Football On This Day – 1st November 1930 Manchester
United beat Birmingham at Old Trafford after having lost every one of
their first twelve Division 1 matches that season. They eventually
finished bottom of the table and conceded a club record 115 League goals.
Link - Manchester United results & table 1930/31
Football On This Day – 2nd November 2010
Abandoned League matches are rare nowadays but
on Tuesday November 2nd 2010 three League matches were abandoned. In
League 1 the Hartlepool v Notts County fixture lasted just 3 minutes and
the Rochdale v Oldham game was called off after 6 minutes - both
waterlogged pitches. In League 2 the Cheltenham v Southend match lasted 66
minutes before the floodlights failed. Link -
Football On This Day –
2nd November 2011
Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini learnt a painful lesson in a
Champions League match against Villarreal in Spain - don't get excited in
a dugout that you are not familiar with. In a tense moment he jumped up to
discover the problem - it had a low roof! He spent the rest of the match
with an ice-pack on his head.
Football On This Day – 3rd November 2001
Tony Ford made what was his last appearance in the Football League, in
midfield for Rochdale in their 2-0 Division 3 defeat of Torquay United at
Spotland. He had made his League debut as a 16 year old back in 1975 and
in the intervening years had made 931 League appearances, a record for an
outfield player. An amazing achievement!
Football On This Day – 4th November 1933
Well, if you were Welsh and knew how to kick a football you may have been
in contention for an appearance for Wales when they played Northern
Ireland in a Home international match on this day in 1933. Their team
selection problems were so bad that FA of Wales Secretary Ted Robins had
to ring round clubs asking for recommendations for the Welsh side. Alf Day
of Tottenham made his debut for Wales that day based on such a
recommendation – his football up to then having been in non-league and the
Spurs reserves side! He didn’t make his debut for the Spurs first team
until April 1934 – and he never played for Wales again. Day was one of 4
Welshman to earn his international debut in that match – the others being
Tommy Mills of Clapton (now Leyton) Orient, Harry Hanford of Swansea and
David Jones of Leicester. Another Spurs player, Eugene O’Callaghan, was
the most experienced Welsh international that day, making just his ninth
appearance for his country. The match was drawn 1-1 in Belfast.
Football On This Day – 4th November 1952
The FA Youth Cup was first competed for in the 1952/53 season and in as
early as the Second Round in 1952 a record score was set which still
stands to this day. At the Cliff training ground Manchester United beat
non-leaguers Nantwich Town 23-0 with 'Busby Babe' Duncan Edwards scoring
five of the goals. Link -
clubs scoring 10 in a cup match
Football On This Day – 4th November 1970 The 1970/71
season saw the penalty shoot-out reach the premier club tournament in
Europe - the European Cup. The first-ever European Cup shoot-out penalty
was taken by an English player and ... it was saved! Joe Royle was the
player and Everton his club but despite his failure Everton reached the
Third Round 4-3 on penalties. Perhaps that was a surprising result
considering the opposition that evening were the Germans of
Borussia Mönchengladbach - if only
future shoot-outs against the Germans were equally as successful!
Link - Everton results in Europe
Football On This Day – 5th November 1932 Arsenal won
7-1 at Wolves – the previous Saturday they had beaten Leicester 8-2 at
Highbury –but back in North London the underground opposite their
home ground was renamed Arsenal from Gillespie Road.
Link - Arsenal results and table 1932/33
Football On This Day – 5th November 1969 Emlyn Hughes
made his England debut in a 1-0 friendly win over Holland in Amsterdam. He
went on the win 62 caps for his country and was the only player to make
appearances for England in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. 'Crazy Horse'
Hughes found continued fame as a team captain in BBC's A Question of
Sport, once being threatened with a battering from Princess Anne and
Football On This Day – 6th November 1954 Middlesbrough suffered
their record League defeat, 0-9 at Blackburn Rovers in a Second Division
match. The following Saturday they fielded exactly the same team at home
to Fulham - and won that one 4-2.
Football On This Day – 6th November 1965
Goalkeepers are used to having things thrown at them but Brentford 'keeper
Chic Brodie was a tad surprised at what was directed at him when playing
against Millwall in a Third Division fixture at Griffin Park in 1965 - a
hand grenade! He calmly threw it into the back of the net and got on with
the game - it was only after the match that it was found to be a dud.
