12.12.17

Any Wintry Afternoon in England

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C. R. W. Nevinson was an English artist who was an associate of the Italian Futurists and an official War Artist in the 1914-18 conflict.
Any Wintry Afternoon in England was painted in 1930, and can be seen at the Manchester Art Gallery.



11.12.17

Zuzu




Cunha Bueno, the Paulistano goalkeeper, in action against Palestra Itália in 1917.
Zuzu, as he was known, was a goalkeeper of desperation, noted for unconventional last ditch saves executed with all parts of his anatomy.
With Zuzu in goal Paulistano won the Campeonato Paulista in 1916,1917, 1918 & 1919.
Away from football he was a coffee farmer and exporter. 
The ball in this photograph looks small. I have read that size 4 balls were used in Italy, I'm not sure if that was the case in South America too. 

10.12.17

Chirk AAA v Darwen


Cricket and Football Field 29.01.87

This article tells us so much about the state of football in 1880s. Professionalism was legal, organized competition in the form of the FA Cup and the county cups had firmly taken root in the public imagination. The provinces, particularly the north west and the midlands, had a thriving football culture and there was a railway network that facilitated affordable travel for teams and their supporters. 
Darwen travel to Chirk in north east Wales for an FA Cup tie.

Darwen feature the old English internationals Marsden and Rostron, while in goal they have Hugh Mcintyre, formerly of Blackburn Rovers and Glasgow Rangers.  A versatile player indeed, he had represented Scotland at centre half, moving back into goal as his age increased (he was 31).

GK
McIntyre
FB
Marsden
Leach
HB
Hamilton
Ashton
Thornber
F
Haresnape
Broughton
Rostron
Shorrock
Slater


Chirk was a village but they boasted 4 internationals in their line up : William Owen,  Di Jones (later of Bolton Wanderers and Manchester City),  George Owen (later of Newton Heath) and  George Griffiths. In  April 1887 this same XI won the Welsh Cup for the first time, and  retained it the following season.

GK
E Povey
FB
T Wynne
Di Jones
HB
H Owen
J Owen
J Jones
F
P Griffiths
W Owen
T Williams
G Owen
G Griffiths

That Ruabon people had travelled  the five miles south to support Darwen against their local rivals (an exclusively Welsh team) is a delightful detail.  


6.12.17

Bulgaria 1924

1924 was a big year in Bulgarian football. The first national championship competition was scheduled and the nation played its first international fixtures.
Regional leagues had been held since 1921, and in 1924 a unification tournament for the 6 regional champions was planned. Unfortunately this was  abandoned when Vladislav (Varna) refused to replay their semi final with Levski in Sofia, wanting a switch to Varna as the original tie had been played in Sofia. This was never resolved. 
 The following season's  championship was successfully concluded, with Vladislav beating Levski 2-0 in the final.

Bulgaria's first international came on 21.05.24 at Vienna's Simmeringer Sportplatz. 
The team featured 9 Levski players.

Petar Ivanov 
S.C. Levski, (Sofia)
Aleksandar Hristov 
S.C. Levski, (Sofia)
Simeon Yankov 
S.C. Levski, (Sofia)
Gheno Mateev 
S.C. Levski, (Sofia)
Boian Byanov   
S.С. Ticha, (Varna)
Dimitr Manolov 
S.C. Slavia, (Sofia)
Dimitr Mutafchiev 
S.C. Levski, (Sofia)
Nikola Mutafchiev 
S.C. Levski, (Sofia)
Tsvetan Genev 
S.C. Levski, (Sofia)
Konstantin Maznikov 
S.C. Levski, (Sofia)
Kiril Yovovich 
S.C. Levski, (Sofia)

Austria (in their 87th international) were too strong for the Bulgarians, who held out until the 31st minute. The final score was Austria 6, Bulgaria 0.

Bulgaria made 2 changes for their next match, against The Irish Free State at the Olympic Games in Paris.

