16.9.14

Amsterdam 1928

The gold, silver and bronze winning teams (Uruguay, Argentina, Italy)


Netherlands (v.Uruguay)

Uruguay (v. Germany)

 
 Montevideo greets news of the victory.

Uruguay before the first game with Argentina.

Argentina  before the final.

Olympisch Stadion Amsterdam. 


Andrés Mazali pulls off a save in the final.




14.9.14

Dual Internationals- Cricket and Association Football

When the football season ended by May 1st and didn't resume until September there was a lot more scope for men to play both sports at the highest level.  A number of England internationals were also first class cricketers. The tradition began in the earliest years of the Association- men like Alcock, the Lyttletons, Cuthbert Ottaway and Monty Betts were top class performers in both sports. The increasing engagement of the proletariat in top level sports saw players such as Jack Devey, Ernest Needham, Harry Daft and William Foulke playing countycricket as well as football, whilst the old Public Schools' tradition was maintained by the likes of G.O Smith and Pinky Burnup.
Between 1872 and 1937 only 10 men represented England at both football and cricket.



Alfred Lyttleton
A forward, Lyttleton was a doyen of the old style of Association Football, all about strength, pluck and individual skill.

Club football:
First class cricket:
Cambridge University, Old Etonians

Cambridge University, Middlesex
International football:
International cricket:
1-1878 v Scotland. 1 goal.
4 tests, 1880-84 v Australia

William Gunn
An amateur footballer (as all were officially pre 1885) and professional cricketer- he gave up soccer to focus on cricket, Famous for his long, one arm hurl throw ins he was, nevertheless an underarm bowler! Outside Left.

Club football:
First class  cricket:
Notts County, Nottingham Forest
Nottinghamshire

International football:
International cricket:
2-1884 v Scotland, Wales. 1 goal.
11 tests, 1887-99 v Australia

Leslie Gay
Corinthian Leslie Gay was a goalkeeper and wicketkeeper.

Club football:
First class cricket:
Old Brightonians,  Cambridge University, Corinthian
Cambridge University, Hampshire, Somerset

International football:
International cricket:
3- 1893-94
1 test on the 1894-95 tour of Australia

R.E. Foster
The only man to have captained England at cricket and football. Played at inside forward.

Club football:
First class  cricket:
Oxford University , Old Malvernians , Corinthian
Oxford University , Worcestershire
International football:
International cricket:
5-1900-02, 2 goals.
8 tests, 1903-07

C.B. Fry
Fry’s CV reads like an impossible romance from the boys’ comics of the era. He actually turned professional and joined Southampton with the aim of getting an international cap. He played at right back.

Club football:
First class  cricket:
Oxford University, Corinthian, Southampton, Portsmouth

Oxford University, London County, Hampshire, Sussex
International football:
International cricket:
1-1901 v Ireland
26 tests, 1896-1912


Jack Sharp
Sharp was an FA Cup winner with Everton in 1906, he played at outside right.

Club football:
First class cricket:
Aston Villa, Everton.

Lancashire
International football:
International cricket:
2-1903-05, 1 goal
3 tests, 1909.

Harry Makepeace
Wing half. A teammate of Jack Sharp in both sports and an FA Cup winner in 1906.

Club football:
First class  cricket:
Everton
Lancashire

International football:
International cricket:
4- 1906 -12
4 Tests, 1920-21




Wally Hardinge
Hardinge’s first class cricket career spanned 30 years.  He briefly managed Tottenham Hotspur.

Club football:
First class  cricket:
Newcastle United, Sheffield United, (Woolwich) Arsenal

Kent
International football:
International cricket:
1-1910 v Scotland
1 Test, 1921

Andy Ducat
Ducat captained the Aston Villa Cup winning team of 1920. He started out as a centre forward but won his international caps as a right half. Later managed Fulham. He has the macabre distinction of being the only player to die on the cricket field at Lords.

Club football:
First class  cricket:
Southend United, Woolwich Arsenal, Aston Villa, Fulham

Surrey
International football:
International cricket:
6-1910–20, 1 goal
1 Test, 1921

Johnny Arnold
Outside left. Johnny Arnold was an umpire for many years after he retired from cricket.

Club football:
First class  cricket:
Southampton, Fulham

Hampshire
International football:
International cricket:
1-1933 v Scotland
1 test, 1931



2.9.14

Billy Meredith

Billy Meredith looking very workmanlike. Who's the man in the bowler?
We'll be back in a week or so.

1.9.14

There's no 'I' in 'team'?

It may be apocryphal, but a lovely story anyhow. Professionalism is still 6 years off, and the England team is still dominated by the old Public Schoolboys and 'Varsity men. Combination play has yet to replace the old dribbling style. 
The place, Kennington Oval.
England v Scotland, March 3rd 1877.
The principals, Alfred Lyttelton and Billy Mosforth.



Alfred 
Lyttelton
Cambridge University, Member of Parliament, Queen's Counsel, Secretary of State for the Colonies.
An England Test cricketer and a superb field athlete and racquet sportsman.Lyttelton was a strapping 6ft 1 (1.85m) , and learned his football playing the Eton game. 




