Football On This Day – 1st March 1980
Everton legend Dixie Dean died at his spiritual home Goodison Park when
attending an Everton v Liverpool fixture. He was the most prolific scorer
in Everton’s history – 383 goals in 433 appearances including 37
hat-tricks while his 60 League goals in the 1927/28 season is an all-time
League record. He only played 16 times for England – but scored 18 goals.
Link - Dixie Dean's
60 goals in 1927/28
Football On This Day – 1st March 2014
The Hull City v Newcastle United
Premier League match at the KC Stadium hit the headlines when a touchline
spat saw Newcastle manager Alan Pardew headbutt Hull midfielder David
Meyler. The incident also hit the pocket of Pardew who was fined £100,000
by the Magpies with the FA taking another £60,000 as well banning him for
Football On This Day – 2nd March 1963
weather that hit the country during the 1962/63 season decimated football
up and down the country with Yorkshire being particularly hit. Third
Division Halifax Town hadn’t played at home since December 15th when they
decided to cash in on the conditions and on March 2nd 1963 opened their
Shay ground – as an ice-skating rink! A thaw soon followed.
Football On This Day – 2nd March 2013
On this day
in March 2013 Southampton met Queens Park Rangers in a Premier League
match at St Mary’s. Amazingly both managers - Mauricio Pochettino of
Southampton and Harry Redknapp of QPR – celebrated their birthdays that
Football On This Day – 3rd March 1983
Rovers manager Bobby Gould fined himself £200 for the comments he made to
the referee in the defeat at Bradford City the previous month. Not
surprisingly that method of discipline hasn't caught on!
Football On This Day – 4th March 1995
A 43,804 Old Trafford crowd witnessed Manchester United thrash Ipswich
Town 9-0 which is still the highest score in the Premier League. Andy Cole
scored 5, Mark Hughes a couple with one each from Roy Keane and Paul Ince.
Link - Manchester United results 1994/95
Football On This Day – 4th March 2009
Three-times FIFA World Player of the Year Ronaldo made his
competitive debut for Brazilian side Corinthians as a sub after thirteen
months out of the game following surgery for a career-threatening knee
injury. He survived the 20 minutes he played against Itumbiara without a problem
only to end up with a badly bruised and
swollen right eye after being hit by a microphone when an after-match media
scrum surrounded him while attempting to get an interview.
Link - injuries
Football On This Day – 5th March 1938
The record attendance at White Hart Lane was set – 75,038 for an FA Cup
6th Round tie between Tottenham and Sunderland. A Raich Carter goal gave
cup holders Sunderland a 1-0 victory.
- FA Cup results 1937/38
Football On This Day – 6th March 1962
Accrington Stanley resigned from the Football League. With debts
approaching £60,000 and unable to find even £400 to pay the electricity,
gas, water and telephone bills the Lancashire club sent a resignation
letter to the Football League. They changed their mind several days later
but by then it was too late and the 33 League matches they had played that
season were void and for the next 44 years Accrington was without a
Football League club.
Link - Accrington Stanley results 1961/62
Football On This Day – 6th March 1963
Leeds United beat Stoke City 3-1 in an FA Cup Third Round tie - the first
match Leeds had won in the competition since they beat Bradford PA 2-0 in
a Fourth Round tie in February 1952.
Football On This Day – 7th March 1959
Plenty of goals at Home Park. In the first 20 minutes Plymouth Argyle took
a 3-0 lead over Mansfield in a Division 3 fixture. Mansfield pulled back
to 3-3 but in the final 20 minutes the Pilgrims scored five more to win
8-3. Plymouth became the first Division 3 champions in 1958/59.
Football On This Day – 7th March 2000
The ‘Forgotten Five’ finally got their recognition. Alan Ball, George
Cohen, Roger Hunt, Nobby Stiles and Ray Wilson became the last of
England’s World Cup winners to be honoured when they received their MBEs
from the Queen at Buckingham Palace.
