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JUNE Day by Day........

1st June


Football On This Day – 1st June 2007

England returned to Wembley with their first match at the rebuilt stadium. A crowd of 88,745 saw John Terry score the first goal in the 68th minute but opponents Brazil equalised in added time through Diego.



Football On This Day – 1st June 2009

The distinction between film-stars and footballers became even more blurred with Eric Cantona attending the UK premiere of the film Looking for Eric at the Lowry Centre in Salford Quays, near to Old Trafford. Cantona played himself and appeared in the imagination of the main character of the film to give him encouragement to get through the problems in his life. The most memorable line though was Cantona's - 'I am not a man, I am Cantona'.


2nd June

Not Football On This Day – 2nd June 1975
This has got bugger all to do with football - but it made me smile. On 2nd June 1975 at Buxton the second day of the County Championship cricket match between Derbyshire and Lancashire was abandoned...because of snow! It was the only time a days play has been abandoned in a County Championship match because of snow - it was an inch deep on the pitch. I guess that's the equivalent of a football match in England being abandoned in January because of the heat. That hasn't happened....has it?

Football On This Day – 2nd June 1982
The Pope popped into Cardiff City’s Ninian Park ground. No, not to watch a close-season friendly but to speak at a Youth rally being held at their ground during a UK tour. Over 30,000 were at the ground to hear the Polish Pope John Paul II speak.

Football On This Day – 2nd June 1985
In the days immediately following the tragedy of Heysel Stadium which resulted in the death of 39 spectators the Belgian government announced a ban of all English clubs from their country while our government insisted that the FA ban English clubs from playing in Europe for 12 months. However on June 2nd 1985 UEFA banned all English clubs from European competition for an indefinite period, although it didn't affect the England national team. The ban lasted five seasons with Liverpool serving another year on top of that.

Football On This Day – 2nd June 2015
Four days after Sepp Blatter had been controversially elected for a fifth term as FIFA president he announced his resignation and would leave the post when a replacement was found (presumably giving him time to shred a few documents!). It was a traumatic time for FIFA with daily revelations in the press - 14 were indicted in USA for corruption, 7 officials were arrested in Switzerland on bribery charges, there was talk of World Cup boycotts and the withdrawal of UEFA from FIFA, allegations of bribery in the bidding process for the finals in South Africa, Qatar and Russia and reports of unhappiness amongst FIFA's commercial sponsors. I'm sure more will follow....

....and just hours after Blatter's announcement a sign that things would change came when Macclesfield Town announced that they would be bidding to host the 2026 World Cup finals. They reckoned they could stage the whole thing for £249.99 with a budget of just £40 for gifts to FIFA execs. With the Moss Rose ground - capacity 6,335 - pencilled in for the final and opening and closing ceremonies surely football would be coming home in 2026!


3rd June
  Football On This Day – 3rd June 1950
At the Football League AGM the League membership was increased from 88 to 92 clubs with two new clubs being added to each of the regionalised Third Divisions. Colchester United and Gillingham joined the Southern Section while Scunthorpe and Lindsey United and Shrewsbury Town became members of the Northern Section. On the opening day of the 1950/51 season the clubs played each other in their respective divisions, both matches ending in 0-0 draws.

Football On This Day – 3rd June 2006
England played Jamaica for the first time, England winning 6-0 in a friendly in front of a 70,373 Old Trafford crowd. Peter Crouch scored a hat-trick - and also missed a penalty - and Aaron Lennon won his first England cap.

Football On This Day – 3rd June 2008
Gretna announced their resignation from the Scottish League. The Scottish borders club had been members of the English Northern Premier League in 2001/02 when they were elected to the Scottish League. By 2007/08 they were in the Scottish Premier League having already been Scottish Cup finalists and playing in the UEFA Cup. But then it was rapidly downhill. In 2007/08 they had to play their home matches in Motherwell because their Raydale Park ground in Gretna wasn't up to SPL standards. Then their main financial backer - Brooks Mileson - withdrew his support and the club entered administration, finished bottom of the SPL with crowds dropping to as low as 431, were demoted to the fourth tier and then went into liquidation shortly after resigning from the Scottish League. Tragic!

