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.


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?


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.


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.


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.


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).


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.


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).


Amsel Ignác

15.04.28:  Amsel Ignác, The Spider,  puts the ball over his crossbar during Ferencváros' 5-1 win over Kispest.


Between 1921 and 1931 Amsel represented Hungary 9 times, but was only on the winning side once. On a positive note he became the first Hungarian goalkeeper to save a penalty in internationals (v Austria, 1923).



Portugal recorded their first international victory in their 5th match (the first 4 had all been against Spain).
Italy were defeated 1-0 at Estádio do Lumiar (Lisbon) thanks to a João Francisco Maia goal in the 39th minute.
Captain Jorge Vieira is the player holding the ball.

Francisco Vieira 
António Pinho 
Casa Pia A.C
Jorge Vieira  ©
Sporting C. P
Raul Soares de Figueiredo Tamanqueiro
S.C. Olhanense
Augusto Silva 
César De Matos 
Domingos Neves 
S.C. Olhanense
Mário Carvalho 
João Francisco Maia
Sporting C. P
José Carlos Delfim Santos
S.C. Olhanense
Manuel da Fonseca e Castro
Académico F.C