FOOTBALL ON THIS DAY.....     January 
     
 

 

 

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 January over the years.

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JANUARY Day by Day........

1st January

 


Football On This Day - 1st January 1927
George Camsell of Second Division Middlesbrough scored in his 12th consecutive League match. That's an achievement in itself but what was even more remarkable was that in those 12 matches he scored 29 goals with a goalscoring run of
1, 1, 1, 4, 1, 4, 1, 2, 4, 5, 2, and 3. The 1926/27 season saw Middlesbrough score 122 League goals with Camsell scoring 59 of them - both were new records but both records only lasted a season before being bettered.
Link - those 29 goals and Middlesbrough results 1926/27



Football On This Day - 1st January 1965

In the New Year Honours list Stanley Matthews became the first professional footballer to be awarded a knighthood while still a player. His only League appearance in 1964/65 was also his last, against Fulham on 6th February 1965, shortly after his 50th birthday. He had made his League debut in 1932 but in later years said that he regretted retiring so early, believing he could have played on for another couple of years!

Football On This Day - 1st January 1966
It was not a Happy New Year for Chester when they entertained Aldershot in a Division 4 match at Sealand Road on 1st January 1966. Both their full-backs - Ray Jones and Bryn Jones (they were not related) - ended up in hospital having both suffered broken legs in separate incidents. Chester won 3-2 though!


Football On This Day - 1st January 2015
Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny didn't enjoy the best of starts to 2015. The Pole was at fault for both Southampton goals in the Gunners 2-0 defeat at St Mary's in the Premier League and after the match he was caught smoking in the showers for which he was fined £20,000. Ouch!
 

2nd January
 

Football On This Day - 2nd January 1939
The crowd of 118,567 at Ibrox for their ‘Old Firm’ match between Rangers and Celtic was, and still is, the highest attendance for a League match in Britain. Rangers won 2-1 and went on to win the Scottish title with Celtic as runners-up.

Football On This Day - 2nd January 1971
Tragedy returned to Ibrox. The Scottish League match between Rangers and Celtic was goalless until Jimmy Johnstone gave Celtic the lead in the 89th minute at which point many home fans in the 80,000 crowd headed for the exits. In the last seconds of injury time Colin Stein equalized but the headlines weren’t about the result but a crush of fans on Stairway 13 which resulted in 66 deaths and injuries to over 200 others, the worst tragedy in Scottish football history. The original speculation was that the crush occurred when exiting fans tried to get back into the ground on hearing the cheers for the Rangers goal but a subsequent inquiry concluded that the tragedy was solely the result of the pressure of fans leaving the ground. Stairway 13 had seen similar safety problems in earlier years – two fans had been killed at an Old Firm match in September 1961, 8 were injured in September 1967 and another 24 had suffered injuries in January 1969.

Football On This Day - 2nd January 1971
Blackpool thrashed West Ham 4-0 in the FA Cup. That was bad enough but then it was discovered that four of their players - and the club physio -  had been drinking at the nightclub of former boxer Brian London until the early hours of the match-day. Manager Ron Greenwood had wanted to sack players Bobby Moore, Brian Dear, Jimmy Greaves and Clyde Best but they were to receive bans and fines. Dear and Greaves soon left the club and it was said that the working relationship between manager Greenwood and club captain Moore was never the same again.
 

