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.


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:


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.


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.


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.

W Hayne

E Tompkins

A Cornell

H Sherwin
Sunderland, Leeds United & Barnsley  
R Musgrove
Barnsley, Leeds United & Durham City 
L Grant
A Denyer
West ham
West Ham (Southern League)  Swindon Town 
E Hodgkinson

J Lawton
Nottingham Forest 
WC Lockett
Wolverhampton Wanderers, Northampton Town 
E Taylor

T. Williams

W. Farmer

W. Jennings
Bolton Wanderers (FA Cup winner 1923) 11 Wales caps
P. Jeans

S. Hughes

J. Fearby

W. Woodhall

E. Parr

J. Pryde

W. Saunders

F. Keenor
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.


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.


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.

Jack Robinson
Harry Thickitt
Sheffield United
Jimmy Crabtree
Aston Villa
Frank Forman
Nottingham Forest
Raby Howell
Ernest Needham
Sheffield United
Charlie Athersmith
Aston Villa
Steve Bloomer
Derby County
G.O Smith
Old Carthusians
Jimmy Settle
Fred Forman
Nottingham Forest

Ned Doig
Nicol Smith
Glasgow Rangers
Davie Storrier
Neil Gibson
Glasgow Rangers
Alexander Christie
Queen’s Park
John Robertson
John Campbell
Robert Hamilton
Glasgow Rangers
Robert McColl
Queen’s Park
Hugh Morgan
Jack Bell


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).


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


Nils Middelboe

Before joining Chelsea in 1913 Middleboe represented Kjøbenhavns Boldklub, Frederiksberg. He made 15 appearances for Denmark (7 goals), and played at 3 Olympic tournaments (winning 2 silver medals).

Click here to view a great selection of images of Danish football.


9th Far Eastern Games

The football tournament of the 9th Far Eastern Games was played in Tokyo in May 1930. 

 25.05.30  Japan 7-2 Philippines 
 27.05.30  China 5-0 Philippines 
 30.05.30  Japan 3-3 China 

 Japan conceded the final match rather than play extra time. China were therefore the champions.


Parque Central

Boaters de rigueur. 22,000 at Montevideo's Parque Central to see Uruguay defeat Argentina 2-0 on 02.12.23


Roose saves from Morris

The evolution of halftone printing techniques led to the widespread use of photographs in the mass media. The Athletic News was prominent among the publications that brought this exciting presentation of football action to the masses.
As in the previous post, we have 2 Welsh players in opposition here.
Dick Roose of Sunderland saves from Gren Morris of Nottingham Forest. The match, at Roker Park, ended in a 2-2 draw (15.10.10).


1904 FA Cup Final

The first all Lancashire Final.
Billy Meredith scored in the 23rd minute, beating his countryman Dai Davies with a left footed shot. In the illustration Davies (who had played for Swinton in the 1900 Northern Union Rugby Challenge Cup Final)  looks almost like a disinterested bystander.


Donald Simpson Bell V.C

Full back Donald Bell was on the books at Newcastle United as an amateur in 1910-11 but didn't make a first team appearance.
In 1913 he made his League debut for Bradford Park Avenue. He made 5 appearances for the club.
In 1916 2nd Lt. Bell was awarded the Victoria Cross. He was killed in action 5 days later.

London Gazette Notice of Death 9th September 1916Temp. 2nd Lt. Donald Simpson Bell, late York. R. For most conspicuous bravery. During an attack a very heavy enfilade fire was opened on the attacking company by a hostile -machine gun. 2nd Lt. Bell immediately, and on his own initiative, crept up a communication trench and then, followed by Corpl. Colwill and Pte. Batey, rushed across the open under very heavy fire and attacked the machine gun,, shooting the firer with his revolver, and ‘destroying gun and personnel with bombs. This very brave act saved many lives and -ensured the success of the attack. Five days later this gallant officer lost his life performing a very similar act of bravery.