19.12.14

Freiburger FC



1898
Germany is a large country and the National Championships were organised on a regional basis, with three tiers of competition culminating in the national finals.
The regional competitions predate the national championships. For example, the  süddeutschen (Southern Germany) championship was first decided in 1898.
Frieburger FC were champions in 1898 and 1907. In 1907 they went onto become National Champions.


17.12.14

Football is not a delicate sport ...


The football I cultivated was a real demonstration of hardiness and energy. A game more brusque, but virile,beautiful, vigorous. The modern football is weakened by an excess of passing close to the goal. It is a game that is more fine, perhaps more artistic, even apparently more intelligent, but it has lost its primitive enthusiasm.
It is important to keep in mind that football is not a delicate sport...it is a violent and strong game.
Jorge Gibson BrownEl Grafico 

The article was originally published in 1921. 
Jorge Gibson Brown won 9 Primera División titles with Alumni and 1 with Quilmes. Between 1902-1913 he made 23 appearances for Argentina, 18 as captain. 
Brown belonged to an era in which Argentine football modelled itself on the English game before the emergence of fútbol criollo.

16.12.14

Barcelona's Stadia



Velódromo de la Bonanova (1899)
In their first ever match, (08.12.99) Barcelona played a scratch team of English expatriates (some of whom were founder members of the club) in Velódromo de la Bonanova in the Turo Parc area. For the uninitiated a velodrome is a cycling track, as you can see from the photographs above, which shows the banked track in the background. 

Hipodrom De Can Tunis (1900-01)
Matches were also occasionally played at this former horseracing track.





Camp del Hotel Casanovas (1900-01)
The estate of Hotel Casanovas was near to where Sant Pau hospital now stands. Walter Wild, the club president, negotiated the use of some of this land as a football ground.Barcelona first played there on 18.11.1900  The result was 0-0 against Athletic Club. According to contemporary reports the attendance was about 4,000.

Campo de la Carretera de Horta (1901-1905)
The club played its first game here on 23.11.01 against the Calliope (crew of a British ship). Barca won 4-0. Joan Gamper scored the first goal. The club had to move on when the land was developed.





Campo de la calle Muntaner (1905-1909)
Scene of the first ever Barcelona v (Real) Madrid (FC) clash, a 5-2 win for Barca in 1906. Later became the home of Club Deportivo Español .

Plaza De Armas (1909)
  Occasional use only

 La Fuxarda (1909)
The municipal stadium was used for 2 games against Sparta Prague. 




Campo de la Calle Industria (1909-22)
The first ground owned outright by the club had a capacity of 6,000 and featured a novel double-decker stand. It was the first ground in Spain to have floodlights. The beginnings were more modest, though- initially there were no changing rooms or running water!
The ground was officially opened on 14.03.09, and was used until the club's success saw them outgrow the stadium in 1922. 





Camp de Les Corts  (1922 -57)
The club therefore started the construction of a new stadium, and  Les Corts opened on  20.05.22, Barcelona playing Saint Mirren. The initial capacity was 22,000.
In 1925, a display of Catalan nationalism on the part of the crowd at Les Corts led to the authorities closing the stadium  for 6 months (later reduced to 3).



15.12.14

Tottenham Hotspur and Woolwich Arsenal on Tour, 1912


Spurs at Leipzig
When the 1911-12 season ended on April 29th Woolwich Arsenal were in 10th place in Division 1 and Tottenham Hotspur in 12th. The famous North London rivalry had yet to come into being, as Arsenal were still based in Plumstead (South East London). In May 1912 both clubs embarked on tours of central Europe (Germany, Austria-Hungary) and played each other in an exhibition match at Vienna arranged by Hugo Meisl. 



Tottenham Hotspur
12.05.12  
Hull City
2
0
Tottenham Hotspur
Brussels
The Belgian Charity Cup- Beddeker Cup
Hull City retaining the trophy.

16.05.12  
VfB Leipzig
1
3
Tottenham Hotspur
Leipzig
The hosts were Mittel-Deutschland champions and had made the semi-finals of the national championships.

20.05.12  
Wiener Sport Club
2
5
Tottenham Hotspur
Vienna
24.05.12  
Woolwich Arsenal
4
0
Tottenham Hotspur
Vienna
An exhibition match for a solid silver cup and medals.

27.05.12  
Ferencváros
1
4
Tottenham Hotspur
Budapest
Fradi were the champions of the Budapest league, winning 14 out of 18 games and having a goal difference of 57.

28.05.12  
Hungary
2
2
Tottenham Hotspur
Budapest
The Hungary and Austria teams were preparing for the Olympic Tournament at Stockholm.

30.05.12  
Hungary
3
4
Tottenham Hotspur
Budapest
02.06.12  
Austria
3
0
Tottenham Hotspur
Vienna
Both Austria and Hungary featured in the second round of that summer's Olympic tournament- Hungary had a bye in the first round and lost 7-0 to Great Britain in the second. Austria beat Germany 5-1 before losing 3-1 to the Netherlands.
They went on to meet in the final of the consolation tournament, Hungary winning 3-0.

