Football On This Day – 11th October 1958
Bill Nicholson started his new career as a manager on this day and watched
his Spurs side beat Everton 10-4 in a First Division match at White Hart
Lane. Not a bad debut!
Link - Debuts
- Tottenham results 1958/59
Football On This Day – 11th October 1994
Northampton Town were the last League side to have its home at a cricket
ground. The football pitch at the
County Ground had the reputation of having the worst playing surface in
the League, largely the result of the pitch being used as a spectator
area/car park/picnic area during the cricket season, as shown in the
picture. The Cobblers played their last match there on Tuesday October
11th 1994, a 0-1 Division 3 defeat by Mansfield Town. Four days later they
drew 1-1 with Barnet in their first match at the Sixfields Stadium.
Link - Football & Cricket
Football On This Day – 11th October 2014
The two goalkeeping subs named for the League 2 match between Carlisle
United and Stevenage had a combined age of 95. An injury crisis saw the
Stevenage goalkeeping coach, former England international Dave Beasant, on
the subs bench 11 years after retiring from playing – at the age of 55!
Tony Caig, Carlisle’s goalkeeping coach, was the Carlisle sub but being a
mere 40 years old had been a regular on the Carlisle bench. Had he played,
Dave Beasant would have been the oldest person to play in the Football
League but as it was neither of the senior citizens took part in
Carlisle’s 3-0 victory.
Football On This Day – 12th October 1912
Notts County goalkeeper Albert Iremonger was not too chuffed when the
referee abandoned a First Division match at Tottenham due to fog with just
8 minutes remaining. Notts were 3-1 up at the time and were heading for
their first League win of the season. The 6ft 5in goalkeeper's 'offensive
remarks' to the referee saw him pick up a three match ban. When he started
that ban two weeks later it ended an amazing run - he had been
ever-present in the first team since February 9th 1907. In those 5+ years
he had made 222 consecutive first team appearances for Notts County, 211
in the First Division and 11 in the FA Cup. That is still a Notts County club record.
Link - Abandoned
Football On This Day – 12th October 1977
Scotland beat Wales in a World Cup qualifier to reach the 1978 World Cup
finals in Argentina - and were the only British nation to qualify.
Scotland's 2-0 win was helped along by a hotly-disputed penalty and the
choice of venue. After crowd problems at an Wales match at Cardiff's
Ninian Park the Welsh FA decided to stage the home match 'abroad' at
Liverpool's Anfield Stadium rather than in Wrexham. Their were so many
members of the Tartan Army in the 50,850 Anfield crowd it almost seemed to
be an away match for the Welsh.
Football On This Day – 13th October 2001
In an attempt to increase
interest in the club Brentford gave free admission to everyone who
attended their Second Division match against Peterborough United on Saturday October 13th
2001. The 11,097 crowd (who would have paid about £70,000 if they had all
been charged for entrance) was about twice the size of the previous home
gate but sadly was also twice the size of their next game at Griffin Park.
It was a season of nearly but not quite for Brentford finishing one point
short of automatic promotion and then being beaten by Stoke in the Play
Off final at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.
Football On This Day – 13th October 2004
Tofiq Bahramov will always be remembered with affection by England fans -
he was the linesman who helped get awarded the controversial England third
goal in the 1966 World Cup final. When his native Azerbaijan gained
independence from the Soviet Union their national stadium was renamed in
his honour complete with a statue erected outside. England visited the
stadium for the first time on this day in 2004 for a World Cup qualifier
with captain Michael Owen scoring the only goal of the match.
Football On This Day – 14th October 1997
Jason Crowe didn't make the best of debut's for Arsenal in their 4-1
Coca-Cola Cup victory over Birmingham at Highbury. His debut lasted just
33 seconds before ref Uriah Rennie sent him off for a high tackle.
