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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 May over the years.

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MAY Day by Day........

1st May

 

Football On This Day – 1st May 1970
This was the date when one of the more unusual ground attendance records was set - 14,000 at Cambridge United's Abbey Stadium in a friendly against Chelsea. The match was arranged as part of Ian Hutchinson's transfer between the clubs and marked the opening of the Abbey Stadium floodlights - but end of season fixture congestion
caused a few problems. On Wednesday 29th April Chelsea were due to play Leeds in the FA Cup final replay, on the Thursday United were in Southern League action, Friday was the day of the friendly between the clubs and on Saturday United were in Southern League action again - and United had to win both their Southern League matches to guarantee retaining their Southern League title. Chelsea beat Leeds in the Cup Final on Wednesday and Cambridge United beat Worcester City 3-0 on Thursday. On Friday the record 14,000 crowd saw a near full-strength Chelsea side take a 1-0 half time lead but in the second half Cambridge United rested their players and the Chelsea reserve side provided the opposition. Cambridge United/Chelsea reserves won the match 4-3. On Saturday, before a 5,298 Abbey Stadium crowd Cambridge United beat Margate 2-0 to pip Yeovil Town by a point to win the Southern League Premier Division title. On Saturday 30th May Cambridge United were elected to the Football League - now that's got to be a perfect month in the life of any club!

Football On This Day – 1st May 1980
The Arsenal v Liverpool FA Cup semi-final was finally decided – in the fourth match! In those pre-penalty-shootout days a 12th minute Brian Talbot goal gave Arsenal a 1-0 victory at Coventry’s Highfield Road ground in the 3rd replay – the only time an FA Cup semi-final was played at that ground.
Link - FA Cup results 1979/80


 

2nd May
 


Football On This Day – 2nd May 1953
In one of the most memorable FA Cup Finals Blackpool beat Bolton Wanderers 4-3 at Wembley. It was know as the ‘Matthews Final’ although it was Stan Mortensen who scored a hat-trick in the match.
Link - FA Cup results 1952/53


 

3rd May
  Football On This Day – 3rd May 1924
Cardiff City’s Len Davies missed a penalty in the First Division match against Birmingham City on the last day of the 1923/24 season. Had he scored it Cardiff would have been League champions (for the only time in their history), instead they finished runners-up to Huddersfield Town on goal average.


Football On This Day – 3rd May 1980
Goalkeeper Bruce Grobbelaar scored the only goal in his League career – from the penalty spot for Crewe Alexandra against York City in Division 4.

On This Day – 3rd May 2014
Hamilton beat Morton 10-2 in the Scottish Championship. It was the first double figure score in the Scottish League since Rangers beat Raith Rovers 10-2 on 16th December 1967.
 

4th May
 

Football On This Day – 4th May 1929
Cardiff City played their last match of the 1928/29 campaign - a 1-1 draw with Blackburn Rovers - to finish the season with the best defensive record in the First Division. But that achievement didn't see them challenging for the title - in fact they finished bottom and were relegated to the Second Division! Despite winning their first home match of the season 7-0 - against Burnley - Cardiff also finished with the worst goalscoring record in the division and that saw them relegated.
Link - Cardiff City results and table 1928/29

Football On This Day – 4th May 1935
It was definitely a game of two halves at Exeter City's last Division 3 (South) fixture in the 1934/35 season. The score at St James Park against Aldershot was 0-0 at half-time - at full time it was Exeter 8 Aldershot 1.

Football On This Day – 4th May 1949
Italian football was in mourning following the Superga tragedy. The aeroplane carrying AC Torino back from playing a friendly in Lisbon against Benfica crashed into the Basilica of Superga near Turin in bad weather, killing all 31 on board. Among the dead were 18 Torino players - including most of the Italian national team - as well as their English manager Leslie Lievesley. The crash left Torino with just one senior player - Sauro Tomà who missed the trip due to injury - and so for the final four league matches of the season Torino fielded their youth team. As a mark of respect their opponents in those four matches also fielded their youth sides - Torino won them all to confirm their fifth Italian championship in a row.

Football On This Day – 4th May 1966
Goalkeeper Peter Shilton made his Football League debut for Leicester City against Everton at Filbert Street. He kept a clean sheet in the 3-0 First Division victory and went on to play 1005 League matches in the League and 125 times for England, both records.

