14.11.17

The FA Tour of Germany and Prague 1899

ENGLISH FOOTBALLERS ABROAD.
FIVE or six years ago who could have foreshadowed the visit of an English football team to Germany as within the scope of practical politics before the end of the century? Six years since, the game was unknown, at least to the bulk of the youth of Germany. At that time, it is true, there were international contests of a kind. In 1893, Herr W. Bensemann was captain of the Carlsruhe (sic) Football Club. An enthusiast of enthusiasts, in his hands football in South Germany was bound to develop. Through his initiative, international matches were arranged and duly carried out. Teams representing South Germany played in Paris and in Switzerland,if not in other European centres. North Germany was not fortunate enough to have a leader of Mr. Bensemann’s energy.Football there, indeed, is only the product of the last two or three years. That it should have made the headway it has in this short space of time says a great deal for the zeal of those who are responsible for its management there. Until quite recently it would not have been possible to have played a match of any pretensions in Berlin. There was in fact no ground which could have been enclosed. In the last few months this want has been remedied, and the excellent ground close to Charlottenburg, known as the Sport-park, on which the Englishmen played their first match, will bear comparison with the majority of our English football enclosures in respect of its playing condition. That English players went out this year was mainly due to the enterprise of Herr Bensemann. It was at his insistence that the Council of the Football Association accepted the invitation of the German Central Committee to send out the best team they could of English players. For some time it looked as if Mr. Bensemann had reckoned without his host. In Hamburg as well as by the South German Association the undertaking was coldly received. The trip was regarded as premature by both these bodies. Objection was made that it was not possible to collect a team thoroughly representative of German football. Whatever their reasons the objectors did their best to make the tour impossible.The South German Association even went so far as to threaten any of their players taking part in the matches with suspension. In some cases it became more than a threat in more than one instance actual suspension was the result. Whether this attitude was right or wrong, whether it was sportsmanlike or the reverse, it is not for us to say. The fact is only mentioned to show the difficulties against which Herr Bensemann and his colleagues on the German Central Committee had to contend. Indeed until within a few days of the departure of the English players it was uncertain whether the trip would come off. But the Central Committee, to their lasting credit be it said, carried out all their engagements to the letter. Events showed,too, that their judgment was correct. The fears that had been expressed by those who opposed the project proved to be visionary. From first to last the English players, professionals as well as amateurs, had the warmest reception. Officially they met with profuse hospitality everywhere unofficially, all classes received them with courtesy, in many cases even with a hearty welcome. Nor is it unreasonable to hope that the football players of Germany and Austria will benefit materially from the examples of such all-round experts as Bassett and Rogers, of Holt and Crabtree. In goalkeeping the Germans have little to learn. Even Waller, excellent as he is could have taught them little had he been called upon to any great extent, which he was not. Altogether the form of the German players was full of promise. The best all-round play was seen at Prague; but football there has been played under better conditions. In one important respect the Germans want little teaching. They played the game in Prague, Berlin, and Carlsruhe alike in the proper spirit, avoiding on the whole anything approaching to roughness The forwards were fast, most of them, and showed fair 'combination. They only want experience to play really well and the improved form of some of them at Carlsruhe showed that they had already learned a little of the science of the English players as the result of the previous matches. The defence at Prague was the best we saw It was more level and certainly the backs were more severely taxed there. Still the best defensive player was Ivor Schrieber (sic), who captained the teams at Berlin and Carlsruhe. As a half back he is distinctly promising, fast,and sure to be clever with more experience. At full back,his brother, E. Schrieber (sic) , Kohts and Westendorp at Berlin,Hildebrand and Mayer at Prague, were all fairly good. All the three goalkeepers were excellent. W. Langer was a bit uncertain in the first half of the second match at Berlin. At Carlsruhe he kept very well, as did Eichelmann at Berlin and Troy at Prague. The successes of the English eleven were Rogers, of Newcastle United, Holt and Crabtree. Rogers came as something of a surprise forward. He is very fast as well as strong, middles well, and is a good shot. On his form this tour the Selection Committee of the Football Association will do well to give him a trial in a big match. Holt, at half back, played a consistently fine game. He showed all the pluck and science that brought him to the forefront in his early days. Crabtree at full back was at his very best, and his versatility must have been quite an education to the Germans. Bach, of Sunderland, was, of course, overshadowed by Crabtree. Still he played a good game throughout at back. The veteran Bassett, whose first International was in 1888, was in very good form on the outside right in the first match. The other grounds were uneven, and he was unable to show to the same advantage. From a football standpoint the tour cannot fail to do good. Socially too the visit appeared to produce the best of feeling. The English team are indeed not likely to forget the many acts of kindliness of which they were the recipients. Herr Bensemann, who accompanied them throughout, will be the central figure in their recollections of a most pleasurable trip. The brothers Schrieber at Berlin and Professor Leudenfeld in Prague did very much too to add to their enjoyment. Amateurs and professionals met with the same reception off, as well as on the field. There was not a shadow of a distinction throughout the tour. Moreover it is gratifying to record that the most cordial relations existed between all the members of the team throughout.
 Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News -  09.12.99
Schrieber  should read  Schricker.
For details of the tour see here.


