7.2.16

Winter Break?


There won't be any new posts on Before The D for about 2 weeks. Enjoy your football...

Albert Craig




Albert Craig was a Bradford born postman and later insurance salesman who wrote verses about cricketers.
He moved to London in 1886 and became something of a fixture at The Oval. The press often referred to Craig as The Surrey Poet, though he signed his works AC, Cricket Rhymester.
Craig  also developed an interest in Association football. He wrote verses about Woolwich Arsenal (then based in Plumstead) and later Chelsea, Crystal Palace and Queen's Park Rangers. As you can see, the lines above were inspired by a Palace vs Queen's Park Rangers  match in The Southern League. Palace won 3-0.

Josh Johnson (Palace)


Sam Downing (QPR)

The protagonists in the penalty incident were Josh Johnson and Sam Downing.
Downing had started his senior career with QPR in 1903 with a hat trick on debut. However, in 170 games for the Hoops he only managed 13 goals (in fairness he was a wing half). Downing joined Chelsea in 1909.
Johnson (sometimes referred to as 'Joe' Johnson) began his career with Aston Villa, but never made the first team. He then had a spell at Plymouth Argyle before joining Palace in 1907.  He made 276 Southern League appearances for Palace. After the war he joined Nottingham Forest. Johnson was a devout Christian and a lay preacher. 
The London Daily News the following day described the game as an indifferent one, watched by the Danish Olympic Football team. Palace were 2 up in 10 minutes but according to the report Rangers had most of the play but squandered their chances. The penalty is described as follows: Downing shot straight at Johnson, who easily turned the ball over the bar. 


Mr Craig at The Oval

An in depth analysis of Craig's work can be found here.



2.2.16

A Penalty Shootout

Daring

Writing about football pre 1937 I didn't expect to find myself dealing with penalty shootouts. However, an Easter Tournament organized by ADO Den Haag in 1935 was indeed decided by a duel from 11 metres. 
This was ADO's first such tournament and the 4 teams featured were:

Alles Door Oefening Den Haag- founded in 1905, in season 1934-35 ADO finished 4th in West 1 (Eerste Klasse).

Voorwaarts Utile Dulci Combinatie Den Haag- founded 1909, were also an Eerste Klasse club finishing 7th in West 1. In 1927 they had won the NVB Beker.

Royal Daring Club Molenbeek (Belgium)- Daring Club de Bruxelles (matriculation n°2) was founded in 1895. In 1936 and 37 they were Belgian Division d'Honneur champions and won the Belgian Cup in 1935.

Excelsior Athlétic Club de Roubaix(France) came into being in 1928 (a merger of Excelsior Club de Tourcoing and F C de Roubaix). Excelsior turned professional in 1932 and won the Coupe de France in 1933.

The tournament was played over 2 days at Zuiderpark. The visiting teams were too strong for the 2 Den Haag clubs (Netherlands football was resolutely amateur at this time). 

When the final ended in a 2-2 draw each team had three penalty kicks. Daring scored all three of theirs whilst Excelsior missed with one. 


21.04.35 
VUC Den Haag
3
8
Excelsior AC Roubaix
21.04.35 
ADO Den Haag
1
2
Daring

22.04.35 
ADO Den Haag
3
4
VUC Den Haag
22.04.35 
Daring
2
2
Excelsior AC Roubaix

Daring win 3-2 after pens.


ref: Dagblad De Telegraaf, Amsterdam 23.04.35

1.2.16

Jean Jacoby


Jean Jacoby (Luxembourg) was the Olympic gold medal winning artist in both 1924 and 1928. 
This painting , Corner,  was one of his pieces from 1924. 


30.1.16

The Muratti Vase

The Guernsey FA was formed in 1893, and a military league was established on the island in the same year. 
Northerners AC was founded in November 1892. In 1893 the newly formed Guernsey Rangers played Association Football against various military teams, but the inter island contests were confined to Rugby.
In February 1894  a league was formed in which Rangers joined with military sides. The competition was named the Priaulx Cup and was won by the Band Company, 2nd Battalion Royal Fusilliers.
Northerners were the first non military winners in 1899-00.
In the 1890s The Channel Islands became a popular venue for English club tours- Upton Park  and Swindon Town both visited in 1897. 
The Jersey FA was formed in 1905 and  The Jersey Football League's inaugural season was 1904-05.
Jersey Wanderers won the league in 1906 and 1913, otherwise military teams dominated up until 1914.
Football in Alderney is a more modest affair yet. The win over Guernsey in 1920 is 1 of only 2 games Alderney have ever won.The inter island tournament was introduced in 1905, sponsored by the Muratti tobacco company.



1905
R1
Guernsey
6
0
Alderney

F
Jersey
0
1
Guernsey   

1906
R1
Jersey        
1
2
Guernsey       

F
Guernsey 
1
0
Alderney

1907   
R1
Alderney
1
2
Jersey        

F
Jersey        
2
3
Guernsey       

1908   
R1
Guernsey
3
0
Alderney

F
Guernsey
0
4
Jersey   

1909      
R1
Guernsey
3
0
Jersey   

F
Guernsey
2
0
Alderney

1910 
R1
Jersey   
7
1
Alderney

F
Guernsey
2
3
Jersey   

1911
R1
Guernsey
2
1
Alderney

F
Jersey        
4
1
Guernsey        

1912 
R1
Jersey        
3
3
Guernsey

r
Jersey        
2
5
Guernsey

F
Guernsey 
4
0
Alderney

1913
R1
Jersey 
5
2
Alderney

F
Jersey 
2
4
Guernsey

1914
R1
Guernsey 
4
0
Alderney

F
Guernsey 
2
1
Jersey








1919

Guernsey 
2
0
Jersey

Victory Cup

Guernsey B
3
1
Alderney


Peace Cup
1920
R1
Guernsey      
1
0  
Jersey        

F
Alderney       
1
0
Guernsey  

1921
R1
Jersey               
2
Alderney  

F
Guernsey      
0
1
Jersey

1922
R1
Guernsey             
8
0
Alderney 

F
Jersey
1
2  
Guernsey

1923
R1
Jersey        
0
1
Guernsey

F
Guernsey      
3
2  
Alderney

1924
R1
Jersey                  
1
0
Alderney

F
Jersey                  
1
0
Guernsey

1925
R1
Guernsey
3
0
Alderney  

F
Guernsey
2
1
Jersey

1926
R1
Guernsey      
1
Jersey     

F
Jersey                 
7
1
Alderney

1927
R1
Jersey       
3
0
Alderney

F
Guernsey       
1
0  
Jersey

1928
R1
Guernsey       
4
0  
Alderney

F
Jersey         
2
1
Guernsey

1929
R1
Jersey        
1
Guernsey

F
Guernsey       
5
Alderney

1930
R1
Jersey
3
2
Alderney

F
Jersey
2
3
Guernsey

1931
R1
Guernsey
1
0
Alderney

F
Guernsey
2
4
Jersey

1932
R1
Guernsey
2
0
Jersey

F
Guernsey
4
2
Alderney

1933
R1
Jersey
6
0
Alderney

F
Guernsey
4
1
Jersey

1934
R1
Guernsey
3
0
Alderney

F
Jersey
0
1
Guernsey

1935
R1
Jersey
0
1
Guernsey

F
Guernsey
5
0
Alderney

1936
R1
Jersey
9
0
Alderney

F
Guernsey
2
1
Jersey

1937
R1
Guernsey
4
1
Alderney

F
Jersey
2
2
Guernsey

R
Guernsey
3
3
Jersey

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