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“3 September 2010, is the centenary of Altrincham FC’s Moss Lane ground - coincidentally it is also the 100th anniversary year of the Old Trafford stadium of that other club from the Borough of Trafford, Manchester United. Bomb damage in World War II at Old Trafford means that Moss Lane actually has a longer record of continuous use as a football stadium.”—
Congratulations Altrincham FC on the centenary of their ground. I remember back in the 81/82 season Sheffield United were drawn at home to Altrincham in the first round of the FA Cup. The Blades were top of the 4th division whilst Altrincham were midtable in the Alliance Premier. The Robins come back from two goals down to draw 2-2 at the Lane in front of 12500, which by the way was a bigger crowd than what the Blades got last Saturday for the 3rd round clash with QPR.
The replay was just two days later and nearly 10000 packed in to Moss Lane. They saw a bad tempered game with at one point an almighty brawl between the players and each team had a man sent off.
Altrincham totally outplayed United to deservedly win 3-0. That’s the last time the Blades have been knocked out of the cup by a non-league side though in our defence Altrincham had knack for knocking league clubs out of the cup, it was their speciality.
At the time they were probably the leading non-league club and only dodgy re-election procedures prevented them from getting elected to the Football League. No automatic promotion back in them days, in fact Altrincham had been Alliance Champions in both the 79/80 and 80/81 season so by rights they should have been meeting Sheffield United on equal terms as a fellow 4th division club.
A lovely first day cover of commemorative stamps issued for the VIII Central American and Caribbean Football Championships in 1957. This now defunct competition started in 1941 and ended in 1961 and was organised by the CCCF (Confederacion Centroamericana y del Caribe de Futbol). The CCCF merged with the NAFC (North American Football Confederation) in 1961 to form CONCACAF.
These 1957 Championships were played in Curacao capital city of Willemstad and were won by Haiti with the hosts finishing second.
The fifties were something of a golden era for Rotherham United. They were a second level club and in 1954/55 came so very very close to winning promotion to the top flight. They finished in 3rd place level on points with Birmingham and Luton in 1st and 2nd but missed out on goal average 0.1916 behind the runners up.
Their cup run of 59/60 was something of a marathon. Drawn against Arsenal in the 3rd round they held the 1st division club to a 2-2 draw at Millmoor after being 2-0 down with 20 mins to go. The replay at Highbury finished 1-1 AET and Rotherham won the toss in the Highbury boardroom after the game to bring the 2nd replay to Hillsborough. If Arsenal had won the toss the game would’ve been played at White Hart Lane. The Millers won the 2nd replay 2-0 to advance to the 4th round & a meeting with Brighton & HA. Again they played 3 games with BHA winning the 2nd replay 6-0.
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.