21.8.17

Scotland v England 1884



Played at Cathkin Park 15.03.84.
This was the inaugural season of the British Home Championship and the Scotland England clash was always likely to be the decider. This was the 13th meeting between the 2 sides. Scotland had won 8 of the previous 12 matches and England had not beaten them since 1879.
For the first time in international football admission was by ticket only.
Dr John Smith scored the only goal of the game in the 8th minute to give Scotland a 1-0 victory.
The illustration shows 'A Bailey' but it is in fact Norman Coles Bailey, while E.C Bambridge Swift is E.C Bambridge of the club The Swifts. Francis Marindin , here acting as Umpire for England was so well known as to be recognizable only by the title The Major.
The contrast in stature between the illustrated English and Scotch (sic) players is worthy of note. The era of the gentleman amateur was drawing to a close, but the England approach was still largely based on the muscular public schools approach whereas Scottish football was more tactically refined.

The final table:


P
W
D
L
F
A
Scotland
3
3
0
0
10
1
England
3
2
0
1
12
2
Wales
3
1
0
2
7
8
Ireland
3
0
0
3
1
19

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.



21.7.17

The club named after some Anarchists...

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In 1904 the 2 Villa Crespo clubs Mártires de Chicago and Sol de la Victoria underwent a merger to form Asociación Atlética y Futbolística Argentinos Unidos de Villa Crespo.
This name was soon shortened to Asociación Atlética Argentinos Juniors.
Mártires de Chicago were originally named in honour of the Anarchists behind the 1886 Haymarket Riot in Chicago.

16.7.17

United avoid the drop

United keeper Jack Hacking catches a cross

Modern day audiences might find it hard to believe that once upon a time Manchester United had to beat Millwall in the last game of the season in order to stay in Division 2.
As the end of the 1934-35 season approached with 41 out of 42 rounds of matches completed Lincoln City were already down with 25 points.
Notts County, in 18th, were safe on 35 points.
In between were Swansea Town (33), Millwall (33) and Manchester United (32).
United had conceded 85 goals, 10 more than any other team in the Division, and had lost 22 of 41 matches played.  Their average home attendance was just 18,500. Manchester City were drawing crowds of 30,000 plus. And so to 05.05.1934. Swansea Town would have been relieved that their crucial match was at home, they hadn't won an away game all season. They duly defeated Plymouth Argyle 2-1 at the Vetch Field with goals from Jack Firth and Wilf Milne.
Meanwhile at the Den Jackie Cape and Tom Manley gave United a 2-0 win in front of a crowd of 35,000. The Sheffield Independent described the result as one of the most remarkable successes of the day.
Image result for Tom Manley Manchester unitedManley (left) opened the scoring in the 9th minute and Cape (below) added the second in the 48th. Some controversy surrounded Cape's goal as there were suspicions of offside.


14.7.17

Jimmy Quinn



The idol of the people a gentleman who spends his Saturday afternoons endeavoring to kick a leather ball into a net. If he is successful in his efforts the eighty thousand or so who look on are seen to assume a pleased expression.
The game might be made more exciting if all the players kicked in the same direction , as more goals would be scored, and , after all, goals are what the spectators want.  
The greatest names in history are those of napoleon, Gladstone and Jimmy Quinn- these three, and the greatest of these is Jimmy Quinn. If you don't believe me ask anybody in Parkhead. 

Jimmy Quinn played 331 first team matches for Celtic (1900-15), scoring 216 goals.
He won 8 Scottish  League titles and 5 Scottish Cup winner's medals.
He represented the Scottish league 8 times (7 goals) and the Scottish national team 11 times (7 goals).

11.7.17

Cevenini brothers





The five Cevenini brothers all played top class football, their collective careers spanning the years 1907- 1939, winning 8 league titles between them.

Cevenini I: Aldo- combined 200 games with Milan and Internazionale. Won 2 national championships, represented Italy 11 times (including the first international in 1910), scoring 3 goals.

 Cevenini II:Mario- a defender who represented both Milan giants and won 2 league titles.

 Cevenini III:Luigi -played for Internazionale 190 times in 3 spells and scored 156 goals, winning the Italian Prima Divisione title in 1920. He also represented Novese and Juventus. For Italy
 he scored 11 goals in 29 matches between 1915 and 1929, was captain on 7 occasions, and a  Central European International Cup winner.

Cevenini IV: Cesare - a defender, he won the Prima Divisione with Inter in 1919-20.

Cevenini V: Carlo- enjoyed success at Milan, Internazonale, Lazio and Novese, where he won the title in  1921-22.


 Aldo, Mario Luigi and Carlo all featuered in Novese's championship success of 1921-22.


10.7.17

Perinetti, Recanatini & Onzari


This 1932 edition of El Grafico featured 3 seasoned campaigners.

Natalio Perinetti (Racing Club de Avellaneda)
Perinetti's ghost is said to haunt the Estadio Juan Domingo Perón, though he never played there. He won 5 Primera División titles with Racing and was capped 7 times by Argentina. 

Humberto Recanatini (Club de Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata) 
Recanatini was 34 when he joined Gimnasia. He had represented Argentina 17 times (1919-31).

Cesáreo Onzari (Club Atlético Huracán) 
The scorer of the original Gol Olímpico won 15 caps (1922–24).