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‘Wembley Cup Final 1951’ by Henry Cotterill Deykin. Oil on canvas, 1951.
The reason why the Football League clubs don’t publicise the local non-league scene is simply because of fear. A fear that stems from the belief that once “their” supporters taste the non-league football scene, they’ll stay there and won’t return to highly inflated admission prices, pampered celebrity, front page tabloid footballers, because what they see at non league is honest football, played for little or no financial rewards. You can stand, have a drink in the clubhouse, smoke on the terraces, things that the working class supporter has done for years at football grounds up and down the country on a Saturday afternoon from 3.00pm onwards — Football fan called “Clank” quoted on the wonderful non-league & grass roots football photography blog No Clash of Colours check it out
St Pauli Graffiti, Hamburg (via class-struggle-anarchism)
Tony Currie - Sheffield United Legend - You Can Do Magic « click & listen for the soundtrack to a magician
Vintage table football
Futbolito by ~dragonfetus
Love goalposts love photos of goalposts
Stagnation by ~scarsick
Wonderful black & white shot of the famous Copland Road gates at Rangers Ibrox stadium
Copland Road Gates, Ibrox Stadium. by ~davidjearly
Street football in Yangon (Rangoon) Burma
(image credit drifterManifesto)
Donald Simpson Bell VC was the only professional footballer to be awarded the Victoria Cross. The Bradford Park Avenue player was awarded the medal in July 1916. There’s a link to his obituary on the here. Photo taken at National Football Museum in Manchester (via afc-fylde)
Up for the Cup
FA Cup Round 1 day and the Blades are away at Bristol Rovers. A decent excuse to dig out my Blades Rosette, a relic of football watching past. It has a dubious replica of the FA Cup on it with the words The Football Association Cup, however I think I got it at an Anglo Scottish Cup tie v Grimsby or a League Cup tie v Arsenal!
York City’s greatest FA Cup Campaign
Today is FA Cup 1st Round day so it’s fitting that for today’s dose of nostalgia we focus on a cup campaign of yore. Above you can see an article from a 1955 football annual that features the FA Cup exploits of York City during the 1954/55 season. York’s FA Cup campaign that season saw them become the first third division club to contest an FA Cup semi-final replay. On the way they knocked out Scarborough, Dorchester Town, 1953 FA Cup winners Blackpool, Bishop Auckland, Tottenham Hotspur and Notts County.
York’s cup exploits were all the more sweeter for only five years before they’d sought re-election to the Football League after finishing the 1949/50 season in 22nd and bottom position of the third division north. Season 1953/54 saw them again finish in 22nd position of the same division, avoiding re-election only because the division had previously been expanded to 24 clubs.
York met the mighty Newcastle United in the FA Cup semi-final played at Hillsborough and held them to a 1-1 draw but perhaps as the picture caption above suggests could have won the game if York City’s talismanic striker Arthur Bottom had managed to get to the loose ball in the Newcastle goalmouth. The replay a few days later was held at Roker Park and Newcastle saw off their third division opponents two nil to reach their third cup final in five years, a final in which they beat Manchester City 3-1 to lift the cup for the fifth time.
REMEMBER HISTORY, FIGHT FASCISM banner from the fans of Standard Liege
Happy Birthday Torcida
Read about .. The birth of the oldest football firm in Europe
(image credit: flickr / hugovk)
Accrington Stanley - the game that never was
The club folded part way through the 1961/62 season & the game at home to Exeter City as advertised on this billboard poster never took place. (via afc-fylde)