4th June

Football On This Day – 4th June 1988

Before setting off to the Euro Championships in Germany England played a warm-up match against mighty…..Aylesbury United. England beat the Southern League champions 7-0 but didn’t do as well in Germany – they found the opposition was better than non-league standard and lost all three matches!


5th June

Football On This Day – 5th June 1968
Yugoslavia beat England 1-0 in the Semi-Final of the European Championships in Italy with Alan Mullery becoming the first England player to be sent off.

Football On This Day – 5th June 1999
After receiving two cautions for two foul tackles Paul Scholes was sent off in the 51st minute of England's Euro 2000 qualifier against Sweden at Wembley. It was the only time an England player was sent off in an international at the old Wembley Stadium.

6th June

Football On This Day – 6th June 1986
For the first time England played an African nation in the World Cup, against Morocco in a group match at the 1986 finals in Mexico. A disappointing 0-0 draw was marked by the first sending off of an England player in a World Cup finals match when Ray Wilkins threw the ball at Paraguayan ref Gabriel González. England qualified from the group in second place with group winners Morocco becoming the first African nation to qualify for the knock-out stages.

Football On This Day – 6th June 1996
It's a little known fact but on June 6th 1996 the Czech Republic started out on their successful Euro96 campaign with a friendly....against Bamber Bridge! Just before the Czechs played their first group match against Germany they played a warm-up friendly against the Northern Premier League side. A capacity 2400 crowd and international TV coverage was enjoyed although the result perhaps wasn't - Bamber Bridge lost 9-1. Three days later the Czech Republic lost 2-0 to Germany at Old Trafford and that fixture was repeated on June 30th in the final at Wembley - which Germany again won.


7th June

Football On This Day – 7th June 1970
England ‘keeper Gordon Banks makes the ‘greatest ever save’ from Pele in an England v Brazil World Cup group match in Mexico. But Brazil inflict a 1-0 defeat on World Cup holders England and their grip on that cup was beginning to loosen....


8th June

Football On This Day – 8th June 1953
England played an international under floodlights for the first time. At New York’s Yankee Stadium against USA. two goals apiece from Tom Finney and Nat Lofthouse helped England to a 6-3 victory.

Football On This Day – 8th June 1998
Sepp Blatter replaced
João Havelange as President of FIFA. He beat Lennart Johansson of Sweden in a straight vote in Paris but there have been allegations that votes were being bought even then. You have to wonder how different world football would now be if Blatter had lost that vote 111-80 rather than defeating the Swede by that margin!

9th June

Football On This Day – 9th June 1993
An embarrassing result for England against the USA. Paul Ince captained the side for the first time at the Foxboro Stadium in Boston but the 2-0 defeat saw the headline in the Sun – ‘Yanks 2 Planks 0’. 

10th June

Football On This Day – 10th June 1972
Well this sounds a bit like a dream only enjoyed by the keenest of Blackpool fans - the Seasiders beat an Italian side 10-0 when defending a European trophy they had won the previous season. But it really did happen! OK, it was the Anglo-Italian Cup which Blackpool won in 1971 but on 10th June they beat Lanerossi Vicenza 10-0 at Bloomfield Road in their final group match of the 1972 competition. That put them into the final again although this time they were beaten 3-1 by Roma in Rome. Still sounds like a dream though!

Football On This Day – 10th June 1984
First international goals from both John Barnes and Mark Hateley gave England a 2-0 friendly victory in Brazil. It was England’s first away victory over Brazil and Brazil’s first defeat at the Maracanã in 27 years while the John Barnes goal was a wondergoal worthy of a Brazilian at his best. Happy days!

