After the legalization of professionalism in 1885, the players were theoretically in a position to sell their labour  to whoever they wished. To ensure that the balance of power in the relationships between clubs (businesses) and their players (the workers) remained firmly in favour of the clubs, the FA introduced  the ‘retain and transfer’ system, which  gave clubs a great deal of power over the players. Once signed, having collected a maximum fee of £10, the player effectively became the property of the club.

The first player to be transferred for over £100 (£9,000)*  was Willie Groves (Scotland) who went from West Bromwich Albion to Aston Villa in 1893.

Andy McCombie(Scotland) was transferred from Sunderland to Newcastle United  in February 1904 for a fee of £700 (£61,000)*

Alf Common (England) was the first four figure player.
In February 1905, he moved from Sunderland to Middlesbrough for £1,000 (£86,879)*

1913 George Utley (England)from Barnsley to Sheffield United  £2,000 (£180,000)*

1913 Percy Dawson (England), from Heart of Midlothian  to Blackburn Rovers £2,500 (£225,000)*

1922 Syd Puddefoot (England), from West Ham to Falkirk  £5,000 (£192,500)*

1922 Warney Cresswell (England), from South Shields to Sunderland £5,500 (£211,750)*

1925 Bob Kelly (England)from Burnley to Sunderland  £6,550 (£ 310,700)*

1928 David Jack (England)from Bolton to Arsenal  £10,890 (£534000)*

1932 Bernabé Ferreyra (Argentina), from Tigre to River Plate  £23,000 (£1,230,500)*

* approximate 2012 value in brackets.


Hans Kamper was a keen all round sportsman who had captained FC Basle and helped to found FC Zurich in his native Switzerland. 
As a 21 year old in 1898 he was travelling to Africa to establish a sugar trading business, but he stopped off to visit an uncle in Barcelona and never left. 
He played some football and  founded a sports magazine, Los Deportes.
On 22nd October 1899 Kamper (or to use the Catalan version of his name, Joan Gamper) placed this advert in Los Deportes: 


Our friend and partner, Mr. Kans Kamper, from the Foot-Ball Section of the <<Sociedad Los Deportes>> and former Swiss champion, wishing to organize some matches in Barcelona, requests that everyone who likes this sport contact him, come to this office Tuesday and Friday nights from 9 to 11.

On 8th December 1899 FC Barcelona played their first ever game, a 10 a side against a team of English settlers. They lost 1-0 to an Arthur Witty goal.  There's a match report here: 


Barcelona won their first trophy, the Copa Macaya (a championship of Catalonia) in 1901–02.
It's probably more than a coincidence that Gamper's old team, FC Basle, the club he founded in Switzerland (FC Zurich) and Barcelona all share the same club colours.


Boca 1906
Boca 1908
River 1908
River 1920

The Superclásico is contested by Boca Juniors and River Plate, of Buenos Aires. Both have their origins in La Boca, the working class dockland area of Buenos Aires.

River was founded in 1901 and Boca in 1905.
 in 1925 River moved to the affluent district of Núñez and became known by the nickname, Los Millonarios (The Millionaires).
 Boca have their origins in  the local Italian immigrant community, the club was founded five Italian boys, and their followers are  known as Xeneizes (Genoese).

August 2nd 1908: Boca won the first Superclásico ever 2–1.
August 24th 1913: River won the first official Superclásico 2–1
A flare up during a Superclasico match in the early 1930s


Switzerland 1897–1898

Grasshopper Club Zürich

The Swiss league in the 1897–1898 season was contested by 9 teams divided into 3 groups.It was a curious arrangement.
In group A  Grasshopper Club Zurich and FC Zurich played each other once and Grasshopper won 7-2
Group B saw Villa Longchamp Lausanne beat FC Yverdon, who then took no further part. Lausanne Football and Cricket Club then eliminated Maison Neuve Vevey and Villa D'Ouchy  before losing to Villa Longchamp Lausanne.
In group C Le Château de Lancy beat Racing Club de Geneve and were then themselves beaten by La Châtelaine Genève.

There then followed two play off matches.
 Grasshopper beat Villa Longchamp Lausanne and then  La Châtelaine Genève to emerge as champions.