Football On This Day – 8th March 1974
West Ham transfer-listed Bobby Moore who said he wanted to find a new club
and a fresh challenge. Manager Ron Greenwood said ‘Grateful is hardly
the word for what he has done for the club and football.’ The
following week he moved to Fulham where he finished his League playing
Football On This Day – 9th March 1946
The peace that
followed the end of the Second World War saw a boom in attendances up and
down the country. At Bolton's Burnden Park ground on March 9th 1946 65,419
were officially present to see Stanley Matthews and his Stoke City side
play Bolton for a place in the semi-finals of the competition.
Unofficially probably 85,000 got into the ground and in circumstances that
had many similarities to what would happen at Hillsborough 43 years later
tragically 33 fans died in the crush with many more suffering serious
injuries. Amazingly, after a short break, the match was played to a
finish. The result seems unimportant.
Football On This Day – 9th March 1974
The 6th Round FA Cup tie between Newcastle
United and Nottingham Forest kept on hitting the headlines. In the first match at St James' Park
on 9th March 1974 Forest were awarded a controversial second half
penalty which saw the Magpie's Pat Howard being sent off for protesting the
decision. George Lyall scored from the spot to give Forest a 3-1 lead at
which point the crowd invaded the pitch forcing ref Gordon Kew to take the
players off for an 8 minute break. When play resumed 10-man Newcastle scored
three times to win the tie 4-3 and reach the semi-finals. Forest appealed
against the result and an FA commission annulled the result and ordered that
the match be replayed at a neutral venue. Newcastle weren't too happy, as
you might expect, and not just because of the need for a replay. Joe
Harvey, their manager said: 'Diabolical - if the result doesn't stand how
can the sending off and booking still stand?' Forest weren't totally
overjoyed either as they wanted the re-arranged match to be played at the
City Ground but a neutral venue it was with Goodison Park hosting the
re-arranged match - and a further replay - before Newcastle again got
their place in the semi-final draw.
Football On This Day – 9th March 1994
Terry Venables had a successful first match as England manager, David Platt
scoring the goal in England’s 1-0 friendly win over Denmark at Wembley.
Darren Anderton, Graeme le Saux and Matt le Tisser were all given their
England debuts in the match.
Football On This Day – 10th March 1971
City recorded one of their greatest victories when a Brian Clark headed
goal saw the Bluebirds beat Real Madrid 1-0 before a near-50,000 crowd at
Ninian Park in the ECWC quarter-final 1st leg. Sadly Cardiff
lost the return leg 2-0 at the Santiago Bernabeu and Real went on to reach
the final where they lost to Chelsea.
Football On This Day – 11th March 1972
Jack Charlton made his 600th League appearance for Leeds United
and after 12 minutes scored the only goal of the First Division match
against Coventry City played in front of a crowd of 43,154 at Elland Road.
A loyal one-club man he retired the following season after making a club
League appearances for Leeds.
Football On This Day – 12th March 1900
Arsenal – then Woolwich Arsenal – beat Loughborough 12-0 in a Division 2
match to record what is still their record League victory. Just three
seasons earlier Loughborough had inflicted on Arsenal their record League
defeat – 8-0 – but since then the Leicestershire side had suffered severe
financial problems and were about to drop out of the League.
Link - all Arsenal's results and tables since joining the Football League
Link - all Loughborough's results and tables in the Football
Football On This Day – 12th March 1973
Pelé had started to hit the world
headlines back in 1958 but it wasn't until 12th March 1973 that he finally
played in London for the only time in his career. Fulham hosted a friendly
against his club side, Santos, with the 21,464 crowd being Fulham's
highest gate of the season, more than doubling their average Second
Division attendances at Craven Cottage in 1972/73. Pelé scored from the
penalty spot for Santos but goals from Alan Pinkney and Steve Earle gave
Fulham a memorable 2-1 win although the occasion was spoilt when after the
match the Brazilians accused Fulham of fiddling the gate receipts.
On This Day – 12th March 1997
Frustrated by the opposition to their
attempts to improve their Highbury home Arsenal made a surprise
£120million bid to buy Wembley Stadium. The FA were not amused believing
that a club-owned Wembley would hinder their strong bid - well what they
thought was a strong bid - to bring the 2006 World Cup finals to England.