Petar Ivanov 
S.C. Levski, (Sofia)
Aleksandar Hristov 
S.C. Levski, (Sofia)
Simeon Yankov 
S.C. Levski, (Sofia)
Ivan Radoev  
S.C. Levski, (Sofia)
Boian Byanov   
S.С. Ticha, (Varna)
Dimitr Manolov 
S.C. Slavia, (Sofia)
Dimitr Mutafchiev 
S.C. Levski, (Sofia)
Nikola Mutafchiev 
S.C. Levski, (Sofia)
Todor Vladimirov
S.C. Slavia, (Sofia)
Konstantin Maznikov 
S.C. Levski, (Sofia)
Kiril Yovovich 
S.C. Levski, (Sofia)

They were beaten by Patrick Dunkan's 75th minute goal.
Bulgaria's first international win came in their 15th match, against Romania in 1930.




5.12.17

FA Cup Final, 1889


Here is a programme for the 1889 FA Cup Final between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Preston North End's Invincibles (the Cup version, with Mills- Roberts in the place of Trainer).
Major Marindin would undoubtedly have been rooting for Wolves' English XI (including 7 internationals).  Wolves had finished 3rd in the League,  conceding 9 goals across the 2 meetings with Preston.
DewhurstRoss and Thomson were the scorers as Preston won 3-0 to secure the Double. 


1.12.17

Madelon


La Madelon was a French popular song of the 1914-18 war.
I do not know how it came to be the nickname of the Czech footballer Jan Knobloch , but he was, throughout his career, known as Madelon.
Madelon joined Sparta Prague in 1927 and won the Czech national championship in 1932. He also made 18 appearances for the Czech national team (1929-33). The image is from a cigarette card by the German company Richard Greiling Zigarettenfabrikan. 

Acknowledgements  to http://collectorscrack.blogspot.co.uk

27.11.17

Football League v Southern League

During the 1914-15 season only 6 of the 40 clubs in the Football League were from south of Birmingham. Of the 20 teams in the first division of the Southern League, 19 would become members of the Football League by the 1920-21 season.
In addition to the annual fixtures against the Scottish and Irish leagues, the Football League staged matches against the Southern League between 1910 and 1914:


11.04.10
Football League
2
2
Southern League
Stewart


Lewis
Parkinson


Fleming
Stamford Bridge (7,000)


Football League
J Lievesley
Sheffield United
R Downs
Barnsley
T Rodway
Preston North End
F Taylor
Chelsea
J Harrop
Liverpool
H Moffat
Burnley
A Goddard
Liverpool
J Stewart
Newcastle United
J Parkinson
Liverpool
J Bache
Aston Villa
H Middlemiss
Tottenham Hotspur


Southern League
J Johnson
Crystal Palace
F Blackman
Brighton & Hove Albion
J Bulcock
Crystal Palace
J Mahon
New Brompton
A Hartwell
Queen’s Park Rangers
A Trueman
Southampton
R Jefferson
Swindon Town
H Fleming
Swindon Town
W Steer
Queen’s Park Rangers
A Lewis
Northampton Town
H Buckle
Coventry City

Jack Parkinson (Liverpool)

14.11.10
Football League
2
3
Southern League
Hibbert


Fleming
Bradshaw


Reid



Trueman
White Hart Lane (5000)

Football League
T Lunn
Tottenham Hotspur
G Maltby
Nottingham Forest
J Johnston
Clapton Orient
R Duckworth
Manchester United
C Buckley
Aston Villa
W Bradshaw
Blackburn Rovers
J Mordue
Sunderland
J Coleman
Sunderland
W Hibbert
Bury
J Stewart
Newcastle United
G Wall
Manchester United

Southern League
G Kitchen
West Ham United
F Blackman
Brighton & Hove Albion
J Walker
Swindon Town
W Booth
Brighton & Hove Albion
A Hartwell
Queen’s Park Rangers
A Trueman
Southampton
R Jefferson
Swindon Town
H Fleming
Swindon Town
G Reid
Brentford
H Moody
Luton Town
H Lipsham
Millwall