Football On This Day - 10th June 1989

There can hardly be anything more proudly English than captaining England at Wembley against the Germans but on this day in 1989 the England captain for the schools fixture was one Ryan Giggs - then known by his fathers' surname of Wilson. The Welsh-born player was eligible for England schools as he was at school in England at the time but was not eligible to play for the England senior side.


11th June


Football On This Day – 11th June 1925
Herbert Chapman became the manager of Arsenal. The most innovative manager of his time he turned the Gunners from a club who hadn’t won a thing into one of the leading clubs in the country.


Football On This Day - 11th June 1969

A late finish to the season for Newcastle United who were in Hungary to play the second leg of their Inter-Cities Fairs Cup Final - a forerunner of the Europa League - against Újpesti Dózsa. They won 3-2 on the night and 6-2 on aggregate to win the competition in their debut season in Europe. Newcastle's team that evening - McFaul, Craig, Clark, Gibb, Burton, Moncur, Scott (sub: Foggon), Arentoft, Robson, Davies, Sinclair.
Link - Newcastle results in Europe

Football On This Day - 11th June 1990

England played the Republic of Ireland in the group stage of the 1990 World Cup finals in Italy - and England striker Gary Lineker later admitted that he suffered the 'most horrendous' experience of his life in that match. No point beating about the bush - he didn't feel well and lost control of his bowels - and shit on the pitch! So lets have a look at that incredibly embarrassing moment .....

Still England drew 1-1 and both England and Ireland reach the knock-out stages with England reaching the semis. I reckon if fertilising the pitch in that way is the secret of England doing well in the World Cup all 11 England players should be doing it!
Link - Pitches, and what they have had to put up with.

Football On This Day - 11th June 1994
Bobby Charlton became Sir Bobby Charlton with the announcement of a knighthood for the former Manchester United and England player in the Queen's Birthday honours list. The award was for services to football generally although he became the first England player from the 1966 World Cup winning team to be knighted. 'Everybody calls me Bobby and that won't change' he said.

Football On This Day - 11th June 2017
At last some good news for England fans - England won the World Cup! Well, the Under-20 version that is but a great achievement secured with a first-half goal from Dominic Calvert-Lewin and a brilliant second-half penalty save from Freddie Woodman. That saw England beat Venezuela 1-0 in the final in Suwon in South Korea to claim their first world footballing title since 1966. Inevitably the English press seemed to indicate the the winning players would do exactly the same in the grown-up World Cup of 2022. We live in hope - as always - but these are the players who won the 2017 final, let's see how they develop in the years to 2022....Freddie Woodman (Newcastle), Jonjoe Kenny (Everton), Lewis Cook (Bournemouth), Fikayo Tomori (Chelsea), Jake Clarke-Salter (Chelsea), Josh Onomah (Tottenham), Dominic Solanke (Chelsea), Ademola Lookman (Everton), Kyle Walker-Peters (Tottenham), Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton), Kieran Dowell (Everton). The subs were Ainsley Maitland-Niles (Arsenal) for Lookman and Sheyi Ojo (Liverpool) for Dowell with Paul Simpson being the Alf Ramsey of the side.


12th June

Football On This Day – 12th June 1986
Goalkeeper Pat Jennings made his 119th and final appearance for Northern Ireland, a 3-0 defeat against Brazil in a group match at the 1986 World Cup finals in Mexico. It was his 41st birthday making him – at the time – the oldest player ever to appear in the World Cup.

Football On This Day – 12th June 2008
Who'd be a ref? At the Euro 2008 finals English ref Howard Webb awarded a controversial 90th minute penalty which allowed co-hosts Austria to draw 1-1 with Poland. Everybody from the Polish Prime Minister downwards got on Webb's case and he became the butt of computer humour. More serious though within hours websites were listing the home address, telephone number and works email address of Howard Webb of Rotherham. It turned out to be the wrong Howard Webb though who needed police protection because of the threats made to him.

13th June

Football On This Day – 13th June 1956
The first European Cup Final was played at the Parc des Princes in Paris between Real Madrid and French side Stade de Rheims. Real Madrid won 4-3 and went on to win the first five European Cup tournaments. The was no English team in the first competition although the first final did have an English presence – it was refereed by Arthur Ellis who was later to find fame in television’s It’s A Knockout.