Arsenal eventually went to Ashburton Grove and the 2006 World Cup finals
were hosted by Germany although the Gunners did play 6 home Champions
League matches at Wembley Stadium in 1998 and 1999.
Football On This Day – 13th March 1899
A unique League match which lasted just 11 minutes. After the Sheffield
Wednesday v Aston Villa First Division match played in November 1898 was
abandoned after 79 minutes the League decreed that just the remaining 11
minutes be played rather than starting the match from scratch. This they
did four months later, on this day in 1899, when Sheffield Wednesday
started the match leading 3-1 and finished it 4-1 winners.
Link - Abandoned matches
On This Day – 13th March 1985
Hooliganism was a serious problem in
the 1980s with one of the most notorious outbreaks being at the Luton v
Millwall FA Cup quarter final at Kenilworth Road on Wednesday 13th March
1985. Basically it was a riot, both at the match and in the town before
and after the cup tie. Millwall fans invaded the pitch, the match was held
up for 25 minutes, some 700 seats were ripped out and used as missiles,
there were police baton charges and over 80 people were injured, many of
them police. Thirty-one people were in court the next day with many being
'fans' of clubs other than Luton and Millwall. The consequences were
major, and not just to the reputation of football. Luton were to ban away
supporters which led to them being kicked out of the League Cup in
1985/86. They also became the second League club to convert to an all-seater
stadium and fencing in the fans was starting to be discussed. Oh, Luton
won the match 1-0!
- FA Cup results 1984/85
Football On This Day – 14th March 1973
A capacity crowd of nearly 38,000 were packed into Home Park for a
friendly between Third Division Plymouth and mighty Santos of Brazil who
included Pele in their line-up. But a last minute problem almost saw the
match called off.
Link - full story and Plymouth results 1972/73
Football On This
Day – 14th March 2007
An FA Youth Cup attendance record was set at the Emirates when 38,187 were
present for first leg of the semi-final between Arsenal and Manchester
United, Arsenal won 1-0. Just up the road at White Hart Lane North London
rivals Spurs were in action in a UEFA Cup Round of the Last 16 match at the
same time - and were watched by a crowd of over 4000 fewer people!
Link - FA Youth Cup
Football On This Day – 15th March 1947
manager Neil McBain had a few team selections problems for the Division
3 (North) match against Hartlepools on this day in 1947. The former centre-half
had to play himself as goalkeeper for his one and only League appearance
for the club – at the age of 51 years 4 months!
Link - debuts
Link - New Brighton results and tables in the Football League
Football On This Day – 16th March 2002
The WBA v Sheffield United First Division match saw a unique abandonment
in the Football League history. Sendings off and injuries saw United
reduced to 6 players, one fewer than the minimum, so the match was
abandoned. WBA were leading 3-0 at the time and that scoreline was allowed
to stand as the result.
Link - full
Football On This Day – 17th March 1996
Port Vale miss out on European glory at Wembley. Seems likely an unlikely
statement but on this day in 1996 Port Vale did indeed play a European
final at Wembley…in the Anglo-Italian Cup! They were beaten 5-2 by Genoa
and the scoreline didn’t reflect the superiority of the Serie B side. Just
12,683 turned up at Wembley for what was the last match ever played in the
Football On This Day – 17th March 2012
Referee Howard Webb was forced to abandon the televised FA Cup
6th Round tie between Spurs and Bolton Wanderers shortly before half time
when Bolton midfielder Fabrice Muamba collapsed on the pitch. He had
suffered a heart attack. Medical personnel from both clubs gave him
treatment on the pitch helped by a cardiologist who had been at the match
as a spectator before he was rushed to hospital. It was reported that his
heart stopped beating for 78 minutes. Thankfully he survived but was
forced to retire from playing football as a result.
Football On This Day – 18th March 2010
Fulham pulled off an amazing comeback against Juventus in the Europea League.
Down 4-1 on aggregate they fight back to win 5-4 and go on to reach the
final where they lost to Atletico Madrid.
- full story
Link - Fulham results 2009/10
Football On This Day – 19th March 1932
Stanley Matthews made his debut for Stoke City at Bury in a 2nd Division
match. He played his last League matches 33 years later.
