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French football: Vintage team pic of Stade Quimpérois 1915-16
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French football: Vintage team pic of Stade Quimpérois 1915-16

more Vintage Football Teams

World War I Football Propaganda

Three postcards using football as a WWI propaganda device - looks like those dastardly Germans are getting a jolly good thrashing from the Allies.

Red, White & Khaki: The Story of the Only Wartime FA Cup Final (amazon)

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Allez les Verts - AS Saint-Etienne

Le Foot: The Legends of French Football (amazon)

OGC Nice - Not sure when this team pic was taken. Maybe pre-WWI and almost certainly well before WWII. If you like French Football then check out French Football Weekly - the web’s premier English language French Football site.
You may also like - Football in France - A Cultural History

OGC Nice - Not sure when this team pic was taken. Maybe pre-WWI and almost certainly well before WWII. If you like French Football then check out French Football Weekly - the web’s premier English language French Football site.

The old Stade Louis II in Monaco, sat alongside the Mediterranean and underneath the Rock of Monaco, surely had one the nicest aspects in all of football. It was officially opened in 1939 and became the home of AS Monaco. It was replaced in 1985 when a new Stade Louis II was built.

A short history of the Stade Louis II

French Comic Postcards - The Rules of Football

Can anyone translate?

Byrrh and football - recommended for families and sportsmen
Byrrh is a french aperitif made by mixing red wine with quinine. It was developed in the late 19th century and was marketed as a health drink or tonic to aid the digestive tract. Here’s an advert from the 1930s which uses football to emphasise the health benefits of drinking the tonic.

Byrrh and football - recommended for families and sportsmen

Byrrh is a french aperitif made by mixing red wine with quinine. It was developed in the late 19th century and was marketed as a health drink or tonic to aid the digestive tract. Here’s an advert from the 1930s which uses football to emphasise the health benefits of drinking the tonic.

Vintage French Football cards

Football in France: A Cultural History

Five Fun Facts #5 Lille OSC

Another installment in our continuing Five Fun Facts feature and for the first time (but not the last) we focus on a European side. We cross the channel with Andrew Gibney of the Gib Football Show for a lean lowdown on the French 2010/11 double winners Lille OSC.

Lille OSC fans by loic4467 on Flickr

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Here we have a fine looking Newport County programme from the fifties. What I find particularly interesting though are the opponents French club Red Star Olympique. A club with an amazing history. Founded in 1897 as Red Star Club Français by none other than Jules Rimet they are based in the northern Parisian suburb of Saint-Ouen. Today they are know as Red Star FC 93 though throughout their history they’ve had numerous name changes ..
1897-1906 Red Star Club Français
1906-1927 Red Star Amical Club
1927-1946 Red Star Olympique
1946-1948 Red Star Olympique Audonien
1948-1950 Stade Français-Red Star
1950-1967 Red Star Olympique Audonien
1967-1978 Red Star Football Club
1978-1984 AS Red Star
1984-2003 AS Red Star 93
2003-present Red Star FC 93
Once of the French top flight and winners of the French Cup five times including three consecutive wins in the twenties the club have declined in recent years. At one point dropping into the French regional leagues though they’ve recovered a little and now ply their trade in the Championnat de France amateur which is the 4th division in French football.

They are one of the few French clubs to have an English language website and almost certainly the only amateur club to have one. It’s well worth a visit.
AllezRedStar.com
Another reason to like the club is their really cool kit. Must get one.

Here we have a fine looking Newport County programme from the fifties. What I find particularly interesting though are the opponents French club Red Star Olympique. A club with an amazing history. Founded in 1897 as Red Star Club Français by none other than Jules Rimet they are based in the northern Parisian suburb of Saint-Ouen. Today they are know as Red Star FC 93 though throughout their history they’ve had numerous name changes ..

  • 1897-1906 Red Star Club Français
  • 1906-1927 Red Star Amical Club
  • 1927-1946 Red Star Olympique
  • 1946-1948 Red Star Olympique Audonien
  • 1948-1950 Stade Français-Red Star
  • 1950-1967 Red Star Olympique Audonien
  • 1967-1978 Red Star Football Club
  • 1978-1984 AS Red Star
  • 1984-2003 AS Red Star 93
  • 2003-present Red Star FC 93

Once of the French top flight and winners of the French Cup five times including three consecutive wins in the twenties the club have declined in recent years. At one point dropping into the French regional leagues though they’ve recovered a little and now ply their trade in the Championnat de France amateur which is the 4th division in French football.

They are one of the few French clubs to have an English language website and almost certainly the only amateur club to have one. It’s well worth a visit.

Another reason to like the club is their really cool kit. Must get one.

Red Star FC 93

England v France 1962 at Hillsborough. What a lovely tatty old programme.  Most collectors steer well clear of programmes in such a poor state of repair but I love ‘em. This one’s got two heavy creases, various nicks and rips and all held together with sticky tape. Marvellous, it’s in an even worse state than an old Wolves programme I posted some time back.



You can’t beat a match worn programme, someones had a gander at the lineups folded it up and stuffed in a pocket. Got it out again, flicking through, spilt bovril on it, a bit of pie, folded, refolded, passed around. That’s what it’s for, the programme has a function, to be used, to be opened and read. You get some geezers who treat their copy of the matchday programme like it’s a forensic sample, carefully placing it in a polythene ziplock bag, which has been especially purchased for this very job.



Anyway I digress onto the match England v France. Twas the first leg of the first round of the qualifying stage. This was Hillsborough’s first full England international in over 40 years, second altogther, and it’s not held one since, though of course it saw a handful of games at World Cup 66 and Euro 96. The match ended 1-1 but unfortunately for England they got tonked 5-2 in the 2nd leg in Paris and were dumped out of the tournament.



England Results 1960-64 | England venues

England v France 1962 at Hillsborough. What a lovely tatty old programme.  Most collectors steer well clear of programmes in such a poor state of repair but I love ‘em. This one’s got two heavy creases, various nicks and rips and all held together with sticky tape. Marvellous, it’s in an even worse state than an old Wolves programme I posted some time back.

You can’t beat a match worn programme, someones had a gander at the lineups folded it up and stuffed in a pocket. Got it out again, flicking through, spilt bovril on it, a bit of pie, folded, refolded, passed around. That’s what it’s for, the programme has a function, to be used, to be opened and read. You get some geezers who treat their copy of the matchday programme like it’s a forensic sample, carefully placing it in a polythene ziplock bag, which has been especially purchased for this very job.

Anyway I digress onto the match England v France. Twas the first leg of the first round of the qualifying stage. This was Hillsborough’s first full England international in over 40 years, second altogther, and it’s not held one since, though of course it saw a handful of games at World Cup 66 and Euro 96. The match ended 1-1 but unfortunately for England they got tonked 5-2 in the 2nd leg in Paris and were dumped out of the tournament.

England Results 1960-64 | England venues