West Bromwich Albion

I like the fact that West Bromwich Albion were originally called West Bromwich Strollers, but that piece of information had no bearing on the method of training they are pictured undertaking here.

England v Germany 1901

Action from England v Germany , White Hart Lane, 21st September 1901:

 'Hot work at the German goal' reads the caption- England players, hands on hips...
 A clearance from England goalkeper Wilf Waller, born in South Africa and the first overseas player in the Football League . He had played for Tottenham Hotspur, Bolton Wanderers and Queens Park (Scotland)- at the time of this match he was with Southampton. 

Until England's summer tour of Austria-Hungary in 1908, none of their matches against overseas opposition were designated 'full' internationals, and were usually undertaken by amateur XIs. Between 1899 and 1901, prior to the formation of a German national team, there were five unofficial international matches between different German and English selection teams, all of which were won easily by the English.  The pictures above show England's 12-0 victory over Germany at White Hart Lane on 21st September 1901. RE Foster- better known as a cricketer, scored 6 goals.On 25th September 1901 a completely different England XI (the  line up  included the legendary Steve Bloomer) won 10-0 at Hyde Road (Manchester City's ground).


South Africa

The British spread football across the world with a missionary zeal, and it is not uncommon to find the first reference to football in any given country involving English (therefore British) sailors, soldiers or civilian expatriates.
Strangely though, none of the countries of the British Empire (as it was during the period that we are looking at)  have adopted football as their main sport. Cricket, along with Rugby, are the sports at which most of the former colonies have excelled. It is worth noting, however, that football was played on an organised basis in many of these countries, and often at an early date.
Prior to the formation of the Union of South Africa in 1910 the Southern part of Africa consisted of  separate colonies-the CapeNatalTransvaal and the Orange River Colony.
In 1910 South Africa became FIFA's first non-European member.

Here is a timeline of the development and organization of the game in Southern Africa:

Younger readers please note- all organizations, clubs etc were exclusively for White people unless otherwise stated.

Football arrived in Southern Africa (courtesy of British soldiers and Civil servants) in the pre -association days, with the first documented matches being played in Cape town and Port Elizabeth as early as 1862.
1879 - Pietermaritzburg County Football Club (for Whites-only) is established.
1880 -  Durban and Johannesburg see the formation of football clubs for non-whites.
1882 -  Foundation of the Natal Football Association (for Whites-only), The league featured four clubs,   Pietermaritzburg County, Natal Wasps, Durban Alpha and Umgeni Stars. By the following year, the league had expanded to ten clubs.
1883The Natal Challenge Cup first completed- Natal Wasps FC  (Durban) win the first four editions.
1889 - The Transvaal Challenge Cup is introduced, Wanderers Wasps (Johannesburg) winning the first title.
1890-  The Durban Charity Cup comes into being.
1890 - The Griqualand West FA  formed.
1891 - Western Province FA formed. Royal Artillery wins the first three editions of the Senior League (Western Province competitions were dominated by military sides)
1892 The South African Football Association (later known as FASA) is formed. It is a White only organization.
1893 - Griqualand West introduce aSenior League competition, Kimberley Senior League Challenge Cup. Kenilworth Kimberley are the first champions.
1893 -Western Province FA introduce the  O'Reilly Cup. Royal Artillery are the first winners.
1894- The Frontier Challenge Shield is first contested in the province of Border. It is won by  Queen's Park FC (King Williamstown). 
1895The first  Orange Free State Challenge Cup  is won by Heilbron FC.
1896- In the  Orange Free State the  Bloemfontein Senior League is first contested, with Rangers FC (Bloemfontein) as champions.
1896 - Transvaal Indian Football Association is formed.
1897 - First  Corinthians (England) tour.
1898 - The West Griqualand Challenge Cup comes into being
1898  - The Orange Free State Bantu Football Club (A.k.a Orange Free State Kaffir Football Club) is the first South African team to play in Europe, a 49-match tour of England, France, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. article here: http://eprints.aston.ac.uk/16771/1/The_1899_Orange_Free_State_Football_Team_Tour.pdf
1899- Rangers FC (East London) win the first season of the East London Senior League.
1899 - Eastern Province- Caledonians (East London) win the first Port Elizabeth Senior League title.

