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All Together Boys!

Charlie Roberts, Alex Downie and George Wall have a trot round Old Trafford, The Crewe skipper still has a love for his old clubmates and their new quarters.Dundee Evening Telegraph 14.02.12...

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A 'League Table' for 1885

Imagine the speculation over the relative merits of various clubs before the existence of leagues.Cricket had come to terms (to some extent) of deciding which was Champion County, but in football the...

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05.04.02

Full House- the game in progress In July 1902 Alexander McDougall, a building contractor and timber merchant of Partick, appeared at Glasgow Circuit Court charged with Culpable Homicide.In 1899...

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Fall River

 Fall River is a city in Bristol County, Massachusetts, associated with the textile industry. In 1880 the population was 48,961. The American Soccer History Archives list no fewer than 30 Association...

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Archie Hunter Memorial Match

Archie Hunter died in Novenber 1894 at the age of 35.  In a League match against Everton at Anfield on 4th January 1890. Torrential rain and a quagmire of a pitch, the game reduced to 35 minutes each...

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Germany v England 1930

It was 1930 before England fielded a full international side against Germany. Between 1899 and 1901, prior to the formation of a German national team, there were five unofficial international matches...

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Referees and Umpires- England v Scotland

Deerstalkers were popular with referees. When the Football Association’s Laws of the Game were drawn up in 1863 there was no mention to referees, umpires or any arbiters. However, by the 1870s it was...

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Società Ginnastica Andrea Doria

Società Ginnastica Andrea Doria was founded at Genoa's Swiss College in 1895. They were named after a great Genoese admiral and warlord of the 16th century. The main focus of the club was gymnastics,...

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The Great Victory

I have seen all the best sides in Football but I have never seen a side that compared to Preston North End at their best. We beat them but I do not pretend for a moment that we deserved to beat...

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Jack Thomas

Jack Thomas was born in County Durham.He played for Brighton and Hove Albion in the Southern League before joining Newcastle United for the 1911-12 season.He made one first team appearance, playing at...

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Football In Many Lands

Nottingham Evening Post 23.05.30

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English High School AC

Alexander Watson Hutton When the Scottish educationalist Alexander Watson Hutton became aware that the Saint Andrew's Scots School (Buenos Aires) of which he was director, had insufficient funds to...

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The Dooley Fitba' Club

Fitba' is a Scottish colloquialism for 'football'. Within 25 years of the foundation of the Football Association, our game had evolved into a form of mass entertainment in which millions of Britons...

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The Twelve Original Football League Grounds.

Of the 12 teams that took part in the inaugural season of the Football League 10 are still playing League football , and Stoke, reformed in 1908, did their very best to carry on seamlessly where the...

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Where are they now? Third Division North, 1921-22

The number of clubs in the Football League in 1919 was 44. In 1921 that number had grown to 86. This expansion was completed by the formation of the northern section of the Third Division in March...

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Royal Engineers v Wanderers

In the 1870s there were few serious competitors aside from Wanderers and the Royal Engineers for the title of the best club in England. It was fitting that these 2 sides contested the first FA Cup...

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Campeonato Santista 1913

Santos Football Club was founded on April 14th 1912.The following season the first Campeonato Santista was contested. Four teams took part, Santos, Escolástica Rosa, América and Atlético...

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Austria vs Hungary, 1902

Hungary had fielded a national selection 3 times in 1901. Their opponents had been the English sides  Richmond and Surrey Wanderers (twice) over the course of 3 days in April (11th, 12th and 13th). The...

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Association Football in The Wild West

In the 1880s the territory of Wyoming was a rough and ready place, small rudimentary settlements based on mineral mining and cattle driving. The sparsely populated  area was a refuge for outlaws such...

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A.H. Chequer

This rather solemn looking cricketer should be a familiar face to all students of Association football history. On March 16th 1872 at The Oval The Wanderers played The Royal Engineers in the first...

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