Football On This Day – 13th June 2017
You’d think that politicians would realise by now that trying to be ‘one of the lads’ usually ends in disaster for them. Days after a disastrous General Election and burdened with all the Brexit problems our Prime Minister Theresa May joined French President Emmanuel Macron at the friendly match between France and England at the Stade de France in Paris. Sadly that wasn’t enough for her and she decided to join in a Mexican wave but got her timing wrong – as she did with the General Election! – and did her bit seconds after everyone else had done theirs. The general opinion was that she was a muppet…and England lost 3-2.


14th June

Football On This Day – 14th June 1947
A severe winter saw the latest ever finish of a League season. In one of the seven final-day League matches Stoke needed a win to pip Liverpool for the League title but they lost 2-1 at Sheffield United.

15th June

Football On This Day – 15th June 1982
The highest score in a World Cup finals match was recorded. Hungary defeated El Salvador 10-1 in a group match in Spain with László Kiss being the first substitute to score a hat-trick in the World Cup finals.

Football On This Day – 15th June 1996

England met Scotland for the first time in seven years in a Euro 96 group match in front of 76,864 at Wembley. Alan Shearer gave England the lead and David Seaman saved a Gary McAllister penalty. England’s second was one of the best ever seen at Wembley – Paul Gascoigne chipped the ball over Colin Hendry and then volleyed the ball into the net. He then celebrated with the ‘dentist’s chair’ routine. 2-0 – happy days.


Football On This Day – 15th June 2009
After previous spells in charge of Celtic and Jamaica John Barnes was appointed manager of Tranmere Rovers with Jason McAteer joining the club as his assistant. The two were sacked just four months later having achieved just two victories in the first eleven League matches of the new season.
Link - Tranmere results 2009/10

16th June
  Football On This Day – 16th June 1982
In England’s first match in the finals of the World Cup since 1974 Bryan Robson scores after just 27 seconds against France. England won the match 3-1, won all the three group matches and finished the tournament with an unbeaten record although, sadly, not as World Cup winners.

Football On This Day – 16th June 1982
Algeria hit the headlines when they played their first match in the World Cup finals – they beat West Germany 2-1.
17th June

Football On This Day – 17th June 1977
Wimbledon were elected to the Football League in place of Workington. Eleven years later they were FA Cup holders and members of the top division. In 2003 they controversially left London to set up home in Milton Keynes and changed their name to Milton Keynes Dons a year later. That move saw AFC Wimbledon formed who were to become Football League members themselves in 2011. On June 17th 1977 who would have guessed any of that was going to happen!

18th June

Football On This Day – 18th June 1996
England recorded an impressive 4-1 win over Holland at Wembley to reach the quarter-finals of the Euro 96, Alan Shearer and Teddy Sheringham scoring two apiece. The late goal scored by Holland also saw them through to the last 8, at the expense of Scotland.


19th June

Football On This Day – 19th June 1958
Brazil beat Wales 1-0 in the World Cup quarter-finals in Sweden, a 17-year-old
Pelé scoring the only goal.

Football On This Day – 19th June 2014
When Leeds United named Dave Hockaday as their new manager on this day in 2014 it was one of the more bizarre managerial appointments. His only other job as a manager had ended 8 months previously when he was sacked as boss of Conference side Forest Green Rovers. At Elland Road he didn’t even get through August before he was sacked -  he had taken charge of just four Championship matches and two League Cup ties. He next footballing job was as assistant manager of Southern League side Swindon Supermarine!


20th June

Football On This Day – 20th June 1995
New Arsenal manager Bruce Rioch signed Dennis Bergkamp from Inter-Milan for £7.5 million. Arsenal’s best-ever signing?

