Day by Day........

Football is a 365 day a year game. A day by day reminder of some of the famous, record-breaking or bizarre things that have happened in the month of July over the years.

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  1st July

Football On This Day – 1st July 1923
Scottish League side Raith Rovers embarked on a close season tour of the Canary Islands in the summer of 1923 - in those days the Canaries weren't a quick trip by plane but a more ponderous trip by boat. They set sail on the Highland Loch which was calling in on the Canaries en route to Buenos Aires but on the morning of 1st July 1923 a violent storm saw the ship hit rocks off northern Spain with the passengers being forced into the lifeboats. They were safely rescued and eventually reached the Canaries where they won all the four matches they played. But hey, they had been shipwrecked which is surely a unique chapter of their history which no other British club can match. Or can they?

Football On This Day – 1st July 1976
Two of the greats of European football - Ruud van Nistelrooy and Patrick Kluivert - were born just a little over 50 miles apart in the Netherlands on this day, 1st July 1976.

Football On This Day – 1st July 2015
Some own goals are farcical and some are tragic and one of the tragic ones came on 1st July 2015 at the Women's World Cup Finals played in Canada. In the 92nd minute of the semi-final between England and Japan England's Laura Bassett scored an own-goal which gave holders Japan a place in the final. To be fair though she had the courage (and skill) to make the interception and that ball could have gone anywhere - but sadly it went into the net.....




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Football On This Day – 2nd July 1950

England finished the World Cup finals in Brazil with a disappointing result (sounds familiar!). In their first World Cup finals a 1-0 defeat against Spain meant elimination at the group stage following a victory over Chile and that famous defeat to the USA. With the elimination came the realisation that English football wasn't the best in the world. The Daily Herald printed a mock obituary: ‘In affectionate remembrance of English football which died in Rio on July 2, 1950.


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Football On This Day – 3rd July 2001

One of the more controversial football transfers. Sol Campbell (full name Sulzeer Jeremiah Campbell would you believe) moves on a Bosman free transfer from Tottenham to near neighbours Arsenal, leaving Spurs fans just a tad upset!

Football On This Day – 3rd July 2018
At last England won a World Cup penalty shoot-out! After defeats against West Germany in 1990, Argentina in 1998 and Portugal in 2006 they got the better of Colombia in the Spartak Stadium in Moscow. It was England 1 Colombia 1 at the end of extra time in the Round of Last 16 match and ominously it was Jordan Henderson who became the first player to fail to score from the penalty spot. But then Uribe and Bacca missed for Colombia before Eric Dier slotted home the final penalty to give England a 4-3 victory. Surely England would now go on to win the World Cup.......
Link - Penalty shoot-outs



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Football On This Day – 4th July 1954
West Germany beat Hungary 3-2 in the World Cup final in Switzerland just two weeks after Hungary had beaten the Germans 8-3 in a group match.

Football On This Day – 4th July 1977
Tommy Docherty was sacked as manager of Manchester United after it became known that he was having an affair with Mary Brown, the wife of the club physio.

Football On This Day – 4th July 1990
England met West Germany in the semi-final of the World Cup. Paul Gascoigne burst into tears when he received a booking that would have kept him out of the final – but the match went to a penalty shoot-out and with Chris Waddle and Stuart Pearce failing to score the Germans won, inevitably!
Link - Penalty shoot-outs

Football On This Day – 4th July 1999
David Beckham and Posh Spice Victoria Adams were married by the Bishop of Cork at Luttrellstown Castle in Dublin. Gary Neville was the best man at the wedding which was believed to have cost £500,000. But with an exclusive contract with OK! Magazine to cover the event I guess they made a profit!


Football On This Day – 4th July 2015
At last England fans had something to shout about in a summer tournament, courtesy of the England women's team. They beat Germany 1-0 - their first-ever victory over the Germans - to claim third place in the World Cup played in Canada. Fara Williams scored the winning goal from the penalty spot in extra time.

