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Tom Finney - Preston North End & England 
“If ever there was a career in football which proved that trophies are not the only, or even the truest, measure of greatness, it was that of Tom Finney.”
Lack of medals should not disguise his genius

Tom Finney - Preston North End & England 

If ever there was a career in football which proved that trophies are not the only, or even the truest, measure of greatness, it was that of Tom Finney.”

Lack of medals should not disguise his genius

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RIP Tom Finney. Blessed with exquisite balance, skill and tactical intelligence he was never sent off or booked. Sir Tom Finney Obituary
Tom Finney - Preston North End on Flickr.

RIP Tom Finney. Blessed with exquisite balance, skill and tactical intelligence he was never sent off or booked. Sir Tom Finney Obituary

Tom Finney - Preston North End on Flickr.

Bobby Moore - England’s World Cup winning captain immortalised on a British stamp (via football philately)
more British football stamps

Bobby Moore - England’s World Cup winning captain immortalised on a British stamp (via football philately)

England v Scotland - U21 International at Bramall Lane Sheffield
13/08/13: England won 6-0 watched by 26942. The game was billed as the Kick It Out anniversary game as a tribute to the late Laurie Cunningham who became the first black player to earn England international honours when he represented England U21’s v Scotland at Bramall Lane in 1977.  

England v Scotland - U21 International at Bramall Lane Sheffield

13/08/13: England won 6-0 watched by 26942. The game was billed as the Kick It Out anniversary game as a tribute to the late Laurie Cunningham who became the first black player to earn England international honours when he represented England U21’s v Scotland at Bramall Lane in 1977.  


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reblogged from pitchinvasion
FIFA’s unpopularity with fans is nothing new. Here’s a banner at the 1966 World Cup, hosted by England and when FIFA’s president was English - Sir Stanley Rous. (via pitchinvasion)

FIFA’s unpopularity with fans is nothing new. Here’s a banner at the 1966 World Cup, hosted by England and when FIFA’s president was English - Sir Stanley Rous. (via pitchinvasion)

The Big Book of Football Champions 1951

Picked up a lovely old football annual on eBay the other day. A couple of pics are shown above - the rest you can see on my flickr.

*EDIT 01/11/12 - More fabulous fifties footballers

Now that the England v Poland game has been rearranged to tomorrow the 17th October it’s time to take a trip down memory lane to the same day 39 years ago in 1973 when England met Poland at Wembley. 
The English were expecting to win comfortably and Brian Clough famously said of the Polish goalkeeper Jan Tomaszewski that he was like a “circus clown in gloves”.
The clown had the last laugh however as he produced a dazzling yet unorthodox display to keep England at bay. The 1-1 draw was enough to deny England a place in the World Cup finals. Read more here - Polish Clown Laughs Last

Now that the England v Poland game has been rearranged to tomorrow the 17th October it’s time to take a trip down memory lane to the same day 39 years ago in 1973 when England met Poland at Wembley. 

The English were expecting to win comfortably and Brian Clough famously said of the Polish goalkeeper Jan Tomaszewski that he was like a “circus clown in gloves”.

The clown had the last laugh however as he produced a dazzling yet unorthodox display to keep England at bay. The 1-1 draw was enough to deny England a place in the World Cup finals. Read more here - Polish Clown Laughs Last


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reblogged from footballarchive
The Greatest Football Match Ever Staged
World XI selection to face England marking the centenary of The Football Association, Wembley Stadium 1963. (via footballarchive)

The Greatest Football Match Ever Staged

World XI selection to face England marking the centenary of The Football Association, Wembley Stadium 1963. (via footballarchive)


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reblogged from eenfish
The legendary Hungarian side that taught England a new way of playing the game back in 1953 at Wembley, including legendary forwards Ferenc Puskás of Madrid and Barcelona’s Sándor Kocsis. (via eenfish)
the match of the century

The legendary Hungarian side that taught England a new way of playing the game back in 1953 at Wembley, including legendary forwards Ferenc Puskás of Madrid and Barcelona’s Sándor Kocsis. (via eenfish)

The Prince of Half-Backs - Ernest Needham
As Sheffield United captain he led the club to the first division championship in 1898 as well as runners-up spots in 1897 & 1900. He lifted the FA Cup for the Blades in 1899 & 1902 as well as being a losing finalist in 1901.
He represented England 16 times included one occassion as captain - a 6-0 win over Wales at St James’ Park in Newcastle. He marked his captaincy with a goal. 
He also played first class cricket for Derbyshire & he even wrote a book Association Football by Ernest Needham. What a guy - a true club legend.

The Prince of Half-Backs - Ernest Needham

As Sheffield United captain he led the club to the first division championship in 1898 as well as runners-up spots in 1897 & 1900. He lifted the FA Cup for the Blades in 1899 & 1902 as well as being a losing finalist in 1901.

He represented England 16 times included one occassion as captain - a 6-0 win over Wales at St James’ Park in Newcastle. He marked his captaincy with a goal. 

He also played first class cricket for Derbyshire & he even wrote a book Association Football by Ernest Needham. What a guy - a true club legend.

Five of the Best - More Great Footballers

1966 World Cup Cigar Bands

1966 World Cup Cigar Bands

British Football’s Floodlit Firsts

On this day, the 26th October, in 1955, two simultaneous floodlit firsts took place, the first time in British football history that two such games had been played on the same day. So perhaps it’s fitting given my fascination with floodlit football that we recap a few floodlit firsts of British football.

London v Frankfurt first floodlit game at WembleyFootball League v Scottish League 1955 Hillsborough

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Groundhop Week - 165 Grounds: 165 Hours

There’s something about football that brings out the eccentric side of people and makes them do crazy things all for the love of the game.

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