28.7.14

The Post Football Guide 1905


From the Nottingham Evening Post, August 1905. 
The appetite of working class and lower middle class men and boys for football in the media was as great then as it is now. The difference, of course, was the limited means of providing the information. Newspapers and magazines were always ready to milk a few pounds out of the game by publishing special editions and yearbooks. 
Nottingham readers had just endured a fairly miserable season.
1904-05 Forest  had finished 16th in Division 1, while County were bottom in 18th, escaping relegation only by the expansion of the league. 
1905-06 was little better for County. They claimed 16th spot whilst Forest were relegated in 19th.


26.7.14

The Low Countries


Intrepid spectators at a Belgium v Netherlands match, Antwerp, 1913.

During our era (pre 1937) the neighbours from the Low Countries played each other 54 times. (Argentina and Uruguay had played each other an incredible 132 times during this period, Austria and Hungary 81 and the originators, England and Scotland  met 61 times). 
The first meeting was Belgium's 2nd international, first for the Netherlands. Both countries were founding members of FIFA.
In the very first meeting The Coupe van den Abeele was contested, having previously been played for by representative XIs of the 2 countries in matches that are nor recognized as full internationals. The 'cup tie' status of these matches explains why extra time was played on 3 occasions .  The Coupe van den Abeele was played for when the teams met in Belgium. When the Netherlands were hosts the Rotterdamsch Nieuwsblad Beker was the prize. 
The high scoring first meeting  (Netherlands winning 4-1 in extra time) set the tone-  the first 54 fixtures produced an average 3.9 goals a game. 
  

Wins
Goals
Belgium
16
89
Netherlands
28
122
Drawn
10





14.05.05- a newspaper illustration shows  Eric Thornton saving a shot.

Netherlands 1905- white shirts with a red white and blue sash motif.

14.05.05- Thornton in the Belgian goal- Netherlands attacking. 

Pre 1937 the 2 sides also met twice in Olympic Games matches. In 1920 at Antwerp Belgium, on their way to gold, beat Netherlands 3-0 in the semi final. In 1928 at Rotterdam in the consolation tournament  (recognized by FIFA but not by the IOC) Netherlands won 3-1.
Netherlands also came out on top of the World Cup qualifying match played in Antwerp in  1934, winning 4-2. Both teams qualified for the Finals out of a 3 team group.







25.7.14

Tehran






 1926

As was the case in so many countries, it was Britons who first played football in Persia.
1907 saw the first organized tournament in Tehran, founded by the was the British Ambassador and featuring 3 teams made up of European diplomats, civil servants and bankers.
.In the same year, Tehran Football Association Club was founded. It was an association rather than a single club- again, the participating teams were all British residents of Tehran.
Iranians were begining to take to the game. Karim Zandi is recognized as being the first Iranian footballer, beginning his career in 1908.
It was in the 1920s that Iranian football for Iranian people really got underway. 
1920 The  Iranian Football Association (Majmaa-i Football-i Iran) was founded in 1920, along with 
Iran Club (which morphed intoTehran Club in 1923).
Another noteworthy addition was  Armenian Sports Club (1922), the American College also featured.
The proto national team, the Tehran XI traveled to neighbouring Azerbaijan (then a part of the USSR, the Transcaucasian SFSR) in 1926. The squad featured 2 players with European experience- Dr. Amir Hossein Sadaghiani (who would later play in Belgium) had played for Fenerbahçe and Rapid Vienna, whilst goalkeeper and captain,  Hossein-Ali Khan Sardar had played for Servette and actually represented Switzerland in an international.


1926
Baku XI
2
0
Tehran XI
Baku
1926
Baku Polytechnical Institute
0
0
Tehran XI
Baku
1926
Baku Youth
3
4
Tehran XI
Baku
1926
Taraqi Baku
3
1
Tehran XI
Baku


When Baku vivisted Tehran for the return matches 3 years later it marked something of a disaster for the game in Iran. The visitors might have been  impressed by the fact that the national stadium had been given a grass pitch, but the football played by the hosts was far from spectacular.

Nov 1929
Baku XI
4
0
Tehran XI
Tehran
Nov 1929
Baku XI
4
1
Tehran XI
Tehran
Nov 1929
Baku XI
11
0
Tehran XI
Tehran

 Interest in the game in Iran faded for a while on the back of these defeats.






24.7.14

Coupe de France



French football administrator Henri Delaunay had been so impressed by his visit to  the 1902 FA Cup Final (Sheffield United v Southampton at Crystal Palace in front of 76,914) that he had harboured ambitions of founding a similar competition in France.  Between 1915 and 1919 Delaunay was Secretary General of Fédération gymnastique et sportive des patronages de France. He replaced his clubmate Charles Simon. Both were associated with the Parisian club L'Étoile des Deux Lacs.
In 1915 Simon was killed fighting in the war.


In 1917-18 at Delaunay's instigation, the first edition of the Coupe Charles Simon was played. 48 clubs entered (teams from the north and east were absent- the war was still in progress)- one team, British Aviation FC was disqualified as ineligible ( they weren't actually a French club or members of any French association). 
A crowd of 2,000 paid 2 Francs each to watch the final, which was won by Olympique de Pantin. In 1918  Olympique changed their name to Olympique de Paris. In 1926 they merged with Red Star Saint-Ouen.


Olympique de Pantin  






venue (Paris)
att
05.05.18
Olympique de Pantin     
3
FC Lyon 
Légion Saint-Michel
2,000
06.04.19
CA de la Soc. Générale   Paris
3
2
Olympique de Paris
Parc des Princes
10,000
09.05.20
Cercle Athl. de Paris   
2
1
Havre A C
Stade Bergeyre
7,000
24.04.21
Red Star Amical Club    
2
1
Olympique de Paris
Stade Pershing
18,000
07.05.22
Red Star Amical Club    
2
0
Stade Rennais
Stade Pershing
25,000
06.05.23
Red Star Amical Club    
4
2
FC Cette
Stade Pershing
29,000
13.04.24
Olympique de Marseille  
3
2
FC Cette
Stade Olympique
29,000
26.04.25
CA des Sports Généraux  
1
1
FC Rouen
Stade Olympique
18,000
10.05.25
CA des Sports Généraux  
3
2
FC Rouen
Stade Olympique
18,000 (R)
09.05.26
Olympique de Marseille  
4  
1
AS Valentigney
Stade Olympique
30,000
06.05.27
Olympique de Marseille  
3
0
US Quevilly
Stade Olympique
23,800
06.05.28
Red Star Olympique
3
1
Cercle Athlétique de Paris
Stade Olympique
30,000
05.05.29
Sp. Ol. Montpelliérrains
2
0
FC Sète
Stade Olympique
25,000
27.04.30  
FC Sète                 
3
1
Racing Club de France 
Stade Olympique
35,000
03.05.31
Club Français          
3
0
Sports Ol. Montpelliérains
Stade Olympique
30,000
24.04.32
AS Cannes             
1
0
Racing Club Roubaisien
Stade Olympique
36,143
07.05.33
Excelsior AC Roubaix    
3
1
Racing Club Roubaisien
Stade Olympique
38,000
06.05.34
FC Sète                
2
1
Olympique de Marseille
Stade Olympique
40,600
05.05.35
Olympique de Marseille  
3
0
Stade Rennais UC
Stade Olympique
40,008
03.05.36
Racing Club de Paris   
1
0
FC Olympique de Charleville
Stade Olympique
39,725
09.05.37
FC Sochaux-Montbéliard  
2
1
Racing Club de Strasbourg  
Stade Olympique
39,538