1902- The South African Indian Football Association (SAIFA) is founded in Kimberley, where a national competition for Indians — the Sam China Cup — is held.
1903 - Second Corinthians (England) tour.
1906 - South Africa tours South America. They play 11 games against decent opposition - Argentine clubs Alumni, Belgrano, Quilmes, and representative sides of Argentinian and Uruguayan leagues as well a s team of British players based in Argentina. They are beaten only once (by Alumni) and have a 54 for 7 against goal ratio.
One member of the touring party, English born Héctor Henman  stayed in Argentina, where he joining Buenos Aires top club Alumni AC. Henman played for Argentina against Uruguay later that year.
1907 - Third Corinthians (England) tour.
1910 - The South African Football Association joins FIFA, the first association from outside of Europe to do so.
1910 -The  Football Association sends an amateur representative side to tour South Africa. In games against South Africa national representative team the English won: in Durban on June 29 (3-0), in Johannesburg on July 23 (6-2), and in Cape Town on July 30 (6-3).
1916 - The Durban & District Native Football Association is established. 
1920 -The  Football Association sends an amateur representative side to tour South Africa .

1924- South Africa side tours Britain .Details here: http://thehamlethistorian.blogspot.co.uk/2010/05/south-african-football-teams-1924-tour.html
Football Association tour South Africa .
1929 -
The Johannesburg Bantu Football Association is founded.
Motherwell first  tour of South Africa.
1932 -
The South African African Football Association (SAAFA) is formed and it launches the Bakers Cup national tournament.
The South African Bantu Football Association (SABFA) and the South African Coloured Football Association (SACFA) are formed.
1934 -
Motherwell second tour.
1935 -
The Transvaal Inter-Race Soccer Board is formed by Africans, Indians, and 'Coloureds'.

1935 -The Suzman Cup, the first official inter-racial tournament between Africans, Coloureds, and Indians, is established 
1936 -
The Godfrey South African Challenge Cup is established 

Francis Marindin

The Major
 Francis Marindin  was a captain in the Royal Engineers when he played in the first FA Cup Final in 1872. He appeared in the final again  in 1874, but was on the losing side both times.
Marindin had been responsible for founding the Royal Engineers club, who were to the forefront of the move from individualistic play to the Combination Game based on passing.
'The Majaw' went on to become a highly respected referee,and also felt that it was appropriate to his position as chairman of the Football Association to take charge of the most prestigious matches. Consequently from 1880 to 1890 he refereed 9 FA Cup finals.
 Marindin disapproved of the advent of professionalism and the use of Scottish players by the northern professional clubs. For this reason he congratulated West Bromwich Albion after a cup semi final win over Preston in 1887 (a game that he had refereed) and told them that he hoped they would win the final (in which he also officiated!) . They didn't though, they lost to a slightly Scottish flavoured Aston Villa.

During The Major's 18 year involvement in the FA Cup it moved from being a minority diversion for amateurs (the 1872 final watched by 2000) to a mass spectator sport increasingly dominated by professionals 
(20,000 watched The Major's last final in 1890, in which Blackburn Rovers beat The Wednesday 6-1).
Note: during his career Marindin would have adjudicated from the touchlines- the referee only 'entered the field of play' in 1891.

George Camsell 1926-27 season

In the 1926–27 League Division 2 season Middlesbrough's George Camsell netted a remarkable 59 league goals in 37 games and 63 goals in all competitions. This remains the second-highest number of league goals scored and the equal highest number in all competitions in one English league season. Camsell also won nine caps for Englandand He scored in every International he played in, hitting a total of 18 goals.


