15.4.14

Luton Town

Luton Town are currently in the 5th tier of the English pyramid. They were in the Football League from 1920- 2009.  This was their second spell as a league club. they originally joined the League in 1897.
The club was formed in 1885 as a merger of Luton Town Wanderers and Excelsior.
Luton Town claim to have been the first professional club in Southern England (August 1891). When Luton entered the League in 1897 only Woolwich Arsenal lay further south.
During their first period in the League they played their home games at Dunstable Road.
Financial limitations led to a rapid return to Southern League football.


League
FA Cup
1897-98
Div.2  8th
R1
1898-99
Div.2 15th
Q5
1899-1900
Div.2 17th
Q5


During this period Luton wore irregular striped jerseys of cochineal, black and white. 

14.4.14

Standing room only...



In the second round of the FA Cup in 1904 Tottenham Hotspur were drawn at home against Aston Villa. On February 20th a crowd of about 50,000 crammed into White Hart Lane- the safe capacity of which was around 30,000. Unsurprisingly there were encroachments onto the field of play. The referee, Mr Howcroft, with the agreement of both captains, deemed that the match should continue as a friendly (complete abandonment at this point being considered too provocative a step). Half time was called after 35 minutes and within minutes of  the resumption the game was ended.
Tottenham won the replay 1-0. They also took the precaution against future crowd encroachment, not by limiting admissions but by erecting a 1.52 m iron fence around the perimeter.



13.4.14

Fisting out the ball

I must admit that I might have been a little biased towards the poor goalkeeper in my accounts of the earlier days of the Association game.  Yes, the custodian would often find himself stuck in the back of the net regardless of where the ball was, and when shoulder charges were de riguer, it was a brave goalie who tried to do anything than get rid of the ball as soon as he could.
We do, however, have accounts of William Foulke terrorizing forwards, and of Leigh Richmond Roose shoulder charging an advancing forward into touch thirty yards from goal, rendering him unconscious in the process. J.A.H Catton writes of Blackburn Rovers' Joe Lofthouse bouncing off the solid frame of Notts County's 'keeper,  Mordecai Sherwin. So perhaps the old goalkkeper was not so vulnerable after all...
The postcard is an illustration by Tom Browne dating from the 1900s . Browne was the artist who  drew the Striding Man logo for Johnnie Walker whisky.



12.4.14

Spain 1920

Spain's first international match was played at La Butte Brussels on August 28th 1920. It was the first round of the Olympic Football tournament. Spain beat Denmark 1-0.
Patricio scored the goal in the 54th minute. 


Patricio
Spain's line up was:

Ricardo Zamora  Barcelona
Luis Otero Real Vigo Sporting Club 
Mariano Arrate  Real Sociedad
José Samitier  Barcelona
Belauste (José María de Belausteguigoitia) Athletic Bilbao
Ramón Eguiazábal  Unión Club Irún
Pagaza (Francisco Pagazaurtundúa)  Racing de Santander
Félix Sesúmaga Barcelona
Patricio (Patricio Arabolaza) Unión Club Irún
Pichichi (Rafael Moreno)  Athletic Bilbao
Domingo Acedo Athletic Bilbao



11.4.14

World Team of the Decade-1900s


Player
Team
Country
GK
Leigh Richmond Roose
Stoke
Wales
It was reading about Roose's selection for the World v Another Planet in 1905 that gave me the idea for this series. A playboy maverick shamateur Roose represented 7 clubs in the Football League as well as Celtic. 

RB
Bob Crompton
Blackburn
England
I'd pick Bob Crompton on looks alone- his appearance is imperious, He also clocked up a remarkable 41 international appearances and 600 plus games for Blackburn Rovers. 

LB
Jimmy Watson
Sunderland
Scotland
Daddy Long Legs was a key  member of Sunderland's championship winning side of 1902.

RH
Andy "Daddler" Aitken
Newcastle United
Scotland
Aitken played over 300 League games for Newcastle United and represented Scotland 14 times. 

CH
Charlie Roberts
Manchester United
England
The mobile pivot was the inspiration for Pozzo's metodo.