Football On This Day – 15th October 1887
The date of one of the best-known scorelines in the FA Cup - Preston North
End 26 Hyde United 0 in a First Round tie at Deepdale. Not only was it the
top score in the FA Cup but also the highest score in a senior match in
England. Preston were the top-dogs of the day. They played in eight FA Cup
matches that season (one was declared void) scoring 56 goals with Jimmy
Ross himself scoring 20 of them, 8 of them in the Hyde match. They reached
the final and legend has it they were so confident of victory they asked
to have a picture taken of them with the FA Cup before the match was
played. Referee Major Marindin said 'Had you better not win it first?'
and of course Preston were beaten 2-1 by West Brom!
Football On This Day – 16th October 1968
The first attempt by an English side to win the Intercontinental Cup ended
the same way as had Celtic's try the previous season - in a bad-tempered
defeat by the champions of South America. After losing 1-0 in the first
leg in Argentina - Nobby Stiles was sent off - European champions
Manchester United met Estudiantes in the second leg in front of 63,500 at
Old Trafford on this day in 1968. Juan
Ramón Verón - the father of future United player Juan Sebastián Verón -
scored for the visitors in the opening minutes, George Best was sent off
and Willie Morgan equalised in the closing seconds so Estudiantes won the
trophy 2-1 on aggregate.
Football On This
Day – 16th October 2002
A gaffe from England’s David Seaman brought more criticism for the Arsenal
‘keeper when he allowed Macedonia’s Artim Šakiri to score direct from a
corner kick. The 2-2 draw with Macedonia in a Euro qualifier at St Mary’s
in Southampton proved to be David Seaman’s 75th and final
appearance for his country.
Football On This Day – 17th October 1919
This I'm sure will never happening again. Just after the start of the
1919/20 season the footballing authorities closed down Leeds City and
expelled them from the Football League with their fixtures being taken
over by Port Vale. Their crime had been to make illegal payments to
players during the First World War. That saw the need to auction off the
club assets to pay the debts so on 17th October 1919 representatives of 30
League clubs assembled at the Metropole Hotel in Leeds to bid for
everything from boots to goalnets to....the players! The Yorkshire Post
newspaper described it as "a melancholy
spectacle" as the playing squad was sold as if they were cattle. Billy
McLeod was bought by Notts County for £1250, John Hampson (to Aston Villa)
and Harold Millership (to Rotherham County) went for £1000 each while £100
was the bargain price Lincoln City paid for Francis Chipperfield. Their
whole squad went for around £10,000. Almost slavery I would have thought
but out of that hardship a new club was soon playing at the Elland Road
home of Leeds City....Leeds United.
Link - Leeds City expelled
from the Football League.
Football On This Day – 17th October 1973
England needed to beat Poland in front of a 100,000 Wembley full-house to
get to the 1974 World Cup finals, anything less then Poland would be
there. In his pre-match analysis TV pundit Brian Clough called the Polish
Tomaszewski a ‘clown’ and so, inevitable, he produced a brilliant
performance in the 1-1 draw. England were out of the World Cup and after
two memorable World Cup final tournaments they found themselves as being just
Football On This Day – 17th October 2007
England played Russia on the artificial surface of the Luzhniki Stadium in
Moscow and a 2-1 defeat was a major setback in their hopes of qualifying
for Euro 2008. They eventually finished third in the group – behind
qualifiers Croatia and Russia – and equal on points with Israel. England
manager Steve McClaren only lasted another month in the job following the
defeat in Russia.
Football On This Day – 18th October 1961
Second Division strugglers Stoke City paid £3,500 to buy a 46 year old
player to improve their fortunes. It worked - the last home League match
before he arrived attracted 8,409 fans but in the first match after he
arrived 35,974 were at the Victoria Ground. The player they had brought
back from Blackpool was Stanley Matthews who made made his League debut
for Stoke back in 1932 and who would go on playing until he was 50.
Amazing or what?