Football On This Day – 4th July 2015

I think I resent Lottery jackpot winners - because they are not me I guess! When I heard that a former Chelsea footballer had won £5,517,056 in the draw of 4th July 2015 I was even less pleased - money to money I thought. But Terry Bradbury was a player from a different era. Although he played alongside Jimmy Greaves, Terry Venables and Peter Bonetti in the Chelsea side of the early 1960's - he later played for Southend, Leyton Orient, Wrexham and Chester - he said that he had never earned more than £25 a week from the game. So I hope that he enjoys his good fortune!


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Football On This Day – 5th July 1982
A draw against hosts Spain in the World Cup second group stage saw England eliminated despite an unbeaten record. It was Ron Greenwood’s last match as England manager and the last England appearances for Kevin Keegan and Trevor Booking who both came on as late substitutes for their only appearances in the World Cup finals.

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Football On This Day – 6th July 2000
Germany get the better of England again, this time in the vote to host the 2006 World Cup Finals. At the vote in Zurich Germany pipped favourites South Africa for the honour, England were a distant third and Morocco fourth.


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Football On This Day – 7th July 1982
Ipswich Town manager Bobby Robson was appointed manager of England, replacing Ron Greenwood.

Football On This Day – 7th July 1990
Exactly 8 years after being appointed England manager Bobby Robson took charge of England for the last time. Hosts Italy beat England 2-1 in the World Cup 3rd/4th place match which saw Peter Shilton make his record 125th and final appearance for his country.


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Football On This Day – 8th July 1990
West Germany and Argentina were the World Cup finalists in 1986 and the same two countries met in the 1990 final. On this day in 1990 the Germans beat holders Argentina 1-0 to become World champions for the third time. Argentina had two players sent off – Pedro Monzón and Gustavo Dezotti – with the German goal being an Andreas Brehme penalty. The match was considered one of the poorest World Cup finals.

Football On This Day – 8th July 2014
There was a time when you could have an argument about the biggest upset in World Cup history. Then on this day in 2014 Germany played Brazil in the World Cup - and the arguments were over. In the semi-final played in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Germany beat the hosts 7-1 and looked like they might get double-figures. It was Brazil's worst ever home defeat, their first home competitive defeat since 1975, the highest score in a World Cup semi and the worst defeat ever suffered by a host nation in the World Cup. The result was seen as a national humiliation in Brazil but on the internet a little more humour was found in it!


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Football On This Day – 9th July 1976
Arsenal appointed their youngest manager with 34-year-old Terry Neill replacing Bertie Mee. The former Arsenal captain had managed Hull and Tottenham before arriving back at Highbury.


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Football On This Day – 10th July 1978
Back on this day in 1978 the footballing talking point was centred on Tottenham Hotspur. In those days a 'foreign' player in the English game was Welsh, Scottish or Irish so when Spurs - who had just won promotion from the Second Division - signed two players from the Argentine squad that had just won the World Cup it became front-page news. Ossie Ardiles was part of the winning Argentine team while Ricky Villa had played in a couple of matches as a sub prior to the final. Both players became firm favourites at White Hart Lane and after they arrived the trickle of foreign players into the English game slowly became a flood and things would never be the same again.


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Football On This Day – 11th July 1966

England started their 1966 World Cup campaign with a disappointing 0-0 draw with Uruguay at Wembley. In that match England fielded nine of the players who would later play in the World Cup final. Jimmy Greaves and Manchester United's John Connelly were the two players who didn't make the final, being replaced by the goalscorers in the final, Geoff Hurst and Martin Peters.


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Football On This Day – 12th July 1974
Liverpool signed Ray Kennedy from Arsenal for £180,000 but that news was totally overshadowed by Bill Shankly's announcement that he was retiring as manager of Liverpool. He blamed the stresses of managing a top club.


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Football On This Day – 13th July 1930
With no qualification matches being played the first ever World Cup matches were played in the finals in Uruguay on this day in 1930 - France v Mexico and Belgium v USA. Lucien Laurent of France scored the first ever World Cup goal.

Football On This Day – 13th July 2012
Shock, horror north of the border. Financial problems had seen Rangers enter administration during the 2011/12 season and later they went into liquidation. Their assets were sold to a new company but the 'newco' had no automatic right to keep Rangers in the Scottish Premier League - the Scottish League clubs would have to vote on it. On 13th July 2012 they did just that and their decision was to demote Rangers to the lowest tier in the competition, Division 3.