Football On This Day – 4th May 1976
The First Division fixture between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Liverpool saw a dramatic conclusion to the League season which was suitably marked by the Wolves programme cover. The match, on the last evening of the season, saw Wolves needing a win to have any chance of overtaking near neighbours Birmingham City (who also played that evening) and keep their place in the First Division. Liverpool were a point behind top-placed QPR (who had finished their season) and needed the two points to guarantee them the League title. A 48,900 Molineux crowd saw Wolves leading 1-0 with 15 minutes left - but Liverpool won 3-1. Liverpool were the champs, Wolves were relegated.
Link - 1975/76 First Division table

Football On This Day – 4th May 2013
The total mis-match that was the Scottish League Division 3 in 2012/13 was well shown by the attendances in the last round of League matches on May 4th. There were 386 spectators at Annan, 745 at Clyde, 786 at Elgin, 462 at Queens Park and 50,048 at Ibrox for the Rangers v Berwick match. Rangers had been demoted from the Premier League after financial problems in the previous season had seen them enter administration. The Scottish giants took the title by a mile, finishing 24 points ahead of runners-up Peterhead and although the 50,048 was their best League gate of the season (will that ever be bettered in Division 3?) only once did a League attendance at Ibrox drop below 40,000.
 

5th May
 



Football On This Day – 5th May 1928

Everton’s Dixie Dean scored a hat-trick against Arsenal to bring his League goals total for the season to 60 – still a record. Including FA Cup and representative matches his total for the season was an amazing 82 goals.
Link - Dixie Dean's League goals 1927/28


 

Football On This Day – 5th May 1951
A Football League first. Alex and David Herd became the first father and son to play together in the Football League – for Stockport County against Hartlepools United in Division 3 (North).

Football On This Day – 5th May 1956
Probably the most famous footballing injury of them all. At the 1956 FA Cup final between Manchester City and Birmingham City Bert Trautmann, the Manchester City 'keeper, was injured when making a save. He was treated for several minutes on the Wembley pitch but with no substitutes in those days, he played on to help his side record a 3-1 win. Three days later it was found that he had broken his neck when making the save! His surgeon was blunt in his assessment of the injury - 'You should be dead' he told the player. But Trautmann always denied that it was a brave act, 'If I had known I had broken my neck, I would have been off like a shot.'
Link - Footballing Injuries

Football On This Day – 5th May 1966
The lowest-ever League crowd at Highbury – just 4,554 – saw Arsenal defeated 3-0 by Leeds.

Football On This Day – 5th May 1979
Norwich finished the season with a 1-1 First Division draw against Nottingham Forest at Carrow Road. It was their 23rd League draw of the season - a record for a 42-match League season.
Link -
Norwich City results 1978/79
 

6th May
 

 

 

Football On This Day – 6th May 1961
Tottenham beat Leicester in the FA Cup Final to become the first club since Aston Villa in 1896/97 to win a League and FA Cup double.
Link - FA Cup results 1960/61



 

 

 

Football On This Day – 6th May 1978
Ipswich Town won the FA Cup for the only time in their history, Roger Osborne scored the only goal of the match that beat Arsenal at Wembley.



 

7th May
 

Football On This Day – 7th May 1921
Old Trafford staged 2 matches on this day in 1921. Following the Manchester United v Derby County fixture Stockport County, whose Edgeley Park ground had been closed as a punishment for crowd problems, played Leicester City. Only 13 paid to watch the Stockport match although several thousand others stayed on from the Manchester United match to watch the Stockport game for free.

Football On This Day – 7th May 2006
Spurs needed win their last match of the season to make sure of getting the fourth Champions League spot – instead they are beaten by West Ham and food poisoning with Arsenal pipping them to that Champions League place. A dodgy meal of lasagne the night before the match is thought to have caused the problem but to be fair to the West Ham fans they were prepared to be helpful.....


 

8th May
 

Football On This Day – 8th May 1993
Brian Clough took charge of his Nottingham Forest side for the last time in a Premier League match at Ipswich Town. His managerial career saw him win League titles and European Cups but it ended on a low with Forest losing at Ipswich to finish bottom of the Premier League in its debut season.
Link - Nottingham Forest results 1992/93 & Clough last match article.