Football On This Day – 19th October 1960
Nowadays Andorra, Liechtenstein and San Marino are the countries who are
the whipping-boys of European football but back in the 1960’s that honour
belonged to Luxembourg alone. On this day in 1960 England visited
Luxembourg for a World Cup qualifier and won 9-0, England’s highest score
in the competition. Bobby Charlton and Jimmy Greaves each scored
hat-tricks, Bobby Smith a couple of goals and Johnny Haynes one.
Football On This Day – 19th October 1993
Norwich City wouldn't perhaps be considered the most notable of English
clubs who have played in European competitions but on this day in 1993
they did something no other English club had ever done. The Canaries beat
Bayern Munich in the Olympic Stadium, then Bayern's home ground, in the
UEFA Cup. A draw in the return leg at Carrow Road saw them into the Third
Round where they lost to Inter Milan.
Link - Norwich City's results 1993/94
Football On This Day – 19th October 2013
Wolves fan Peter Abbott – who lived in Ipswich in Suffolk – missed his
first Wolves home match since 1976 when his step-daughter got married.
Inconveniently for him the wedding was on the same day that Wolves
entertained Coventry at Molineux although Wolves made the clash less of a pain
by sending along a surprise wedding guest - club legend Steve Bull. Not
sure what the bride thought of it though!
Football On This Day – 19th October 2015
'Leeds United are not a big club. Don't get me wrong, they used to be,
now they're just a circus run by puppets, watched by blinkered seals. If
they ever offered me a job, I'd turn it down. I want to be the captain of
a cruiseliner, not the Titanic.' Steve Evans said that in April 2013 - and yep, as you've guessed, he was
appointed manager of Leeds United on October 19th 2015!
Football On This Day - 20th
Leicester recorded their highest League score with a 10-0 First Division
victory over Portsmouth at Filbert Street. Arthur Chandler equalled the
Leicester individual record with six goals in that win which became known
as the 'six swans match'. After Chandler had scored five goals five swans
flew over Filbert Street. A sixth swan flew over shortly afterwards and
the fans demanded a sixth goal from Chandler, which he duly scored.
Football On This Day – 20th October 1990
The First Division match between
Manchester United and Arsenal became the 'Battle of Old Trafford' - or is that one of many 'Battles
of Old Trafford!' - when a clash between Arsenal's Nigel Winterburn and United's Brian McClair
erupted into a full-scale
brawl involving 21 players, only Arsenal's 'keeper David Seaman
watching on. As a result both clubs were charged with, and found
guilty of, bringing the game into disrepute. Manchester United were
docked one point and Arsenal - because they had been involved in a
similar brawl the previous season against Norwich - lost two points.
- Manchester United results 1990/91
- Arsenal results 1990/91
Football On This
Day – 20th October 1999
Now we have all heard about those dodgy
Scottish goalkeepers. When Aberdeen visited Motherwell for a Scottish
Premier League fixture in October 1999 not many goals were expected.
Aberdeen had lost all their previous seven League matches that season,
scoring just a single goal in those matches. The opposing goalkeepers that
day were the two top Scottish keepers of that era - Andy Goram and Jim
Leighton. So Aberdeen won 6-5.
Football On This
Day – 20th October 2017
It was announced that the clubs who
took part in the 2016/17 Champions League shared £1.25 billion in payments
from UEFA. Leicester City in their debut season in the competition were
the second biggest earners with £73.2m with the Foxes being ahead of
winners Real Madrid (£72.6m) but behind runners-up Juventus (£98.6m). The
biggest portion of the payments related to television money which was
based on the TV deal operating in the country of each club. Funnily enough
I had just been reading an Oxford United programme from 1986 just after
they had won the Milk Cup (League Cup) at Wembley. For winning the
'biggest team prize in British sport' their bank balance was better off by
£72,000. Beaten finalists QPR collected £55,000, the beaten semi-finalists
£18,000 each down to the First Round losers who each received £1,750.
Times have certainly changed!