LH
Ernest Needham
Sheffield United
England
The industrious and cerebral half back who was a 'box to box' player. 

OR
Billy Meredith
Manchester City
Wales
The original Welsh Wizard of dribble who played top class football for 30 years.

IR
Bobby Walker
Heart of Midlothian
Scotland
Considered by many contemporaries to have been the greatest player to date and a man who inspired the development of the inside forward as a midfield playmaker.

CF
Vivian Woodward
Tottenham Hotspur
England
Woodward was not all about smashing in hatfuls of goals against inept foreign teams- he scored  14 goals in 16 Home Internationals  and 103 goals in  238 League appearances.

IL
Colin Veitch
Newcastle United
England
A fascinating man who could haver been a succesful politician and was an accomplished dramatist, Veitch was a versatile player and successful club captain. 

OL
Bobby Templeton
Aston Villa, Newcastle United, Woolwich Arsenal Celtic, Kilmarnock 
Scotland
Templeton possessed dazzling skills and was known as the Prince of Dribblers



10.4.14

Nottingham Forest v Walsall Swifts 1884






Parkside Ground  was Forest's 4th home ground. They moved there from Trent Bridge in 1882 and called it home for 3 years. 
There were 3 England internationals (or future internationals) on each side-
Forest: John Sands (1 cap, 1880), Edward Leighton (1 cap, 1886) & Dr Tinsley Lindley (13 Caps,1886-1891).
Swifts:  Alf Jones (3 Caps, 1882-1883), Albert James Aldridge (2 Caps, 1888-1889) Harry Allen (5 Caps, 1888-1890).

7.4.14

Legioniści

1916

Whereas the 1914-18 war was a time of inactivity for most European clubs, it was also a time that saw the birth of others. Legia Warszawa SA  was founded in March 1916 as Drużyna Sportowa Legia. Stanisław Mielech  was the main organizer. It was a club for serving members of the Polish army.  Initially the team played  near Maniewicze (now in Ukraine), against other military units. The move to Warsaw in the summer of 1916 came as the result of a massive Russian offensive. Whilst the war was still in progress Drużyna Sportowa Legia are recorded as having played 9 games in Warsaw in which they were undefeated, including a draw with Polonia (their first match- with Mielech getting a last minute equalizer) and a victory over Cracovia. The win over Cracovia came on August 19th, 1917 and, due to the ongoing conflict in Poland it was Legia's last game until March 14th, 1920.


1916

1916
Players of  Legia and Divisional Sanitary Department (plain shirts)- Legia won this match 7-0.

1917


6.4.14

Gainsborough Trinity


League
FA Cup

1896-97
Div.2 7th
Q3

1897-98
Div.2 9th
R2

1898-99
Div.2 14th
Q3

1899-1900
Div.2 13th
Q1

1900-01
Div.2 13th
Q3

1901-02
Div.2 18th
Q3

1902-03
Div.2 12th
Q5

1903-04
Div.2 9th
IR

1904-05
Div.2 6th
IR

1905-06
Div.2 15th
R2

1906-07
Div.2 14th
R1

1907-08
Div.2 11th
R2

1908-09
Div.2 9th
R1

1909-10
Div.2 18th
R1

1910-11
Div.2 18th
R1

1911-12
Div.2 20th
R1


Gainsborough Trinity were originally formed as Trinity Recreationalists, a church based side. The club joined the Midland League in 1889 and won the championship in 1891. They were elected to Division Two of the Football League for the 1896-97 season.
 Trinity had an undistinguished League career and in 1912 they suffered the indignity of losing their place in the League to their local rivals Lincoln City.
They currently play in the 6th tier of the English Pyramid.

5.4.14

The Football League vs The Scottish League - 1890s


Pikes Lane
The Football League was always on the lookout for sources of income generation. They identified the playing of representative matches as being a potentially lucrative venture as early as 1889. In March 1891 the FA refused the League [permission to play against the Scottish League, so the first representative match was played against The Alliance (line ups are here). The following year, however, the FA relented.