21st June

Football On This Day – 21st June 2002
Michael Owen gave England the lead against Brazil in the World Cup quarter-finals in Shizuoka in Japan but goals from Rivaldo and Ronaldinho – a free-kick from over 40 yards which beat David Seaman – saw 10-man Brazil into the semis against Turkey. What might have been!

22nd June

Football On This Day – 22nd June 1982
Scotland and the USSR drew their final group match at the 1982 World Cup finals in Spain 2-2 in the scorching heat of Malaga. That result saw Scotland pipped on goal difference by their opponents for a place in the next round but Scotland were to win a victory in doping control. John Robertson and a Russian player were required to provide an after-match sample but both being severely dehydrated needed to drink plenty of fluids before a sample could be given - and in those days it wasn't just soft drinks that were available to the players but alcohol as well. The Russian tried to match John Robertson drink for drink, but lost. He had to be carried out of doping control somewhat worse for wear singing White Christmas!

Football On This Day – 22nd June 1986
England bowed out of the Mexico World Cup at the quarter-final stage thanks to two memorable goals from Diego Maradona. The first was the infamous ‘Hand of God’ goal scored against Peter Shilton which he followed with one of the best individual goals ever seen at a World Cup. Gary Lineker scored one for England in the 2-1 defeat.

Football On This Day – 22nd June 1996
England showed that they can win a penalty shoot-out beating Spain 4-2 on penalties at Wembley to reach the Euro 96 semis. Four days later things were different…..
Link - Penalty Shoot-outs


23rd June

Football On This Day – 23rd June 1998
A low point for Scotland. A 3-0 defeat against Morocco saw them finish bottom of their group at the 1998 World Cup finals in France. It was the eighth time in their eight appearances in the World Cup finals that they have failed to progress to the knock-out stages.

Football On This Day – 23rd June 2016
One of the most momentous days in British history – we voted for Brexit in a referendum. And it seems that it may have all been Leicester City’s fault! Yes the argument put forward was that with Leicester City being the most successful underdogs ever having won the Premier League title the previous month it became acceptable to support the underdog – so we voted for Brexit. Worse still – Leicester’s triumph became well-known the world over and so when the Americans had their Presidential elections in November Donald Trump was voted in for the very same reason, the Yanks supported the underdog. Leicester City have a lot to answer for!!

24th June

Football On This Day – 24th June 2004
England lose another penalty shoot-out, this time against hosts Portugal at the Estádio da Luz in Lisbon in the quarter-finals of Euro 2004. David Beckham and Darius Vassell failing with their pens.
Link - Penalty Shoot-outs

Football On This Day – 24th June 2014
On the day when the headlines should have belonged to England and their magnificent 0-0 draw with mighty Costa Rica to end their World Cup campaign with a point (yes, I'm being sarcastic!) it was 'Cannibal Suárez' who everyone was talking about. Feeling peckish again, the Uruguay forward bit Italy's Giorgio Chiellini. A four-month ban followed during which time he fancied a change of appetite and moved from Liverpool to Barcelona for £75 million. And the internet loved it!


25th June

Football On This Day – 25th June 1978
Hosts Argentina defeated Holland 3-1 after extra time to win the World Cup for the first time.

Football On This Day - 25th June 1982
West Germany needed to beat Austria by one or two goals to allow both countries to progress through their World Cup finals group at the expense of Algeria. The Germans took the lead after 10 minutes after which their appeared to be an agreement between the sides not to score any more goals. The match became known as the ‘
Disgrace of Gijón’.

26th June

Football On This Day - 26th June 1992
Denmark beat Germany 2-0 to win the Euro 1992 Championships in Sweden. Denmark had been eliminated from the competition by finishing second to Yugoslavia in their qualifying group but a civil war in the Balkans had seen Yugoslavia replaced by the Danes in the finals. Many of their players were enjoying holidays on the beach when Denmark were awarded their place in the finals but they went on the win the championship defeating the reigning European and World champions on their way to the trophy.