Football On This Day – 21st October 2005
The harm that can be done to football clubs by rich 'saviours' was evident
on this day in 2005 when former Darlington owner George Reynolds was
jailed for 3 years for tax evasion. The court heard that he was virtually
penniless which was a far cry from when the one-time safe-breaker joined
the club and promised Premier League football and actually delivered an
amazing 25,000 capacity stadium. What followed was Darlington going out of
the League and then going out of business. They
reformed and and currently play at the home of Darlington rugby club.
Football On This Day – 22nd October 1966
Blackpool's best First Division result in the 1966/67 season came on this
day in 1966 when they thumped Newcastle United 6-0 at Bloomfield Road.
What made the result even more impressive was the fact that it was also
their only home League victory of the season. They finished bottom!
Link - Blackpool results and table 1966/67
Football On This Day – 22nd October 1972
Travelling home after a session with the Stoke physio Gordon Banks was
involved in a car accident which cost him his sight in his right eye and
ended the playing career of one of the best goalkeepers the world has
Football On This Day – 22nd October 2011
It's always good to see foreign players try out some of the British
traditions but when Manchester City's Mario Balotelli and friends decided
to celebrate Guy Fawkes Night it hit the national headlines. No, not
because he got the date wrong more to do where they let the fireworks off
- in his bathroom! The resulting fire caused a reported £400,000 of damage
to his rented home. The incident happened in the early hours of the day
before a reasonably important Premier League fixture for City - against
Manchester United at Old Trafford although amazingly it proved to be the
perfect preparation for the fixture - Balotelli scored twice in City's 6-1
Football On This Day – 23rd October 1963
A 100,000 Wembley full-house saw England celebrate the centenary of the
Football Association with a 2-1 victory over a Rest of the World team which included Lev Yashin,
Alfredo Di Stéfano, Eusébio and Ferenc Puskás. Jimmy Greaves and Terry
Paine were the England scorers, Denis Law replied for the visitors.
Football On This Day – 23rd October 2011
Less than two months after the Old Trafford faithful had witnessed
Manchester United's 8-2 demolition of Arsenal the boot was on the other
foot in another Premier League match at the Theatre of Dreams -
Manchester United 1 Manchester City 6.
- Manchester United results 2011/12
- Manchester City results 2011/12
Football On This Day – 24th October 1925
Five players – George Armitage, captain Claude Ashton, Billy Austin, Frank
Hudspeth and Sydney Puddefoot made their England debuts in the 0-0 draw
against Northern Ireland in Belfast. Puddefoot was the only one of the
five to play for England a second time!
Football On This Day – 24th October 1997
When the then Harrods owner Mohamed Al-Fayed bought Fulham in 1997 he said
he would see them in the Premier League in five years time - and to be
fair he put his money where his mouth was. On October 24th 1997 Fulham
shattered their club record transfer fee paid when they bought Paul
Peschisolido (the husband of Karren, sorry now Baroness, Brady) from WBA
for £1.1million, the first million pound purchase by a third tier club.
Just a week previously The Cottagers had set their previous record fee
paid when buying Ian Selley from Arsenal for £500,000 (a broken leg saw
him play only 3 League matches for Fulham) while in early December 1997
both Fulham's and the divisional record were shattered when the Londoners
bought Chris Coleman from Blackburn Rovers for £2.1million. Fulham were
playing in the Premier League in 2001 and later Chris Coleman progressed
to club manager after an injury ended his playing career.
Football On This Day – 24th October 2004
Manchester United beat Arsenal 2-0 at Old Trafford in the Premier League,
amazingly Arsenal's first League defeat since May 2003. Since then the
Gunners had gone a record 49 League matches without defeat, including the
whole of the 2003/04 season.
The 49 matches
Football On This Day – 25th October 1961
England beat Portugal 2-0 at Wembley to qualify for the 1962 World Cup
Finals – Burnley players John Connelly and Ray Pointer were the scorers.
England didn’t play another World Cup qualifier for 11 years – they were
hosts in 1966 and holders in 1970 (wouldn’t it be great if either of those
were true again!).