Arthur Kinnaird

The Hon.Arthur Fitzgerald Kinnaird, later Lord Kinnaird, played in 9 FA Cup Finals (plus two replays).
1873- Wanderers- winner. Played as a forward and scored in a 2-0 win over Oxford University.
1875- Old Etonians- runner up- Played as a back in both the final and the replay, which was won by Royal Engineers.
1876- Old Etonians- runner up-Played as a forward in both the final and the replay, which was won by  Wanderers.
1877- Wanderers- winner- Played in goal in the 2-1 victory over Oxford University, and scored an own goal*.
1878- Wanderers- winner- Played at half back in a 3-1 win over Royal Engineers, scoring 1 goal.**
1879Old Etonians- winner- Played at half back, Clapham Rovers were beaten 1-0
1881 Old Etonians- runner up-Played at half back, Old Carthusians ran out 3-0 winners.
1882 - Old Etonians- winner- Played at half back, Blackburn Rovers beaten 1-0.
1883Old Etonians- runner up-Played at half back, Blackburn Olympic won 3-1

Kinnaird was instantly recognizable by his red beard and long white trousers, (although a Scotland team photograph of 1879 shows him wearing three quarter length knickers), and was known for his robust approach to play.

Kinnaird made his only official appearance for Scotland in the second international- a 4-2 defeat to England at the Oval in 1873. He played in 3 nonofficial 'internationals' for Scotland (against England) between 1870 and 1872.

* Kinnaird caught a high ball and stepped over the goal line in doing so. The goal was allowed  , however, tradition has it that Kinnaird was later able to persuade the FA to expunge the goal from the official record of the game. 
**  Contemporary  sources state that Kinnaird took a free kick from which a 'scrimmage' developed, the ball being carried over the line, and the actual scorer's identity could not be determined from this melee. 

Blow Football

I don't know what father is trying to do here, but both he and the little girl look rather light headed- a familiar experience for anyone who has played this game.



Brazil 1922

Football will not catch on here. It is like borrowed clothes that do not fit. For a foreign custom to establish itself in another country it must be in harmony with the people’s way of life.
Brazilian writer Graciliano Ramos (1921)

Estádio Manoel Schwartz ( Estádio das Laranjeiras)- the site of the Sao Paulo- Rio selection match v Exeter City in 1914, and also of 17 Brazil  internationals from 1919- 1931, including 2 Copa America finals.

 The tribune under construction
 Under construction
From the air-1919

Portugal-Os Três Grandes

F.C. Lisbonense

 One version of the history of FC Porto is that wine merchant António Nicolau de Almeida founded the club in 1893. Nuno Dias' helpful comments below share some information  that I didn't know when I originally wrote the post .
In 1894 King Carlos I created a national cup, to be played annually for the football championship of the cities of Portugal.Only one edition was played, in 1894, when F.C. Porto lost 0-1 to F.C. Lisbonense (predecessors of CIF-Clube Internacional de Futebol). 

 Sporting Clube de Portugal

The club that evolved into Sporting Clube de Portugal has its origins in 1902; a game played by aristocratic young men during a holiday. They styled themselves Sport Club de Belas (Belas being the location of their vacation). After the holiday was over they returned to the Lisbon suburb of Campo Grande and  decided to continue their footballing activities. In 1904 they founded Campo Grande Football Club. Conflict between the genuine sport enthusiasts and those more interested in social events led to a schism. In 1906 the sporting wing became Campo Grande Sporting Club.  Sporting's  first official fixture was played on 3rd February 1907. 


Founded in the Belém neighborhood of Lisbon on February 28th, 1904 as Grupo Sport Lisboa. In 1908 the merged with Sport Clube de Benfica (founded in 1904) and took the name Grupo Sport Benfica. Members of Grupo Sport Lisboa kept the football side of the club alive.
In October, 1908, a month after the merger, the club won its first game ever against Sporting.

Association Football and How to Play It- John Cameron (1908)


(Late Queen's Park, Everton, and Player-Manager, Tottenham Hotspur F.C.)



John Cameron played for Queen's Park, Everton and Tottenham Hotspur. he was capped once by Scotland.
In 1898 he became the first secretary of the Association Footballers' Union.
 Shortly after joining Tottenham in 1898 he became player- manager. Under his leadership Tottenham won the Southern League and the FA Cup, Cameron scoring a goal in the relayed final.
After leaving Tottenham in 1907 Cameron went to Germany to coach Dresdner SC. He was interred during the 1914-18 War with the Central Powers and was secretary of the Ruhleben Football Association, leading the World XI against England.
After the war Cameron spent a brief spell in charge of Ayr United (he had started his career with their predecessors, Ayr Parkhouse) before concentrating on journalism.

