finals of the Swiss National Championship. Lausanne had scored 10 goals to 2 against in their 2 group...

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Fußball-Club Bayern München e.V.

In  February 1900 the football section of the multi-sport club München Turn Verein 1879 were keen to join the Süddeutschen Fußball-Verband, but the club denied them permission to do so. This led to a...

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British coaches in the Copa

The development of Spanish Football was always heavily influenced by Britons. As was so often the case they founded the earliest clubs and spread the enthusiasm for the Association game among the...

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¡Uruguay campeón del mundo! #2

13th June 1928, Uruguay have won the Olympic Tournament, beating Argentina 2-1 in the replayed final.  Pictured are Juan Piriz (Nacional), Alvaro Gestido (Peñarol) and Hector Scarone (Nacional)....

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Judging A Footballer -Jackie Carr

Sussex Express 10.04.31 Jackie Carr- 449 appearances for Middlesbrough, capped twice by England (1919-1923). When this article appeared Carr was approaching the end of his playing days (he was 29) and...

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Souvenir

A curious memento. And for tissue paper to survive 100 years...Described as follows in an auction catalogue:1910 F.A. Cup third round commemorative tissue Imprinted 'Souvenir of the English Cup third...

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Cads of the most unscrupulous kidney

1891 pitch markings It is a standing insult to sportsmen to have to play under a rule which assumes that players intend to trip, hack and push their opponents, and to behave like cads of the most...

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Liverpool

Liverpool Football Club was officially founded in 1915, although its roots go back to 1908 when a group of students at a Capuchin Catholic School in the Nuevo París area of Montevideo decided to form...

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