Football On This Day – 8th May 1999
Going into the last match of the season Carlisle United were favourites to fill the one relegation spot from the League to the Conference, they were a point behind Scarborough. Going into the last seconds of the season Carlisle were near certainties to go down. Scarborough's match had just finished - they had got a point - while Carlisle were level with Plymouth at Brunton Park, and so they needed a win to stay up. With seconds left Carlisle goalkeeper Jimmy Glass went upfield for a Carlisle corner - and scored the winning goal to keep Carlisle in the Football League. Jimmy Glass was on loan from Swindon at the time, he only ever played 3 times for Carlisle and yet scored one of the most important goals in the clubs' history - not bad for a goalkeeper!

 

9th May
 

Football On This Day – 9th May 1951
England played their first international against foreign opposition at Wembley, beating Argentina 2-1 in front of 99,000 fans. Since 1924 England had only played Scotland at Wembley.

Football On This Day – 9th May 1961
A week after Ian St John joined Liverpool from Motherwell for a club record fee (a mahoosive £37,500!) the Scottish international made his debut for the Reds. Although Liverpool lost the Liverpool Senior Cup final 3-4 against Everton at Goodison Park St John scored all 3 Liverpool goals in front of an amazing 51,669 crowd.
 

10th May
 


Football On This Day – 10th May 1995

A lob from 45 yards out on the right touchline by former Tottenham player Nayim beat David Seaman in the last minute of extra time and gave Real Zaragoza a 2-1 victory over holders Arsenal in the final of the European Cup Winners Cup played at the Parc des Princes in Paris.


 

11th May
 

Football On This Day – 11th May 1979
The Selhurst Park record crowd was set when 51,801 fans turned up to watch Crystal Palace beat Burnley 2-0 to clinch the Division 2 championship.


Football On This Day – 11th May 1985
Tragedy strikes at the Bradford City v Lincoln City match at Valley Parade when a discarded match starts a fire in the wooden Main Stand. It was soon engulfed in flames which left 56 dead and over 250 injured.


 

12th May
 

Football On This Day – 12th May 2007
Stevenage Borough captain Ronnie Henry became the first player to climb the 107 steps to the Royal Box of the new Wembley to collect a trophy – the old stadium had 39 steps. Stevenage had beaten Kidderminster Harriers in the FA Trophy final.

 

13th May
 



Football On This Day – 13th May 1984

Lou Macari’s testimonial match at Old Trafford between Manchester United and his former club, Celtic, attracted a crowd of 40,140 which included over 15,000 Celtic fans. Macari played one half for each side. The £85,000 receipts were the record at the time for a testimonial match in Britain.


 



Football On This Day – 13th May 1997

Sunderland played their final match at Roker Park. Sunderland beat Liverpool 1-0 in a friendly fixture with John Mullin scoring the last goal at the famous old ground. Liverpool had been the visitors for the first match at Roker Park, 99 years earlier on 10th September 1898, for a First Division fixture which the home side had also won 1-0.

 

14th May
 


Football On This Day – 14th May 1931
I was asked a while ago if it was right that players started exchanging shirts after a match so that they could sell them on ebay to earn a few extra pounds. I'm sure a few do but the practice started before the days of the computer, back in May 1931 after a France v England international in Paris. It was the seventh time the countries had met and England had won all the previous six, usually by a big margin. But on 14th May 1931 things were different and France recorded - for them anyway - an historic 5-2 victory. So pleased were the French that they asked if they could have the England shirts to keep to commemorate the win, their request was granted and a tradition was started.


Football On This Day – 14th May 1980

In their 68th competitive match of the season (they would play a record 70)  Arsenal met Valencia in the first European final to be decided on penalties. Liam Brady and Graham Rix missed their kicks with Valencia winning the penalty shoot-out 5-4 at the Heysel Stadium in Belgium to take the European Cup Winners Cup.

 


Football On This Day – 14th May 1988
Just 11 years previously Wimbledon had been a non-league side but on this day in 1988 they caused a major shock by beating Liverpool in the FA Cup final, Lawrie Sanchez scoring the only goal of the match to deny the Merseysiders a League and FA Cup double. Wimbledon's skipper Dave Beasant became the first goalkeeper to save an FA Cup final penalty at Wembley (against John Aldridge).
 

