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27/8/2019, Bury Football Club, facing severe financial difficulties, was ejected from the English football league. Its problems, akin to those of nearby Bolton Wanderers (which was rescued at the last minute) were typical of smaller lower league clubs, in a sport where the vast majority of TV broadcasting, sponsorship and advertising revenues were hoovered up by the top league clubs.

13/7/2014, Germany beat Argentina to win the World Cup in Brazil. There had been unrest amongst Brazil’s poor over the money spent on the Games.

2/7/2003. Russian oil tycoon Roman Abramovitch bought Chelsea Football Club.

1995, Middlesborough FC moved to a new ground on the edge of town. Many football clubs were doing the same, capitalising on the sale of former inner city grounds as the UK property market boomed, and getting new state of the art racilities at the same time. Sometimes the club could obtain a sponsorship deal at the same time.

3/3/1998, Panggih Prio Sembodho, Indonesian footballer, was born.

13/2/1994. Liverpool FC signed record £4m shirt sponsorship deal with Danish brewers Carlsberg.

22/9/1993. The Albanian national football team were banned from swapping shirts with their opponents, because the authorities couldn’t afford replacements.

27/2/1993, Alphonse Areola, footballer, was born.

1/11/1992, Reece Brown, English footballer, was born.

3/7/1992, Crystal Dunn, US soccer player, was born.

7/3/1991, Michele Rigione, Italian footballer, was born.

8/7/1990, One billion people watched Germany defeat Argentina to win the World Cup.

8/10/1989, Armand Traore, French footballer, was born,

4/7/1989, Rodgers Kola, Zambian footballer, was born.

15/4/1989. Football fans were crushed at Hillsborough stadium, Sheffield. 95 Liverpool fans were crushed against steel fences designed to prevent a pitch invasion after police opened gates to let more fans in, to see the semi final of the FA cup. 200 were injured.

7/7/1988, Tottenham Hotspur Football Club paid a record £2 million transfer fee to Newcastle United for Paul Gascoigne.

21/3/1988, Lee Cattermole, English footballer, was born.

3/3/1986, Jed Collins, US football player, was born.

29/5/1985. Europe’s worst football riot saw 41 Italian and Belgian football fans dead at the Liverpool versus Juventas match at the Heysel stadium, Belgium. Spectators were crushed when a wall collapsed under the weight of fans trying to escape rampaging British supporters. On 2/6/1985 FIFA imposed a worldwide ban on British football fans.

11/5/1985. Fire broke out in the main stand of Bradford City football ground, killing 56 spectators and injuring over 170.  A cigarette or match ignited accumulated rubbish under the stands.

1/7/1984. Argentina’s football star, Diego Maradonna, was signed by Naples for £1million.

2/4/1983, Felix Borja, Ecuadorian footballer, was born

17/10/1982, Nick Riewoldt, Australian footballer, was born.

28/10/1980, Alan Smith, English footballer, was born.

10/7/1979, Mvondo Atangana, Cameroon footballer, was born.

14/2/1979, The first £1 million transfer deal in British football. Trevor Francis moved from Birmingham City to Nottingham Forest. Later in 1979 this record was broken when Steve Dudley moved from Wolverhampton Wanderers to Manchester United for £1.45 million, and then Andy Gray moved from Aston Villa to Wolverhampton for £1.47 million.

29/11/1978, Viv Anderson, of Nottingham Forest, became the first Black footballer to play for England.

19/5/1978, Marcus Bent, English footballer, was born.

25/6/1978, Argentina won the World Cup.

19/5/1977, Manuel Almuni, Spanish footballer, was born.

14/4/1972, Paul Devlin, English-Scottish footballer and manager, was born.

2/3/1972, Mauricio Pochettino, Argentinian footballer and manager, was born.

6/10/1971, Takis Gonias, Greek footballer and manager, was born.

2/1/1971. 66 people were crushed to death when a barrier collapsed at Glasgow Ranger’s Ibrox Park ground.

1966, The first £100,000 transfer fee in English football. Alan Ball moved from Blackpool to Everton.

30/7/1966. England beat West Germany 4 – 2 in extra time (towards the end of normal time England were 2-1 ahead, but Germany secured a last-minute equaliser) to win the World Cup at Wembley Stadium, London.

27/3/1966, The football World Cup, which had been stolen a few days earlier, was discovered in a south London garden by a sniffer dog.