Football On This Day – 20th March 1966
Just four months before it was due to be presented to the World Cup
winners at Wembley the World Cup trophy was stolen while on display at the Westminster
Central Hall. Fearing it wouldn’t be recovered the FA secretly arranged
for a replica to be made but a week later, after a massive police hunt The
Jules Rimet trophy was found – under a hedge in South London by a dog named Pickles!
Football On This
Day – 20th March 1976
Aston Villa's Chris Nichol became only the second player to score two
goals for each side in a League match - he scored all 4 goals in Villa's
2-2 First Division draw against Leicester City at Filbert Street. Sam
Wynne of Oldham Athletic was the only other League player ever to do that
- against Manchester United in October 1923.
Football On This Day – 20th March 1988
Liverpool finished the season as League champions but their dream of an
unbeaten season in the League ended on this day in 1988 after being
unbeaten in their first 29 League matches of the season. The team that
beat them, inevitably I guess....Everton!
Link - Liverpool results and table 1987/88
Football On This Day – 21st March 1992
Chelsea’s Vinnie Jones was booked after just 3 seconds for a foul on
Sheffield United’s Dane Whitehouse in a First Division match at Stamford
Bridge. He later said of the incident "I must have been too high, too
wild, too strong or too early, because, after three seconds, I could
hardly have been too bloody late!”
Link - Chelsea results 1991/92
Football On This Day –
21st March 2009
Fergie was always good for a headline. A Manchester United defeat was
usually followed by
an excuse a reasonable explanation - a dodgy
ref, a poor pitch, the colour of their shirts to name but a few. But one
of the more bizarre followed a 2-0 Premier Division defeat at Fulham on
21st March 2009 - the Craven Cottage dressing rooms were too small! He
said the FA should have rules for the size of dressing rooms and implied
Fulham should be demoted because they beat United because their
dressing rooms were too small. Two years later United won 5-0 at Fulham in
the Premier League - and dressing rooms were exactly the same size!
Football On This Day – 22nd March 1889
Sheffield United were formed at the Adelphi Hotel, Sheffield, by the
President of the Sheffield Cricket Club, Sir Charles Clegg. Just six days
before their formation Bramall Lane hosted an FA Cup semi-final between
Preston and WBA when a crowd of 22,688 paid gate receipts of £558 – the
cricket club saw that regular football at the ground would provide an
important additional source of income. In future years football became the
main sport at the ground with Yorkshire playing their last match there in
August 1973. The picture shows clearly the change of use of Bramall Lane
with a new football stand taking the place of the old cricket pavilion.
Link - football and cricket
Link - FA Cup results 1888/89
Football On This Day – 22nd March 1949
When in January 1949 Carlisle United player-manager Ivor Broadis
transferred himself to Sunderland it hit the headlines – he was only 26 at
the time and the £18,000 fee was a huge amount in those days. Less
newsworthy was the appointment of his replacement at Brunton Park. But on
22nd March 1949 Bill Shankly accepted the offer of becoming Carlisle’ new
manager - his first managerial appointment in a career that would
eventually see him lead Liverpool to becoming the top European club of the
Football On This Day – 23rd March 1951
Referee Arthur Blythe abandoned the Newport County v Norwich City Division
3 (South) match when the home side were leading 5-1. So incensed were the
crowd that he had to be smuggled out of the ground disguised as an
Link - full
story in abandoned matches
Football On This Day – 24th March 1965
In their first season in Europe on this day in 1965 Liverpool finally got
past their Second Round opponents, Cologne. After a postponed match, two
0-0 draws in the home and away legs and then a 2-2 draw in a replay in
Rotterdam Liverpool finally won the tie. No, not with a penalty shoot-out …on
the toss of a coin!