Football League
2
2
Scottish League
11.04.92 Pikes Lane, Bolton (9500)
McInnes, Bassett                                                                              Maley, Taylor

Reader*
(West Bromwich Albion)
McLeod**
(Dumbarton)
Holmes *
(Preston North  End)
Hannah**
(Renton)
Gow **
(Sunderland)
Doyle **
(Celtic)
Groves**
(West Bromwich Albion)
Maley**
(Celtic)
Gardiner ++
(Bolton Wanderers)
Doyle
(Dumbarton)
Reynolds*
(West Bromwich Albion)
McBride
(Renton)
Bassett *
(West Bromwich Albion)
Taylor **
(Dumbarton)
McInnes **
(Notts County)
McCallum **
(Celtic)
Goodall *
(Derby County)
McCall **
(Renton)
Chadwick *
(Everton)
McMahon  **
(Celtic)
Daft *
(Notts County)
Bell  **
(Dumbarton)

Maley scored whilst Bell put the custodian through... Contemporary press reports describe the common practice of taking the 'keeper out.
4 Scotsmen in the Football League team, 3 of them capped.
From here on the games took on a more International flavour- in fact the FA warned the Football League against billing these games as 'Internationals'- with the League only selecting Englishmen. The games were usually played a week or so after the England v Scotland international fixture and comparisons between the merits of the teams selected in each instance are often drawn in the contemporary press.

Scottish League
3
4
Football League
08.04.93 Celtic Park  (31500)                                                              
  Begbie (og), Geary, Wood,Bassett
Taylor, Madden , McMahon  
                                                                             
McLeod **
(Dumbarton)
Rowley *
(Stoke)
Adams **
(Heart of Midlothian)
Clare *
(Stoke)
Doyle **
(Celtic)
Howarth *
(Everton)
Begbie **
(Heart of Midlothian)
Reynolds*
(West Bromwich Albion)
Mitchell **
(Rangers)
Perry*
(West Bromwich Albion)
Kelly **
(Celtic)
Needham *
(Sheffield United)
Taylor **
(Dumbarton)
Bassett *
(West Bromwich Albion)
McCreadie **
(Rangers)
Geary *
(Everton)
Madden **
(Celtic)
Southworth *
(Blackburn Rovers)
McMahon **
(Celtic)
Wood *
(Wolverhampton Wdrs)
Campbell  **
(Celtic)
Schofield*
(Stoke)
Adams **
(Heart of Midlothian)
Clare *
(Stoke)


Football League
1
1
Scottish League
21.04.94 Goodison Park (28300)
Goodall                                                                            Oswald

Sutcliffe*
(Bolton Wanderers)
Haddow **
(Rangers)
Holmes*
(Preston North  End)
Adams **  
(Heart of Midlothian)
Crabtree*
(Burnley)
Doyle **  
(Celtic)
Reynolds*
(Aston Villa)
Begbie  **
(Heart of Midlothian)
Holt*
(Everton)
Mitchell **  
(Rangers)
Needham*
(Sheffield United)
Kelly **  
(Celtic)
Athersmith*
(Aston Villa)
Taylor **
(Dumbarton)
Goodall*
(Derby County)
Blessington **
(Celtic)
Devy*
(Aston Villa)
Oswald**
(St Bernard’s)
Wheldon*
(Small Heath)
McMahon **  
(Celtic)
Spikesley*
(The Wednesday)
Barker**
(Rangers)


Scottish League
1
4
Football League
13.04.95 Celtic Park (30000)
Madden                                                                         Devey, Becton (3)

McArthur**
(Celtic)
Storer
(Woolwich Arsenal)
Drummond**
(Rangers)
Crabtree*
(Burnley)
Doyle**
(Celtic)
Holmes *
(Preston North  End)
Marshall**
(Rangers)
Reynolds*
(Aston Villa)
Kelly **
(Celtic)
Langley
(The Wednesday)
Gibson**
(Rangers)
Needham*
(Sheffield United)
Taylor**
(St Mirren)
Athersmith *
(Aston Villa)
Madden**
(Celtic)
Becton*
(Liverpool)
Oswald**
(St Bernard’s)
Devey *
(Aston Villa)
McMahon**
(Celtic)
Hodgetts*
(Aston Villa)
Divers**
(Celtic)
Smith*
(Aston Villa)