9/3/1966, Tony Lockett, Australian footballer, was born.

7/4/1963, Bernard Lama, French Guianese footballer, was born.

1961, The maximum £20 wage for footballers in England was abolished. Johnny Haynes of Fulham became the first player to earn £100 a week (approximately £4,400 a week in 2016 salaries).

1960, FIFA now had 95 members.

30/10/1959, Michael Fiedler, German footballer, was born.

6/2/1958, 7 Manchester United players died when the plane bringing the team home from Belgrade crashed on take-off at Munich Airport. Three club officials and 8 sports journalists were also killed.  An eighth team member died of his injuries two weeks later.

1957, A record £70,000 transfer fee was paid by Juventus of Italy for the transfer of John Charles of Leeds United.

18/3/1957, Wolfgang Schilling, German footballer, was born.

11/1/1957, Bryan Robson, English footballer, was born.

1956, The Asian Cup began.

30/11/1955, Floodlights were used for the first time at Wembley Stadium, London, towards the end of an international match against Spain.

1955, The European Cup began.

4/8/1955, The 1955 Mitropa Cup football competition was won by Vörös Lobogo.

1954, FIFA now had 85 members.

1953, The Mediterranean Cup began.

30/6/1951, England beat Australia 17 – 0 at Sydney, attaining the highest score ever in a football international.

1950, FIFA now had 73 members.

16/7/1950, 199,850 people watched the Brazil vs. Uruguay World Cup Final in Rio; a world record for a football match.

1947, The first £20,000 transfer fee in English football, Tommy Lawton moved from Chelsea to Notts County.

9/3/1946, 33 football fans were crushed to death at Bolton Wanderer’s Football Ground when a barrier collapsed.

10/1/1943, Jantzen Derrick, English footballer, was born.

1938, FIFA now had 50 members.

17/4/1937, A record attendance at a UK football match was set when England played Scotland at Hampden Park, Glasgow; 149,547 were present.

1932, FIFA formally agreed the principle of substitutes.

1930, FIFA now had 41 members.

13/7/1930. The first World Cup football tournament kicked off in Uruguay.

1929, Balkans Cup began.

1928, Player’s numbers were introduced.

1928, The first £10,000 transfer fee in English football. David Jack moved from Bolton Wanderers to Arsenal.

25/8/1928, Anfield’s famous Kop terrace at Liverpool football ground opened.  It was probably named after the Battle of Spion Kop in the Boer War (1899-1902); ‘kopje’ means ‘small hill’.

18/11/1927. The head of the International Football Association announced the creation of a World Cup.

1926, The Austrian Football Association was founded.

28/4/1923. The first major sporting event was held at Wembley Stadium; the FA Cup Final. Bolton played West Ham.

1922, The Czechoslovak Football Federation was founded,.

1922, The first £5,000 transfer fee in English football. Syd Puddefoot moved from West Ham United to Falkirk.

1920, Australian Football Association formed.

22/1/1920, Sir Alf Ramsey, England international footballer and manager, was born.

1919, The Yugoslav Football Federation was formed.

1919, French Football Association formed.

1914, FIFA now had 24 members.

1914, Portuguese Football Associatrtion formed.

1914, Brazilian Football Association formed.

1/2/1914, Stanley Matthews, professional footballer, was born.

1912, Russian Football Association formed.

19/2/1910. Manchester United played their first Football League match at their new stadium, Old Trafford.

1908, First Scandinavian international match, Sweden vs. Norway.

1908, First Austria-Hungary international match.

1906, The Swedish Football Association was formed.

3/12/1906, AC Torino football club was founded.

1905, The Spanish Football Association was formed.

1905, The first Belgian-Holland international match.

1905, The first South American international football match, Argentina vs Uruguay.

1905, The first £1,000 transfer fee in English football. Alf Common moved from Sunderland to Middlesborough.

21/5/1904, The Football Federation (FIFA, Fédération Internationale de Football Association) was founded in Paris, to obtain greater control of the game at international level. It initially had 7 members.

31/10/1903, Hampden Park, home of Glasgow’s Queen’s Park football ground, was opened.

1902, Real Madrid Football Club was formed.

1902, The first £500 transfer fee in UK football. Alf Common moved from Sheffield United to Sunderland.

1901, The Hungarian Football association was formed

1900, The German Football Association was formed.

1900, The Uruguayan Football Association was formed.

9/1/1900, The Italian football club Lazio was founded.

