Canadian NASL side Vancouver Whitecaps travelled to England twice in the early eighties. Their first tour was a three game tour in March 1980 and less than a year later they returned for another three games. All six games are listed below with the Whitecaps score first.
Tampa Bay Rowdies toured the UK as the NASL American Conference Eastern Division Champions in the Autumn of 1980. This programme is from the final fixture of the tour against the reigning European Champions Nottingham Forest. These are the games they played, Rowdies score first.
History was made on Tuesday 30th November 1971 when Hvidovre of Copenhagen became the first continental visitors to play a game at York City’s Bootham Crescent ground.
Hvidovre were at the time of this game second in the Danish top flight & during the sixties had enjoyed a remarkable run of success. They won the Danish 4th division championship in 1962, followed by the 3rd division in 1963 and the 2nd division in 1964. To top it of they won the Danish Championship in 1966.
York City at the time were a 3rd division club having gained promotion from the 4th division at the end of the 70/71 season. Within two seasons they had made more club history by getting promoted to the 2nd division for the first time and then managing their highest ever league placing of 15th in 74/75.
Fort Lauderdale Strikers became the first club from the North American Soccer League (NASL) to tour England when they played a series of games during February 1978. This game at Port Vale saw Gordon Banks return to Stoke as the NASL all-star goalkeeper. These are the games the Strikers played, their score first.
A thrilling game that Spurs won 5-3 in front of nearly 28000 fans. It is claimed that the 2nd half was televised which would make this the first instance of a floodlit match shown on the television. However in the book A Complete Record of Sheffield United (page199) it is claimed that the 2nd half of the Millwall v Sheffield United game played on 29th March 1954 was the first floodlit football match to be televised. I don’t know which claim is correct.
Testimonial programme for Gordon Banks. England’s 1966 world cup winner. Stoke City v Manchester United at the Victoria Ground in 1973. Scanned pages from the programme. Easiest way to read this is to toggle full screen using the icon in the top right then zoom in to increase the text size.
Some photos here from the Steel City Derby on 17th November 1991. Taken by Sensiblade off S24SU.com using a disposable camera and then years later scanned hence the rather grainy images. He has kindly allowed me to post them here on Footysphere. The Blades won 2-0 with goals from Dane Whitehouse and Brian Deane in front off 31832.
Bradford Park Avenue v Czechoslovakia 1961 - Inauguration of foodlights
This is a beauty. Match to mark the inauguration of the floodlights at the Park Avenue stadium in Bradford. Nearly seventeen and a half thousand were present to see the vistors win 3-2. Sadly less than 13 years later BPA went into liquidation and left the league. Park Avenue itself is still a sports ground but the stands have long been demolished.
George Raynor is one of if not the most successful English international football manager ever.
Born in Barnsley in 1907 he pulled up no trees as a footballer. However when he turned his hand to football management .. in Sweden he became
One of the most successful international football managers ever.
GeorgeRaynor was a journeyman English footballer. He played non-league football for a number of clubs in the South Yorkshire area before joining his first professional club, Sheffield United, in 1930. He only made one appearance for the Blades, a County Cup Semi Final appearance against Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough during the 1931/32 season. He played for another four clubs, Mansfield, Bury, Rotherham United & Aldershot before trying his hand at management … in Sweden .. and what a fine job he did.
George is feted as a football hero in Sweden where as National Coach he guided Sweden to numerous footballing successes between 1948 & 1958. He won ‘em the 1948 Olympic Gold Medal at Wembley, finished 3rd in the 1950 World Cup. Got another 3rd place & a bronze medal in the 1952 Helsinki Olympics & then in 1958 got the Swedish national team, as hosts, to the World Cup Final which they lost to Brazil. He was knighted by the King of Sweden for this & then in 1959 orchestrated a 3-2 win over England at Wembley, only the 3rd English defeat on home soil. He then went onto to manage Juventus & Lazio in Italy.
Unfortunately his wonderful career ended in ignomy & he never got the recognition or respect he deserved in his home country.
This pamphlet tells the story of Sheffield United’s tour of Canada and the USA in the summer of 1962. Easiest way to read this is to toggle full screen using the icon in the top right then zoom in to increase the text size.
The Blades travelled to Tel Aviv in February 1972 for a friendly game against the Israeli national team. This is a report of the visit that appeared in the programme for the Manchester City game on the 12th February. The cover shows the Sheffield United players meeting the Israeli Defence Minister and national hero Moshe Dayan prior to the kick off.
