20.2.17

Top European Goalkeepers of the 1920s & 1930s

The 1920s and 1930s saw the emergence of some top class goalkeepers across Europe.
They were still vulnerable to physical assault through rushes and charges, and the emphasis, even with the advent of the 3 back game, was still very much on attack.
Here we will look at the international records of 6 notable goalkeepers.

















1. Ricardo Zamora - Spain (1920-36)



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2. Harry Hibbs - England (1929-36)

















3. Josef/ Rudolf Hiden - Austria (1928-33)*























4.Gianpiero Combi - Italy (1924-34)

















5. František Plánička - Czechoslovakia (1926-38)




















6. Sigge Lindberg - Sweden (1921-30)






Clean sheets
P
W
D
L
%W
GA
GAPG
#
%
Zamora
46
31
6
9
67.39
42
0.91
20
43.47
Hibbs
25
16
4
5
64
26
1.04
10
40
Hiden*
20
12
4
4
60
25
1.25
5
20
Combi
47
28
10
9
59.57
65
1.38
12
25.53
Plánička
73
35
16
22
47.94
120
1.64
11
15.06
Lindberg
49
23
12
14
46.93
85
1.73
10
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Zamora comes out on top. His win percentage, goals against per game and percentage of clean sheets are all superior. 


*Hiden played one game for France in 1940 which is not included in these figures. 

18.2.17

19th Century England Internationals: Amatuers and Professionals

Professionalism was formally legalized in England in July 1885.
Prior to this professionals had undoubtedly represented England. 
Billy Mosforth, Jack Hunter, and Jimmy Forest are names that spring to mind.
Of course, many men who earned their living from football continued to hold sinecure posts or to be set up as publicans or tobacconists long after professionalism had been accepted by the FA.
 What we have done here is to look at the 45 England matches played in the 19th century after the legalization of professionalism. 
The identification of amateurs is relatively straightforward, members of Corinthian FC, Old Boy's clubs, The Universities.
There were, however,  also well known amateurs among the ranks of some midland and northern clubs. We have done our best to identify these players. 
In identifying the professionals we have attempted to avoid presumption but have looked for corroborating evidence such as census records and reports of transfer fees. 
Here, then, are how the 495 caps (games 26-70) were divided between amateurs and professionals:  




Amateur

186
37.57
Professional

309
62.42


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