You can read the book here:



The 1909 Scottish FA Cup final was played between the two great Glasgow Clubs, Celtic and Rangers. The first match was drawn 2-2. The replay stood at 1-1 at 90 minutes. The 70,000 crowd (and, it seemed, the Celtic players) were expecting extra time. When it became apparent  that extra time was not going to be played, a riot broke out.
This was not fueled by inter club rivalry, but rather by the belief amongst the spectators that they were being conned. The belief was that the authorities were fixing results to ensure more income- the replay not including extra time was the final straw.
Incidentally, no third match was held. The Cup was not awarded that year.

The Scotsman -19th April 1909



GLASGOW, which holds the record for football disasters, was on Saturday afternoon and evening the scene of a riot which will take rank as one of the most disgraceful blots disfiguring the annals of the game. The finalists in the competition for the Scottish cup are the Celtic and Rangers, Glasgow clubs, which on 10th April drew with two goals each. The replay took place on Saturday on the ground of the Queen's Park at Hampden, Mount Florida, and again the teams drew, on this occasion with one goal each. At the close of the game the spectators, incensed. at the decision not to play an extra, half-hour, and thus resolve the destiny of the cup, broke all bounds, and a riot ensued, in which the police and the mob came into prolonged conflict with the most serious consequences. The scene is described as resembling that of a battlefield , and after the long-drawn mêlée, the horrors of which were heightened by the action of the crowd, in setting fire to all the combustible material on which they could lay their hands, it was found that no fewer than sixty people wore on the official list of casualties, suffering from injuries , in some cases of a dangerous nature. This list does not include many who were attended on the field without being sent to the Infirmary or dealt with officially. The number of the unknown injured is computed at a figure equal to that of those known, which brings the final casualty list to considerably over a hundred. 


Saturday afternoon was beautifully fine and a crowd of spectators, estimated at between 60,000 and 70,000 persons, was attracted to Hampden Park, which occupies a, romantic site on the outskirts of the city, generally included by antiquarians as part of the historic battlefield of Langside . The rivalry between the teams is of the keenest nature, and the crowd, as is usual on such occasions, was divided into two camps, whose excitement rose to the highest pitch when, at the close of play the teams were level. It seems to have been generally understood that in the event of a draw on this occasion, the contest would be fought to a finish with an extra half hour's play. In the official police report it is stated that after the referee had blown his whistle announcing the finish, the members of the Celtic team remained on the field, thus heightening the prevailing impression. 

The members of the Rangers' team quitted the pitch, however, and their example was followed, shortly afterward by their opponents. Strong in their preconceived belief, the majority of the spectators retained their positions for some time although many thousands took their departure. Meantime the Football Association had decided that the game would not be renewed, and an intimation this effect was made. Keen dissatisfaction prevailed among the crowd, and protests were heard on many hands, culminating in threats and an outbreak of disorder among the more rowdy elements. The first overt action which resulted in the lamentable scone of the day was the invasion of the playing pitch by a number of the dissatisfied onlookers, their evident intention being to proceed to the dressing-rooms, whither the players had retired. A considerable force of police were, of course, on the ground, and they naturally endeavoured to keep the crowd in order, and to induce them to leave the field peacefully . What actually first led to a collision between the police and the civilians is at present matter of the most conflicting opinion. Soon, however, the mob wore venting their rage on the police force, who were subjected to a fusillade of stones, bottles, brickbats, and every conceivable missile of which the roughs could become possessed. Overwhelmed and swept aside by superior numbers, the police rallied, and endeavoured to cope with their assailants. To this end they were forced to use their batons, and shortly they wore engaged in a hand to hand conflict. The gravity of the situation became apparent when a number of the policemen were seen to have sustained such injuries that they were rendered prostrate, and had to be carried off the field. 


