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'.
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
....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!
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
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!
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!
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.
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
England qualified from the group in second place with group winners
Morocco becoming the first African nation to qualify for the knock-out
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.
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....
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
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’.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Link - Tranmere results 2009/10
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.
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!
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.
Football On This Day – 19th June 1958
Brazil beat Wales 1-0 in the World Cup quarter-finals in Sweden, a
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!
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?
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!
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
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
Link - Penalty Shoot-outs
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!!
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!
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
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
Link - Penalty Shoot-outs
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
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...
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
..an abandoned match allowed a player to play for both sides in the same
Full details of this and other unusual abandonments click on...