Billy Mosforth

One of the first England internationals to rely on a trade for his income, Mosforth was an engraver, and later a publican. 
A proto professional who turned out for 8 different Sheffield based clubs (Albion, The Wednesday, Zulus, Hallam, Rovers, Heeley, Lockwood Brothers and United) and was said to follow the money even in the days when professionalism was still outlawed. 
An all round sportsman, a runner and hurdler and a good club cricketer
There were physical differences in the classes in Victorian England, which were often in evidence when teams from the industrial north met opponents from the south- and Mosforth (5 ft 4- 1.63m) being 9 inches (22cms) shorter than Lyttleton is an example of this. 

Sheffield had taken to the combination game in the early 70s, possibly influenced by the play of the Royal Engineers. The Sheffield offside rule had also been more conducive to a passing game. Mosforth was a noted exponent of the new skill- the screw shot. He was also a very accurate crosser of the ball. 
Lyttelton  was a heads down and charge dribbler. At some point during the game , which England lost 3-1, Mosforth apparently became very annoyed at Lyttelton's selfish approach, and, unabashed by the barriers of class, let his teammate know it. We don't know what form Mosforth's admonishment took. Yorkshiremen are notoriously blunt.

Lyttelton's reply, or at least the reply he is alleged to have made, has survived.
I play, sir, for my own pleasure.

31.8.14

Newcastle United's Golden Era


The 11 seasons from 1900 marked a golden age for Newcastle United.
Let's take a look at their league positions and FA Cup performance:

season
League
FA Cup
1900–01
6th
R1
1901–02
3rd
R3
1902–03
14th
R1
1903–04
4th
R1
1904–05
Champions
Runners-up
1905–06
4th
Runners-up
1906–07
Champions
R1
1907–08
4th
Runners-up
1908–09
Champions
Semi-final
1909–10
4th
Winners
1910–11
8th
Runners-up

In the League a 7 season spell in which they were never lower than 4th, winning 3 titles.
A 7 year period in which they reached 5 FA Cup Finals , but won only 1. Four major honours- it could have been 8, but for The FA Cup Final hoodoo.



Here are the FA Cup Final teams:



1904–05
1905–06
1907–08
1909–10
1909–10 (r)
1910-11
1910-11 (r)
G
Jimmy Lawrence
FB
Andy McCombie
Billy McCracken
FB
Jack Carr
Dick Pudan
Tony Whitson
Jack Carr
Tony Whitson
HB
Alex Gardner
Colin Veitch (c)
HB
Andy Aitken
Colin Veitch (c)
Wilf Low
HB
Peter McWilliam
David Willis
F
Jock Rutherford
F
James Howie
George Jobey
F
Bill Appleyard
Colin Veitch (c)
Bill Appleyard
Albert Shepherd
Jimmy Stewart
F
Colin Veitch (c)
Ron Orr
Finlay Speedie
Sandy Higgins
F
Bert Gosnel
George Wilson
Mr.
Frank Watt
committee

The journalist Jimmy Catton claimed to have seen Andy Aitken penning an acceptance speech on the eve of the 1905 Final.
Catton also offered the explanation that rather than simply being serial chokers, Newcastle were hampered by the lush surface at Crystal Palace, more so than other teams because they were particularly reliant on pinging short fast passes and also because the St James' Park pitch was virtually grassless by comparison. The players themselves were notably superstitious, believing that passing a wedding on the way to the ground would guarantee a victory, whereas seeing a funeral meant defeat!

26.8.14

Hirsch and Fuchs




Julius Hirsch and Gottfried Fuchs, the 2 Jewish footballers who represented Germany. During the Third Reich era Fuchs went into exile and Hirsch was murdered at Auschwitz.
The memory of these 2 remarkable men has been kept alive by historian Werner Skrentny, and the city of Karlsruhe has a Gottfried-Fuchs-Platz and a Julius-Hirsch-Straße.  The DFB's Julius Hirsch Prize honours those who promote freedom , tolerance and humanity.

Their finest hour for Karlsruher FV came in 1910- winning the German National Championship.
The Karlsruher FV team who beat Holsten Kiel on 15.05.10 was:
Adolf Dell – Carl Hübner, Ernst Hollstein – Hans Ruzek, Max Breunig, Max Schwarze – Fritz TscherterFritz FördererGottfried FuchsJulius HirschHermann Bosch
Trainer: William Townley

Max Bruenig scored the winner from the penalty spot in the 114th minute at Köln.

It was in 1912 that Hirsch and Fuchs first played together for the German national team.  On 04.03.12 
at Zwolle Netherlands and Germany played a 5-5 draw. Fuchs scored Germany's first goal in the 13th minute, but Juller was the star of the show, scoring 4 goals. 


26.05.12- in a repeat of the 1910 final Holstein Kiel beat Karlsruher FV 1-0 (a penalty) at Hamburg. 

They next featured together in the consolation round of Olympic tournament on 03.07.12, 2 days after Fuchs scored 10 goals in a 16-0 demolition of Russia , Hirsch returned to the side for the match with Hungary. Hungary won 3-1 (an Imre Sclosser hat trick).


Hirsch and Fuchs final appearance together for Germany came  on 23.11.13. at Antwerp. Belgium thrashed Germany 6-2. Fuchs got Germany's second, but Belgium had already scored 5 by then. 

In all Julius Hirsch played 7 internationals, scoring 4 goals.
Gottfried Fuchs played 6 matches for the national team, scoring 14 goals.

                                              Fuchs seated far left, Hirsch far right. 


Fuchs 4th from left Hirsch far right.