Football On This Day – 7th November 1931 Rochdale
beat New Brighton in a Division 3 (North) match – and then managed to pick
up just a single point in the remainder of the season. That was 27 League
and cup matches with one draw and 26 defeats - including a 9-1 thumping.
Link - Rochdale results and table 1931/32
Football On This Day – 7th November 1987 Less than a month after being appointed Huddersfield Town manager
Malcolm Macdonald had to watch his side suffer a 10-1 Division 2 defeat
against Manchester City at Maine Road. Three City players - Paul Stewart,
Tony Adcock and David White - scored hat-tricks in the match. That was the
last time a club scored ten or more goals in a League fixture. Link -
clubs scoring double figures in League matches
Football On This Day – 7th November 2015 In one of those strange quirks of the fixture list Premier League
new boys Bournemouth - the most southerly side who had ever played in the
Premier League - entertained Newcastle - the most northerly side ever to
play in the PL. On the same day at Carrow Road Norwich City, the most
easterly club to have played in the PL, played Swansea City - you've
guessed it, the most westerly side ever to play in the Premier League.
There were 1-0 victories for Newcastle and Norwich.
Football On This Day – 8th November 1996
Steve Coppell left Crystal Palace to make over as manager of First
Division Manchester City in October 1996 but after only 33 days and six
matches as boss he resigned the Maine Road job because of stress. His
assistant Phil Neal became caretaker manager.
Football On This Day – 8th November 1986
The date of Alex Ferguson's first match as manager of Manchester United.
It didn't prove to be the best of starts with a 2-0 First Division defeat
at the Manor Ground home of Oxford United. I think that the smartest
person that day was the fan who got hold of Fergie's team-sheet for the
match - in June 2013 he sold it at auction for a mahoosive £19,000! Not
bad for a scrappy bit of paper on which the manager had listed his team
for that fixture - Chris Turner, Mike
Duxbury, Arthur Albiston, Kevin Moran, Paul McGrath, Graeme
Hogg, Clayton Blackmore, Remi Moses, Frank Stapleton, Peter Davenport,
Peter Barnes with the one sub being Jesper Olsen.
Football On This Day – 9th November 1889
When Notts County found themselves a player
short for their Football League match against Aston Villa on November 9th
1889 they borrowed a player from their near neighbours, non-leaguers
Nottingham Forest. The match ended 1-1 at Trent Bridge but Villa objected
saying the borrowed player was ineligible as he wasn't registered to play
for County. The League Management Committee upheld that complaint docking
Notts County one point and fining them £5. The player Notts County
borrowed was Tinsley Lindley who was a remarkable character. As a 16-year
old he scored a hat-trick on his debut for Nottingham Forest and later
scored 14 goals in 13 appearances for England. He wore walking shoes
rather than traditional football boots as he could run quicker in them and
remained an amateur player throughout his playing career. He also played
County cricket for Nottinghamshire. He also studied law at Cambridge
University and was a barrister and in that capacity took charge of
County's appeal against the punishment claiming that by imposing both a
fine and a points penalty Notts County had been punished twice. A General
Meeting of the League clubs accepted his argument dropping the one point
deduction but increasing the fine to £25.
Football On This Day – 9th November 1990
Love him or hate him Mark Lawrenson is well-known as a football pundit on
TV but he once had a 'proper' job in the game. After a long and successful
playing career he dipped his toe into management but that career came to
an end on 9th November 1990. After a little over a year as manager of
Fourth Division Peterborough United a fall-out with the clubs' board saw
him leave the Posh and those television cameras were waiting.
Football On This Day – 9th November 1997 Aberdeen's Dean
Windass had the distinction of being sent off three times in the SPL match
against Dundee United at Tannadice Park. Two bookings saw him shown the
first red card with the second being for dissent when he made his
displeasure known to referee Stuart Dougal. On his way to the tunnel he
took his frustrations out on a corner flag for which he was sent off for
the third time. That was a total of 22 penalty points for which he
received a 6-match ban plus a club fine of 2 weeks' wages.
Football On This Day – 9th November 2000 The day after an Old
Trafford crowd of 66,776 had seen Manchester United defeat Dynamo Kiev 1-0
to narrowly qualify from their Champions League group United captain Roy
Keane criticised the poor vocal support the team had at the match. His
main complaint was directed to the fans in the hospitality boxes with Keane
have a few drinks and probably the prawn sandwiches and they don't realise
what's going on out on the pitch.' From then on people in hospitality
boxes became the prawn sandwich brigade while Roy Keane couldn't escape
the association with the crustacean
- years later many shops gave buyers of his newly published autobiography
a free prawn sandwich!
