FA Cup Final 1925 – Sheffield United vs Cardiff City

FA Cup Final 1925 – Sheffield United vs Cardiff City

In 1925 the FA Cup Final was between Sheffield United and Cardiff City. The Sheffield Daily Telegraph published a wonderful spread of pictures on Cup Final day. These are those pictures. Not particularly diplomatic from the Sheffield Telegraph, dropping the “United” from Sheffield. You do wonder what Wednesday fans felt of this oversight in 1925.  Running on the spot? Jumping up and down? It’s hard to tell. Part of Cardiff […]

Motorcycle football

Motorcycle football

Motorcycle football is an odd beast. As a sport it has emerged and disappeared in many different countries across the world to differing degrees of success. In the early 1930s Wembley was used as a venue for an England vs Germany motorcycle football clash. The German side faced Watford Motor-cycle club and featured riders who specialised in “hill climbing” and “road racing”. The Germans continued their tour of England playing […]

Cabbage football in Chesterfield

Cabbage football in Chesterfield

Steve Bruce has made the news once more for an interesting football oddity. After the re-discovery of the excellent Steve Barnes novels he penned during his time at Huddesfield Town, his reign at Aston Villa was effectively ended when a cabbage was thrown toward him from the crowd. This isn’t the first time cabbage has played a controversial role in football. In 1928 a group of miners from the north-East […]

How sportswear manufacturers advertised in 1891

How sportswear manufacturers advertised in 1891

For all the changes in football, one thing has remained constant throughout the 150 years of its history. The advertisements for football goods have remained a source of great interest. The adverts from the 19th Century displayed below have some fantastic descriptions. The recent World Cup balls such as the Tango, Telstar and Jabulani evoke certain memories, but what of the 19th Century footballs, the “Special Club”, “Football King”, “Centre-Half” […]

England, Colombia’s El Dorado, Manchester United and the greyhound track.

England, Colombia’s El Dorado, Manchester United and the greyhound track.

When most think about the links between Colombia and England the 98 World Cup game, Tino Asprilla’s spell at Newcastle and Higuita’s scorpion kick are the three things that are likely to come to mind. Those with a more obscure bent may even bring up Colombia’s participation in the Rous Cup during the 1980s. However, before the Chinese millions, before the Premier League era, before the Serie A glory days […]

Raith Rovers Football Song

Raith Rovers Football Song

I love finding old songs and poetry printed in newspapers from the late 19th and early 20th century. There’s something particularly innocent and fun about them. They are the sort of thing that would be seen as embarrassing by many modern day football supporters. I think they’re delightful. This one was written about Raith Rovers, published in the Fife Free Press, & Kirkcaldy Guardian on 22nd October 1921. RAITH ROVERS […]

A Football Ballad: The Wellingboro Cup

A Football Ballad: The Wellingboro Cup

Confusing Victorian newspaper reports make it difficult to know if the Wellingborough Cup was a real cup competition or merely a name for the games that took place between Reading and Swindon in the late 19th Century. This poem was published in the Reading Observer on the 5th December 1896 and details Reading’s 2-0 victory over Swindon Town at Elm Park. Swindon had beaten Reading 4-1 only a few weeks […]

1930s Football club nickname cartoons by George Green

1930s Football club nickname cartoons by George Green

George Green was a cartoonist with the Liverpool Echo for many years stretching from pre-World War II into the early 1960s. In 1939, just as the second world war was beginning to take hold, he drew a small cartoon of a different football club each Saturday representing their football club nickname. Here are the ones I could find on the excellent British Newspaper Archive. The series continued throughout the 1939/1940 […]