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English Football Clubs - Caricatures of club legends

A bit of a quiz for you all. In what order are the football clubs listed? Answers in the comments section below please. Good luck. 

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Brazilian champs or Brazilian chumps? The strange case of Bela Vista

Bela Vista Football Club (Brazil) 1958

Bela Vista FC Tour of Europe 1958

Back in the fifties many Brazilian sides toured Europe and one club who hoped to cash in on the success of the 1958 World Cup winning Brazilian national team was Bela Vista Futebol Clube de Sete Lagoas. They weren’t a big club by any stretch of the imagination though a resourceful Brazilian businessman with an eye for an opportunity organised a tour of Europe by the club in the hope of making some money.

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1919 and all that

  • 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 ..

from the Arsenal corner | from the Spurs corner

Protecting the pitch 1925 style

White Hart Lane 1925

Groundsmen lay bundles of straw on the White Hart Lane pitch to protect it from frost in the winter of 1925.

First floodlit fixture at White Hart Lane

Tottenham Hotspur v Racing Club de Paris (France) 1953

Tottenham Hotspur v Racing Club de Paris 29/09/53

  • A thrilling game that Spurs won 5-3 in front of nearly 28000 fans. It is claimed that the 2nd half was televised which would make this the first instance of a floodlit match shown on the television. However in the book A Complete Record of Sheffield United (page199) it is claimed that the 2nd half of the Millwall v Sheffield United game played on 29th March 1954 was the first floodlit football match to be televised. I don’t know which claim is correct.
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This is a quality site. Hundreds of Tottenham Hotspur programme covers from 1945 up until 2006.
Spurs Collectables - Programme Archive

This is a quality site. Hundreds of Tottenham Hotspur programme covers from 1945 up until 2006.

Spurs Collectables - Programme Archive

Spurs fans protest - End the Cup Final scandal
If there’s a constant in football it’s the people who run the game being guaranteed to p|ss off the supporters. These Tottenham fans show their displeasure at the  Football Association’s decision to allocate a paltry 15000 tickets to both Spurs and Burnley for the 1962 FA Cup Final.

Image taken from Football: The Golden Age. Photographer not known.

Spurs fans protest - End the Cup Final scandal

If there’s a constant in football it’s the people who run the game being guaranteed to p|ss off the supporters. These Tottenham fans show their displeasure at the  Football Association’s decision to allocate a paltry 15000 tickets to both Spurs and Burnley for the 1962 FA Cup Final.

Image taken from Football: The Golden Age. Photographer not known.