Football On This Day - 26th June 1996
Alan Shearer gave England a 3rd minute lead in the Euro 96 semi against Germany at Wembley but once again it was the Germans who progressed to the final after a penalty shoot-out. Gareth Southgate missed the crucial penalty.
Link - Penalty Shoot-outs

27th June

Football On This Day - 27th June 1984
France beat Spain 2-0 in the Euro 84 final in Paris. Michel Platini scored one of the goals, his ninth in his five matches to finish as leading scorer in the tournament.

Football On This Day - 27th June 1997
Howard Kendall took over as Everton manager for third time. It was his least successful spell and he left a year later after Everton had escaped relegation from the Premier League only on goal difference.

Football On This Day - 27th June 2016
Just four days after the shock of the Brexit vote which saw our country decide to leave Europe and its 'manager' (David Cameron) resign the England football team decided to do exactly the same! Despite taking a 4th minute lead through a Wayne Rooney penalty England were beaten 2-1 by mighty Iceland in a Euro last 16 tie with manager Roy Hodgson resigning soon after the final whistle. One of England's most embarrassing defeats but the really sad thing was you just know it was going to happen! Still, we kept smiling...


28th June

Football On This Day - 28th June 1994
Russia beat Cameroon in a group match at the 1994 USA World Cup finals. Two goalscoring records were set in Russia's 6-1 victory – Oleg Salenko became the first player to score five goals in a World Cup finals match while the Cameroon goalscorer – Rogers Milla – at 42 years of age became the oldest goalscorer in the World Cup.

29th June

Football On This Day – 29th June 1950
England’s most embarrassing result? USA 1 England 0 in the World Cup Finals in Brazil. The part-timers of the United States had recorded what would prove to be one of the most amazing results in World Cup history. The goal came from
Joe Gaetjens, an accountancy student and part-time dishwasher. England player Wilf Mannion said after the match  ‘Bloody ridiculous. Can't we play them again tomorrow?’ But it wasn’t just the defeat but the realisation that England – playing in their first World Cup - weren’t even close to being the best in the world.

Football On This Day - June 29th 1995
In the early hours of June 29th 1995 a fire broke out in the main stand of Doncaster Rovers Belle Vue ground and around £100.000 of damage was caused to the seating and roof. In 1999 Ken Richardson, who was the owner of the club at the time, was convicted of organizing the blaze and was sentenced to four years in jail for conspiracy to commit arson. It was suggested at the trial that the plan was to destroy the stand and force the local council to help find the club a new home.

Football On This Day - June 29th 1998
You might think that David Beckham's career was one success after another but Goldenballs did suffer his off-days, perhaps the worst of which happened on this day in 1998. England had got past the group stage of the World Cup and so, inevitable, every England football supporter was expecting a repeat of the success of 1966. England were up against Argentina in the last 16 match, very much a grudge encounter. England had taken a 2-1 lead when a young Michael Owen scored what was widely regarded as a wonder goal - but then Argentina equalised, a Sol Campbell golden goal 'winner' in extra time was disallowed and England lost on penalties. Paul Ince and David Batty missed their kicks. Although England had played well the press didn't celebrate a gallant loss but blamed one person for that defeat - David Beckham. He had been sent off early in the second half for stupidly kicking Diego Simeone after the Argentine had fouled him. Of course had England had 11 players throughout they would have won and had Beckham been available for the penalties he would doubtless have taken the place of Ince or Batty and won the match again. The press crucified Beckham, effigies of him were burnt outside pubs up and down the country and away fans certainly didn't forget quickly!

30th June

Football On This Day – 30th June 1996
Football may have ‘come home’ for Euro 96 but the trophy didn’t stay here with Germany defeating the Czech Republic with a golden goal in the Wembley final.
It was the first major tournament to be decided with a golden goal and was the first major competition won by the unified Germany team.

Football On This Day – 30th June 2011
Qualifying for European football is great but it can mean an early start to the season. Fulham started out in the 2011/12 Europa League on this day in 2011 at Craven Cottage against Runavik, the first side from the Faroe Islands to play a competitive match in England.



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