It would be impossible adequately to describe the many cruel incidents which went to make up a riot now proceeding in almost every quarter of the field. Stricken men, fell with blood streaming from their wounds, and the rage and tumult became more intense. Many of the police were beaten and injured in the most brutal and callous fashion, and the force as a whole were the chief sufferers of the day. It was generally remarked that those of the crowd most active in the disturbance wore composed of the most degraded section of the community, the self-respecting portion having as far as possible retired when the character of the fray became apparent. Thousands, however, who would gladly have quitted the scene, now found it impossible to leave, since those outside were massed at the exits, and outlet was a matter of great difficulty. 

Maddened by excitement, and relying on their overwhelming numbers, the rioters now proceeded to the extremest limits. The goal-posts wore attacked, and uprooted, the nets torn to pieces, and the woodwork around the enclosure broken down to be used as weapons, against the police. Acting with commendable patience and restraint, the police force, who were shortly reinforced by the arrival of reserves from almost every district in the city, persevered in their attempt to clear the ground. A number of mounted men were found to be of great assistance; but the mob took a. malicious delight in surrounding the horsemen, and endeavouring to force them to dismount. They beat man and horse most unmercifully, and in some cases the man was pulled to the ground. Not only had the police to persist in their own work of overcoming the mob, but, they had to protect , and rescue each other. Where a solitary policeman was trapped he was dealt with in the most outrageous manner, and it is little wonder that rumour had it that several of them had been killed. 


The objective of the rioters, as has been indicated , was evidently the dressing-boxes of the players, but the police force were successful in repelling the attack. It was soon obvious, however, that new outlets for the prevalent passion had been found. Quantities of the broken barricading were collected, piled in a heap, and ignited. Quite a number of the crowd were in possession of bottles containing whisky, and they were actually seen to pour the fluid on the broken timber in order to aid its quicker ignition. Soon a huge bonfire was in progress, fed by fuel brought from every possible quarter. Attention was next directed to the pay boxes at the north-west entrance, and they were also soon a mass of flames. It was found necessary to summon the Fire Brigade, who arrived on the scene shortly after six o'clock. The defenceless firemen were on their arrival maltreated in similar fashion to the police, and at least one of them, John Kennedy, of the Queen's Park Division, was seriously injured. He is suffering from a number of broken ribs, When the firemen attempted to get to work their hosepipes were seized and thrown into the flames. Others, which were brought into position, were cut and hacked at with knives. Stones, bottles, and the other available missiles were hurled, at the firemen, who, of course, were quite unable to defend themselves. Ultimately; they succeeded in extinguishing the fire, but not before very considerable damage was done. 

When all the reserves had been hurried up from the district police offices, there would be about 200 constables on the field, including about 16 horsemen. The difficulty was to drive the crowds up the slopes surrounding the pitch, and the method adopted was to force them out of the grounds in batches. But long before comparative order had been restored, the casualty list had reached appalling proportions.. A number of medical men who happened to be present, set themselves devotedly to the work of attending to the injured. These gentlemen included two doctors, Jamieson, father and son, and Dr D. M'Ardle, of Stobhill Hospital. Later they were reinforced by assistance from the Victoria Infirmary, which is situated in the neighbourhood. Ambulance waggons were summoned, and, after being temporarily attended to, the sufferers wore conveyed to the Victoria Infirmary. One of the injured was attended at the Royal Infirmary, which, is several miles distant . The spectacle presented in the football pavilion and neighbourhood, where the medical work was proceeding, resembled nothing so much as what one would picture occurring in the rear of a battle. Numbers of man were being brought in in an unconscious condition, suffering from wounds in the fight, and, in some instances, from the crushing which occasionally took place. 


It would be about ten minutes past five o'clock when the football match finished, and an idea of the prolonged character of the riot will be gained when it is stated that order was not restored till half-past seven. Gradually the police effected a clearance of the pitch and its environs, but not before the field had been reduced to a wreck. At one time a section. of the crowd tore up and-down the field with a road roller, cutting the ground badly, and committing every damage in their power. With the exception of the pavilion and the Press box, all the other erections wore damaged or wrecked by fire or assault. The police stationed outside the barricading had their hands as full as those inside. When the unruly roughs wore ultimately ejected from the field, they remained in great crowds outside, and continued the fusillade of brick-bats. Not a piece of glass escaped which could be reached by stones, and the crowd exhibited a delight in wreaking their revenge on the persons of the police and firemen, and in the destruction of the property of the club. Fortunately they wore unaware that the Football Association officials, were occupants at the moment of rooms in Somerville Place, on the opposite side of the street from the main entrance to the park These gentleman had in their possession, drawings to the amount of £1400, and were also guarding the Scottish Cup, which would have been awarded to the victor of the game. It may be mentioned that among the spectators of the day was Captain Gilmour, prospective Unionist candidate for East Renfrewshire. His duty would have been to hand the Cup to the successful team, had the game not been drawn. 