3rd January
 

Football On This Day - 3rd January 1974
After a spat between Chelsea manager Dave Sexton and players Peter Osgood and Alan Hudson the two Chelsea stars were suspended and transfer-listed. Neither played for the club again, Hudson moving to Stoke City and Osgood to Southampton.
Link - Chelsea results 1973/74

4th January
 

Football On This Day - 4th January 1958
There was a time when Leeds United and the FA Cup just didn't get on, particularly when Cardiff City were their opponents. Three seasons in a row - 1955/56, 1956/57 and 1957/58 - Leeds drew Cardiff at home in the Third Round of the FA Cup, and each time Cardiff won 2-1, the last time being on 4th January 1958. Those results were part of a disastrous FA Cup run by Leeds. After beating Bradford PA in a Fourth Round tie on February 2nd 1952 they didn't manage another win in the competition until March 6th 1963 when they beat Stoke in the Third Round.
Link - FA Cup by season
 

5th January
 

Football On This Day - 5th January 1963
The big freeze meant that only 3 of the scheduled 32 FA Cup 3rd Round ties were played, with the last tie in that round being decided on March 11th. The Lincoln v Coventry tie was postponed a total of 15 times and 14 of the other ties suffered 10 or more postponements. Between December 8th and 16th February Bolton did not play a single competitive match.

Link - postponed matches
 

6th January
  Football On This Day - 6th January 1934
When goalkeeper Stanley Milton made his debut for Halifax Town against Stockport County in a Division 3 (North) match he was on the wrong end of a 13-0 defeat, a record scoreline in a Football League match!
Link - clubs scoring double figures in League matches

Football On This Day - 6th January 1954
Bill Shankly took another step on his managerial path to Liverpool when he was appointed boss of Workington, then in Division 3 North of the Football League. Life was very different at Borough Park than he would later find at Anfield. At Workington he was expected to do his share of answering the phone and doing the banking but his biggest shock came on his first day at the club when he discovered there was no electricity at the Workington ground. In those pre-internet, pre-floodlight days all the lighting and heating at Borough Park was gas-powered!

Football On This Day - 6th January 1974
A war in the Middle East causing a three-day working week in this country led to the first senior Sunday matches being played in England. Four FA Cup Third Round ties were played on Sunday 6th January 1974, the first that kicked off was between Cambridge United and Oldham Athletic. Two weeks later Football League matches were played for the first time on a Sunday and football on the Sabbath was here to stay.

Link - Sunday football


Football On This Day - 6th January 1975
A home League defeat to Notts County over the Christmas period saw Nottingham Forest sack their manager Allan Brown and on 6th January 1975 they appointed his successor....Brian Clough. After his failures at Brighton and Leeds few would have expected great things at the City Ground but he turned a mid-table Second Division side into League champions in 1978 and European Cup winners in 1979 and 1980. Amazing or what!

Football On This Day - 6th January 1990
A memorable day for Cardiff City -
their FA Cup Third Round tie against Queens Park Rangers saw them bank record then club record receipts for a match at their former Ninian Park home - £50,517.75. Well, they would have banked it on Monday but sadly for Cardiff's bank balance thieves broke into the safe over the weekend and pinched the lot!
 

7th January
 


Football On This Day - 7th January 1989
Just two years after winning the FA Cup Coventry City were on the wrong end of a giantkilling act - losing 2-1 at non-leaguers Sutton United. 
Link - FA Cup results 1988/89




 

8th January
 

Football On This Day - 8th January 2000
I think that it would be fair to say that referees never always get it right but back in 2000 Ref Rob Harris got it very wrong. On Saturday January 8th 2000 a Fourth Round FA Cup tie between Tranmere Rovers and Sunderland at Prenton Park had a lively last few seconds. Tranmere's Clint Hall was sent off in injury time for a second bookable offence but during the ensuing on-pitch confrontation a Tranmere sub, Stephen Frail, was sent on unnoticed by the officials. Until the error was noticed - resulting in another confrontation - Tranmere played with a full team, much to the displeasure of Sunderland who lost the match 1-0. Sunderland manager Peter Reid said 'It was like Billy Smart's circus out there. I don't like talking about officials instead of football - but someone has made a major error.' The Wearsiders lost an appeal to have the match replayed but for the first time match officials were brought before an FA Commission to examine their actions. Ref Harris, assistant ref Tony Green and fourth official David Unsworth were all said to have 'less than proficiently applied the laws of the game' with Harris being given a ban as a result.
Link - referees
 

9th January
 

Football On This Day - 9th January 1979
Charlton Athletic players Mick Flanagan and Derek Hales were sent off in an FA Cup Third Round tie against non-leaguers Maidstone United - for fighting each other!
 