Geordie Reid (Brentford)


09.10.11
Football League
2
1
Southern League
Roberts


Bradley
Hampton



Victoria Ground, Stoke (10000)

                                                   
                                                                                               
Football League
A Iremonger
Notts County
L Hofton
Manchester United
J Pennington
West Bromwich Albion
R Duckworth
Manchester United
C Roberts
Manchester United
G Hunter
Aston Villa
J Simpson
Blackburn Rovers
H Halse
Manchester United
H Hampton
Aston Villa
F Buck
West Bromwich Albion
B Shearman
West Bromwich Albion

Southern League
C Shaw
Queen’s Park Rangers
R Brittan
Northampton Town
J Robertson
Southampton
S Frost
Millwall
E Bradley
Coventry City
T Randall
West Ham United
R Jefferson
Swindon Town
H Fleming
Swindon Town
J Peart
Stoke
F Bradshaw
Northampton Town
E Freeman
Northampton Town

Harry Hampton (Aston Villa)

30.09.12
Football League
2
1
Southern League
Buchan


Webb
Bradshaw



Old Trafford, 10,000


Football League
R Williamson
Middlesbrough
E Longworth
Liverpool
E Fletcher
Manchester City
H Moffat
Oldham Athletic
J Fay
Bolton Wanderers
R McNeal
West Bromwich Albion
A Goddard
Liverpool
C Buchan
Sunderland
E West
Manchester United
P Bradshaw
Everton
G Wall
Manchester United



Southern League
C Shaw
Queen’s Park Rangers
H Collyer
Crystal Palace
J Walker
Swindon Town
R Spottiswood
Crystal Palace
J Hughes
Crystal Palace
T Randall
West Ham United
F Walden
Northampton Town
D Shea
West Ham United
W Davis
Millwall
C Webb
Brighton & Hove Albion
S Lamb
Swindon Town

Charles Buchan (Sunderland)



09.02.14
Football League
3
1
Southern League
Shea (3)


Davis




The Den, 13000


Football League
S Hardy
Aston Villa
R Crompton
Blackburn Rovers
J Pennington
West Bromwich Albion
F Cuggy
Sunderland
J Harrop
Aston Villa
R McNeal
West Bromwich Albion
C Wallace
Aston Villa
D Shea
Blackburn Rovers
G Elliot
Middlesbrough
E Latheron
Blackburn Rovers
H Martin
Sunderland

Southern League
T Thorpe
Northampton Town
J Fort
Exeter City
H Colclough
Crystal Palace
W Booth
Brighton & Hove Albion
A Mitchell
Queen’s Park Rangers
R Liddell
Millwall
R Jefferson
Swindon Town
W Batty
Swindon Town
W Davis
Millwall
B Bowler
Plymouth Argyle
E Hendren
Brentford

                                                   
Danny Shea (Blackburn Rovers)


26.10.14
Football League
2
1
Southern League
Stephenson (2)


Moody




Highbury, 11000


Football League
A Reynolds
Fulham
R Crompton
Blackburn Rovers
J Boocock
Bradford City
J Harrow
Chelsea
T Fleetwood
Everton
W Watson
Burnley
F Walden
Tottenham Hotspur
C Stephenson
Aston Villa
H Halse
Chelsea
E Latheron
Blackburn Rovers
J Hodkinson
Blackburn Rovers

Southern League
T Thorpe
Northampton Town
J Kirkwood
Millwall
H Colclough
Crystal Palace
V Gregory
Watford
A Mitchell
Queen’s Park Rangers
R Liddell
Millwall
W Thompson
Queen’s Park Rangers
W Batty
Swindon Town
S Puddefoot
West Ham United
H Moody
Millwall
R Hughes
Northampton Town

Clem Stephenson (Aston Villa)



Wins
Goals scored
Football League
4
13
Southern League
1
9
Drawn
1