12.11.17

John Wisden & Co. Manufacture The Finest Footballs In The World


The Sportsman 21.09.01

Wisden, a name more often associated with cricket, was also a supplier of football goods.
Testimonials from the 1st Battalion Scots Guards (who used the 7/6 ball daily for 3 months) and Charterhouse School (ordering a 12/6 ball for the game vs Old Carthusians).
The Corinthian cost the equivalent of about £60 at today's prices.




10.11.17

L’étoile musulmane Mascaréene




L’étoile musulmane Mascaréene (founded 1908) - the team that evolved into Gallia Club de Mascara (1924). This picture dates from c 1916.




8.11.17

D.H Lawrence



In The Cambridge Companion to Football (2013) Peter Stead refers to D.H Lawrence as the only great modern British novelist from a working class background .

In his 1913 story Strike Pay, Lawrence describes a group of striking miners walking to Nottingham to watch Notts County play Aston Villa on a Wednesday afternoon. 

It was a good match between Notts and Villa — no goals at half-time, two-none for Notts at the finish. The colliers were hugely delighted, especially as Flint, the forward for Notts, who was an Underwood man well known to the four comrades, did some handsome work, putting the two goals through.

Notts played Villa in a rearranged League match on Wednesday March 13th, 1912. 
Billy Flint was indeed from Underwood. He was a versatile player who represented County 408 times (1908-26).
Whereas Lawrence has Flint as the scorer of both goals, former Villa player Billy Matthews was the scorer of the second. Notts went from 15th to 14th in Division 1 as a result of this win, Villa were 6th.
The return match 3 days later saw Villa win 5-1.

You can read the story Strike Pay here...


5.11.17

Aberystwyth Town Internationals

 Roose

Welsh Premier League club Aberystwyth Town (founded 1884) has provided Wales with 7 internationals (18 appearances). The club's predecessor, Aberystwyth, also produced 1 cap.
When Wales faced Scotland at Dundee on 21.03.96 there were 3 Aberystwyth Town players in the team.
The legendary goalkeeper Leigh Richmond Roose was said to have worn an Aberystwyth Town jersey as an undershirt throughout his first class career.

1
Jack Hughes
07.04.79
Wales
0
3
Scotland
Wrexham
Hughes had made 1 previous appearance for Wales whilst he was playing for Cambridge University.

2
Jack Rea
24.02.94
Wales
4
1
Ireland
Swansea
12.03.94
Wales
1
5
England
Wrexham
24.03.94
Scotland
5
2
Wales
Kilmarnock
23.03.95
Wales
2
2
Scotland
Wrexham
29.02.96
Wales
6
1
Ireland
Wrexham
21.03.96
Scotland
4
0
Wales
Dundee
06.03.97
Ireland
4
3
Wales
Belfast
20.03.97
Wales
2
2
Scotland
Wrexham
19.02.98
Wales
0
1
Ireland
Llandudno

Aberystwyth born inside left who founded London Welsh AFC and was briefly at West Bromwich Albion (see here).

3
Grenville Morris
29.02.96
Wales
6
1
Ireland
Wrexham
16.03.96
Wales
1
9
England
Cardiff
21.03.96
Scotland
4
0
Wales
Dundee
29.03.97
England
4
0
Wales
Sheffield

Aged 18 at the time of his debut, Morris went on to win a total of 21 international caps, playing for Swindon Town and Nottingham Forest. Known as the Prince of Inside lefts he scored 9 international goals. 