Football On This Day – 26th October 1863
October 26th 1863 is seen as the starting date of organised football when
at a meeting at the Freemasons’ Tavern in London’s Great Queen Street the
Football Association was formed. It has been English football’s governing
body ever since and was the first such organisation in the world.
Football On This Day – 26th October 1938
In 1938 England had still to enter the World Cup but when they beat a Rest
of Europe side 3-0 at Highbury in a match that marked the 75th birthday of
the Football Association many thought we didn’t need to bother. The
visitors included five Italians in their line-up – Italy had retained the
World Cup earlier in the year – and so England had to be the best in the
world. Ignorance can be bliss!
Football On This Day – 26th October 1955
Considering that it is our national
Stadium, Wembley was a tad slow to introduce
floodlights. They were installed at a cost of £22,000 with the first
match under floodlights being an Inter-Cities Fairs Cup match between
a London representative side and Frankfurt on Wednesday October 26th 1955.
- Inter-Cities Fairs Cup results 1955-58
Football On This Day – 27th October 2005
England’s men suffered their worst defeat in Hungary but on this day in
2005 England’s womens team achieved their record victory – 13-0 away to
Hungary in a qualifying match for the Women’s World Cup finals of 2007.
Eight England players got their names on the scoresheet in the match with
Kelly Smith scoring a hat-trick.
Football On This Day – 28th October 1980
Chesterfield celebrated one of their greatest ever victories – in the
Anglo-Scottish Cup - but it was against mighty Rangers in the
quarter-finals of the competition. After drawing the first leg at Ibrox
the return was played at Saltergate on this day in 1980 and 13,914
Chesterfield fans saw their side beat Rangers 3-0 on their way to
eventually winning the competition in its final season.
Football On This Day –
28th October 2017
World Cup wins are just like buses aren’t they – you wait 51 years for a
win then two come along in just 139 days! After England’s Under 20’s World
title success in June the Under 17s won their world title in October – and didn’t
they do it in style! They beat Brazil in the semis thanks to a Rhian
Brewster hat-trick - he also scored three in the quarter-finals and went
on to win the tournament Golden Boot award – to set up a final against
Spain. England had been beaten by the Spanish in final of the UEFA Under
17 competition in May and history looked to be repeating itself when Spain
took a 2-0 lead in the World final played in Kolkata in India. But then
things changed with goals from Brewster, Gibbs-White, Foden (2) and Guehi
seeing England dominate to record a memorable 5-2 win. Team team - Curtis
Anderson (Manchester City); Steven Sessegnon (Fulham), Joel
Latibeaudiere (Manchester City), Marc Guehi (Chelsea),
Jonathan Panzo (Chelsea); Tashan Oakley-Boothe (Tottenham
Hotspur), George McEachran (Chelsea); Phil Foden (Manchester
City), Morgan Gibbs-White (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Callum
Hudson-Odoi (Chelsea); Rhian Brewster (Liverpool) with
the playing subs being Nya Kirby (Crystal Palace) for Gibbs-White,
Conor Gallagher (Chelsea) for McEachran and Angel Gomes
(Manchester United) for Oakley-Boothe. Head coach – Steve Cooper.
The England development teams had a magnificent 2017 – World titles
for the Under 17s and Under 20s while in UEFA Euros the Under 19s won
their title, the Under 17s were beaten finalists and Under 21s were beaten
semi-finalists. Surely the England senior side will be winning World cups
with ease in the future!!
Football On This Day – 28th October 2017
In their 2-1 National League North win at Bradford Park Avenue Salford
City's goalkeeper Max Crocombe was sent off for something he later
apologised for saying that he 'was in a very uncomfortable position and
made an error of judgement'. His crime? Well with a few minutes
remaining he was caught short and urinated on the pitch in front of some
very unchuffed supporters!
- Pitches, and what they have had to put up with.