Football On This Day – 9th November 2016 Donald Trump was declared
the next President of the US of A just months after the shock Brexit vote
and we were all told why this had happened - it was Leicester City's
fault! It seems that City's shock Premier League title success gave hope
to all the underdogs in the world that they can stand up and be
successful. So the world voted for Brexit and Donald Trump. Well, I can
see the logic!
Football On This Day – 10th November 1954 It wasn't as
famous as the hat-trick scored at Wembley 12 years later but the 3 goals
Chelsea's Roy Bentley scored against Wales in the British Home
Championship was the first hat-trick by an England player at Wembley (it
opened in 1923!).
England won 3-2, John Charles scoring the two goals for Wales.
Football On This Day – 11th November 1987 A few names
from the past. England played Yugoslavia for the last time in a
competitive match, winning 4-1 in Belgrade in a Euro 88 qualifier. Peter
Beardsley, John Barnes, Bryan Robson and Tony Adams scored the goals in
the first 25 minutes to see England top their qualifying group, dropping
just one point from six matches and with a goal difference of +18. It left
England with high hopes for the Euro 88 finals in Germany - where they
lost all three matches!
Football On This Day – 11th November 2006 A
First Round FA Cup tie between Barrow and Bristol Rovers at Holker Street
saw the first player in England to be jailed for an incident during a
football match. After half an hour Barrow defender James Cotterill punched
the Bristol Rovers forward Sean Rigg, breaking his jaw in two places. The
match officials hadn't seen the attack but Match of the Day cameras had
and Cotterill was charged with causing grievous bodily harm, found guilty
and sentenced to four months in prison. Link - Crime and Punishment
Football On This Day – 11th November 2016 World Cup
qualifiers between England and Scotland
at Wembley are always going to well talked about but when the two
countries met on November 11th 2016 all the talk seemed to be
about….poppies! The match was played on Armistice Day and England
players, as well as the Scots, wore armbands displaying poppies, a
minute’s silence was held, the Last Post was played, there was a display
of poppies on the big Wembley screens and poppy T-shirts were handed out
to the fans. The trouble was FIFA had a ruling banning ‘political and
religious’ symbols and displays at matches and they considered poppies to
be just that! Ridiculous or what! England were 3-0 winners but were fined
a little over £35,000.
Football On This Day – 12th November 1921 Billy
Walker became the first player to score a hat-trick of penalties in the
League in Aston Villa’s 7-1 home First Division victory over Bradford
Link - Aston Villa results and table 1921/22
Football On This Day – 13th November 1982
Allan Simonsen was transferred to his
only English club you just had to check to see if it was April 1st because
it was unreal. The former European Footballer of the Year was on the move
from Barcelona and turned down Real Madrid in preference to joining ...
Second Division Charlton Athletic! His debut on this day in 1982 for
Charlton against Middlesbrough saw their crowd double from their previous
League match at the Valley - but that was only from 5,278 to 10,807. Sadly
Charlton could only afford his wages for four months before he was on the
move again but he had scored 9 goals in 16 League outings and the memories
Football On This Day – 14th November 1934
England's line-up for their 'friendly' against world champions Italy at
Highbury included seven Arsenal players - Bastin, Bowden, Copping, Drake,
Hapgood, Male and Moss. That was - and still is - the record for the most
players from a single club in the starting line-up of an England team.
England later fielded seven Manchester United players against Albania in
2001 only five were in the starting line and two came on later as subs.
Then followed the 'Battle of Highbury' which was one of the most
ill-tempered matches in history - a broken foot, a broken arm and a broken
nose to name but three injuries....and England won 3-2.
Football On This Day – 14th November 1973
England were beaten 1-0 by Italy in a friendly at Wembley. It was the
108th and last England appearance for Bobby Moore while the Italy
goalscorer would have an England connection in the future - Fabio Capello.
Football On This Day – 15th November 1969
On this day in 1969 Liverpool's 2-0 victory over West Ham at Anfield was
the first match to be transmitted in colour.
