SOME OF THE STORIES.....
The Match of 3 Halves
It's not often a referee is late arriving at a match but on one occasion when that happened it saw a unique match played in the Football League. Turn the clock back to the opening day of the 1894/95 League season, Saturday 1st September 1894 when Sunderland were due to entertain Derby County in a First Division fixture. Over to the local newspaper who reported what happened next -
So with a replacement ref the match kicked off and goals from Campbell, Hannah and Hyslop gave Sunderland a 3-0 lead at the break. What happened next? Back to the newspaper report at the time...
So the half that had been played wouldn't count and two more halves were played. Goals from Campbell (2) and Hannah again gave Sunderland a 3-0 lead when the second half-time break arrived but in the third half, or the proper second half, Derby finally ran out of steam and goals from Hyslop (2), Campbell, Miller and Gillespie gave the home side a resounding 8-0 victory. John Campbell, pictured right, had scored four goals that afternoon but only three of them counted - but he still finished top of the First Division goalscorers chart.
So that's three halves, 2 hours 15 minutes of football, 11 goals were scored but the score you will find in the history books is 8-0!
The teams that day -
Sunderland: Doig, Meehan, Gow, Wilson, McCreadie, Johnstone, Gillespie, Miller, Campbell, Hyslop, Hannah.
Derby County: Robinson, Methven, Staley, Cox, Goodall (A), Dockery, Allan, Fletcher, Goodall (J), Bloomer, McMillan.
The scoreline Sunderland 8 Derby
County 0 set the scene for the fortunes the respective clubs would
experience in the remainder of the season. It remained the best League
victory of the season for Sunderland's 'Team of all the Talents' who on to
win their third League Championship in only their fifth season of League
membership. It proved to be Derby's worst League defeat of the season
which ended with them needing a Test Match victory to save them from
relegation to Division 2. But what has remained unique for both of them
was their involvement in that Match of Three Halves!