Football On This Day –29th October 1975
England have only had three internationals abandoned in their history and
only one of those was a competitive match. On this day in 1975 a Euro
qualifier in Bratislava against Czechoslovakia was abandoned after 17
minutes because of dense fog with the score at 0-0. The match was restaged
the following day, England losing 2-1.
Football On This Day – 28th October 2017
An amazing match at Blundell Park where Grimsby beat Burnley 6-5 in a
Division 1 fixture. Eight players scored goals in the match with the
scoreline progressing 1-0. 1-1, 2-1, 2-2, 3-2, 4-2, 4-3, 4-4, 5-4, 6-4 and
then 6-5. Burnley were no strangers to heavy League defeats in 2002/03
although amazingly their four other major reverses were all recorded at
their own Turf Moor home. They lost 2-5 to Reading, 2-6 to Rotherham, 2-7
to Sheffield Wednesday and 4-7 to Watford. Relegation form you might think
but in fact Burnley finished a little below mid-table in 2002/03.
Link - Burnley results and table 2002/03.
Football On This Day – 30th October 1954
A player who perhaps shouldn't have got away with the statement 'I'm off to the match
this afternoon, darling' was Southport's Billy
Holmes. Married in the morning of Saturday 30th October 1954 the afternoon
saw him playing for Southport against Carlisle United in a Division 3
North fixture - and he scored a hat-trick in Southport's 4-1 victory.
Football On This Day – 30th October 1974
Don Revie managed England for the first time and goals from Mick Channon
and Colin Bell (2) gave England an impressive 3-0 win over Czechoslovakia
in a Euro qualifier at Wembley. Revie's England side didn't concede a goal
in his first six matches in charge and were unbeaten in his first nine
(including a 2-0 defeat of West Germany) but exactly a year on - 30th
October 1975 - England lost for the first time during Revie's reign away
to the Czechs in the return match. Czechoslovakia went on to win the
qualifying group and then the tournament itself for the only time in its
Football On This Day – 30th October 2012
Arsenal were 4-0 down after just 37 minutes of a Capital One (League Cup)
tie at Reading but the Arsenal fans weren't despondent and sang 'We're
going to win 5-4'. But they were wrong - Arsenal won 7-5.
- League Cup results 2012/13
Football On This Day – 31st October 2002
When the Football Association replaced Graham Kelly with Adam Crozier as
chief executive in January 2000 they hoped that the skills that seen him
become CEO of advertising giants Saatchi and Saatchi would help bring the
FA into the 21st Century. And to be fair despite having no experience in
football - and being Scottish! - he oversaw some major changes and
achievements in the organisation running much of English football. During
his tenure the FA moved their HQ from Lancaster Gate to Soho Square,
England controversially employed their first foreign manager (Sven-Goran
Eriksson), the management structure was dramatically streamlined with the
FA becoming more commercially aware, the Wembley Stadium rebuild project
went from a dream to reality....and England won 5-1 in Germany! But he
also had his critics. In October 2002 in newspaper articles Ken Bates said
that Crozier was 'hopelessly out of control' and had 'exceeded his
authority' and several days later - on October 31st 2002 - Adam Crozier
resigned his £613,000 FA job. He later became CEO at Royal Mail and ITV
and was replaced at the FA by Mark Palios.
Football On This Day – 31st October 2007
Monthly pay doesn't seem real until you've had a chance to look at the
payslip but for Liverpool's John Arne Riise on this day in 2007 his
monthly pay became real for anyone with an internet connection. A copy of
one his monthly payslips mysteriously appeared on the net and proved very
interesting reading. A monthly basic of £120,000 plus £4,000 appearance
money, £250 points bonus and £15,384.62 for the Champions League making a
total of £139,634.62. Deductions totalled £57,220.95 - tax £55,508.28, NIC
£1,611.67 and meals and tickets £101 leaving take-home of
£82,413.67....for the month! How on earth he could make ends meet with
that is beyond me!