Among the minor incidents of the day was the exhibition of the craze for souvenirs. The crossbar of one of the goal posts was carried from the field into Somerville Road in front of the burning pay boxes and a crowd of men and boys hacked at it with pocket knives and pocketed the chips. Among the debris littering the ground were a number of policen’s helmets, which had been lost in the day’s struggle. These were also the objective of the souvenir-hunter, being cut into strips and carried away.


Needless to say, the district was in a condition of seething excitement during the course , of the unfortunate affair. The windows in Somerville Drive, which overlook the ground, wore crowded with people, who followed the progress of events with nervous dismay. Thousands of those who had attended the match left as it was concluding and were totally .unaware of what subsequently occurred. Many, however, who would otherwise have proceeded home with the utmost dispatch hung about the vicinity to watch the spectacle. Not till the evening journals issued their late editions was the city apprised of the riot. The news created in interest comparable only to that aroused by the occurrence of the great Ibrox Park disaster, at which hundreds of people were injured, and over twenty killed. The magnitude of Saturday 's melee was exaggerated by rumour, and it was confidently asserted that several of the injured had succumbed. Fortunately there has been in no case a fatal result, and such an eventuality is not anticipated. Only five of the injured are detained in Victoria Infirmary, although the case of the fireman, Kennedy, is probably as serious as any. 

Curious to relate only one man was arrested in the course of the outbreak. He has been lodged in the Queen's Park Police Office and will be brought up to-day on a charge of assaulting- a policeman and a soldier. It is stated that a plain clothes constable obtained the assistance of the soldier to effect the arrest. The police were, of course, practically powerless in the matter of apprehensions. Instances are recorded of rioters being taken into custody, but so savagely were the police handled that they were forced to let go their quarry. 


All day yesterday crowds of people flocked to Mount Florida to view the scene. Overnight there were posted on the ground thirty constables in case of the eventuality of the return of the mob. A force of police still guarded the ground yesterday, and the public were rigidly excluded from it. Early in the morning the services .of a number of joiners had been requisitioned, and the barricading and shattered gates set to rights as much as possible . Notwithstanding their exertions, however, the place presented, a sorry sight. All the woodwork at the Somerville Drive entrances had been burned away or remains charred, and what is left is a mass of torn, twisted, or bent galvanised iron, The enclosure itself is a litter of stones and broken bottles, and scarred patches where fire has been at work. All the public lamps in the vicinity have been smashed. Only the roughest estimate can be obtained of the amount which will be required to set the place to rights, but £800 is considered a moderate figure. Interesting, questions as to liability most arise. 'It may be confidently expected that many different claims will be lodged. 


The question, of a replay of the game will be discussed at a meeting of the Football Association to be hold in Glasgow this evening. There have been many speculations on the point, and the opinion is generally held that the game will now be abandoned. The officials of the Association are naturally greatly distressed at the extremely unfortunate debacle which followed Saturday's game. It would seem by the rules of the Association that only in the case of a third draw can play be continued for an extra half-hour. 

In the course of yesterday Chief-Constable Stevenson, accompanied by Superintendent Ferguson , of the Queen's Park division, paid a visit to Victoria Infirmary to make inquiry regarding the condition of the injured. Afterwards they drove to Hampden Park, where they carried out an inspection. The Chief Constable's clerk also visited the scene for the purposes of a report, which will in duo course be considered by the legal and other authorities, and ultimate action be decided thereupon. It is too soon yet to state whether any inquiry of a. public nature will be instituted, although it seems unlikely that such a.-menace to law and order can pass unnoticed