1.3.15

The Crafty Berlin Decision


It was the most scandalous incident in the history of international football.
Peru were the sole South American representatives at the 1936 Olympic Football Tournament.
The 1935 South American Championship served as a qualifier for the Olympics, but neither champions Uruguay nor runners up Argentina were able to travel to Germany due to an economic recession. Peru had finished 3rd, winning just the one game, against Chile. 


At the Olympics Peru beat Finland by 7-3 in the first round, giving them a match with Austria in the next round.
Austria went  two-nil up through goals from Werginz  and Steinmetz . They held onto this lead until the 75th minute. Campolo Alcalde pulled one back and then in the 81st minute Alejandro Villanueva equalized. Peru were then reduced to 10 men by the loss of Alcade.

This Austria side, with the great Jimmy Hogan as manager, were not of the calibre of Meisl's Wunderteam from earlier in the decade.

The game went into extra time, and during the first period referee Mr  Kristiansen of Norway disallowed 3 Peruvian 'goals'.
Villanueva gave Peru the lead in the 117th minute and in the very last minute of extra time Teodoro Fernández made it 4-2 to Peru.
And then the trouble started.
There was a pitch invasion following the 4th Peruvian goal, The Austrians claimed that one of their players was assaulted. The referee abandoned the match (with just seconds remaining). Press reports stated that "about 1,000 Peruvian supporters" stormed  the pitch with "iron bars, knives and even a pistol". 1.000 Peruvian supporters ? In Berlin? It seems unlikely. The Peruvians counter claim was that the pitch invaders was fascists who couldn't stomach a victory by a team featuring black players.
Following a hearing which the Peruvian delegation missed (they were waylaid en route, stuck behind a fascist parade!)  the Olympic Committee and FIFA ordered a replay behind closed doors.
Peru however (supported by Columbia) chose to go home. Anti German feeling in the South American continent ran high after this debacle. 
The Crafty Berlin Decision was how the incident was described by Snr. Oscar Benavides, the President of Peru.

25.2.15

Old Carthusians 1903

The Dunn Cup was introduced in 1903 for clubs for former Public Schoolboys, and  Old Carthusians enjoyed a good run of success (they were winners  in 1903, 1904, 1905, 1906, 1908 and 1910).

This line up features 3 'full ' internationalists (G.O Smith, Maurice Stanborough and Charles Wreford-Brown), as well as a couple of amateur internationals (Rowlandson, Timmis).
Captain William Simpson was a leading referee (he had taken charge of the 1896 FA Cup Final).  
Haig-Brown, O.E Wreford-Brown and Rowlandson were killed in the 1914-18 War.



23.2.15

The FA Tour of Australia, 1925


At the end of the 1924-25 season the Football Association sent a touring party to Australia under the leadership of Mr John Lewis, by now something of a Grand Old Man of the game.
Billed in the local press, of course, as 'England' the tourists enjoyed a 100% success record and averaged 5.5 goals per game. There were 4 'Test Matches' against Australia (these were not recognised as full internationals).

07.05.25     
Perth Metropolitan XI 
0
8
FA XI
Perth
09.05.25     
Western Australia 
0
7
FA XI
Fremantle
14.05.25    
South Australia 
0
10
FA XI
Adelaide
16.05.25    
Australia XI 
1
4
FA XI
Thebarton
20.05.25     
Victoria
0
7
FA XI
Melbourne
23.05.25     
Australia XI 
0
5
FA XI
Melbourne
30.05.25    
New South Wales 
2
FA XI
Sydney    
03.06.25     
Sydney Metropolis 
1
3
FA XI
Sydney  
06.06.25    
Illawarra District 
0
FA XI
Wollongong
08.06.25     
New South Wales 
1
4
FA XI
Sydney
13.06.25     
Northern Districts 
0
FA XI
Newcastle
17.06.25 
 Ipswich and District 
0
FA XI
Ipswich
20.06.25 
Queensland 
0
11
FA XI
Brisbane              
24.06.25 
North Queensland   
0
9
FA XI
Bundaberg       
27.06.25 
Australia 
1
5
FA XI
Brisbane              
29.06.25 
Toowoomba                
0
FA XI
Toowoomba
04.07.25 
Australia 
1
2
FA XI
Sydney      
08.07.25 
Newcastle              
0
FA XI
Newcastle
11.07.25     
Australia 
2
8
FA XI
Maitland
15.07.25     
South Maitland 
1
FA XI
Cessnock
18.07.25 
Australia 
0
5
FA XI
Sydney     
21.07.25    
Granville District 
1
FA XI
Parramatta  
25.07.25 
Australia   
0
FA XI
Melbourne
01.08.25 
Western Australia   
1
5
FA XI
Fremantle
03.08.25 
Western Australia 
1
5
FA XI
Perth 

P
W
D
L
F
A
25
25


139
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GK
Teddy Davison*
The Wednesday
Harry Hardy*
Stockport County
FB

Stan Charlton
Exeter City
Joe Hannah
Norwich City
Cecil Poynton
Tottenham Hotspur
HB

Jimmy Hamilton
Crystal Palace
Len Graham*
Millwall
Billy Sage
Tottenham Hotspur
Tom Whittaker
Arsenal
CH
Bill Caesar**
Dulwich Hamlet ***
Charlie Spencer*
Newcastle United
IF

Jimmy Walsh
Liverpool
Jack Elkes
Tottenham Hotspur
Bert Batten
Plymouth Argyle
Billy Williams
West Ham United
CF
Ernie Simms [c]*
Stockport County
OF
Charlie Hannaford
Clapton Orient
Stan Seymour
Newcastle United

* full internationalist
** amateur internationalist

The 18 players were from the following Divisions:
Div 1- 8
Div 2- 5
Div 3- 4
Isthmian League- 1***
 *** Caesar was 'on the books' at Darlington (Div 3) in the 1924-25 season but didn't make any first team appearances.

Bert Batten- scorer of  47 goals during the tour 

John Lewis was never one to shy away from controversy. He reported the  Australian FA  for paying  their players £1 per day, a £5 bonus and broken time payments. Mr Lewis also disapproved of their use of substitutes.