At the time colour TVs were still rare
so the commentators had to ensure that their commentaries were suitable
for viewers with either colour or black and white sets. That caused
problems. John Motson once famously said
those of you watching in black and white, Spurs are in the all-yellow
Football On This Day – 15th November 1986
The Oxford United players were told that their coach home would leave at
5.30pm on the dot after their First Division match at Queens Park Rangers
- and it did. The problem was that four Oxford players - Jeremy Charles,
Les Phillips, Peter Rhoades-Brown and leading scorer John Aldridge - were
standing by the coach signing autographs...and the bus left without them!
They had to get a lift home with supporters, and they weren't too chuffed
Football On This Day – 16th November 1938
England recorded a memorable 7-0 victory over Northern Ireland in a Home
International Championship match at Old Trafford. Tottenham's Willie Hall
stole the show scoring 5 goals - equalling what is still the record for
England - including a hat-trick in under 4 minutes which is also an
England record. The other goals came from Tommy Lawton and Stanley
Matthews and Joe Mercer who made his England debut. Those were the days!
Football On This Day – 17th November 1873
Raven Hotel in Shrewsbury (pictured) was the unlikely setting for a
bit of footballing history. The FA Cup 1st Round tie between Sheffield FC
and Shropshire Wanderers had ended in 0-0 draws at the Bramall Lane
cricket ground (as it was then) and in the replay at the Shrewsbury Race
Course. Rather than have a second replay the teams decided during an
after-match meal to decide the winners by a toss of a coin. That was the
only time an FA Cup tie has been decided by a toss of a coin - Sheffield
calling correctly and progressing to the Second Round. I'm not sure what
surprises me more - that the FA Cup rules were so loose to allow two teams
to decide the outcome of a tie in that way or that the two teams were
still friendly enough after a cup tie to eat together! Link
- FA Cup results 1873/74
Football On This Day – 17th November 1945
Friendlies are rarely matches that stick in
the memory but the
one exception I can think of was when Moscow
Dynamo toured Britain in November 1945. The Second World War had just
ended and the country wanted to be entertained again and the footballers
from far-off Russia did just that. Unbeaten in their four friendly matches
against Arsenal, Cardiff, Chelsea and Rangers they packed the grounds they
played in with many believing over 100,000 were at Stamford Bridge and not
many fewer being present at Ibrox. But when they played Cardiff City at a
Park on 17th November 1945 Moscow Dynamo produced a masterclass in a
10-1 victory and British football was never quite the same again.
Football On This Day
– 17th November 1992 One of the early
steps Vinnie Jones took on the path to becoming a film-star was not a
successful one. He brought out a video - Soccer's Hard Men - which
the Football Association considered a glorification of violence in the
game. He was charged by the FA for bringing the game into disrepute and on
this day in 1992 was found guilty and
fined £20,000 (then a record) and received a six month playing ban, which
was suspended for three years. Link -
Crime & Punishment
Football On This Day – 17th November 1993 A new low
for England. In their final qualifying match for the 1994 World Cup finals
England needed to thump mighty San Marino in Bologna to have have any
chance of qualifying. Instead after just 8 seconds Davide Gualtieri scored
for San Marino! OK England won 7-1 watched by a 2,378 crowd but they
failed to qualify for the finals - finishing third in the group behind
Norway and the Netherlands - and within a week Graham Taylor had resigned
Football On This Day – 17th November 1993 England
might have failed to get to the World Cup finals - as did Scotland, Wales
and Northern Ireland - but at least an English-born manager would be in
the USA. Roy Hodgson's Switzerland beat Estonia in their final qualifier
to finish in the second qualifying spot in their group behind Italy.
Football On This Day – 17th November 1993 A tragedy
in Wales. A distress rocket of all things was fired at the Wales v Romania
World Cup qualifier at the Cardiff Arms Park which hit and killed a
spectator. The two people responsible were later tried and convicted of
manslaughter and were each sentenced to 3 years in prison, the judge
describing the act as one of 'mindless and crass stupidity'.
Football On This Day – 17th November 1998 It was
'Arise, Sir Geoff' as Geoff Hurst received his knighthood from the Queen
in recognition of his services to football. He was the third person
connected to England's 1966 World Cup victory to be knighted after player
Bobby Charlton (in 1994) and manager Alf Ramsey (in 1967). He said that
the Buckingham Palace ceremony was more important to him than the
hat-trick he scored in the World Cup final against West Germany.
