28.8.16

John Smith


In 1885 Dr John Smith was banned from playing for or against any Scottish club or the Scottish national team because he had played for Corinthians against professionals. In his outings for Corinth he usually employed the pseudonym J. Miller.
Up until this point Dr Smith had scored 10 goals in 10 internationals for Scotland and had won the Scottish Cup with Queen's Park. He had also played for Queen's Park in an 'English' FA Cup Final. 
Following the ban he confined his activities to occasional matches with Corinthians.
He also toured the Antipodes with the 1888 British Rugby Union team.


26.8.16

Modesto Denis

Goalkeepers never wear knee pads these days.
Modesto Denis represented Paraguay at 5 South American Championships and played in 1 game at the 1930 World Cup.
He played his club football with Club Nacional (Asunción), winning the national championsip in 1924 and 1926.

25.8.16

Giuseppe Meazza



Meazza's career as a player spanned 20 years (1927-47) and he won 53 international caps between 1930-39.
For Internazionale (Ambrosiana) Meazza scored 242 goals in 365 games. He was Capocannoniere on 3 occasions and scored 33 international goals in his 53 appearances, winning 2 World Cups.
Let's look at the early phase of Meazza's career:  

Season 1927-28:  2 goals on his first team debut age 17. 12 goals in 33 games. 
Season  1928-29:  Top scorer in the national championships with 38 goals in 29 matches.  This included 2 5 goal matches and 6 goals in 1 match (against Venezia). 
Season 1929-30:The first season of Serie A- Capocannoniere with 31 goals.

Not bad considering that Milan rejected him as a 14 year old for being undersized,
 and his first coach at Internazionale's youth side played him as a defender! 




23.8.16

Situation Vacant

Arsenal Football Club is open to receive applications for the position of Team Manager. He must be experienced and possess the highest qualifications for the post, both as to the ability and personal character. Gentlemen whose sole ability to build up a good side depends on the payment of heavy and exorbitant transfer fees need not apply.
Athletic News  11.05.25 



22.8.16

Alumni, 1905

Between 1901 and 1911 Alumni were champions of Argentina on 9 occasions**. Here is the victorious team of 1905.
The line up:


GK
José Buruca Laforia
FB
Carlos Carr Brown
Jorge Gibson Brown
HB
Andrés Arturo Mack
Patricio Barron Browne
Ernesto Alejandro Brown
FW
Gottlob Eduardo Weiss
Juan J. Moore
Alfredo Carrow Brown
Eliseo Brown
Eugenio Moore


And here is the story of their season. I'm intrigued that their one defeat should have been so comprehensive!



14.05.05
Lomas Athletic      
1
7
Alumni
21.05.05
Alumni             
14
0
Reformer
25.05.05
Quilmes             
0
1
Alumni
01.06.05
Atlético Estudiantes 
0
3
Alumni
11.06.05
Belgrano Athletic   
0
2
Alumni
30.07.05
Reformer             
0
3
Alumni
06.08.05
Alumni               
1
5
Belgrano Athletic

Alumni               
wo
Barracas Athletic

Alumni               
wo
Barracas Athletic
08.09.05
Alumni             
11
1
Lomas Athletic
17.09.05
Alumni              
1
1
Atlético Estudiantes
24.09.05
Alumni               
wo
Quilmes 


P
W
D
L
F
A
12*
10*
1
1
43
8

* 3 walk overs





**Alumni were previously English High School AC, Champions in 1900.