19.8.17

Alumni A C




1910 


In their 15 year existence Alumni Athletic Club won 22 major trophies:

Primera División 1900190119021903190519061907190919101911

National cups:
Copa de Honor Municipalidad de Buenos Aires : 1905, 1906
Copa de Competencia Jockey Club: 1907, 1908, 1909

International competitions:

Tie Cup: 1901, 1903, 1906, 1907, 1908, 1909
Copa de Honor Cousenier: 1906





16.8.17

Italy 1934


Pozzo and his formidable team, 9 of whom had won World Cup winners medals the previous June.
They played England at Highbury on 14.11.34.
England won a highly controversial match 3-2.

13.8.17

Olphie Stanfield

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Olphert Stanfield was the most capped international footballer in the 19th century, becoming the first man to each 20 caps (24.02.94) and 30 caps (27.03.97).
He made his debut at 17. 
He scored 11 international goals, an Irish record that stood until 1926.
Ireland's record in the 30 matches in which Stanfield played:

W
D
L
F
A
4
3
23
43
137

Stanfield played his club football for Distillery.  Stanfield  played 181 competitive games for Distillery, scoring 178 goals. He also played in 115 friendlies, (62 goals).
In the 1888-89 season he scored hat-tricks in four consecutive games.
His domestic honours were: 
Irish League Champion 1895-96.
Irish Cup Winner 1888-89, 1893-94, 1895-96.










11.8.17

The Two Referee System

Sheffield Independent 15.11.34 

 Whereas nowadays we debate the use of video technology to assist referees the concern in the 1930s was that referees could not keep up with the pace of the modern game. At this time Stanley Rous, inspired by continental referees such as John Langenus, introduced the diagonal method. This now universally adopted system maximized collaboration between  the referee and linesmen.

8.8.17

A Schoolboys' International

The English Schools' Football Association was founded in 1904 , the idea having been proposed at that year's conference of  The National Union of Teachers.
The first schools international fixture was played between England and Wales at Walsall in 1907.
Of the 22 boys who took part 8 went on to play in The Football League. There were 2 future FA Cup winners in the Wales team, both of whom went on to represent Wales at senior level.
The lads were born in 1893-95.

 England:
W Hayne
Manchester

E Tompkins
Rushden

A Cornell
Nottingham

H Sherwin
Walsall
Sunderland, Leeds United & Barnsley  
R Musgrove
Sunderland
Barnsley, Leeds United & Durham City 
L Grant
Reading
Reading 
A Denyer
West ham
West Ham (Southern League)  Swindon Town 
E Hodgkinson
Sheffield

J Lawton
Derby
Nottingham Forest 
WC Lockett
Dudley
Wolverhampton Wanderers, Northampton Town 
E Taylor
Newcastle



Wales:
T. Williams
Wrexham

W. Farmer
Barry

W. Jennings
Barry
Bolton Wanderers (FA Cup winner 1923) 11 Wales caps
P. Jeans
Cardiff

S. Hughes
Wrexham

J. Fearby
Cardiff

W. Woodhall
Wrexham

E. Parr
Cardiff

J. Pryde
Wrexham

W. Saunders
Barry

F. Keenor
Cardiff
Cardiff City (FA Cup winner 1927), Crewe Alexandra 32 Wales caps



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The England Team


England won 3-1.
It was another 4  years before  England played their first game against Scotland, in Newcastle.


6.8.17

Aberystwyth Town v West Bromwich Albion 1895

South Wales Daily News  26.09.95 

Jack Edwards had joined Bury from Aberystwyth  in 1894. He only made 2 league appearances. At West Bromwich he made no competitive first team appearances and returned to Aberystwyth in 1896.

2.8.17

England v Scotland 1899

England v Scotland, Villa Park, 08.04.1899

The England XI for this match was made up of 10 professionals and 1 amateur. These men illustrate the social gulfs that were bridged by the game in Victorian Britain.
Player 'a' is Raby Howell, of Liverpool. Howell was a Sheffield born Roma.
Player 'b' is Gilbert Oswald Smith. Smith was a Charterhouse pupil and went on to Oxford University. After graduating he played for Corinthians and Old Carthusians. He won 20 caps and scored 11 international goals in the period 1894 to 1901. 
This was the deciding match in the British Home Championships. 
In their games against Wales and Ireland Scotland had scored 15 goals and England 17! 
England ran out winners at Aston lower Grounds. G.O Smith's 20 yard lob went in off the post after 25 minutes and Settle had an easy finish after a good cross from Athersmith 5 minutes before the break. 
Hamilton pulled one back in the 52nd minute after a scrimmage had floored Jack Robinson.


GK
Jack Robinson
Southampton
FB
Harry Thickitt
Sheffield United
Jimmy Crabtree
Aston Villa
HB
Frank Forman
Nottingham Forest
Raby Howell
Liverpool
Ernest Needham
Sheffield United
F
Charlie Athersmith
Aston Villa
Steve Bloomer
Derby County
G.O Smith
Old Carthusians
Jimmy Settle
Bury
Fred Forman
Nottingham Forest


GK
Ned Doig
Sunderland
FB
Nicol Smith
Glasgow Rangers
Davie Storrier
Celtic
HB
Neil Gibson
Glasgow Rangers
Alexander Christie
Queen’s Park
John Robertson
Southampton
F
John Campbell
Celtic
Robert Hamilton
Glasgow Rangers
Robert McColl
Queen’s Park
Hugh Morgan
Liverpool
Jack Bell
Celtic




1.8.17

Netherlands 1900



Netherlands played their first international fixture in 1905. Prior to this All Netherlands select teams had played against foreign clubs and selections. Examples of  English opponents include Maidstone Church Institute Wanderers (1894), Felixstowe (1894) , English Wanderers (1896-1899) and London Caledonians (1905).
The team pictured above faced the German side Berliner F.C. Preussen on 30th December 1900.
The Netherlands won 5-1.
Headwear seems to have been de rigueur and the man standing on the far left seems to also be wearing  spectacles.
The line up:
Cramer (Ajax Leiden), Mundt (HVV), Van der Linde (RAP), Carli (HBS), Hartog (RAP), De Stoppelaar (Ajax Leiden), Jongheer Meyer (HBS), Hesselink (Vitesse), Sol (HVV), Offers (Victoria Wageningen) & Goedvriend (Vitesse).


29.7.17

Arthur Grimsdell

Arthur Grimsdell made his debut for Tottenham Hotspur in April 1912.
His career was interrupted by the 1914-18 war.
He had been touted as an England international as early as 1913, and played in 2 Victory Internationals in 1919, but his full international debut was delayed until 1920. He represented England 6 times, captaining on 3 occasions.
The picture shows The Prince of Wales, later King Edward VIII, meeting Arthur Grimsdell prior to the match between Spurs and Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on 16th October 1920. Spurs won 4-0. Earlier that month Spurs had beaten Chelsea 5-0 at White Hart Lane.
Grimsdell was back at the Bridge the following March, meeting King George V and the Duke of York as Tottenham won the FA Cup.


26.7.17

Calciatore di mistero




Ars et labor, incorporating Musica e Musicisti (1906-1912) was an Italian illustrated arts magazine from the Stile Liberty period.
I initially thought 'Genoa Cricket and Football Club' when I saw this handsome fellow, but the colours are reversed.
Maybe just some random guy?



22.7.17

Outside Right- Matthews (Stoke City)


Sir Stanley Matthews made his England debut as a 19 year old, scoring in the 4-0 win over Wales in September 1934. He also featured in England's famous match against Italy later that year.