15th May
 




Football On This Day – 15th May 1963

Spurs became the first British club to win a European competition when they hammered Atletico Madrid 5-1 in the final of the European Cup Winners’ Cup played in Rotterdam.

 

 



Football On This Day – 15th May 2016

The most embarrassing postponement of all time? A 75,000 crowd was assembling at Old Trafford for what should have been Manchester United's last Premier League match of the 2015/16 season, against Bournemouth. Then a 'suspect device' was found in one of the toilets, the ground was evacuated, the match was called-off and a controlled explosion was carried out.
It was later found that the 'suspect device' was a dummy bomb which had been used in a security training exercise at Old Trafford and which had unknowingly been left at the ground by mistake. No-one had discovered the very realistic-looking pipe-bomb (as pictured) until just before scheduled kick off - and then nobody was taking any chances. Two days later United beat Bournemouth 3-1 in the re-arranged fixture.
 

16th May
  Football On This Day – 16th May 1988
Just two days after winning the FA Cup the Wimbledon's 'Crazy Gang' hit the headlines again. In a testimonial for one of their cup-winning team, Alan Cork, most of the players 'mooned' at half time. It saw Wimbledon being charged by the FA for bringing the game into disrepute - the club were fined £5000 and each of the players involved £750.

Football On This Day – 16th May 1999
West Ham United set a new world record! Each fan who attended West Ham's last Premier Division match of the 1998/99 season, against Middlesbrough, at Upton Park on Sunday May 16th 1999 was given a bubble-blowing pot by kit supplier Fila and 23,680 of them blew bubbles for 1 minute to get into the Guinness Book of World Records.

Football On This Day – 16th May 2015
The quickest-ever hat-trick in the Premier League was scored by Southampton's Sadio Mané on Saturday May 16th 2015. His three goals were scored in 2 minutes 56 seconds in the 6-1 defeat of Aston Villa at St Mary's. The Senegal international's 176 second record beat the previous best which had stood for nearly 21 years - Robbie Fowler had scored all of Liverpool's goals in their 3-0 victory over Arsenal at Anfield on Sunday August 28th 1994 in four minutes 33 seconds.
Link - hat-tricks

 

17th May
 

Football On This Day – 17th May 1997
Middlesbrough ended a disappointing season with a 2-0 FA Cup final defeat against Chelsea. The Teessiders had also been beaten in the League Cup final and had suffered relegation from the Premier League.
Link - Middlesbrough results & table 1996/97
 

18th May
 



Football On This Day – 18th May 1970

When Bobby Moore and Bobby Charlton went shopping in Columbia on May 18th 1970 during an England pre-World Cup tour a diplomatic incident followed. Bobby Moore was accused of stealing a bracelet and a week later was charged with theft and placed under house arrest. The case was later dropped and Moore was able to take his place in the England team in the Mexico finals.

 

Football On This Day – 18th May 1991
Paul Gascoigne was carried off - and many say should have been sent off – with a torn cruciate ligament after a wild tackle on Forest’s Gary Charles at the Spurs v Nottingham Forest FA Cup Final. Was he ever the same player again? Spurs won 2-1 to deny Brian Clough success in his only FA Cup final.
 

19th May

Football On This Day – 19th May 2001
The word most often used to describe Southampton's former home at the Dell was 'cramped' and a cramped capacity crowd of 15,252 saw a dramatic and memorable end to their 103 years at the ground. In the last competitive match at the Dell Arsenal were the visitors for a Premier League fixture with the Gunners twice taking the lead. Hassan Kachloul equalised twice for the Saints before 32-year-old Southampton legend Matt Le Tissier came on as a sub and scored an 89th minute winner. Amazing! A week later Southampton entertained Brighton in a friendly for the very last match at the ground - Brighton United had been Southampton's first opponents at the Dell on 3rd September 1898. 



Football On This Day – 19th May 2013

After 27 years as manager Alex Ferguson takes charge of Manchester United for the last time in the League. He saw his side let in 5 goals at WBA – they drew 5-5, the first time that scoreline had been recorded in the Premier League.


 

20th May
 

Football On This Day – 20th May 1962
Bobby Moore made his England debut and Jimmy Greaves scored a hat-trick in England’s 4-0 friendly victory in Peru.
 

