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



















23.7.14

Explaining Football to the Natives...

 In 1894, in a missionary act, the Football Association of Wales decided to stage an international match in Swansea, in the south. The venue was St Helen's, a Rugby Union and cricket ground that, in a state of reduced grandeur, remains in use to this day.
In those days, as we have seen, Welsh football was centered on the north east of the country.
Swansea is about 260 km from London.
The Football Association of Wales had been founded in 1876. But football was foreign to the people of Swansea.  Football in Swansea , as in most of the southern half of the country, meant Rugby Union. In fact, as the Western Mail observed:  In this portion of the Principality the Association game is practically unknown. 
In preparation for the match the Western Mail published the following plan of the pitch and an explanation of the game for the benefit of the locals:





The match drew a crowd of 7,000.
Wales won 4-1, with 2 goals apiece from Billy Lewis (Chester City) and Edwin James (Chirk) after Olphie Stanfield (Distillery) had given the visitors a 1-0 half time lead. 


21.7.14

Vélez Sarsfield Pan American Tour 1930-31

The tourists in Mexico - the familiar V strip was adopted in In 1933, the jerseys shown here were the original red, white and green stripes.

It was quite an undertaking.
Boca Juniors had toured Europe for 4 months in 1925. In 1930 Vélez Sarsfield embarked on a tour of the Americas that occupied 6 months.With a budget of 10,000 pesos and a daily allowance of 250 pesos per man, the party traveled up the west coast of South America, through the Panama canal to Mexico, Cuba and the USA before retracing their route.
Vélez Sarsfield had finished 15th in the huge 36 team Primera División of 1930. It was a transitional period in Argentine football- the next domestic season saw the introduction of professionalism, Vélez finishing 9th in an 18 team division. (Boca Juniors were champions on both occasions).
The tour party was made up of the following players:


Clelio Caucia
Norberto Arroupe
Eleuterio Forrester
Saúl Quiroga
Manuel De Saa*
Alberto Alvarez
Alfredo Sánchez
Ernesto Garbini
Rodolfo Devoto
Eduardo Spraggon
Guests:

Fernando Paternoster (Racing) *
Carlos Volante (San Lorenzo de Almagro)*
Bernabé Ferreyra (Tigre) *
Geronimo Díaz (Newell's Old Boys )*
Alberto Chividini (Estudiantil Porteño)*
Agustín Peruch (Newell's Old Boys)
Francisco Varallo (Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata) *
* Argentine internationals.

The guests were a distinguished group - Paternoster and Varallo had played in a World Cup Final.
Varallo recalled the long sea voyage:
 We’d train on the ship, and got so used to it that when we were on the ground, it seemed like everything around was still moving!
Bernabé Ferreyra couldn't stop scoring  wherever he played. On this tour he averaged more than a goal a game. The following year he joined River Plate , becoming the World's most expensive player, the astronomical fee remaining unbeaten for 20 years.


Chile
30.11.30
Colo-Colo
2
4
Vélez Sarsfield
07.12.30
Combinado Valparaíso
1
3
Vélez Sarsfield
08.12.30
Colo-Colo
2
2
Vélez Sarsfield
13.12.30
Everton
0
1
Vélez Sarsfield

Peru
20.12.30
Universidad de Lima
3
5
Vélez Sarsfield

Cuba
01.01.31
Juventud Asturiana
1
3
Vélez Sarsfield
04.01.31
Fortuna
0
6
Vélez Sarsfield
11.01.31
Sp.Centro Gallego
0
3
Vélez Sarsfield

Mexico
18.01.31
Germania
1
3
Vélez Sarsfield
25.01.31
Marte
3
5
Vélez Sarsfield
01.02.31
Atalante
1
1
Vélez Sarsfield
05.02.31
Asturias
1
4
Vélez Sarsfield
08.02.31
Atalante
2
4
Vélez Sarsfield
USA
21.02.31
New York Stars
1
3
Vélez Sarsfield
22.02.31
Fall River
5
2
Vélez Sarsfield
23.02.31
Hakoah All Stars
1
3
Vélez Sarsfield

Cuba
03.03.31
Juventud Asturiana
1
1
Vélez Sarsfield

Peru
15.03.31
Alianza
1
1
Vélez Sarsfield
19.03.31
Combinado de Huacho
0
9
Vélez Sarsfield
23.03.31
Alianza
1
2
Vélez Sarsfield
29.03.31
Atlético Chalaco
1
7
Vélez Sarsfield
02.04.31
Universidad de Lima
0
3
Vélez Sarsfield
05.04.31
Alianza
3
3
Vélez Sarsfield

Chile
15.04.31
Combinado Valparaíso
0
3
Vélez Sarsfield
22.04.31
Colo-Colo
2
3
Vélez Sarsfield


P
W
D
L
F
A
25
19
5
1
84
33

Scorers:
Ferreyra
38*
Varallo
14
Quiroga
8
Alvarez
7
Spraggon
6
Peruch
5
Devoto
3
Garbini
1

*37 in some sources.

1931