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Smart Arridge

Smart Arridge's parents were both English, his father was from Lincolnshire and his mother from Durham. Smart himself was born in Southwick (Sunderland).The family moved to Bangor in north Wales and...

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Corinthians for England

Corinthian FC were formed very much along the lines of an Old Boys club. A de facto England XI for ex Varsity men, who were invariably products of the public schools' system.Corinthian came into being...

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Lo Sport Fascista - February 1933

Mussolini, although not a great football fan, realised the propaganda potential of sport and exploited the success of Italian sportsmen during the Fascist Era for these purposes.The player featured on...

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North v South 1870

The Sportsman- 15.12.70 Charles Alcock was always keen to promote the image of the Football Association as being a national body under which the various codes of the game would come together. The...

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Guatemala Foot-Ball Club

Guatemala Foot-Ball Club 1903 Football came to Guatemala in 1902 with the return of as group of students who had studied in Britain and Belgium.Carlos Aguirre Matheu is generally recognised as the...

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Durban and District Native Football Association

The Natal Football Association was formed in 1882, but it was a whites only organization.Football Clubs for black South Africans tended to have their origins in mission schools run by Europeans or...

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Mitropa Cup

Hugo Meisl's visionary idea that international club competitions would be both lucrative and a means of strengthening the standard of central European football were instrumental in elevating the...

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Poul "Tist" Nielsen

 In the history of international football 95 players have scored 40 goals or more for their country.Of those only 5 have averaged more than a goal a game. And the greatest average, 1.37 goals per...

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Footballs and Accessories

The English Midlands, 1908. Footballs, Guns and Gramophones- what else could you want?

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Brazil 1914

Rolando looks on as Fried leaves the field The first time that a 'national' selection (drawn from both Rio and São Paulo) had represented Brazil was for a friendly against the touring Exeter City in...

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“Wanderers” Football Club Season 1865-1866

Forest FC of Leytonstone, formed in 1859 and adherents of the Harrow Rules, relocated to London in 1864 and adopted the name Wanderers (although their 'home' ground was Battersea Park).Copied this...

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Alex Raisbeck

Between 1896 and 1898 Alex Raisbeck made 30 appearance for Hibernian, scoring 4 goals. In March 1898 he moved to Stoke on loan, making his debut against The Wednesday. Stoke were struggling near the...

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The club named after a balloon?

In December 1909 the Argentine aviator Jorge Newbery made an historic balloon flight (550 km in 13 hours) covering Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay. The balloon was called El Huracán.The Nueva Pompeya...

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Smiths

Tom Smith was an inside right who joined Manchester United from Leicester City in January 1924. He played 90 first team games for United before leaving for Northampton Town in 1927.Winger (W.H) Billy...

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Then vs Now

Patsy Gallacher in action. It looks like the defender is launching into the sort of challenge that would have modern referees reaching for the red card.Making comparisons between  players from...

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British Football Club

British Club, 1902-03 Early football in Mexico was essentially a British affair. The teams that contested the first league competition in 1902-03 were almost exclusively English and Scottish in...

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Captains of Wales in the 19th Century

From 1876 to 1900 Wales played 66 internationals.They won just 12 of these matches (18%), drawing 9 and losing 45 (68 %)During this time Wales were led by 18 different captains. Kenrick1. Llewelyn...

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The toss of a coin...

In the long history of the FA Cup only one tie has ever been decided in a hotel.The hotel, pictured above, was The Raven in Shrewsbury. The match was a first round tie between Shropshire Wanderers and...

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El Palomo

Bologna were the Italian champions of  1928-29. Just a fortnight after the decisive play off match both Bologna and runners up Torino were in South America on tour. One of the highlights of the tour...

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Sport Club Rio Grande

Sport Club Rio Grande isn't one of the first names that comes to mind when we think of Brazilian football. A modest history, playing down in Rio Grande do Sul, winning the Campeonato Gaúcho in 1936....

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