Football On This Day – 17th November 1999 Welshman John
Toshack was sacked as the Real Madrid manager - for the second time. He
had joined the club in February of that year but his unpopular reign came
to an end after 11 matches of the new season with the club in a lowly 8th
place. Almost exactly nine years to the day previously he had been sacked
for the first time by the Spanish giants despite guiding the club to a La Liga title and only losing 8 of the 64 matches he was in charge.
Football On This Day – 18th November 1905 In their
first season in the Football League Chelsea were forced to play in the
qualifying rounds of the FA Cup. The fixture congestion that caused saw
the Londoners have to play two matches in one day. On 18th November 1905
Chelsea's first team beat Burnley 1-0 at Stamford Bridge in the Second
Division while their reserves lost 7-1 at Southern League Crystal Palace
in the 3rd Qualifying Round of the FA Cup. That is still the worst defeat
suffered by a League side against a non-league team in the FA Cup. Link
- Chelsea results 1905/06
Football On This Day – 18th November 1995 After an
impressive run of 25 undefeated Premier League League matches on the trot
(13 at the end of 1994/95, 12 at the start of 1995/96) Nottingham Forest
were hoping that their successful days were back. Then they lost 7-0
against Premier League champions Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park!
Link - Nottingham Forest League history
Football On This Day – 18th November 2009
The Republic of Ireland were eliminated from the World Cup in the most
controversial of circumstances. All square during extra time of their play
off second leg against France in Paris Thierry Henry handled the ball
twice before passing to William Gallas who headed the ball into the net.
The 'goal' was allowed and France had won their place in the 2010 World
Cup finals in South Africa. Thierry Henry was widely branded as a cheat
but attempts to get the match replayed were rejected by FIFA. In June 2015
it emerged that FIFA had made a €5million payment to the FA of Ireland to
prevent any legal action being taken against them over the incident.
Football On This Day – 19th November 1960 Jimmy
Greaves scored a hat-trick for Chelsea in their 6-3 thumping of Manchester
City in a First Division fixture at Stamford Bridge. In doing so he scored
his 100th League goal and, at 20 years 290 days old, he became the
youngest player ever to score a century of League goals.
Football On This Day – 20th November 1965 Tony Read
scored his first League hat-trick when helping Luton Town to a 5-1 Fourth
Division defeat of Notts County at Kenilworth Road. Not bad....for a
goalkeeper! When he signed for the Hatters from Peterborough an injury
prevented him playing between the posts so he moved to the outfield
instead where he started scoring goals in the reserves and progressed to
the first team. He played in 33 of Luton's 46 League matches in 1965/66
with only the last six being in his favoured position of 'keeper while in
the other 27 matches as a forward he scored 12 times including that
hat-trick. Not a bad ratio for a goalkeeper!
Football On This Day – 20th November 1971 Ted MacDougall
set a new goalscoring record for the FA Cup competition proper (first
round onwards) when he scored 9 goals for Bournemouth in their 11-0
thumping of Southern League Premier Division side Margate in a First Round
tie. He later said 'I was disappointed as I thought I should have got 11.'
Link - FA Cup results 1971/72
Football On This Day – 20th November 2004 Former Brazilian World Cup captain
Sócrates made an unusual debut for his only English club side. He was 50,
had been retired for 15 years and the club he played for was Garforth Town
of the Northern Counties East Football League! His one game for the
Yorkshire club saw him come on as a sub with 12 minutes remaining of the
2-2 draw with Tadcaster Albion. Garforth's boss explained why that was his
only match for them - 'I
decided not to play him in the next game because his warm-up had consisted
of drinking two bottles of Budweiser and three cigarettes which we had in
the changing rooms. I didn't think it was a good idea for him to carry on
playing too much more though he was keen to."
Football On This Day – 21st November 1936 A 4817
crowd at the Feethams saw an entertaining Third Division North fixture
between Darlington and Hartlepools United. The match ended 5-5 with nine
players scoring goals - Logan, Brown, Towers and Stranger (2) for
Darlington and Scott, Hill, English, Robertson and Wigham for Hartlepools
(they had an 's' in their name in those days!).
