Germany v Hungary 1920

It's good to see the British Pathé collection on YouTube- lots of interesting football footage to watch for free.
The above clip shows action from the Germany v Hungary match on 24.10.20.  This was Germany's 3rd game since the end of the 1914-18 war. Interestingly the inter-titles refer to the championship of Europe- a rather mad claim- the previous month Belgium had controversially won Olympic Gold at the expense of Czechoslovakia and both Switzerland and Austria had beaten Germany that summer. Great Britain was seldom thought of as part of Europe in those days, and the title Learning the Game reveals the British attitude towards continental football. This was Germany's 33rd official international. Of the previous 32 they had won 6, drawn 5 and lost 21.
The DFB give the official attendance as 55,000.
Adolf Jäger won the game for the hosts with a 22nd minute penalty.
The referee was Herr Hirrle of Switzerland. 


Theodor Lohrmann
Károly Zsak
FC Budapest
Georg Schneider
Bayern Münich
Károly Fogl
Arthur Mohns
Norden-Nordwest Berlin
János Hungler
Walter Krause
Victoria Hamburg
Vilmos Kertesz
Karl Tewes
Viktoria 89 Berlin
Gyula Zloch
FC Budapest
Carl Riegel
1.FC Nürnberg
Zoltán Blum
Leo Fiederer
Jószef Braun
Tull Harder
Hamburger SV
György Molnár
Adolf Jäger
Altonaer FC 93
György Orth
Luitpold Popp
1.FC Nürnberg
Jószef Eisenhoffer
Paul Forell
1.FC Pforzheim
Imre Schlosser-Lakatos
Player coach
Adolf Jäger

Lajos Tibor


Three Newcastle United stars proudly displaying their international colours.

Three Newcastle United stars proudly displaying their international colours. The photograph dates from 1906.

Billy McCracken (Ireland), 
International debut 1902, 16 caps.
McCracken didn't actually play international football in 1906.A curious interruption to his international career came from 1908- he demanded a five times increase of his match fee to play England. The Irish Football Association refused and dropped him. McCracken didn't play any more international football until 1919 but following his recall he went onto win a total of 16 caps, retiring at the age of 40.
  • Football League championship: 1904–05, 1906–07, 1908–09
  • FA Cup winner: 1910

Colin Veitch (England)
International debut 1906, 6 caps.
The fascinating Colin Veitch was a socialist who was active in the formation of the Players' Union. He was a keen dramatist and an accomplished journalist.  Veitch also championed the idea of using a blackboard for tactical analysis. 
Veitch was on the  losing side in the FA Cup final on 4 occasions. Veitch is reputed to have developed the 'offside bogey' with McCracken.
  • Football League championship: 1904-05, 1906-07, 1908-09
  • FA Cup winner: 1910

Jimmy Gentleman James Howie (Scotland)
International debut 1905, 3 caps (all v England , 1905, 1906 &1908)  2 goals.
  • Football League championship: 1904-05, 1906-07, 1908-09
  • FA Cup winner: 1910
All 3 went on to become managers:
McCracken: Hull City, Gateshead, Millwall, Aldershot
Veitch: Bradford City
Howie: Queens Park Rangers, Middlesbrough 



These balls were destined for the troops on the western front

There are many accounts of balls being booted into no mans land before a charge...


The German Tourists of 1896

In the 1890s it was not uncommon for British clubs to venture to the continent, but it was pretty much one way traffic. Whereas clubs abroad were keen to learn from the sometimes gruelling experience of hosting English or Scottish guests (even lowly English clubs were a head and shoulders above the continentals- as late as 1913 Reading could thrash the best teams in Italy and West Norwood  beat Ajax) there was not much incentive for British clubs  in hosting visitors who would provide neither serious opposition or a healthy gate.

In 1896 a German team visited England, said by the press to represent the 'German Football Association'. The Deutscher Fußball-Bund didn't come into being until 1900, and I am not sure who was actually responsible for arranging the tour.  They were a weak side, and the British press were frank in describing their deficiencies. The Scottish FA were at the time considering an international against Germany, and during the tour the President of the SFA was keen to emphasise that the present tourists were not representative of The German League (sic):

Evening Telegraph 05.09.96

Mr Crichton's hopes that these sorry exhibitions would not interfere with the official game were sadly never tested, as the proposed visit to Germany by Scotland never materialized.
  During the tour the Germans played 3 Southern League teams and an amateur selection under the name of Crystal Palace (not the present Palace or the original club, but a scratch team made up primarily of members of Corinthian FC).