Football League
5
1
Scottish League
11.04.96 Goodison Park (21280)
Devey, Athersmith, Becton (2), Goodall                                   Oswald

Sutcliffe*
(Bolton Wanderers)
McArthur**
(Celtic)
Spencer*
(Aston Villa)
Drummond**
(Rangers)
Williams*
(West Bromwich Albion)
Doyle **
(Celtic)
Perry*
(West Bromwich Albion)
Gibson**
(Rangers)
Higgins
(West Bromwich Albion)
Kelly **
(Celtic)
Crabtree*
(Aston Villa)
Hogg **
(Heart of Midlothian)
Devey *
(Aston Villa)
Madden**
(Celtic)
Athersmith *
(Aston Villa)
Blessington **
(Celtic)
Goodall *
(Derby County)
Oswald**
(St Bernard’s)
Becton*
(Liverpool)
King **
(Heart of Midlothian)
Millward*
(Everton)
Walker **
(Heart of Midlothian)


Scottish League
3
0
Football League
24.04.97 Ibrox (34650)
Low, McPherson (2)

McFarlane **
(Third Lanark)
Sutcliffe*
(Bolton Wanderers)
Smith**
(Rangers)
Spencer*
(Aston Villa)
Doyle**
(Celtic)
Williams*
(West Bromwich Albion)
Gibson**
(Rangers)
Crabtree*
(Aston Villa)
Russell**
(Celtic)
Crawshaw*
(The Wednesday)
Keillor**
(Dundee)
Needham*
(Sheffield United)
Low**
(Rangers)
Athersmith *
(Aston Villa)
McPherson **
(Rangers)
Bloomer *
(Derby County)
Millar**
(Rangers)
Devey  *
(Aston Villa)
King**
(Celtic)
Chadwick*
(Everton)
Walker**
(Heart of Midlothian)
Bradshaw*
(Liverpool)


Football League
1
2
Scottish League
09.04.98  Villa Park (22000)
Beats                                                                                 Hamilton (2)

Foulke *
(Sheffield United)
Dickie **
(Rangers)
Thickett*
(Sheffield United)
Smith**
(Rangers)
Langley
(The Wednesday)
Doyle **
(Celtic)
Perry*
(West Bromwich Albion)
Gibson**
(Rangers)
Needham*
(Sheffield United)
Breslin**
(Hibernian)
Morren*
(Sheffield United)
Marshall **
(Heart of Midlothian)
Athersmith *
(Aston Villa)
Gilhooley
(Celtic)
Wood*
(Wolverhampton Wndrs)
Millar**
(Rangers)
Beats*
(Wolverhampton Wndrs)
Hamilton**
(Rangers)
Wheldon*
(Aston Villa)
McPherson**
(Rangers)
Smith*
(Aston Villa)
Smith**
(Rangers)


Scottish League
1
4
Football League
01.04.99 Celtic Park (35000)
Campbell                                                              Athersmith (2), Bloomer, Setlle

McArthur **
(Celtic)
Hillman*
(Burnley)
Smith**  
(Rangers)
Prescott
(Notts County)
Storrier**
(Celtic)
Eccles
(Stoke)
Breslin**
(Hibernian)
Forman*
(Nottingham Forest)
Marshall **
(Heart of Midlothian)
Crawshaw*
(The Wednesday)
Gibson**
(Rangers)
Crabtree*
(Aston Villa)
Campbell**
(Rangers)
Athersmith*
(Aston Villa)
Walker**
(Heart of Midlothian)
Bloomer*
(Derby County)
Hamilton**  
(Rangers)
Toman
(Burnley)
McPherson**  
(Rangers)
Settle*
(Bury)
Bell **
(Celtic)
Turner
(Stoke)







Wins
Goals
Football League
 4
 21
Scottish League
 2
 14
Drawn
 2




   *English International                                             
** Scottish International 
++ Scottish, not capped (FL only)