10th January
 

Football On This Day – 10th January 1953
63,499 were at St James' Park Newcastle for the FA Cup Third Round tie between Newcastle United and Swansea Town - but the match was abandoned after just 8 minutes play because of fog!
Link - abandoned matches

Football On This Day – 10th January 2015
Don’t mess with tradition would seem to the belief of all football fans. So when at the start of the 2012/13 season the Bluebirds of Cardiff City changed their colours from blue to red it didn’t go down too well with supporters. Club owner Vincent Tan made the change as part of a ‘rebranding exercise’ with red being considered a lucky colour in Asia where Tan hoped to increase the clubs’ popularity. But a 'Keep Cardiff Blue' campaign kept the pressure on the directors and after only 4194 turned up for a home FA Cup Third Round tie in January 2015 a change was announced. So on January 10th 2015 22,515 were at the Cardiff City Stadium to see Cardiff playing in blue again - the Bluebirds were back with a 1-0 Championship victory over Fulham.


 

11th January
 

Football On This Day – 11th January 2007
David Beckham shocked the footballing world by announcing that he would be leaving Real Madrid to move to the US to play for LA Galaxy. It became less of a shock when it was reported that he would earn £128m over the five year contract!

Football On This Day – 11th January 2014
Overweight Norwich City fan Lee Coolahan had an embarrassing moment when following the Canaries at Everton in a Premier League match on this day in 2014 - he got stuck in the turnstiles. He used that experience to change his lifestyle and over the next 18 months his weight dropped from nearly 34 stone to just over 17 stone. An example in determination he should be proud of.
 

12th January
 

Football On This Day - 12th January 2001
After resigning from Lazio Sven officially took over as England manager and we soon realised foreign managers were as crap as English ones!
 

13th January
 


Football On This Day - 13th January 2004

At  40 years of age former England goalkeeper David Seaman announced his retirement from football because of a recurring shoulder injury. Kevin Keegan had signed him for Manchester City in 2003 and Seaman had enjoyed a League career of over 20 years with Peterborough, Birmingham, QPR, Arsenal as well as Manchester City and had played 75 times for England.
 

14th January
 




Football On This Day - 14th January 1933

One of the greatest shocks in FA Cup history, Walsall beat Arsenal 2-0 in a Third Round tie. Arsenal were the top dogs in England at the time - they won five League titles and two FA Cups in the 1930s - while Walsall were in the Third Division. 
Link - FA Cup results 1932/33


 

15th January
 

Football On This Day - 15th January 1959
Second Division Liverpool were on the wrong end of an FA Cup shock, losing 2-1 away to Southern Leaguers Worcester City.
Link - FA Cup results 1958/59

Football On This Day - 15th January 1997
Newcastle United played their first match under new manager Kenny Dalglish, defeating Charlton Athletic in an FA Cup Third Round replay at St James’ Park. Dalglish lasted until the start of the 1998/99 season with his time at the club being described as 'the only part of Kenny Dalglish's career that came anywhere near failure.'
 

16th January
  Football On This Day - 16th January 1974
Eamonn Andrews presented the 'This Is Your Life' red book to Wolves striker Derek Dougan. His footballing guests on the programme were Jimmy Hill, Pat Jennings, Malcolm Allison and Bill McGarry.
 
17th January
 

Football On This Day – 17th January 1948
The highest attendance for a League match in England was recorded in the First Division match between Manchester United and Arsenal - 83,260. The match was played at Manchester City's Maine Road ground with Old Trafford still closed because of wartime damage.

