28.5.17

FA Cup Winner's Parades



Athletic News 04.04.83

Manchester United, 1909

Blackburn Rovers, 1928

As the first non-metropolitan team to triumph in the FA Cup it is unsurprising that Blackburn Olympic were also the first to be feted on their return 'home'.
The tradition endures, although the brake pulled by a team of 4 greys is sadly no longer a feature. 


27.5.17

King George V

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1923


 Arsenal 1930

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Manchester City 1934


King George V was the first reigning monarch to attend an FA Cup Final (1914). He put in a number of appearances during his 26 years on the throne.
His presence at the Wembley fiasco in 1923 was said to have contributed to the relative restraint demonstrated by the 200,000 plus crowd. 


25.5.17

FA Cup Final 1903


This is one of those records that I don't think we'll see beaten; the most onesided FA Cup Final.
It was a case of one game too many for Derby, who were hampered by injuries. Most significantly Steve Bloomer was absent, whilst  Fryer, Morris and Goodall all came into the final carrying knocks.
The relative strengths of these two sides can be judged from the fact that they finished the 1902-03 League season level on points (in 8th & 9th places)
Bury reached the final without conceding a single goal.


Derby Daily Telegraph

Both teams wore change colours, Bury sky blue and Derby County red.

Derby goalkeeper Fryer sustained a further injury in the 1st half and was incapacitated altogether soon after the break. Bury's 2nd goal in the 49th minute was a significant turning point. Fryer went off after colliding with Sagar as the latter scored. Morris went into goal and Derby played 1-3-5. Under the rules of the day this created an effective offside trap, but Bury soon overcame this inconvenience. Fryer returned with the score at 3-0  but conceded twice in rapid succession and left the field permanently after the 5th goal.
The Sheffield Independent described the match as '(the) worst final. tame and dull', commenting on the  subdued atmosphere in the 1st half, the pessimism of the Derby fans and the fact that thousands of spectators were leaving the ground after 70 minutes.
Other accounts portray Derby as being anxious, lacklustre, and showing poor ball control. 


Fryer

This was Fryer's last game for Derby, who signed Grimsby Town's Walter Whittaker the week after the Final. It was ultimately Harry Maskrey, however, who became Fryer's long term replacement, going on to play 223 matches for County.
Fryer, a big man for the times at  6 ft 1 and  15 st (1.85, 95kg) moved to Fulham that May.


21.5.17

Everton Vina Del Mar

Image result for David Foxley evertonIs it a coincidence that the Chilean Everton was founded in 1909, the year in which the English Everton toured South America?
The founders, youths of 15 years old, were largely of English descent. David Foxley's grandparents moved from Liverpool to Valpairiso in 1859.
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16.5.17

Romania 1909

In October 1909 Romania's first governing body for Association football, Asociaţiunea Societăţilor Atletice din România was founded
The founding members were:

Olympia București-  Bucharest's oldest club, founded in 1904 by a mixture of migrants and locals.

Colentina  București-  founded in 1909, representing the workers  of the Colentina Cotton Factory, most of whom were from the United Kingdom.

United Ploiesti- founded by Dutch and American employees in the Petroleum refineries at Ploiești, 56 km from Bucharest, United did not field a Romanian player until 1911.

In December 1909 these 3 clubs contested the Cupa Asociatiunii Romane de foot-ball.


Olympia


Olympia won the tournament 


06.12.09
Olympia Bucuresti
2
1
Colentina Bucuresti
11.12.09*
Olympia Bucuresti
3
3
United AC Ploiesti
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Colentina Bucuresti
2
0
United AC Ploiesti

*There has been conjecture over the accuracy of the reporting of this result, which appeared in the journal Minerva (12.12.09)

14.5.17

...too fierce a character to be popular


Sporting Life 05.12.63

A letter supporting the initiative of the Football Association to unify the laws of the game goes on to make a prediction that football played by grown men would never catch on.

13.5.17

Bloomer

In his 5th England appearance 23 year old Steve Bloomer of Derby County nets his 11th international goal.
The 85th minute strike was England's final goal in the 6-0 win over Ireland at Trent Bridge (20.02.97)
Tom Scott is the goalkeeper.

12.5.17

Llandrindod Wells


The increasing popularity of Association football was reflected in the development of grass roots clubs throughout the United Kingdom.
Here we see a team from Llandrindod Wells, Radnorshire, from the 1883-84 season.
The jerseys are quite diverse.
The Spamen currently play in the Mid Wales South Football League, the 5th level of the Welsh pyramid.