1898, The Italian Football Association was formed.

1895, The Belgian Football Federation was founded.

1895, The Swiss Football federation was formed.

1893, The Argentine Football Association was formed.

1892, The South African Football Association was formed.

24/8/1892, Goodison Park, the home of Everton Football Club, Liverpool, opened.

1891, Goal nets were first used. Linesmen (now ‘assistant referees’) replaced umpires. The FA adopted the ‘penalty kick’.

1891, The New Zealand Football Association was formed.

1889, The Danish Football Association was formed.

17/4/1888, The first formal meeting of the UK Football league took place in the Royal Hotel, Manchester.

22/3/1888. The English Football League was founded by 12 clubs meeting in Anderton’s Hotel, Fleet Street, London.

6/11/1887, Celtic Football Club, Glasgow, was founded by Catholic Irish immigrants, to help the poor of Glasgow’s East End.

1886, The first international football match between Canada and the USA was played, in New York.

20/7/1885, Professional football was legalised in England.

28/1/1884, The first Ireland versus Scotland football international took place at Belfast; Scotland won 5 – 0.

1882, Tottenham Hotspur Football Club was founded.

1882, The Natal (South Africa) Football Association was formed.

1882, The New South Wales Football Association, Australia, was formed.

25/2/1882, The first Wales-Ireland international football match took place at Wrexham. Wales won 7 to 1.

1880, The regional balance of British football was changing. Before this year the Southern teams were strongest, but from 1880 on the Northern clubs, financed by gate money from a growing industrial working class, became pre-eminent.

1879, The sports club KB Copenhagen (Kobenhavn Boldclub or Copenhagen Ball Club) adopted football.

18/1/1879. The first England v Wales football international was played at The Oval, Kennington, London.  England won 2 – 1.

1878, The Irish (now Northern Irish) Football Association was formed.

1878, The referee’s whistle was first used.

1878, Grimsby Town football club was formed.

14/10/1878, The first football match played under floodlights took place at Bramall Lane, Sheffield.

25/3/1876, The first international football match between Scotland and Wales at Glasgow, was won by Scotland, four-nil.

2/2/1876, The Welsh Football Association was formed.

1875, Birmingham City football club was formed.

1875, The crossbar replaced a tape across the top of the goal.

5/11/1875, Blackburn Rovers football club was formed.

7/1874, Bolton Wanderers football club was formed.

3/1874, Aston Villa football club was formed.

1873, Wrexham football club was formed.

13/3/1873, The Scottish Football Association was formed at a meeting attended by representatives from eight clubs.

1872, The corner kick was introduced to football.

1872, The first football club outside the UK was formed; le Havre, France.

30/11/1872, The first football international took place at Partick, Glasgow; Scotland and England drew 0 – 0.

16/3/1872, The first English FA Cup Final took place at the Oval. Wanderers, made up of ex public school and university men, beat the Royal Engineers 1-0. The audience numbered just 2,000.

1871, Reading football club was formed.

1867, Sheffield Wednesday football club was formed.

1866, Chesterfield football club was formed.

1865, Nottingham Forest football club was formed.

1863, Stoke City football club was formed.

8/12/1863, The newly-formed Football Association issued an agreed code of 14 game rules. These included banning tripping, shin-kicking and ball-hamdling.

26/10/1863. The English Football Association formed at a meeting at Freeman’s Tavern in Great Queen Street, London.

1862, Notts County football club was formed.

24/10/1857, A group of Cambridge University Old Boys formed the first Football Club, in Sheffield.

1848, The rules of football were drawn up at Cambridge University.

1457, The Parliament of Scotland banned football, and golf, because they interfered with the sport of archery, which was important for national defence. The ban was lifted in 1491.

1349, In England, King Edward III banned ‘mob football’ (the earliest mention of the word ‘football’) because it was too rowdy and encouraged brawling. Early ‘football’ sides were unlimited in number, and the distance between the goals could be from a few hundred yatrds to a mile or more.

1314, The Lord Mayor of London banned ‘hustling over large balls’ within the city because of the riots it caused.

100AD, Roman soldiers in London played a game called Harpastrum, where two teams tried to force an inflated animal bladder over their opponent’s line.

200 BCE, A Chinese military manual described the game of Tsu Chu, in which a leather ball filled with feathers had to be kicked into a net fixed on bamboo canes. This sport may have been played in China as early as 500 BCE.


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