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‘Extraordinary Scene at a Football Match’ – Fearsome Neighbours Refuse to Return the Match Ball

We absolutely love this quirky story! Anyone who has ever had a problem with eccentric neighbours who won’t return a ball when it lands in their garden will enjoy reading this story. Derby Daily Telegraph – Monday 18 April 1887 Image © THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000327/18870418/005/0002

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The Founding of the Football Association – The Freemasons’ Tavern, London, 26 October 1863

‘The following resolution was carried: That is is advisable a Football Association should be formed for the purpose of settling a code of rules for the regulation of the game of football.’ On 26 October 1863, 11 football clubs and schools from London met at The Freemasons’ Tavern to form the Football Association and to agree on a code of football rules. We thought we’d mark this historic day by posting three contemporary newspaper stories that report on this momentous

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John Thomson, Goalkeeper for Celtic and Scotland – Died on 5 September 1931

John Thomson, the Kirkcaldy-born goalkeeper for Celtic and the Scotland, died on 5 September 1931, after suffering a fractured skull in an accidental collision with Sam English of Rangers – Thomson was 22 years old. Around 30,000 people attended Thomson’s funeral in Cardenden, Fife – many of whom had walked the 55 miles from Glasgow. To mark one of the saddest days in the history of Scottish football, here are some photos of John Thomson. Quem di diligunt, adulescens moritur.

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Scotland v England – Glasgow, 30 November 1872

On 30 November 1872, Scotland played England in the first ever official international football match. The match was played on St Andrew’s Day at the West of Scotland Cricket Club ground at Hamilton Crescent in Partick, Glasgow, and 5,000 fans watched the game. Although the game ended 0-0, those of a tartan persuasion will very likely tell you that Scotland should have won by a barrowload and that, indeed, it was grand ‘moral victory’ for Scotland. Hmm, perhaps. Included below are some

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