4
Jack Garner
21.03.96
Scotland
4
0
Wales
Dundee


5
William Roberts Jones
20.03.97
Wales
2
2
Scotland
Wrexham


6
Jack Edwards
19.02.98
Wales
0
1
Ireland
Llandudno


7
Leigh Richmond "Dick" Roose
24.02.00              
Wales
2
0
Ireland
Llandudno

This was Roose’s debut. He moved on to London Welsh, Stoke, Everton and Sunderland (among other clubs) and won a total of 24 caps. His association with Aberystwyth began when he attended University in the town.

8
Ernest Peake
11.04.08
Wales
0
1
Ireland
Aberdare

A native of Aberystwyth, left back Peake won a further 10 caps whilst playing for Liverpool.


4.11.17

El pez volador



Yustrich is at the top- Jaime Lema (San Lorenzo de Almagro) below.


Juan Yustrich was Boca's first choice goalkeeper from 1932-37, winning league titles in 1934 and 1935. He represented Argentina once (in 1940).



3.11.17

FC Sete





Colombes, 06.05.34
FC Sete beat L'Olympique de Marseille 2-1 to win the Coupe de France.
Sete also secured the championnat de France de football 1933-1934, becoming the first team in French football to do the double.
The feat is celebrated in the club's present name- FC Sète 34.

There was an international flavour to the successful squad. Joseph Hillier was English, Marcel Bukovi (originally Marton Bukovi) and Istvan Lukacs were Hungarian. Club captain Yvan Bek came from Yugoslavia and winger  Ali Benouna was Algerian.


 Istvan Lukacs scored both Sete's goals in the cup final and was also the leading scorer in the league with 28 goals


30.10.17

Celtic's 62 game unbeaten run


On November 13th 1915 Celtic were defeated 2-0 by Heart of Midlothian at Tynecastle. The following week they beat Kilmarnock 2-0 at Celtic Park. This was the beginning of a 62 match unbeaten run.  















So, the story of this remarkable run begins and ends with Kilmarnock:

CELTIC BEATEN AT LAST
Kilmarnock accomplished at Parkhead on Saturday what they nearly achieved at home a few weeks ago; they are the first to defeat Celtic in the present League campaign, and thus put an end to a sequence of victories extending from the middle of December, 1915, until the pr.esent time. It was fitting that a team renowned for consistency should be defeated by opponents who have been more consistent than any other team when opposing the champions. If Sinclair were slightly at fault in the first game in allowing McMenemy to equalise when but three minutes remained for play, Kilmarnock’s regular custodian made no such mistake in the return engagement. The shooting of the Celtic forwards was not particularly deadly, and it was in leaving his goal to deal with corner kicks almost innumerable that Blair excelled. The winners were somewhat fortunate to score as they did twice in the first half, doubly so to find their opponents miss opportunities much more frequent and less difficult. But the losers had no room for complaint, save on their own incapacity at goal. They were at home, on a perfect pitch, with wind and sun minor and equal handicaps to both teams. The winners goals were scored before the interval, so there was nothing of a snatch victory about Kilmarnock’s successful venture. The mistake made by McNair in passing back to his goalkeeper would not have been fatal had the home forwards shown their usual judgement and taken advantage of much better openings that fell to Smith and Culley. The pity is that the champions’ first defeat was incurred in their last home engagement; a reverse at an earlier stage would have enlivened a competition that has long ceased to attract by reason of its being a competition in name only. 
The Glasgow Herald  23.04.17




27.10.17

Italy 1934














































1934 was year 12 (XII) of the fascist era in Italy and the visual language of fascism figured strongly in the presentation of the tournament.
The monumental player (who is reminiscent of Il Duce himself) stands with his arm raised, on a pedestal that features a fasces-like object.
There was no way that Italy were not going to win the World Cup in 1934. They benefited from some dubious refereeing. The shame is that this detracted from the real qualities of the players and the genius of coach Vittorio Pozzo and his innovative Metodo.





20.10.17

Ricardo Zamora


Club Esportiu Espanyol goalkeeper Ricardo Zamora feels the chill in 1923.


14.10.17

Stockholm 1912

A great view of Stockholm Olympic Stadium during the Great Britain v Denmark match  (04.07.12). Great Britain (aka England Amateurs) won 4-2 to take the Olympic Gold Medal.