The Germans arrived at Queensborough on Tuesday September 1st having sailed from Flushing.

Yorkshire Herald 02.09.96
01.09.96 Sheppey United 9 Germans 0
The Germans played their first match on the evening of their arrival- and that combined with the poor weather conditions might have been considered a factor in their poor showing against their Southern League opponents at Sheerness. 

02.09.96 Chatham 15 Germans 0
The Evening Telegraph remarked on how the Germans were beaten even more easily than at Sheerness.Chatham were 9 up at half time.

The Edinburgh Evening News commented of the tourists It is about time they were going home. 

03.09.96 Milwall Athletic 9 Germans 0

The Morning Post 04.09.96

Herr Schlee must have been quite a goalkeeper- scathing criticism of the other 10 though...
Prior to the Palace game the London Standard remarked it is a great pity that those who had the arrangements of the tour in hand did not fix matches for the visitors against weaker clubs. As it is, so far, the germans have been so badly beaten as to greatly discourage them from paying another visit for some time to come. 

05.09.96 Crystal Palace 13 Germans 
Played at the Crystal Palace ground the hosts were a strong amateur side featuring many Corinthians. These included England internationals Charles Wreford-Brown, G.O. Smith (who scored 6) and Hugh Stanborough (4). 
The press reported very little interest in the game on account of the poor form the Germans had shown in their previous matches.

The Germans - it appears that only eleven players traveled, which is in itself a bold undertaking when playing 4 matches in 5 days- were:

S. Schlee (Hockfeld)
W. Joe (Duisburg)
H. Krussenbaum (Duisburg)
A Hinze (Aachen)
R Bachmeister (Bremerhaven)
H Young (or Jung?) (Erfurt)
J Weindenfeld (Duisburg)
W Schleeting (Duisburg)
J Bachmeister (Eisewach)
L Hoffman (Joisy)
W Otten (Duisburg)

The party left Britain the evening of the Crystal Palace game. In 5 dys they had played 4 matches and conceded 46 goals.


Patent Footballs

Richard Daft was a cricketer. His son, Harry Daft, played football for Notts County and was an FA Cup winner (1894). He was capped 5 times by England. He also enjoyed a good county cricket career. 
The heaviness of rain affected leather balls was a factor that not only affected the spectacle of the game but also the health and safety of the players. Interesting to see that measures to combat this problem were being taken as early as the 1870s. 


Pedro Calomino

Pedro Bleo Fournol, known as Calomino, was famed for his dribbling. Calomino played for Boca Juniors from 1911- 1924 (except for the season 1914, which he spent with Hispano).  He was top-scorer in 6 seasons (1913, 1915, 1916, 1917, 1918, 1919) and won 4 championships (1919, 1920, 1923, 1924). On the international scene he represented Argentina 37 times, appearing at 4 South American championships, captaining his side to victory in Buenos Aires in 1921.
It is sometimes claimed he originated the bicycle kick.



Just a great photograph.
The avuncular Santiago Carignano (Club Atlético Atlanta) and (Club Atlético Chacarita Juniors). 
Los Bohemios and Funebreros share a keen rivalry in Buenos Aires. This picture dates from 1936.


Red Star Club Français

M. Rimet in the bowler hat.The stripes are green and white.

The Red Star Club Français was founded by by Jules Rimet and Ernest Weber in February 1897. The club enrolled as a member of  Union des sociétés françaises de sports athlétiques (USFSA). Inclusivity was a key feature of the club's philosophy (although membership was 100 francs per month).
I must confess to being a little confused by the references to Buffalo Bill in the various potted histories of the club.
The only Red Star I can find mentioned in connection with thye legendary Wild West showman is that the ship on which he sailed to Europe in 1889 belonged to the Red Star Line. There is also reference to Rimet's governess  Miss Jenny , who was English, having influenced the naming of the club after the famous shipping line.
The Red Star was not a symbol of socialism at this point in time.
Rimet and friends also followed a trend by giving their club an English name. 
The name evolved over time:
Red Star Club Français (1897–1906)
Red Star Amical Club (1906–1927)
Red Star Olympique (1927–1946)

The club won the Coupe de France 4 times in the 1920s (1921192219231928).
Red Star currently play in the third level of the French system. 


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.

FA Cup
Div.2  8th
Div.2 15th
Div.2 17th

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


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.


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.