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Football On This Day – 14th July 1969
The short-lived ‘football war’ started when the El Salvador army attacked Honduras two weeks after the two countries had played a bad-tempered play off match to decide who would progress to the 1970 World Cup Finals in Mexico. El Savador had won the football match and were winning the war until a cease-fire was called.

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Football On This Day – 15th July 1994
Jack Walker’s Blackburn Rovers confirmed themselves as the big-spenders of the Premier League when they broke the British transfer record by paying Norwich £5 million for Chris Sutton – and then paying him a reputed £12,000 a week wages.

Football On This Day - 15th July 2017
More good news for England. A little more than a month after the Under 20s had won their World Cup the England Under 19s were crowned champions of Europe following a 2-1 defeat of Portugal in the final at the Tengiz Burjanadze Stadium in Gori, Georgia. Second-half goals from Aston Villa defender Easah Suliman and Manchester City striker Lukas Nmecha – either side of Dujon Sterling’s own goal for Portugal – saw England win the title for the first time. England had a hairy last few minutes though as they finished the match with 10 men after Fulham's Tayo Edun collected a second yellow card in the 86th minute. So let’s keep an eye on the winning team for future reference….Aaron Ramsdale (Bournemouth), Dujon Sterling (Chelsea), Jay DaSilva (Chelsea), Tayo Edun (Fulham), Easah Suliman (Aston Villa), Isaac Buckley-Ricketts (Manchester City), Andre Dozzell (Ipswich Town), Mason Mount (Chelsea), Ryan Sessegnon (Fulham), Lukas Nmecha (Manchester City),  Darnell Johnson (Leicester City) with the used substitutes being Ben Brereton (Nottingham Forest) for Nmecha, Josh Dasilva (Arsenal) for Dozzell and Marcus Edwards (Tottenham Hotspur) for Buckley-Ricketts. The head coach was Keith Downing.



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Football On This Day – 16th July 1966
England won their first match at the 1966 World Cup finals, goals from  Bobby Charlton and Roger Hunt giving them a 2-0 victory over Mexico at Wembley in their second group fixture.

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Football On This Day – 17th July 1994
The Rose Bowl in Pasadena, USA, saw the first World Cup final to be decided on a penalty shoot-out. After extra time had ended with the score at 0-0 Brazil beat Italy 3-2 on pens to win the title for the fourth time.
Link - Penalty shoot-outs


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Football On This Day – 18th July 2000
Nick Barmby was transferred from Everton to Liverpool for £6 million. It was the first time that a player had moved from Everton to Liverpool since Dave Hickson in 1959 and the abuse Barmby received probably explained why!

Football On This Day – 18th July 2002
Leicester City’s Dennis Wise broke the cheekbone of team-mate Callum Davidson in an argument following a game of cards during the club’s pre-season tour of Finland. The incident later saw the England international sacked by Leicester for serious misconduct.

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Football On This Day – 19th July 1966
In one of the all-time World Cup upsets North Korea beat Italy 1-0 in front of 17,829 at Ayresome Park, Middlesbrough in their final group match. North Korea became the first Asian country to qualify for the knock-out stages of the World Cup, Italy went home.

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Football On This Day – 20th July 1966
In their final group match Roger Hunt scored twice to give England a 2-0 victory over France at Wembley which saw them qualify for the quarter finals of the World Cup.

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Football On This Day – 21st July 1964

Tottenham Hotspur forward John White was killed by lightning when sheltering under a tree during a thunderstorm at the Crews Hill golf course in Enfield. 'The Ghost' had been an ever-present in Spurs double-winning side of 1960/61 and had played 22 times for Scotland.