Woolwich Arsenal
11.05.12 
Hertha BSC Berlin
0
5
Woolwich Arsenal
Berlin
12.05.12 
Viktoria 89 Berlin
2
2
Woolwich Arsenal
Berlin
1911’s German National Champions.  Former Tottenham player Jack Brearley took up the coaching position at Viktoria at about this time.

16.05.12 
Deutscher FC Prag
1
4
Woolwich Arsenal
Prague
19.05.12 
Ferencváros
1
2
Woolwich Arsenal
Budapest
22.05.12 
Grazer AK
0
6
Woolwich Arsenal
Graz
24.05.12 
Woolwich Arsenal
4
0
Tottenham Hotspur
Vienna
26.05.12 
SK Rapid Wien
2
8
Woolwich Arsenal
Vienna
Rapid were the Austrian League champions…

27.05.12 
Wiener Sport Club
0
5
Woolwich Arsenal
Vienna
…and WSC had finished the season just one point behind Rapid.

29.05.12 
Sp Vgg Fürth
0
6
Woolwich Arsenal
Fürth 
Fürth were managed by Billy Townley , the former Blackburn Rovers player.




It was Arsenal's second visit. They had toured Belgium, Netherlands, Germany  and Austria -Hungary in 1907.  Tottenham were of course old hands at the touring lark. Having visited Austria -Hungary  in 1905 they had since played in Belgium, South America and Germany.



14.12.14

The East Surrey Regiment


The East Surrey Regiment, Kolkata, 1890.

It's never particularly cool in Kolkata- about 25C in December and January, so that heavyweight kit and boots must have been hard work.
The British Military helped to spread football with their penchant for recreating English life wherever they went. 
Football was particularly popular in Bengal , with the locals founding clubs and aspiring to be able to challenge the English.
The first notable triumph for an Indian club  came in 1892 when Kolkata's Savabazar FC  defeated The East Surrey Regiment  in the Trades Cup final . 

The East Surrey Regiment feature in another curious episode. On July 1st, 1916 , The first day of the Battle of The Somme, Captain Billy Nevill gave his players 2 footballs with which to lead their assault on the enemy positions. On the balls was written: The Great European Cup-Tie Final. East Surreys v Bavarians. Kick off at zero and NO REFEREE.

Remarkably, given the carnage that followed, one of the balls was retrieved and returned to the regiments HQ.


12.12.14

Ireland 1914

Ireland, the last of the 4 'Home Nations' to enter the International arena, had been the perennial whipping boys of the British Home Championship in the early days,
 In 1903 they shared first place with Scotland and England (all 3 finished the campaign with 2 wins and a defeat) and in 1913 enjoyed their first victory over England.


They won their first British Home Championship in 1914.



                                                                            v Wales

19.01.14
Wales  1 Ireland 2
Racecourse, Wrexham
GK
Fred McKee
Belfast Celtic


RB
Bill McConnell
Bohemians


LB
Sandy  Craig (c)
Greenock Morton


RH
Val Harris
Everton
Off injured at 45

CH
Pat O'Connell
Hull City


LH
Dave Rollo
Linfield


OR
Ted Seymour
Bohemians


IR
Sam Young
Linfield


CF
Billy Gillespie
Sheffield United
25, 65

IL
Billy Lacey
Liverpool


OL
Louis Bookman
Bradford City


Coach: R Bennett



14.02.14
England 0 Ireland 3
Ayresome Park, Middlesbrough
GK
Fred McKee
Belfast Celtic

RB
Bill McConnell
Bohemians

LB
Sandy  Craig
Greenock Morton

RH
Harry Hampton
Bradford City

CH
Pat O'Connell (c)
Hull City

LH
Mickey Hamill
Manchester United

OR
Dave Rollo
Linfield

IR
Sam Young
Linfield

CF
Billy Gillespie
Sheffield United
36
IL
Billy Lacey
Liverpool
6, 80
OL
Frank Thompson
Clyde

Coach: Rab Torrans


14.03.14
Ireland 1 Scotland 1
Windsor Park, Belfast
GK
Fred McKee
Belfast Celtic

RB
Bill McConnell
Bohemians

LB
Sandy  Craig
Greenock Morton

RH
Val Harris
Everton

CH
Pat O'Connell
Hull City

LH
Mickey Hamill (c)
Manchester United

OR
Johnny Houston
Everton

IR
Rab Nixon
Linfield

CF
Sam Young
Linfield
89
IL
Billy Lacey
Liverpool

OL
Frank Thompson
Clyde

Coach: Hugh McAteer

Ireland wore their St Patrick's Blue strip in all 3 matches:


The line ups , which include players based in England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Dublin, show that the Ireland side in this era was representative of the whole of Ireland. Of the 16 players selected, 7 were from what is now Northern Ireland and 9 (including Bookman, who was born in Lithuania but grew up in Dublin) from what is now The Republic of Ireland. 

v Scotland. The name of the cat being held by Mickey Hamill is unknown to me. He did his job though, Sam Young's late equalizer meant that Ireland were champions.