7.5.17

Southampton & Sheffield United, 1902


April 19th, 1902.
Sheffield United were to face Southampton at Crystal  Palace and The Sporting Life was jam packed with statistics on the Cup Final teams.


Age
Weight
Height
Foulke
25
21 st
133 kg
6 ft 2 1/2
1.89
Thickett
28
14 st 7
91 kg
5 ft 8 1/2
1.74
Boyle
25
12 st 7
79 kg
5 ft  9
1.75
Johnson
24
12 st  5
78 kg
5 ft  9
1.75
Wilkinson
22
10 st 9
67 kg
5 ft 5 1/2
1.66
Needham
29
11 st 3
71 kg
5 ft  6
1.67
Bennett
28
13 st 3
84 kg
5 ft  7 1/2
1.71
Common
21
13 st
82 kg
5 ft 9
1.75
Hedley
24
12 st 5
78 kg
5 ft 11
1.80
Priest
27
12 st 12
81 kg
5 ft  8
1.72
Lipsham
24
11 st 5
72 kg
5 ft  9
1.75




Age
Weight
Height
Robinson
32
13 st 7
85 kg
5 ft 11
1.80
Fry
20
13 st
82 kg
5 ft 10
1.77
Molyneux
23
11 st 13
75 kg
5 ft 10 1/2
1.79
Meston
31
11 st 11
74 kg
5 ft 9
1.75
Bowman
30
11 st
69 kg
5 ft 7
1.70
Lee
23
13 st
82 kg
6 ft
1.82
A Turner
25
11 st 11
74 kg
5 ft 9
1.75
Wood
34
13 st 1
83 kg
5 ft 10
1.77
Brown
23
11 st 8
73 kg
5 ft 11
1.80
Chadwick
32
10 st 11
68 kg
5 ft 6
1.67
J Turner
29
11 st 5
72 kg
5 ft 7
1.70

The game finished 1-1, Harry 'The Wolf' Wood (playing in his 5th Cup Final) scoring a controversial equalizer for Southampton in the 88th minute. Wood was in an offside position when the ball came to him, reportedly tying his bootlace. The referee, Mr Kirkham, adjudged that the ball had come off a United player. Then followed the  legendary incident in which a naked Foulke berated Mr Kirkham who had to hide in a cupboard to escape the goalkeeper's attentions.


2.5.17

José Laguna

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José Durand Laguna, known as 'El Negro', was a prolific forward for Huracán. 
He represented Argentina 4 times, scoring 3 goals.
His debut came in unusual circumstances. At the 1916 South American Championship of Nations Laguna went to watch the Argentina vs Brazil game at Gimnasia y Esgrima in Buenos Aires (10.07.16).
Alberto Ohaco was unable to play and Laguna was called from the stand to fill the vacancy. 
He gave Argentina the lead in the 10th minute. The game finished 1-1.
Laguna later moved to Paraguay where he played for Olimpia. He also managed the Paraguay national side at 2 South American Championships and the 1930 World Cup.



30.4.17

England, 1876

We are used now to hyperbole in the media. Victorian journalism was more restrained. 
Here's how The Athletic News introduced the England team who faced Scotland on 5th March 1876:


The following constitute the English team:

A.H Savage, Crystal Palace (goal): He is a very good goal keeper and a powerful kick.
* A H Stratford, Wanderers (back): Can play forward or back, plays well as a full back, being a good and strong tackler.
E. Field, Clapham Rovers (back): A first rate back.
E.H Bambridge, Swifts (half back): Is a very useful forward as well, especially at the wings, keeps the ball when he gets possession of it, and is happy as a goal keeper.
B.G Jarrett, Cambridge University (half back): A real good player, and has shown good form this year.
Hubert Heron, Wanderers: As a wing player is very useful, and at times brilliant, is fast aside, dribbles skilfully, used to be a little selfish in his style of play, but of late very much improved in this respect; played in the International matches, 1873, 1874 and 1875.
W.J Maynard, Fist Surrey Rifles (new man): Very powerful and strong forward.
C.E Smith, Crystal Palace: One of the best players in his team.
A.W Cursham, Nottingham: One of the best of the Northern players- a very fast and energetic forward. 
F.Heron, Wanderers: Dribbles well, but is rather too light.
W.S Buchanan, Clapham Rovers: A good dribbler, the best of his team.
H. Heron captains the team for England.

*Stratford did not play; his place was taken by F.T Green (Wanderers)

 





Hubert Heron



Scotland won 3-0. It was a case of a heavier, dribbling team being outdone by combination.