This was Orient’s first home friendly under floodlights against an overseas club. Hapoel Petah Tikva were the reigning Israeli Champions, winning their national title in 58/59, 59/60 and retaining it 60/61. They went on to win the title in both the 61/62 and 62/63 seasons to set a new Israeli record of five consecutive titles which stands to this day. Though they haven’t won it since.
Leyton Orient were a second division club at the time and at the end of the 60/61 season finished in 19th avoiding relegation by just one point. They improved considerably for the 61/62 season finishing as runners-up to Liverpool and gaining promotion into the English top flight. They lasted one season finishing bottom by ten points and haven’t been back since.
I especially like the bit on page 5 that refers to Sheffield United as the ‘premier club in the country’. There can’t be many instances of that in print! Also note United being called the Cutlers rather than the Blades.
This is an article I wrote a while back that details some important events that mark the early years of Bramall Lane up until the start of the First World War. It is the only ground in the country to have hosted the English national champions, England international games, a cricket test match & the FA Cup Final. Here’s a quick run down of some notable events at Bramall Lane. Read the full article here.
1855 - Ground opened
1862 - First football match Sheffield FC v Hallam FC
1863 - First Yorkshire CCC match
1867 - Youdan Cup Final - World’s first cup final
1868 - Cromwell Cup Final - Won with World’s first Golden Goal.
1871 - First inter-association game Sheffield FA V London FA
1878 - World’s first floodlit match
1883 - First England v Scotland fixture outside London or Glasgow
“I am satisfied that there is a great future for football under artificial light in England. I can see nothing further to prevent its introduction, and I believe it would be a splendid success. Further, I am convinced that it is bound to come, possibly by way of friendly matches. Once launched, however, I predict that its development will be rapid.”—
Herbert Chapman, Arsenal manager & visionary, 1933
Which clubs have had the longest run of consecutive seasons in the fourth level of English football?
This table shows all the clubs who have played at level 4 of English football, currently called League Two, ordered by their longest run of consecutive seasons at this level. Stats do not include the wartime periods of 1915/19 and 1939/46 when the league programme was suspended. Correct as of 2009/10.
Which clubs have had the longest run of consecutive seasons in the third level of English football?
This table shows all the clubs who have played at level 3 of English football, currently called League One, ordered by their longest run of consecutive seasons at this level. Stats do not include the wartime periods of 1915/19 and 1939/46 when the league programme was suspended. n=Division 3 North. s=Division 3 South. Correct as of 2009/10.
Which clubs have had the longest run of consecutive seasons in the second level of English football?
This table shows all the clubs who have played at level 2 of English football, currently called the Championship, ordered by their longest run of consecutive seasons at this level. Stats do not include the wartime periods of 1915/19 and 1939/46 when the league programme was suspended. Correct as of 2009/10.
Which clubs have had the longest run of consecutive seasons in the English top flight?
This table shows all the clubs who have competed in the English top flight ordered by their longest run of consecutive seasons. If (when) Everton avoid relegation this season 2009/10 they will equal Sunderland’s run of 57 consecutive seasons. The stats do not include the wartime periods of 1915/19 and 1939/46 when the League programme was suspended. Correct as of 2009/10.
A table showing the current English league clubs ordered by the number of divisional titles they’ve won. Of all the clubs who have previously won the national top flight championship title Sheffield United’s trophy cabinet has the least title trophies in it.
Third and final slideshow for the day. This one showing grounds that are no more. Again shots taken in the seventies. Can you spot the first cantilever stand in English football? Featuring: Ayresome Park, Boothferry Park, Eastville, Elm Park, Fellows Park, Highbury, Highfield Road, Leeds Road, Maine Road, Old Showground, The Dell, The Den, Victoria Ground.
A second slideshow showing a selection of Northern English football grounds as they were in the seventies. Featuring: Bloomfield Road, Boundary Park, Bramall Lane, Brunton Park, Edgeley Park, Elland Road, Ewood Park, Field Mill, Goodison Park, Gresty Road, Hillsborough, Old Trafford, Prenton Park, Racecourse Ground, The Shay, Turf Moor, Vale Park.
Slideshow of shots showing English football grounds as they were in the seventies. Featuring: Ashton Gate, Brisbane Road, The City Ground, Craven Cottage, The Hawthorns, Home Park, Kenilworth Road, Loftus Road, London Road, Meadow Lane, Molineux, Plainmoor, Portman Road, Stamford Bridge, The Valley, Upton Park, White Hart Lane.