Football On This Day – 17th January 2011
Liverpool's Ryan Babel became the first footballer to be fined for comments made on Twitter. He was fined £10,000 for posting a doctored picture of referee Howard Webb wearing a Manchester United shirt with the tweet 'And they call him one of the best referees. That's a joke.' As you will have guessed Babel believed that Webb had made a poor decision in a Liverpool v Manchester United match!
Link - crime & punishment

Football On This Day – 17th January 2015
Scunthorpe had the misfortune of losing two goalkeepers with broken arms in their League 1 2-0 defeat against Bristol City at Glanford Park. First choice goalkeeper Sam Slocombe and substitute keeper Jamie Severn both suffered their injuries in the first half leaving outfielder Andy Boyce to take over between the posts.
 

18th January
 

Football On This Day - 18th January 1961
A momentous date – the day the maximum wage was abolished in English football. In 1961 the most a footballer could be paid was £20 a week (£17 in the summer) and in its campaign to get the wage cap ended the Professional Footballers Association – led by Fulham’s Jimmy Hill – had called a players strike for Saturday January 21st 1961. Three days before the planned strike the League gave in and the maximum wage was no more allowing Hill’s Fulham team-mate, Johnny Haynes, to become the first £100 a week footballer in England. Ironically though the change didn’t see Hill get an increase in his £18 a week pay before he retired while Haynes didn’t get another pay rise in his remaining 9 years as a player.

Football On This Day - 18th January 1964
The United Trinity of Manchester United – George Best, Denis Law and Bobby Charlton – played together for the first time and brought almost instant success. United won 4-1 at WBA with the goals coming from Law (2), Best and Charlton! 
Link - Manchester United results 1963/64
 

Football On This Day – 18th January 1973
Manchester United manager Tommy Docherty signed Celtic's Lou Macari for £200,000, the most ever paid for a player in the Scottish League.
 

19th January

Football On This Day - 19th January 1952
Oldham Athletic beat Chester 11-2 at Boundary Park in a Football League Division 3 (North) match. Amazingly Oldham weren't good enough to win promotion that season and Chester weren't bad enough to have to seek re-election. Just two run-of-the-mill teams sharing 13 goals - those were the days!
Link - clubs scoring double figures in League matches
 

20th January
 

Football On This Day - 20th January 2004
The first day of Rio Ferdinand's 8 month ban for missing a drugs test. He said he forgot about it as he was moving house and had to go shopping. His forgetfulness also cost him a £50,000 fine.
Link - crime & punishment
 

21st January
 

Football On This Day - 21st January 1961
Fulham's Alan Mullery did something a tad unusual - he scored an own-goal just 30 seconds after the kick off before the opposition had even touched the ball! Yep, Sheffield Wednesday made the perfect start without trying in the First Division match at Craven Cottage and it didn't get much better for the Londoners - they lost 6-1.
Link - own goals

Football On This Day - 21st January 1997
Peter Shilton played his 1005th and last match in the Football League for Leyton Orient against Wigan Athletic. The 9 matches he had played for the O's had seen him become the first person ever to play in 1000 League matches. Wigan won 2-1 and went on the win the Division 3 title.

Football On This Day - 21st January 2005
Obviously missing football after selling Chelsea to Roman Abramovich in 2003 Ken Bates announced that he had bought a new £10m toy - Leeds United!

Football On This Day - 21st January 2007
Watch a recording of a goal being scored in the 1950s or 60s and its interesting to see the goal celebrations – usually just a handshake or perhaps a pat on the back if feelings are really high. Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger must have wished the same was true in 2007. Shortly after coming on as a sub for Arsenal against Manchester United at the Emirates Robin van Persie scored and in the celebrations that followed he broke a bone in his foot. He was Arsenal’s leading scorer in the Premier League at the time and despite not making another League appearance that season because of the injury he still finished as the Gunners League leading scorer. Deprived of his goals Arsenal finished a distant fourth in the Premier League that season. If only he had just shook hands!
Link - Footballing Injuries
 

