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Tiverton Preedy

Thanks to the philosophy of Muscular Christianity and the missionary attitude that many Victorian Christians had towards the proletariat, churches and chapels were often the focus of football clubs in...

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Working class hero?

 The focus of early Association football was exclusive- the preserve of young men, likely ex Public Schoolboys and university men of independent means. According to our research 27 players represented...

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28.05.88

It would appear as if the newly-formed Glasgow club, the Celtic F.C., has a bright future before it. At any rate, if the committee can place the same eleven in the field as opposed the Rangers last...

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Copa de Honor Cousenier

This competition was established by the Cousenier (Cusenier) Liqueur Company, who provided the trophy.  Argentina was represented by the winners of the Copa de Honor Municipalidad de Buenos Aires...

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Sheffield v Newark, 1869

Nottinghamshire Guardian 10.12.69 Further evidence of the rather shambolic state of football in the 1860s. Newark short handed, unscientific in their play and a lack of clarity regarding the code.We...

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Representatives of the Dark Continent

In 1903 The South African Football Association re affiliated with the Football Association in a gesture of reconciliation following the recent war between the Colonies and the United Kingdom*.  The...

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Ireland 1914

Ireland, the last of the 4 'Home Nations' to enter the International arena, had been the perennial whipping boys of the British Home Championship in the early days, In 1903 they shared first place with...

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The East Surrey Regiment

The East Surrey Regiment, Kolkata, 1890. It's never particularly cool in Kolkata- about 25C in December and January, so that heavyweight kit and boots must have been hard work.The British Military...

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Tottenham Hotspur and Woolwich Arsenal on Tour, 1912

Spurs at Leipzig When the 1911-12 season ended on April 29th Woolwich Arsenal were in 10th place in Division 1 and Tottenham Hotspur in 12th. The famous North London rivalry had yet to come into...

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Barcelona's Stadia

Velódromo de la Bonanova (1899)In their first ever match, (08.12.99) Barcelona played a scratch team of English expatriates (some of whom were founder members of the club) in Velódromo de la Bonanova...

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Football is not a delicate sport..

The football I cultivated was a real demonstration of hardiness and energy. A game more brusque, but virile,beautiful, vigorous. The modern football is weakened by an excess of passing close to the...

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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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Freiburger FC

1898 Germany is a large country and the National Championships were organised on a regional basis, with three tiers of competition culminating in the national finals.The regional competitions predate...

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Sport Club Corinthians Paulista - O Time do Povo

In 1910 football in Brazil was still an elitist sport. The top clubs in São Paulo such as Club Athletico Paulistano, São Paulo Athletic Club  and Associação Atlética das Palmeiras were inaccessible to...

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G.O Smith

G.O Smith transformed the role of the centre-forward from that of an individual striker into a unifier of the forward line, indeed the whole team. The Dictionary of National Biography He was a maker...

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The American Cup

Association Football in the United States developed in industrialised areas in the East. The blue collar sector of East Coast society included a significant percentage of European workers.The...

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I have heard it remarked that football is a vehicle of the devil...

Yorkshire Evening Post 19.01.31 James Jackson Jnr.Son of  the former Woolwich Arsenal skipper James Jackson Senior, James Jackson Jnr. was an extraordinary man. Cousin of Australian test cricketer...

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Fosse

1886 The Roman settlement of Ratae Corieltauvorum stood on the route of Fosse Way, a road connecting Exeter with Lincoln , crossing England diagonally. The word Fosse derives from the Latin Fossa =...

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Scotland Captains in the 19th Century

From the first international in 1872 to the end of the 1899-1900 season Scotland played71 internationals . They won 73% of these games.43 different players led Scotland during this time, the majority...

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Robert Cunliffe Gosling

The best-looking man of my acquaintance - C.B Fry The most aristocratic-looking man I ever saw - J.A.H CattonThe richest man who ever played football for England - Sir Frederick WallCunliffe Gosling...

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