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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.