Link - Liverpool results 1964/65
Link - Liverpool results in Europe
This Day – 24th March 2007
England Under 21s met their Italian counterparts in the first match at the
new Wembley Stadium in front of a 55,700 crowd. Giampaolo Pazzini scored
the first goal after just 29 seconds and went on to score a hat-trick in
the 3-3 draw. England’s goals came from David Bentley, Wayne Routledge and
Football On This Day – 25th March 1939
still a record crowd for Old Trafford was set on this day when 76,962 were
present at the FA Cup semi-final between Wolves and Grimsby. Wolves won
Link - FA Cup results 1938/39
Football On This Day – 25th March 1980
Ian Botham was best known as a cricketer but on this day in 1980 he made
his debut as a footballer for Scunthorpe United, coming on as a sub in the
Division 4 match at Bournemouth. He couldn't be described as a footballing
legend at the Old Show Ground - he didn't make his starting debut for
another 2 years (and that a 7-2 home defeat by Wigan) and in all played
for Scunthorpe in 11 League matches and an FA Cup tie.
And of course with a record like that
was awarded a benefit match....against Manchester United.
Link - Football & Cricket
Football on This Day – 26th March 2008
David Beckham won his 100th England cap in a 1-0 friendly
defeat in France. He was the fifth England centurion after Billy Wright,
Bobby Moore, Bobby Charlton and Peter Shilton.
Football On This Day – 27th March 1999
Kevin Keegan managed England for the first time and saw his side defeat
Poland 3-1 in a Euro 2000 qualifier at Wembley. Keegan told Paul Scholes
to go out against Poland and 'drop hand grenades' and he responded with 3
goals, his only hat-trick for England.
Football On This Day – 27th March 2004
A League match - Chesterfield 4-4 Grimsby with the attendance 4,444. What
were the odds of that happening!
Football On This Day – 28th March 2001
Seven Manchester United players were in the England team that faced
Albania in Tirana in a World Cup qualifier. Gary Neville, Nicky Butt, David Beckham
Paul Scholes and Andy Cole were in the starting line-up with second half
subs Wes Brown and Teddy Sheringham taking the number to seven. That
equalled the record of seven Arsenal players in the England team in the
1934 friendly against Italy played at Highbury.
Football On This Day - 29th March 1924
Meredith played his last match for Manchester City in the FA Cup
semi-final against Newcastle and at 49 years and 245 days of age was the
oldest player ever to play for Manchester City and the oldest to play in
the FA Cup. He was also the oldest person to play for Manchester United
and, when 45, the oldest to play for Wales.
- FA Cup results 1923/24
Football On This Day - 29th March 2000
Wales played their first match at the magnificent Millennium Stadium in
Cardiff, attracting a then record Wales home crowd of 65,614. Nathan Blake
became the first Welshman to score in the stadium – sadly an own goal! –
and although Ryan Giggs scored for Wales visitors Finland spoiled the
party with a 2-1 victory.
Football On This
Day - 29th March 2008
Derby County’s 2-2 draw with Fulham guaranteed The Rams a Premier League
relegation place, the earliest a club had suffered Premier League
relegation. It was a dismal season for Derby with a 1-0 victory over Newcastle in
September being their only League victory in 38 attempts.
Link - Derby County results 2007/08
Football On This Day - 29th March 2017
I guess that
having the airport near where you were born and brought up named after you
is a genuine honour. That happened to Cristiano Ronaldo on March 29th 2017
when the international airport on his native Madeira became the Aeroporto
Cristiano Ronaldo. Probably less memorable though was the bust of Ronaldo
that was unveiled at the airport during the proceedings – perhaps not the
best likeness to the Portuguese player!
Football On This Day – 30th March 1982
Division Sheffield United recorded their best home League attendance of
the season – 24,593 in the 1-1 draw against Bradford City. Their average
home League crowd was 14,891.
three years later – on March 30 1985 – Fourth Division
Halifax Town recorded their lowest home League crowd of the season – 890
in the 1-0 defeat against Torquay. Their average home League attendance
for the season was 1,381.
Football On This Day – 31st March 1928
A date every Scot will know. The ‘Wembley Wizards’ of Scotland defeated
England 5-1 in only the second international match played at Wembley.
Football On This Day – 31st March 1961
The highest 4th tier attendance in
England - 37,774 - were present at Sehurst Park for a Good Friday Fourth
Division promotion clash between Crystal Palace and Millwall. Millwall won
the match 2-0 but Palace went on to win promotion.