27.1.15

Smart Arridge


Smart Arridge's parents were both English, his father was from Lincolnshire and his mother from Durham. Smart himself was born in Southwick (Sunderland).
The family moved to Bangor in north Wales and Smart, along with his brother* played for Bangor City. Smart played at left back.
In 1892 Smart joined Bootle ( then in Division 2). The following season he joined Everton, for whom he made 56 first team appearances up until his move to New Brighton Tower in 1898. In 3 seasons at Tower Arridge made 88 appearances and scored his only 2 League goals. In 1901 he moved on to Stockport County (67 appearances). in 1903 he returned to Bangor City (he was employed as a ticket collector on the pier).
Under the international qualification rules of the time Smart was only eligible to play for England (the Goodall brothers provide a good illustration of these rules in action). However, between 1892 and 1899 he played 8 internationals for Wales (w 1 d 2 l 5 ) , captaining the side on one occasion (a 4-0 defeat to England in 1899) .

* The Bangor City website confuses the 2 brothers, claiming 'Smart' as a nickname for W.G. Arridge. I have viewed Smart Arridge's baptismal record- Smart was his given name ( he also named his own son Smart). Census records show his brother, William, to be 4 years his senior.

25.1.15

Copa Julio Roca

A very dapper Brazil -winners in 1914. Goalkeepers are different- Marcos sports a bow tie. 

Copa Julio Roca was a very irregular competition in which Brazil played Argentina for a succession of different trophies.
During 'our' era (pre Northern Hemisphere summer 1937) it was contested 3 times.

1914
Argentina 0 Brazil 1
27.09.14 at Club Gimnasia y Esgrima, Buenos Aires. Attendance 17,000.
The Argentina side represented a dissident association, but FIFA recognizes the match as an official international (as does Brazil).
Rubens Salles scored the winner in the 13th minute.

Argentina
Brazil
Juan José Rithner
Porteño
Marcos
Fluminense
Diómedes Bernasconi
Estudiantes de La Plata
Píndaro
Flamengo
 Carlos Galup Lanús
Estudiantes de La Plata
Nery
Flamengo
Ricardo Naón
Estudiantes de La Plata
Lagreca
AA São Bento
Ernesto Sande
Independiente
Rubens Salles 
Paulistano
Santiago Sayanes
Gimnasia y Esgrima
Pernambuco
Fluminense
Juan José Lamas
Estudiantes de La Plata
Millon 
Paulistano
Roberto Leonardi
Estudiantes de La Plata
Oswaldo Gomes 
Fluminense
Antonio Piaggio
Club Atlético Atlanta
Barthô
Fluminense
Carlos Izaguirre
Colombia
Friedenreich
Ypiranga
Francisco Crespo
Tigre
Arnaldo
Paulistano

1922
Brazil 2-1 Argentina
22.10.22 at  Parque Antarctica, São Paulo.  Attendance  15.000
Francia put Argentina ahead after 17 minutes.
Two second half strikes from Gambarotta (aka Gamba) won it for the hosts.


Brazil
Argentina
Mesquita 
Mack--Portuguesa
Américo Tesoriere
Boca Juniors
Grané
Corinthians de Jundiai
Adolfo Celli
Newell's Old Boys
Clodô 
Paulistano
Pedro Castoldi
Sportivo Barracas
Abatte
Paulistano
Alfredo Chabrolín
Newell's Old Boys
Faragassi 
Ypiranga
Ángel Médici
Boca Juniors
Nesi
São Cristóvão
Emilio Solari
Nueva Chicago
Leite de Castro 
Botafogo
Julio Rivet
Club Del Plata
sub Brasileiro
Minas Gerais
Ángel Chiessa
Huracán
Zezé
Fluminense
José Gaslini
Alvear
Gambarotta 
Corinthians
Juan Francia
Rosario Central
Tepet
Ypiranga
Marcelo de Césari
Boca Juniors
Osses 
Ypiranga





The crowd at Parque Antarctica- a well turned out bunch.

1923
Argentina 2-0 Brazil
09.12.23 at Campo do Barracas Buenos Aires.  
Dino scored an own goal, Cesareo Onzari got the second.


Argentina
Brazil
Américo Tesoriere
Boca Juniors
Nélson
Vasco da Gama
Ludovico Bidoglio
Boca Juniors
Pennaforte
Flamengo
Juan Carlos Iribarren
Argentinos Jrs
Alemão
Botafogo
Ángel Médici
Boca Juniors
Mica
Botafogo Bahia
Roberto Seregni
Racing Club de Avellaneda
sub Soda
Americano Campos
Emilio Solari
Nueva Chicago
Nesi
São Cristóvão
Adán Loizo
Huracán
Dino
Flamengo
Antonio Cerrotti
Boca Juniors
Paschoal
Vasco da Gama
Domingo Tarasconi
Boca Juniors
Zezé
Fluminense
Ángel Chiessa
Huracán
Nilo 
Brasil
Cesareo Onzari
Huracán
Coelho
Fluminense


Amaro 
Goytacaz


Onzari

24.1.15

Fixtures 1869-70

A fixture list of metropolitan matches from Bell’s Life in London and Sporting Chronicle (27.11. 1869). No distinction is made between the codes. In an exoticism sadly lost from the Association game,  Wasps, Owls and Flamingoes  feature alongside Pirates, Gipsies and Gitanoes.
Several of these clubs featured in the early years of the FA Cup. The legendary Wanderers were playing their home fixtures at The Oval cricket ground ( courtesy of Mr Alcock). CCC (Civil Service), Barnes and Royal Engineers still play. The Crystal Palace name survives, but it is an entirely different club. 


