We love worthy causes here on Footysphere and we’d like to draw your attention to a project down in sunny Sussex. Lewes FC clubhouse is apparently a little drab and they are wanting to brighten it up. They’ve decided to fill it with football colours of the world. Scarfs, pennants and any other football memorabilia that gets sent their way. Can you help them out? Of course it’ll cost you postage, couple of quid I should imagine for scarf. A small price to pay to ensure that small corner of Sussex will forever be your club.
Hull City v Tampa Bay Rowdies 1984 Anglo American Cup
Beautiful programme from a rather mysterious match. I can’t find any information about this Anglo American Cup game, which according to the programme is the ‘first of it’s kind ever to be held’, nor the return fixture that was played on 13th June 1984. Even a search over at the American Soccer History Archives draws a blank. I’m gonna make it my business to find out the results from these two games so that the winners of this showpiece event may have the recognition they truly deserve.
Flicking through the programme, the then Hull City chairman Don Robinson pens a rather strange passage in his welcome notes. Looking ahead to his team’s visit to Florida he takes a flight of fancy and writes,
"During the tour we will also be able to check on the exact spot from where we shall be leaving our ‘Lunar Fixture’ in the near future - of course I refer to the NASA Space Centre at Cape Canaveral and our intention to be one of the first two Teams to play on the moon. We have played Dynamo Kiev from one side of the Earth, we now play Tampa Bay Rowdies from the other - the only other way to now go is ‘UP’!! Incidentally the opposition for this Match has yet to be finalised but no matter who they are, it is sure to be ‘one short pass for Man - but a long free kick for mankind."
Fantastic stuff I’m sure you’ll agree. So when Galactik Football becomes a reality we can spend a moment in quiet thought remembering Don Robinson and his vision of soccer amongst the stars.
In 1955 Sunderland made a proposal that led to the formal introduction of floodlit fixtures to the league calendar. They suggested that if the two clubs agreed then postponed fixtures could be played under floodlights.
It was their North East rivals Newcastle who made history along with Portsmouth when the two met at Fratton Park for the first League game under floodlights. Newcastle won 2-0 though the game nearly didn’t go ahead. A power failure had electricians working frantically to get the lights on in time for the 7pm kick off.
“Winning is without value if victory has been achieved unfairly or dishonestly. Cheating is easy, but brings no pleasure. Playing fair requires courage and character. It is also more satisfying. Fair play always has its reward, even when the game is lost. Playing fair earns respect, while cheating only brings shame.”—FIFA.com - Fair Play Code
40 years ago today Pele scored his 1000th goal in all matches. Popularly called O Milésimo (The Thousandth)tt came with a penalty strike for Santos in a game against Vasco da Gama at the legendary Maracana Stadium. Some great footage below.
Held at Bramall Lane on the 24th October 1957. Exactly 100 years to the day that Sheffield FC were officially founded. This match versus Queen’s Park of Scotland is the World’s first ever football club centenary celebration fixture.
Bramall Lane was also the venue for Sheffield FC’s 125th anniversary match against Manchester United and the 150 years celebration game against Inter Milan.
In 1954 Wolverhampton Wanderers were proclaimed in the English press as ‘Champions of the World’ following a thrilling 3-2 floodlit friendly win over Honved of Hungary. Honved boasted many of the ‘Magical Magyars’ that had humilated England 6-3 at Wembley and then 7-1 in Hungary. In front of 55000 people and the cameras of the BBC, English pride was restored.
Footysphere supports The Stirling Albion Supporters Trust.
This is the first time that fans, no matter who you support or where you are in the world, will have the chance to own a football league club.
With our campaign you will know exactly what you are buying.
The long-established SAFC Supporters Trust not only want to save the club- but to restructure it in a way that means Stirling Albion will not just survive- but thrive in the future, under complete community ownership.
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