Football On This Day – 21st November 1967 It was announced that Peterborough United were to be relegated from
the 3rd to the 4th Division at the end of the 1967/68 season after being
found guilty of financial irregularities. One of those irregularities was
offering Posh players an illegal bonus to beat Sunderland in an FA Cup tie
the previous season - Posh had lost 7-1. At the time of the punishment
Posh were still hopeful of a promotion challenge but the season became
almost meaningless - surely the most severe punishment ever handed out by
the football authorities? Link - Points deductions, demotions
Football On This Day – 21st November 1974 Peter Shilton joined Stoke City for a £325,000 transfer fee, at the
time a world record for a goalkeeper. A week later the England
international was part of a time - which included Mike Pejic, Jimmy
Greenhoff, Alan Hudson, Jimmy Robertson and Geoff Hurst - that beat his
former club Leicester City 1-0 to go top of the First Division. They
finished the season in fifth place, four points behind League champions
Football On This Day – 21st November 1977 He was 37 and playing for a non-league club but you couldn't keep
Jimmy Greaves out of the headlines. Playing for Barnet on this day in 1977
against Chelmsford City in an Eastern Floodlit League match he was sent
off for using foul and abusive language. He refused to leave the pitch so
the referee abandoned the match.
Football On This Day – 21st November 1979 For the
first time an England match at Wembley was postponed, the scheduled
European Championship qualifier against Bulgaria being called off because
of heavy fog. The match was played the following evening although without
England captain Kevin Keegan who had to return to his club, Hamburg.
England won 2-0 with Glenn Hoddle scoring on his international debut.
Football On This Day – 22nd November 1930 Clapton
Orient – now Leyton Orient – played their first home Division 3 (South)
match at their new temporary home – Wembley Stadium! Their own Lea Bridge
Road ground had been closed for alterations to be made and on this day in
1930 a Wembley crowd of 8,319 saw them beat Brentford 3-0. Two weeks later
they played their second and last League match at Wembley, just 1,916
witnessing a 3-1 victory over Southend.
Link - full story
Football On This Day – 22nd November 2007 The day
after England's hopes of qualifying for Euro 2008 ended with a 3-2 defeat
against Croatia at a soggy Wembley England boss Steve McClaren was
christened the 'Wally with a brolly' by the Daily Mail...and was
sacked by the FA. McClaren had only been in charge of England for 18
matches. Also sacked was his assistant, Terry Venables.
Football On This Day – 22nd November 2016 Footballers are like the rest of us - they don't know when they will
make the news...or what that news will be for! When Braintree Town striker
Simeon Akinola was travelling to Bromley for a Vanarama National League
match he was doubtless thinking of how many goals he would score in this
'man of the match' performance that evening. Reality hit home when he
arrived at Bromley's empty Hayes Lane ground - the match was being played
60-odd miles away at Braintree! He managed to get back to the right ground
by half-time and made an appearance as a second-half substitute, helping
to set-up Braintree's second goal in the 2-2 draw. And then the news
people took over!
Football On This Day – 23rd November 1896 Tragedy struck Woolwich Arsenal in their fourth Football League season
(Woolwich Arsenal became Arsenal in 1914). Full-back Joe Powell suffered a
horrific broken arm in a United League match at Kettering Town's North
Park ground on November 23rd 1896 with dirt getting into the wound causing
blood poisoning and tetanus. His arm had to be amputated but sadly on
November 29th the 26-year-old died at his Plumstead home. Joe Powell had
joined Woolwich Arsenal in 1892 when the Londoners bought him out of the
army. He captained the Woolwich Arsenal side in their first match in the
Football League, against Newcastle in September 1893, and had played in 86
of the 98 Football League matches Woolwich Arsenal had played prior to the
Football On This Day – 23rd November 1978 John Gordon,
Scotland's top ref, and linesmen Rollo Kyle and David McCartney were
suspended by the Scottish FA after admitting they accepted 'excessive
hospitality' from AC Milan before their UEFA Cup tie against Levski
Spartak. They had been taken on a shopping trip in Milan to buy gifts the
day before the match. AC Milan were fined £8,000 by UEFA.
Football On This Day…. November 23rd 2002 There have
been plenty of stories about Joey Barton over the years with his first
headlines coming before he made his senior debut. In fact that was the
story! Manchester City manager Kevin Keegan was about to bring on the
20-year-old Barton as a substitute in the Premier League defeat against
Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium for what would have been his first
team debut. But then Barton discovered that he had lost his shirt! He had
left it in the dugout at half time and it seems that a Boro fan had lifted
it in his absence - and there was no spare! The rules were that he had to
wear a shirt with his quad number - 41 - on it to play and so without that
it was Ali Benarbia who Keegan brought on as the sub. Joey Barton had to
wait until April 5th 2003 before eventually making his first team debut,
against Bolton in the Premier League. Link - debuts
Football On This Day – 23rd November 2014 England's
women played their first match at the revamped Wembley, a friendly against
Germany. Despite transport problems in London the crowd of 45,619 was over
5000 up on England's mens' last friendly at the ground. The Germans,
inevitably, spoilt the day with a 3-0 victory.