22nd January
 


Football On This Day -
22nd January 1927

History was made at Highbury when the First Division fixture between Arsenal and Sheffield United became the first football match to be broadcast live on the radio.
  In order to help the listener follow the play the Radio Times printed a numbered grid of the pitch with commentator Henry Wakelam giving grid numbers in his commentary
Link - football in the media
 

Football On This Day - 22nd January 1994
After suffering 7 League defeats on the trot Blackpool tried something new to drum up some support for the Second Division visit of Swansea City - free admission. The crowd of 7080 was to be their third highest League crowd at Bloomfield Road that season...and they picked up a point in the 1-1 draw.

Football On This Day - 22nd January 2016
You would think that top footballers might enjoy the perfect lifestyle but in reality they are as human as the rest of us. In a Jeremy Kyle 'celebrity intervention' the former Arsenal and Crystal Palace player, who won 86 England caps, shared his 30 year problem with alcoholism with the watching public. As usual the Jeremy Kyle Show was more about Jeremy Kyle than his guest but I'm sure that everyone wished him - and any every other person inflicted with the same problem - all the best in their battle against it.


 

23rd January
 

Football On This Day - 23rd January 2001
A goal for Bournemouth against Cambridge United saw an 18-year-old Jermain Defoe set what was then a post war scoring record. The striker, on loan from West Ham United, had scored in 10 consecutive Football League matches.

Football On This Day - 23rd January 2013
Swansea get to the Capital One Cup final but all the headlines are about Chelsea’s Eden Hazard being sent off for kicking a ballboy.
Link - This & That
 

24th January
 

Football On This Day - 24th January 1912
Watford - then in the Southern League - fought out an excellent 0-0 draw with mighty Wolves in the First Round of the FA Cup but when it came to the replay on January 24th 1912 they didn't do quite as well - they lost 10-0!
Link - FA Cup results 1911/12

Football On This Day - 24th January 1955
Stoke knocked Bury out of the FA Cup. What was remarkable though was that the two clubs had played each other 7 times in a month. Twice in the League over Christmas followed by five meetings in the FA Cup Third Round - no penalty shoot-outs in those days with replays until a winner was found. So it was quite a month with the clubs meeting twice at the Victoria Ground, twice at Gigg Lane with 2nd, 3rd and 4th FA Cup replays being played at Goodison, Anfield and Old Trafford. Five days after the Cup victory over Bury Stoke were beaten at the first attempt by Swansea in the 4th Round!
Links 1954/55 results - Bury, Stoke, FA Cup.

Football On This Day - 24th January 1976
The next time you hear about a multi-million pound shirt sponsorship deal spare a thought for the club who started what was a battle to get shirt sponsorship accepted in this country - Kettering Town. Shortly after arriving at Rockingham Road as player-manager and chief executive Derek Dougan signed a four-figure deal with Kettering Tyres to have their name printed on the club playing shirts. The first match in the country to feature sponsored shirts was the Southern League match between the Poppies and Bath City on 24th January 1976. The FA were not amused and ordered the removal of the ads. The club then suggested that the wording be shortened to 'Kettering T' - meaning of course, they said, Kettering Town - but that was again blocked by the FA with a threat of a fine for non-compliance. But it didn't take long for clubs to realise that shirt sponsorship was a revenue earner and it soon became commonplace - although not initially in televised matches.

Football On This Day - 24th January 2015
A reversal of fortunes for Watford 103 years to the day after the Wolves defeat (see January 24th 1912, above). At half time promotion-chasing Watford were 2-0 down at home to rock-bottom Blackpool who looked as if they might gain their first Championship away win of the season. But Watford scored seven without replay in the second half to win 7-2, Odion Ighalo scoring 4 of the Hornets goals.
 