22.1.15

Sport-Magazin - August 1935


 Ferencváros lost  to Sparta in the Mitropa Cup final the month after this magazine appeared. They were runners up in the Hungarian league in the 1934-35 season, and won the Magyar Kupa.
This was the team, consisting of  11 Hungary internationals, that lined up in the semi final of the Mitropa Cup against Austria Vienna. 
Kronenberger was also known as Lajos Korányi. 
I really like József Háda's goalkeeper's jersey.

20.1.15

Alcántara for Spain



Paulino Alcántara first represented Catalunya as an 18 year old in 1915. He also represented the Philippines in the 1917 Far Eastern Games. It is likely that he played in all 3 of the Philippines' games, the last of which was abandoned due to fighting.
On returning to Europe he continued to represent Catalunya.
He would have been expected to represent Spain when they made their entry into international football at the 1920 Olympics, but he was unavailable due to his medical studies.
 Alcántara made his Spain debut in 1921. He played 5 internationals, scoring 6 goals:







09.10.21
Spain
2
0
Belgium
Bilbao
Alcántara captained Spain on his debut and scored both goals (55 & 80 min)

18.12.21
Spain
3
1
Portugal
Madrid
Alcántara scored Spain’s 2nd and 3rd  (23 & 50 min)

20.04.22
France
0
4
Spain
Bordeaux
Captain for the 2nd time, Alcántara scored the 2 opening goals (20 & 27 min)

04.02.23
Belgium
1
0
Spain
Antwerp

16.12.23
Spain
3
0
Portugal
Seville
Alcántara was captain, Español’s Zabala scored all 3 goals.






19.1.15

A humiliation that staggered the football world: Swansea Town v Blackburn Rovers- 1915







On Saturday Swansea City travel to Blackburn Rovers in the 4th round of The FA Cup.
When the 2 met in January 1915 for a first round FA Cup tie, the outcome was one of the biggest upsets in the history of British football. 
Blackburn Rovers were a big, big club. Established 40 years previously they were founding members of The Football League. The previous season Rovers had won the Championship (their 2nd title).  They had won the FA Cup 5 times. At the time of this match (09.01.15) they were 5th in Division 1.
Their line up featured 4 England internationals ( Crompton, Bradshaw, Latheron and Hodkinson) and 1 Scottish international ( Aitkenhead).
Crompton had played for England a remarkable 41 times ( a record which stood for 38 years), captaining on 21 occasions. 
Rovers offered Swansea a large sum to switch the match to Ewood Park but the offer was declined and 16,000 people were at the Vetch to see the League champions. 
Swansea Town were in the second division of the Southern League. They had only come into existence in 1912. Their line up that day was light on stars. Club captain Thomas Hewitt had played for Wales 8 times (1911-14). Captain for cup matches that season was Joe Bulcock The man who became a hero that day was a 16 year old Rugby player. Benny Benyon was only playing 'soccer' because Rugby was suspended during the war. 
Blackburn attacked relentlessly from the outset, but in the 20th minute Swansea broke out of defence in a move, started and finished by Beynon, that covered the length of the pitch and gave the Swans an unlikely lead. 
At half time Swansea were reduced to 10 men when Lock was injured. 
Rovers bombarded the Swans goal in the 2nd half. They were awarded a penalty but remarkably Billy Bradshaw, who had scored with 36 consecutive spot kicks, shot wide. Harry Read went off injured and Swansea had to hold out for the last quarter of an hour with just 9 men. 
It was, according to  contemporary newspaper reports: A humiliation that staggered the football world.
As the photograph shows, Swansea Town were unique in having a strip in which jersey and knickers were of the same colour.
Benny Beynon returned to Rugby after the war and played for Wales, but in a ruling that highlights the stupidity of the way in which that game was administered, he was banned for professionalism on account of his Association football exploits. He went to Oldham as a Northern Union player.
Joe Bulcock (Town) and Eddie Latheron (Rovers) were both killed in the war.

Swansea Town

Blackburn Rovers
Hurst
GK
Alf Robinson
Tom Hewitt
RB
Bob Crompton
Joe Bulcock
LB
Tommy Suttie
John Duffy
RH
Bert Walmsley
Lock
CH
Percy Smith
Anderson
LH
Billy Bradshaw
Harry Read
OR
Alex McGhie
Brown
IR
Wattie Aitkenhead
Benny Beynon
CF
Johnny Orr
Gilboy
IL
Eddie Latherton
Amos Lloyd
OL
Joe Hodkinson