21st May
 


Football On This Day – 21st May 1966

An unusual fixture at Highbury. A young apprentice by the name of Charlie George was one of those who helped turn Arsenal's former home into a boxing arena. The occasion was a World Heavyweight title bout between Henry Cooper and defending champ Muhammad Ali. Over 40,000 were present to witness Our 'Enery suffer a sixth round defeat with a badly cut eye.


Football On This Day – 21st May 2008
For the first all-English Champions League final the fans of Chelsea and Manchester United had to make the long journey to Moscow. It was also a late night - it was 7.45pm for the British TV viewer but in Moscow it was 10.45pm and with the match going to extra time and penalties the cup didn't get presented until the early hours. It was presented to Manchester United  who won 6-5 on penalties after the match had ended 1-1.
Link -
kick off times

 

22nd May
 




Football On This Day – 22nd May 1967

Ron Springett won 33 England caps - he played in the 1962 World Cup finals and was a non-playing member of England's 1966 World Cup winning squad. His brother Peter played for England at both youth and Under 23 level although never won a full cap. What was unusual was that both brothers were goalkeepers and what was unique was that on 22nd May 1967 they were involved in a transfer swap. Ron moved from Sheffield Wednesday back to his former club Queens Park Rangers while younger brother Peter moved in the opposite direction. Sheffield Wednesday also paid QPR £24,000 to complete the deal.
 

Football On This Day – 22nd May 1982
Tottenham drew 1-1 with Second Division QPR at Wembley in the FA Cup Final but Spurs were without their Argentine player Ricky Villa who had withdrawn from the squad because of the Falklands War. Spurs won the replay at Wembley five days later.
Link - 1981/82 FA Cup results

23rd May
 

Football On This Day – 23rd May 1954
Any lingering hopes that England were the best in the world ended in their final warm-up match for the 1954 World Cup finals. England lost 7-1 to Hungary in Budapest, a result which is still England’s record international defeat.


 

24th May
 

Football On This Day – 24th May 1984
Terry Venables was appointed the new manager of Barcelona on a salary reported to be around £150,000 a year. ‘El Tel’ lasted three years in Spain.

Football On This Day – 24th May 2000
Indoor international football arrived in Britain for the first time when Brazil beat Wales 3-0 under a closed roof at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.

Football On This Day – 24th May 2015
Steven Gerrard made his first-team debut for Liverpool on November 29th 1998 in a Premier League match against Blackburn at Anfield and on 24th May 2015 he played his 504th and last League match for the club. He scored Liverpool's only goal at Stoke but it wasn't a memorable last game for the Reds' legend. In fact the match saw a scoreline he hadn't experienced in any of his previous 503 League matches for the club (and hadn't happened in his lifetime) - a 6-1 defeat!
 

25th May
 

Football On This Day – 25th May 1947
England beat Portugal 10-0 in Lisbon with Stan Mortensen scoring 4 on his debut. Tommy Lawton also scored 4, the first after just 17 seconds. I promise I haven't made that up - England did that sort of things in those days!

Football On This Day – 25th May 1963
It normally takes clubs a full five months to win the FA Cup but on 25th May 1963 Manchester United set a record by winning the final just 82 days after playing their first match in the seasons' competition. Bad weather meant that they didn't play their Third Round match until March 4th rather than in early January and by the end of May they had beaten Leicester City in the final. Apart from 6 FA Cup ties United also played 17 League matches in those 82 days.
Link - Manchester United results 1962/63



Football On This Day – 25th May 1967
Celtic beat Inter Milan 2-1 in Lisbon to become the first British club to win the European Cup.




 



Football On This Day – 25th May 2005
At half time at the Champions League final at the
Atatürk Stadium in Istanbul AC Milan were leading Liverpool 3-0 - Liverpool were poor and were going to get hammered. In one of the most amazing turn-rounds though second half goals from Steven Gerrard, Vladimir Smicer and Xabi Alonso put Liverpool level. No more goals in extra time and so it went to penalties. And yep, Liverpool won 3-2 to complete what was genuinely The Miracle of Istanbul.
Link - it's never over....


 

26th May
 

Football On This Day – 26th May 1984
Leicester City’s Gary Lineker made his England debut as a 72nd minute substitute for Tony Woodcock in the 1-1 draw against Scotland at Hampden.