Football On This Day – 24th November 2001 Southampton
moved from The Dell to their new St Mary's Stadium at the start of the
2001/02 season, but they found it hard to win at their new ground. Their
first five Premier League matches at their new home saw four defeats and a
draw so - as you do - they brought in the help of Pagan Priestess
Cerradwen 'Dragonoak' Connelly for help. She performed an exorcism at St
Mary's, site of a Anglo-Saxon village called Hamwick, to banish a curse
from the ground. Don't knock it because the very next day - Saturday 24th
November 2001 - Southampton beat Charlton 1-0 to record their first
victory at St Mary's in front of 31,198 fans which was the record home
crowd for the Saints at any ground (since bettered). Magic or what?
Football On This Day – 24th November 2017 Times
have changed since the days when the best career an ex-pro footballer
could hope for was to run a pub. Michael Owen earned a bob or two playing
for some of the top sides in Europe and on retirement turned his attention
to the racetrack as a owner and breeder of race-horses. And on Friday
November 24th in the 12.15 at Ascot the 37-year-old former England
international made his debut as a jockey. He lost over a stone in a month
to make the weight and rode Calder Prince to second place in the
Prince's Countryside Fund race. Afterwards he said he was 'chuffed'
and likened it to playing in the World Cup quarter-finals against Brazil -
I guess because England finished second in that one as well!
Football On This Day – 25th November 1992 First
Division Peterborough United beat non-leaguers Kingstonian 9-1 in an FA
Cup First Round replay with Tony Philliskirk scoring five of the goals.
Both were club records - for a few days anyway until the FA declared the
match void and ordered a replay behind closed doors. The reason for the
punishment - Kingstonian 'keeper Adrian Blake had been hit by a coin
thrown from the crowd in the 55th minute and was replaced by an outfield
player when the score was just 3-0.
Link - FA Cup results 1992/93
Link - Peterborough United results 1992/93
Football On This Day – 26th November 1904 An abandonment
in the 1904/05 season changed the outcome of the League championship.
Everton's match at Woolwich Arsenal on November 26th 1904 was abandoned after 76 minutes due to fog
with the Merseysiders leading 3-1. When the match was eventually played again, just
before the end of the season when they had to play 3 matches in 4 days, Everton lost 2-1. If the original match had
been completed (and if the scoreline had remained the same), Everton would
have pipped Newcastle to the League Championship by a point. Instead they
Link - Everton results and table 1904/05 Link - abandoned matches
Football On This Day – 26th November 1991 In 1991 the
rules were changed to allow penalty shoot-outs to replace multiple replays
in the FA Cup. The first tie to be decided by the new rules was the first
round tie between Rotherham and Scunthorpe on Tuesday November 26th 1991
when after two drawn games Rotherham won the penalty decider 7-6 at Millmoor.
Link - FA Cup results 1991/92
Link - penalty shoot-outs
Football On This Day – 26th November 1992 Manchester
United bought Eric Cantona from Leeds United for £1.2m. Not a bad buy I
Football On This Day – 26th November 2011 Dreams can come
true in football. On 26th November 2011 Jamie Vardy scored a goal for
non-leaguers Fleetwood Town in front of a crowd of 768 in a Conference
match at Gateshead. Four years later - almost to the day - on November
28th 2015 he scored for Leicester City against Manchester United. He had
scored in 11 consecutive Premier League matches breaking the record of 10
set by Manchester United's Ruud van Nistelrooy in 2003. Vardy increased
the record to 12 in helping Leicester City's Premier League title
challenge - surely another unlikely dream in itself!
Football On This Day – 27th November 1916
Hartlepools United's Victoria Ground recorded an unwelcomed footballing
first - the first English ground to be bombed in a war-time air-raid. Two
First World War German Zeppelins jettisoned their bombs over Hartlepools
when confronted by the Royal Flying Corps, destroying the main stand at
the Victoria Ground. After the war ended the club demanded £2500 from the
German Government to cover the damage - they didn't get it!
