THERE IS a famous photo of the England football team giving the Nazi salute in Berlin in 1938. But less well known is the part Nazi politics played two years earlier, the last time a united Germany faced Scotland at Ibrox in 1936. Click the link above to find out more.
Plenty of shenanigans in the football world at the end of World War I. When the league started back up after the wartime break the Football League decided to increase the first division to 22 clubs. Custom and practice in cases of league expansion was to re-elect the bottom two clubs whilst promoting the top two clubs from Division 2.
So, both Chelsea & Spurs who had finished 19th and 20th respectively at the end of the 1914/15 season were expecting to keep their top flight places. Chelsea kept their place but Spurs were relegated and replaced by Arsenal who had finished 5th in the 2nd division below Barnsley and Wolves in 3rd and 4th. Yes, that’s right Arsenal nicked Spurs first division place due to all sorts of skullduggery.
Read entertaining versions from both North London camps here ..
You know for sure there’s a war on when you’re at the football and an air raid warden is scanning the sky for any sign of the Luftwaffe! This photo, possibly, shows a game between West Ham and Chelsea from 1940 but happy to be corrected if anyone knows any different.
Edit: Confirmed, the game was West Ham v Chelsea played on 7th December 1940 at Upton Park. The Hammers ran out 6-2 winners in front of 1000 spectators. Thanks to chrisredditch and South Bank over at the Football Ground Guide Message Board.
One of the most eagerly anticipated days in the English football calendar is nearly upon us. FA Cup 3rd Round day is on 2nd January 2010 so to whet the appetite here’s a few vintage images from bygone days.
If you’re an afficionado of football and love to read about how the game developed then this new book is just for you. It explores how Sheffield became the cradle of association football. There’s a competition on the official Sheffield United website to win one of two copies that are available. Check it out. The book is also available to buy on Amazon. Click the link below.
Barcelona and Estudiantes go head-to-head on Saturday in the final of the 2009 FIFA Club World Cup. So we’ll take a trip back to yesteryear & revisit the competition in it’s former guise as the Intercontinental Cup. Above you’ll see a rather fetching postal cover commemorating Penarol’s 1966 success.
Penarol had taken part in the first World Club Championship in 1960, losing 5-1 on aggregate to Barcelona’s great rivals Real Madrid. Their victory in 1966 was payback for this defeat as they again met Real Madrid and beat them 4-0 on aggregrate.
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.
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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.