FOOTBALL ON THIS DAY.....    
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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 April over the years.

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APRIL Day by Day........

21st April
 

Football On This Day 21st April 1909
When Nottingham Forest beat Leicester Fosse (now Leicester City) in what was expected to be a keenly-fought First Division relegation battle the scoreline raised a few eyebrows - Forest won 12-0. An inquiry was held where it was found that the reason for Fosse's poor performance was that two days before the match the Leicester players had attended the wedding of team-mate Turner - and that the celebrations had continued until the early hours of the morning of the match against Forest!
Link - the full story

Football On This Day 21st April 1930
Leicester City and Arsenal drew 6-6 at Filbert Street in a First Division fixture. That was the first time that scoreline had been recorded in the Football League  and has been repeated just once since - Charlton v Middlesbrough in a Second Division match in 1960/61.

Football On This Day 21st April 1930
Brentford beat QPR 3-0 at Griffin Park and so won all their 21 home fixtures in Division 3 (South) that season. That was the last time a club won all their home matches in a League season and although five clubs had achieved that record previously the most home matches any of those club had played was 17. Amazingly though Brentford weren't promoted!
Link - Brentford results 1929/30 and League table

Football On This Day 21st April 1990
Player-manager Ian Bowyer and his son Gary were in the Hereford team for their Division 4 match at Scunthorpe. In was the first time a father and son had player together in the League since 1951. Gary scored his first ever League goal in the 3-3 draw while former European Cup winner Ian turned out in just one more League match before retiring from playing.

Football On This Day 21st April 1979
World Cup winner Alan Ball completed 100 League appearances for Southampton. He was the first player to achieve this with four different clubs – the others being Blackpool, Everton and Arsenal.


Football On This Day
21st April 2013
When Liverpool's Luis Suárez bit Branislav Ivanović's arm in the Liverpool v  Chelsea Premier League match at Anfield the comedians on the internet had a field-day. On a more serious note the Uruguayan - who had previous for the same offence while at Ajax - suffered an undisclosed club fine and a 10 game FA ban for violent conduct. And we all wondered when 'Cannibal' Suárez would strike next!
 

     

 

Did You Know.....
..an abandoned match allowed a player to play for both sides in the same fixture. Full details of this and other unusual abandonments click on...


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