25th January
 

Football On This Day - 25th January 1995
After being sent off In a Premier League match at Crystal Palace Eric Cantona launches a king-fu attack on Palace 'fan' Matthew Simmonds. He narrowly escaped going to prison for the attack but did receive an 8-month playing ban. 
Link - Cantona's Kung Fu attack



 

26th January
 

Football On This Day - 26th January 1963
The Football Pools were a far more important part of life in the 1960s than they are now and the postponements caused by the freezing winter weather from December 1962 caused havoc with the Pools in the 1962/63 season. After three Saturdays in succession when the coupons were declared void the 'Pools Panel' came into being. The first panel of experts consisted of four former players (Ted Drake, Tom Finney, Tommy Lawton and George Young) and a former ref (Arthur Ellis) and determined the results for four more Saturdays and became a regular feature in the winters to come. In their first Saturday of deliberations, January 26th 1963, the chairman of the Panel, Lord Brabazon, declared seven draws, 23 home wins and eight away wins.
Link - postponed matches

Football On This Day - 26th January 1993
A Tuesday night in January is probably never going to be the easiest date to fill a football ground but on Tuesday 26th January 1993 one of those did-it-really-happen records was set. Just 3,039 turned up at Selhurst Park for the Premier League match between Wimbledon and Everton - the lowest ever Premier crowd.
Link - 1992/93 Premier League table and all Premier results.
 

27th January
 

Football On This Day - 27th January 2002
Liverpool's Jamie Carragher was hit by a coin thrown from the crowd in an FA Cup tie against Arsenal at Highbury. He threw it back into the crowd for which he was red-carded followed by a police warning, £40,000 club fine and three-match FA ban.
Link - crime & punishment

Football On This Day -
27th January 2016

You probably couldn't think of anything more sedate to do as the grey hairs take over - walking football. Similar rules as the normal football but for the over 50s and played at a walking pace. But in January 2016 when Canterbury Walking Football Club played Herne Bay Walking Football Club - players were aged up to 70 - the outcome was a tad surprising. Within five seconds there was a 'robust' shoulder charge followed soon after by a 'crunching tackle' which was followed by a brawl which included the ref. The match was abandoned after just two minutes, proving that there is life after 50!
Link - abandoned matches

 

28th January
 



Football On This Day - 28th January 1961  
  

Amazingly on this day in 1961 Denis Law scored 6 goals for Manchester City in an FA Cup tie against Luton Town - but still was to finish on the losing side!  
Link - Full Story


 

29th January
 


Football On This Day - 29th January 1949

One of the greatest giantkilling acts in FA Cup history - mid-table Southern League side Yeovil Town beat mighty Sunderland 2-1 on the famous sloping Huish pitch. More amazingly still they effectively did it with only 10 fit players when winger Jack Hargreaves was injured after only 10 minutes and was only a passenger after that - no subs in those days. A crowd of 17,000 saw Yeovil score through player-manager Alec Stock and Eric Bryant with Jackie Robinson scoring for Sunderland.

Link - FA Cup results 1948/49

30th January
 

Football On This Day - 30th January 1937
The 37 Football League and FA Cup matches played on Saturday 30th January 1937 ended in 25 home wins and 10 draws - not one away side managed a victory.

Football On This Day - 30th January 1999
In an article printed in The Times on this day in 1999 England manager Glenn Hoddle gave his views on reincarnation and his belief that people born disabled were paying for sins committed in a previous life. Condemned by every right-minded person three days later he became the ex-England manager!
 

31st January
 

Football On This Day - 31st January 1953
Another FA Cup shock. When League champions Manchester United hosted Isthmian League Walthamstow Avenue there was only one expected winner - but the unexpected happened. In front of a 34,748 Old Trafford crowd the non-leaguers held their own and came away with a 1-1 draw. The replay the following Thursday attracted a crowd of 49,119 - it was played at Highbury - but the dream ended for the non-leaguers with United winning 5-2. 
Link - FA Cup results 1952/53


 

     

 

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