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Vintage Victorian football scene

Vintage Victorian football scene

1919: Vintage photo of an unknown team 
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1919: Vintage photo of an unknown team 

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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

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reblogged from scanzen
The Soviet football to a higher level! A. Kokorekin 1954.
(via: scanzen:  IISG/flickr)

The Soviet football to a higher level! A. Kokorekin 1954.

(via: scanzenIISG/flickr)

Vintage Football Caricatures

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 Stadium Porn

Wonderful shots of old football grounds. From top to bottom left to right ..

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Vintage Football Fans

Some great shots of football fans from another age. From top to bottom and left to right ..

  • An Everton fan celebrates his team’s 3-0 FA Cup final win over Man City in 1933. 
  • Spectators at the old Crystal Palace football ground get a great if uncomfortable view of the game.
  • West Ham fans at their FA Cup semi against Everton in 1933 at Molineux
  • West Ham fans again. This time on their way to the first Wembley Cup Final in 1923
  • An ecstatic Littlewoods pools winner from the 1930s
  • A Wolves fan in 1949 enjoys a cigarette. Could have been taken yesterday. 
Jumping for Joy Netherlands v Belgium 1931 (via Nationaal Archief)

Jumping for Joy Netherlands v Belgium 1931 (via Nationaal Archief)

Jimmy Hagan - Football Legend.



Here he is shaking hands with King George VI prior to the wartime international of 19/02/44 at Wembley against the Scots. The players in the shot from right to left are Leslie Smith (Brentford), Stanley Matthews (Stoke City), Jimmy Hagan (Sheffield Utd), Joe Mercer (Everton), Tommy Lawton (Everton), Cliff Britton (Everton).
The game ended 6-2 to England. Hagan contributed 2 goals and the other England goalscorers were Horatio Carter, Tommy Lawton, Joe Mercer and an own goal. Another Sheffield Utd player, Jock Dodds, bagged a brace for Scotland. Following this game Jimmy Hagan had made 13 wartime appearances for England scoring 12 goals. At the end of the war he’d managed a total of 13 goals from 16 games. Quite a record but in one of football’s post-war travesties he was to only win a solitary cap in official internationals. This coming in 1948 against Denmark in Copenhagen.

When he retired from playing football in the late fifties an all-star International XI turned out to honour his contribution to the game and play alongside him against a Sheffield XI made up of players from the local South Yorkshire sides. What a line-up eh ..
Harry Gregg (Manchester Utd & Ireland)
Jimmy Armfield (Blackpool & later England)
Alf McMichael (Newcastle Utd & Ireland)
Danny Blanchflower (Tottenham Hotspur & Ireland) 
Billy Wright (Wolves & England)
Dave Bowen (Arsenal & Wales)
Stanley Matthews (Blackpool & England)
Brian Clough (Middlesbrough & later England)
Jimmy McIlroy (Burnley & Ireland)
Tom Finney (Preston NE & England)

Jimmy Hagan - Football Legend.


Here he is shaking hands with King George VI prior to the wartime international of 19/02/44 at Wembley against the Scots. The players in the shot from right to left are Leslie Smith (Brentford), Stanley Matthews (Stoke City), Jimmy Hagan (Sheffield Utd), Joe Mercer (Everton), Tommy Lawton (Everton), Cliff Britton (Everton).

The game ended 6-2 to England. Hagan contributed 2 goals and the other England goalscorers were Horatio Carter, Tommy Lawton, Joe Mercer and an own goal. Another Sheffield Utd player, Jock Dodds, bagged a brace for Scotland. Following this game Jimmy Hagan had made 13 wartime appearances for England scoring 12 goals. At the end of the war he’d managed a total of 13 goals from 16 games. Quite a record but in one of football’s post-war travesties he was to only win a solitary cap in official internationals. This coming in 1948 against Denmark in Copenhagen.

When he retired from playing football in the late fifties an all-star International XI turned out to honour his contribution to the game and play alongside him against a Sheffield XI made up of players from the local South Yorkshire sides. What a line-up eh ..

  • Harry Gregg (Manchester Utd & Ireland)
  • Jimmy Armfield (Blackpool & later England)
  • Alf McMichael (Newcastle Utd & Ireland)
  • Danny Blanchflower (Tottenham Hotspur & Ireland)
  • Billy Wright (Wolves & England)
  • Dave Bowen (Arsenal & Wales)
  • Stanley Matthews (Blackpool & England)
  • Brian Clough (Middlesbrough & later England)
  • Jimmy McIlroy (Burnley & Ireland)
  • Tom Finney (Preston NE & England)

Jimmy Hagan Testimonial - Sheffield XI v International XI 1958

Women’s football in Portsmouth, England 1917

via flickr

Women’s football in Portsmouth, England 1917

Vintage FA Cup Images

One of the most eagerly anticipated days in the English football calendar is nearly upon us. FA Cup 3rd Round day is on 2nd January 2010 so to whet the appetite here’s a few vintage images from bygone days.