follow us in feedly

Footysphere

Footysphere

Against Modern Football


Links  Subscribe  About  Play Hattrick  
Epic aerial shot of Wembley Stadium from 1936
Wembley Stadium 1936 by marshallalan51 on Flickr.

Epic aerial shot of Wembley Stadium from 1936

Wembley Stadium 1936 by marshallalan51 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)

Newcastle Utd skipper Frank Hudspeth with the FA Cup after his team had beaten Aston Villa 2-0 in the 1924 Cup Final. Source: Football Monthly April 1972 p.42

Newcastle Utd skipper Frank Hudspeth with the FA Cup after his team had beaten Aston Villa 2-0 in the 1924 Cup Final. Source: Football Monthly April 1972 p.42

Wembley empties after the recent England v Brazil fixture
Wembley Flow by ~JaanusJ

Wembley empties after the recent England v Brazil fixture

Wembley Flow by ~JaanusJ

footballarchive:

‘Wembley Cup Final 1951’ by Henry Cotterill Deykin. Oil on canvas, 1951.Source: BBC

footballarchive:

‘Wembley Cup Final 1951’ by Henry Cotterill Deykin. Oil on canvas, 1951.

Source: BBC


 ()
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)

1966 World Cup postcard - featured World Cup Willie

1966 World Cup postcard - featured World Cup Willie

I went to Wembley last week to watch Sheffield United take on Huddersfield Town in the Football League One Play-Off Final. It ended 0-0 AET so went to penalties. Huddersfield missed their first three but still went on to win 8-7. There’s good report here - Wembley Strife and £4 Pints

That’s now four play-off finals that the Blades have lost - all without scoring a goal. 

  • 1997 - Lost 1-0 to Crystal Palace (last minute goal!)
  • 2003 - Lost 3-0 to Wolves
  • 2009 - Lost 1-0 to Burnley
  • 2012 - Lost 8-7 on penalties to Huddersfield

A shocking record but hey as Bladesmen from the Lane  We’ll Carry on Regardless

There is some happy news though. In 1892/93 the Blades, along with Darwen, by virtue of victory in end-of-season Test matches - play-offs in all but name - became the first two football clubs in the World to be promoted. How cool is that!

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

Read More


 ()
reblogged from footysphere

24th October - Happy Birthday Sheffield FC

Sheffield FC - The World’s first football club is 154 years old today. (24/10/11)

Here’s a selection of programme covers from landmark games in the club’s history. First up we have the the game against Scotland’s oldest club that was played on 24th October 1957 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the club. Then in 1977 came the club’s finest modern-day moment. A visit to Wembley to play in the FA Vase final. Manchester Utd provided the opposition for the 125th anniversary game whilst Inter Milan, who including World Cup winner Marco Materazzi and a certain Marco Balotelli in their line-up, made the trip to Sheffield to play in the 150th anniversary game. 

Vintage Stadium Porn

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

Be sure to check out ..

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

London v Frankfurt 1955. First floodlit match at Wembley. The London XI, who on this ocassion were made up of players from Spurs, Chelsea, Millwall, Charlton, Fulham and Orient, had been the first British club side to appear in European club competition when they’d played a game against a Basle XI in Switzerland in June 1955.
They were not however the first British club side to play at home in Europe. That honour goes to Hibernian who a couple of weeks earlier on October 12th 1955 had played host to Germany’s Rot-Weis Essen in the second leg of their first round European Cup tie.
London won this game against Frankfurt 3-2 after being 2-0 down at half-time. They reached the final of this the first Inter-Cities Fairs Cup tournament but lost 8-2 on aggregate to Barcelona after drawing the first leg 2-2 at Stamford Bridge.

London v Frankfurt 1955. First floodlit match at Wembley. The London XI, who on this ocassion were made up of players from Spurs, Chelsea, Millwall, Charlton, Fulham and Orient, had been the first British club side to appear in European club competition when they’d played a game against a Basle XI in Switzerland in June 1955.

They were not however the first British club side to play at home in Europe. That honour goes to Hibernian who a couple of weeks earlier on October 12th 1955 had played host to Germany’s Rot-Weis Essen in the second leg of their first round European Cup tie.

London won this game against Frankfurt 3-2 after being 2-0 down at half-time. They reached the final of this the first Inter-Cities Fairs Cup tournament but lost 8-2 on aggregate to Barcelona after drawing the first leg 2-2 at Stamford Bridge.