Football On This Day – 26th May 1999
Manchester United's attempt to win the Champions League for the first time looked doomed to failure at the Nou Camp, Barcelona. They went behind against Bayern Munich after just six minutes and that was still the score as the final whistle approached. Then amazingly came goals from subs Teddy Sherringham in the first minute of injury time and Ole Gunnar Solskjær a minute later and the Champions League trophy joined the Premier League trophy and FA Cup in the Old Trafford trophy cupboard.
Link - it's never over....
 

27th May
 

Football On This Day – 27th May 1972
England’s Alan Ball wound up a 119,325 Hampden Park crowd by wiping his nose on a corner flag bearing the Cross of St Andrew. England beat Scotland 1-0 – Ball scored the goal.

Football On This Day – 27th May 1982
Managers nowadays seem to moan if their team has to play twice in a week but back on this day Tottenham Hotspur played their last match of a busy season, an FA Cup final replay victory over QPR. Apart from retaining the FA Cup Spurs finished 4th in the League and were beaten in the final of the League Cup and semi-final of the European Cup Winners Cup. In all they played 66 competitive matches in 1981/82 - including 4 at Wembley - with 19 of those being played in the last two months of the season alone.
Link - Spurs results in 1981/82

 

28th May
 

Football On This Day – 28th May 1959
Billy Wright made his 105th and final appearance for England against USA in Los Angeles. England scored seven second half goals in an 8-1 victory.

Football On This Day – 28th May 1960
Peterborough United were elected to the Football League. Their election was certainly not a surprise given that they were perhaps the strongest non-league side since WW2 but what was surprising was that Gateshead were voted out – they were third from bottom in Division 4 in 1959/60 with no recent record of previously needing to seek re-election.
Link - full Posh history in the Football League
 

29th May
 




Football On This Day – 29th May 1968

Manchester United became the first English club to win the European Cup, beating Benfica 4-1 at Wembley.
Link - European Cup results 1967-68



 

 


Football On This Day – 29th May 1985
Just 18 days after the Bradford City fire disaster tragedy struck at the European Cup final between Liverpool and Juventus at the Heysel Stadium in Brussels, Belgium. Rioting fans and a collapsed wall at the decrepit stadium saw 39 fans crushed to death and over 600 injured. Despite this happening before kick off the match took place with the authorities fearful of further violence if it was called off. The result of the match was an irrelevance.




Football On This Day – 29th May 2015

Forty seven years to the day after Benfica had played Manchester United in the European Cup final the Portuguese side were up against another Manchester side, this time the opposition being FC United of Manchester. They were the protest club founded in 2005 by supporters of Manchester United following the unpopular takeover of their club by the American Malcolm Glazier. The match was to mark the official opening of their new Broadhurst Park ground, a 4,232 crowd witnessing a 1-0 victory for the Benfica reserve side. So how long is it going to be before they celebrate their first match in the Football League?
 

30th May
 




Football On This Day – 30th May 1979

Cloughie leads unfashionable Nottingham Forest to a European Cup Final victory over Malmo in Munich. An amazing achievement – one which Forest repeated the following year.


 



Football On This Day – 30th May 2006

Aged 17 years and 75 days Theo Walcott became the youngest England international in the 3-1 victory over Hungary at Old Trafford. Another debut was given to the robotic dance celebration of Peter Crouch after he had scored England’s third goal.
 

31st May
 

Football On This Day – 31st May 1893
The Football League decided to increase the size of the Second Division by 4 to 16 clubs for the start of the 1893/94 season. Newcastle United and Rotherham Town were elected at the League AGM but it was decided to advertise for clubs to fill the other two places. Applications were soon received from Doncaster Rovers, Liverpool, Loughborough, Middlesbrough Ironopolis and Woolwich Arsenal. On this day in 1893 the Football League announced that they had decided that Liverpool and Arsenal should fill the remaining two places. In the case of Arsenal it was perhaps a brave decision. Apart from the FA Cup, their 1892/3 fixture list consisted entirely of friendlies and as the first southern side in the Football League every other club in the division would be hit with extra travelling costs.
Link - Arsenal results 1892/93

Football On This Day – 31st May 1980
Brighton’s Peter Ward made his England debut as an 85th minute sub against Australia in Sydney – he never played for England again!

     

 

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