Football On This Day – 21st July 2013
No run-of-the-mill pre-season friendly for Bournemouth – they played Real Madrid. OK the visitors won 6-0 but hey, they played Real Madrid!
Link - Bournemouth results 2013/14

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Football On This Day – 22nd July 1998

European football arrived in Birkenhead! Security fears saw Shelbourne move their home UEFA Cup First Qualifying Round tie against Rangers from Dublin to Tranmere Rovers Prenton Park ground. A 6047 crowd watched in amazement as the Irish side took a 3-0 half time lead against a Rangers side who who were playing for the first time under a foreign manager, Dick Advocaat. His first half time talk did the trick though - Rangers won the match 5-3.




Football On This Day – 22nd July 2002
After plenty of speculation Manchester United signed Rio Ferdinand from Leeds for a British record transfer fee of £29,100,000.

Football on This Day – 22nd July 2006

Arsenal played their first match at the Emirates, the Gunners defeating Ajax 2-1 in the testimonial match for Dennis Bergkamp.



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Football On This Day – 23rd July 1966

Geoff Hurst replaced the injured Jimmy Greaves in the England side for the World Cup quarter-final against Argentina at Wembley – and scored the only goal. The Argentine captain Antonio Rattín was sent off and England manager Alf Ramsey refused to allow his players to exchange shirts with their opponents at the end of the match, later calling the Argentines ‘animals’.


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Football On This Day – 24th July 1995
After a campaign by the Sun newspaper Southampton goalkeeper Bruce Grobbelaar, Wimbledon keeper Hans Segers and Aston Villa striker John Fashanu were all charged with conspiracy to fix matches. After two trials the trio were cleared two years later.

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Football on This Day – 25th July 2012
The 2012 Olympics hadn’t officially started when the football tournament hit a serious snag in Glasgow. The womens match at Hampden Park between North Korea and Colombia was delayed by an hour after the North Koreans protested when a South Korean flag accompanied their team on the giant screen at the ground.



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Football On This Day – 26th July 1966         
Bobby Charlton scored two and
Eusébio one as England beat Portugal 2-1 at Wembley in the semi-final of the World Cup. England would play West Germany - who had beaten the Soviet Union 2-1 the previous evening at Goodison - in the World Cup Final.

Football On This Day – 26th July 1977         
Kevin Keegan's £500,000 transfer from Liverpool to Hamburg in June was a record for a British player. He made his debut for his new club on 26th July 1977 in a pre-season friendly against Barcelona and, as the picture shows, Barcelona players seem to be taking the pee out of the Hamburg colour scheme. But Hamburg had the last laugh, Keegan scoring in their 6-0 defeat of the Spaniards.

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Football on This Day – 27th July 1958
Think of the celebrity marriage of David Beckham and Posh Spice or Ashley Cole to Cheryl Tweedy. Then try to imagine the wedding of Billy Wright back in 1958. Billy Wright was captain of his club - League champions Wolves - and captain of England while Joy Beverley was a member of the Beverley Sisters singing trio. They got married on this day in 1958 at the Poole Registry Office with OK or Hello magazines not even being imagined. Things have changed!

Football on This Day – 27th July 1992

A young and promising Southampton striker by the name of Alan Shearer was bought by Blackburn Rovers for a mahoosive £3.6 million, a record between British clubs at the time.


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Football on This Day – 28th July 1985
Just two days short of the 19th anniversary the players from the 1966 World Cup final between England and West Germany played against each other again to raise money for the Bradford Fire Disaster Fund. England again ran out winners - or strolled out winners was perhaps a more accurate description of the speed of play - this time 6-4 with Geoff Hurst again hitting a hat-trick. A crowd of 19.496 at Elland Road, Leeds, contributed nearly £50,000 towards the appeal.



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Football on This Day – 29th July 1994
Spurs clinch a transfer coup when they sign one of the stars of the World Cup, Jürgen Klinsmann. The German ‘Dive Bomber’ cost £2 million with the signing being completed on Alan Sugar’s yacht moored off Monte Carlo.


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Football on This Day – 30th July 1966
England 4 West Germany 2, Geoff Hurst scores a hat-trick and England win the World Cup at Wembley. It really happened!


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Football on This Day – 31st July 2009
The footballing world mourned the death of Sir Bobby Robson who lost a long battle against cancer. As both a player and manager he was remembered as a widely respected and much loved individual amongst fans of all clubs.





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