Football On This Day – 27th November 1948 Colchester
United’s old Layer Road all-time record crowd of 19,072 was set on this
day at a First Round FA Cup tie against Reading. The match was abandoned
after 35 minutes because of fog!
Link - FA Cup results 1948/49 Link - Abandoned matches
Football On This Day -
27th November 1957 Future
England manager Bobby Robson made his England playing debut, against
France at Wembley. Times have changed - he had first discovered that he
had been selected for the England squad when he read the news in a
newspaper stop press column! He scored twice in the 4-0 victory.
Manchester United's Tommy Taylor scored the other two but tragically that
was the last time that he, Duncan Edwards and Roger Byrne were to play for
England with the Munich tragedy claiming their lives before England played
again, against Scotland in April 1958. Despite scoring twice on his debut
Bobby Robson also missed the Scotland match being dropped and replaced by
a player who made his debut. That player was Bobby Charlton - not sure if
he had much of an England career after that!!
This Day - 27th November 2006 The Ulster Bank
in Northern Ireland marked the first anniversary of the death of George
Best when they issued 1 million £5 notes in honour of the greatest player
to come from the north of Ireland. They were legal tender but I bet not
many were found in change as they immediately became worth more than face
value in the souvenir market.
Football On This Day – 28th November 1955
For the first time two Football League sides played an FA Cup tie under
floodlights. The second replay of a First Round tie between Carlisle
United and Darlington was played at St James' Park, Newcastle, with
Darlington winning 3-1.
Link - FA Cup results 1955/56 Link -
Football On This Day – 28th November 1970
Goalkeeper Chic Brodie made over 400 Football
League appearances but is probably best remembered for the incident with a
dog on the pitch. Playing for Brentford against Colchester United in a
Fourth Division fixture at Layer Road a dog ran onto the pitch and
collided with Brodie, breaking his
kneecap. He said 'the dog may have been small - but it just happened to
be solid.' Although it is perhaps seen as a comical injury it did
effectively end his Football League career and I certainly said 'ouch'
when I first saw it........
Football On This Day – 28th November 1975 George Best made his
League debut for Stockport County, yes he really did! After his
acrimonious departure from Old Trafford in 1974 he made his first brief
return to League football at Edgeley Park and made his debut for Stockport
in their home Fourth Division match against Swansea City on 28th November
1975. He scored a goal in County's 3-2 victory and played in their next
two home matches, against Watford and Southport, before moving on again.
Football On This Day – 28th November 1999 On this day in 1999
Paraguayan goalkeeper José Luis
Chilaverscored a hat-trick - all
from the penalty spot - in his Argentinian club side
Vélez Sarsfield's 6–1 victory over Ferro
Carril Oeste. Amazingly
Chilavert scored 48 goals in his 341
appearances for Vélez and
another 8 in his 74 international matches for Paraguay. That record
certainly gives a new meaning to the term 'all rounder'!
Football On This Day – 28th November 2016
Tragedy in South America. A plane travelling
from Brazil crashed on its landing approach to Medellin airport in
Colombia, 71 of the 77 on board being killed. The plane was carrying the
players and officials of Brazilian football team Chapecoense on their way
to the biggest match in their history – a 2016 Copa
Sudamericana final (equivalent to the Europa League in Europe) first leg
match against Colombia’s Atlético Nacional. Nineteen players were amongst
those killed – just three survived the crash – and as a result the final
matches weren’t played and Chapecoense were awarded the 2016
trophy. The reason for the crash was announced shortly later – amazingly
the plane had run out of fuel!
Football On This Day – 29th November 1990
On his 17th birthday a youth team player at Manchester United, who was
considered the best prospect since George Best, was offered a 5-year
professional contract with the club. The player...Ryan Giggs. He duly
signed the contract! Whatever happened to him?
Football On This Day – 30th November 1872
The first ever official international match was played when England played
Scotland at the West of Scotland Cricket Club ground in Partick. A crowd
of around 4,000 saw a 0-0 draw.
Football On This Day – 30th November 1994
The 'golden goal' arrived in English football. At an Auto Windscreens
Second Round match between Huddersfield Town and Lincoln City
Huddersfield's Iain Dunn became the first player to score a sudden death
winner, in the 107th minute of the match. Later in the season Birmingham
beat Carlisle in the Wembley final of the same competition with a golden
..an abandoned match allowed a player to play for both sides in the same
Full details of this and other unusual abandonments click on...