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Racing Club de Avellaneda

 Racing Club de Avallaneda traces its origins to Football Club Barracas al Sud, formed in 1901 by students at  Colegio Nacional Central, reputedly the first club to be formed by native born...

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Sunderland & Sunderland Albion

Albion Sunderland AFC joined The Football League for the 1890–91 season, the first 'new' club (ie not one of the original 12- they replaced Stoke) to join since the  inauguration of the league in...

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Ferencváros Xmas and New Year tour, 1911-12

In 1911 December Ferencváros embarked on a tour that took them to Germany and England. The Budapest press was cynical about the tour, fearing that Ferencváros' reputation (and therefore the reputation...

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William Ralf Dean - 60 goals

A record that will never be broken.During the course of the 1927-28 domestic season Bill Dean of Everton, known (to his displeasure) as Dixie, scored 60 League goals for Everton. He also scored 3 FA...

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Old Trafford 1910

The Manchester Courier, 21.02.10 Its not just teams and individual players that make up the rich fabric of football history, but places too, iconic venues. Manchester United's Old Trafford ground is...

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Shorts

The male stars of the 1920s certainly didn't wear shorts that brief, even in progressive Argentina. There was always an element of titillation and novelty around the coverage of the womens' game.

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Racing Club de Tunis

Initially founded as Football Club de Tunis in 1904, Racing is Tunisia's oldest club.The first league in Tunisia was inaugurated in 1907.Initially 5 clubs participated: Racing Club de Tunis, Football...

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Coppa Italia 1922

The Coppa Italia is a relatively new competition that just about comes into our pre 1937 view of World Football. Regular stagings date from 1935-36 (Torino were the winners, followed in 1936-37 by...

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Sunderland & Sunderland Albion

Albion Sunderland AFC joined The Football League for the 1890–91 season, the first 'new' club (ie not one of the original 12- they replaced Stoke) to join since the  inauguration of the league in...

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Marcos Carneiro de Mendonça

Marcos Carneiro de Mendonça was Brazil's first goalkeeper.Marcos had featured in 3 games during the pre Seleção era, playing against Argentina (1912), Portugal (1913) and Corinthians (England) 1913. He...

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The Welsh Football Academy: T.E.Thomas and Chirk AAA

 Chirk is a village between Wrexham and Oswestry close to the England Wales border. In 1891 the population was 2,272. Between 1884 and 1907 the village club, Chirk Amateur Athletic Association Football...

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Finland 1912

Up until 1917 the Grand Duchy of Finland (Великое княжество Финляндское) was a part of the Russian Empire. The Head of State was the Emperor of Russia (Nikolai II), under the title Grand Duke of...

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Football Post

Nottingham Evening Post, 1905

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Ray Braine

Up until 1930 the way in which Belgian clubs got around the strict amatuer rules was to set their players up as cafe owners. Ray Braine, who had won 4 championships with Beerschot (Antwerp), scoring...

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Associação de Futebol de Lisboa - Brazil 1913

Some team photographs of the Portuguese XI taken during their visit to Brazil.  In 1913 Botafogo moved into their new ground, Estádio General Severiano. The first game at the stadium was played on...

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A humiliation that staggered the football world: Swansea Town v Blackburn...

On Saturday Swansea City travel to Blackburn Rovers in the 4th round of The FA Cup.When the 2 met in January 1915 for a first round FA Cup tie, the outcome was one of the biggest upsets in the history...

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Alcántara for Spain

Paulino Alcántara first represented Catalunya as an 18 year old in 1915. He also represented the Philippines in the 1917 Far Eastern Games. It is likely that he played in all 3 of the Philippines'...

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Sport-Magazin - August 1935

 Ferencváros lost  to Sparta in the Mitropa Cup final the month after this magazine appeared. They were runners up in the Hungarian league in the 1934-35 season, and won the Magyar Kupa. This was the...

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Fixtures 1869-70

A fixture list of metropolitan matches from Bell’s Life in London and Sporting Chronicle (27.11. 1869). No distinction is made between the codes. In an exoticism sadly lost from the Association game,...

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Copa Julio Roca

A very dapper Brazil -winners in 1914. Goalkeepers are different- Marcos sports a bow tie.  Copa Julio Roca was a very irregular competition in which Brazil played Argentina for a succession of...

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