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On This Day in Football: Wolves win the First Division, Liverpool go down

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On this day in 1954, Wolverhampton Wanderers won their first ever top flight title with a 2-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur.

Wolves had come very close to winning the First Division on three separate occasions in 1938, 1939 and 1950 but finished runners up at the end of all three campaigns.

On This Day in Football: Bobby Charlton makes England debut

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On this day in 1958, just over two months after the tragic Munich Air Disaster, bobby Charlton made his debut for the England national team.

The 20-year-old midfielder, fresh from the horrors of the tragedy, was handed his debut in a British Home Championship match against Scotland at Hampden Park.

On This Day in Football: Real Madrid get off the mark

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On this day in 1905, Real Madrid beat Athletic Bilbao in the Copa del Rey to win their first major honour.

Known back then as the Copa de Su Majestad El Rey Alfonso XIII or His Majesty King Alfonso XIII’s Cup, it was an invitational tournament in its initial editions with only three clubs competing in the 1904-05 season – Real Madrid, San Sebastian and Athletic Bilbao.

On This Day in Football: Scots beat England in front of record crowd, Adu makes history

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On this day in 1937, Scotland hosted England at Hampden Park in Glasgow for the last game of that season’s British Home Championship in front of a record crowd of 149,415.

The two countries had already lost the Championship to Wales who had won all of their three games in the competition and were instead battling for second place.

On This Day in Football: Newcastle star scores five for England, Liverpool clinch title

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On this day in 1975, England beat Cyprus 5-0 is a Euro qualifier with Newcastle United forward Malcolm MacDonald scoring all five goals.

Played in front of 68,245 fans at Wembley, MacDonald took only two minutes to put the Three Lions ahead and scored another in the 35th minute to establish a 2-0 lead at half time.

On This Day in Football: Charlton beat France, Ellis Park Disaster leaves 43 dead

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On this day in 1937, Charlton Athletic beat the French national team 5-2 in Paris.

The French were initially scheduled to play Italy but the Italians pulled out of the fixture prompting France to look for another opponent. And strangely, it was Charlton that provided the opposition instead of a national side.

On This Day in Football: Blackburn hit FA cup hat-trick, United annihilate Roma

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On this day in 1886, Blackburn Rovers won their third consecutive FA Cup by beating West Bromwich Albion 2-0 in a replay.

Rovers remain the second and only club after Wanderers to win three consecutive FA Cups. They first reached the final in 1882 but lost 1-0 against Old Etonians.

On This Day in Football: Shearer makes history, Chelsea borrow Coventry’s kit

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On this day in 1988, Alan Shearer became the youngest player to score a hat-trick in the English top flight at the age of 17 years and 240 days.

The young Southampton striker had made his debut for the Saints first team on 26 March after coming on as a substitute in a 1-0 win over Chelsea away from home.

On This Day in Football: Bayern-Dortmund clash produces 14 yellow and three red cards

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On this day in 2001, Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund met in a feisty league fixture that produced 14 yellow and three red cards.

The Bavarians were at the top of the Bundesliga table, leading second placed Dortmund by just one point. Dortmund, playing at home, could have over taken Bayern with a win but the game ended 1-1.

On This Day in Football: The Mighty Magyars humble Italy

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On this day on 1924, the Italian national team suffered its worst ever defeat by losing 7-1 to Hungary in Budapest.

The friendly played in front of 40,000 fans witnessed its first goal in the 17th minute when Hungarian superstar Jozsef Braun, who died in a Nazi labour camp in 1943, made it 1-0 to the home side.

On This Day in Football: Duncan Edwards makes debut, Scotland clinch title

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On this day in 1936, Scotland beat England at Wembley to win the British Home Championship.

It was the last game of the campaign and the Scots only needed a draw to win the title after going unbeaten in the tournament. England, however, took the lead through Middlesbrough hero George Camsell around the half hour mark.

On This Day in Football: Birth of Boca, Sheffield invades Wembley

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On this day in 1905, Argentinean heavyweights Boca Juniors were founded in Buenos Aires.

Esteban Baglietto, Juan Farenga, Teodoro Farenga, Santiago Sana, and Alfredo Scarpati, Italian immigrants and avid football fans, held a meeting to establish a football club. Sana, Baglietto and Scarpati had learned football from an Irishman called Patrick McCarthy who as an appointed member of the sports municipal committee of Buenos Aires had taught immigrant children the finer techniques of the sport.

On This Day in Football: Wolves legend sets England record, Gijon end Jose’s party

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On this day in 1955, England hammered Scotland 7-2 at Wembley with four of the goals coming from Wolverhampton Wanderers legend Dennis Wilshaw.

He remains the only Englishman to ever score four goals against the Scots. The 1954-55 British Home Championship game saw Wilshaw open the scoring in the first minute before netting a hat-trick in the second half.

On This Day in Football: Bolivia crush Argentina

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On this day in 2009, Bolivia beat Argentina 6-1 in a 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifier which matched their record loss in international football.

The Argentines had lost just one game in the CONMEBOL qualifiers, a 1-0 defeat against Chile in October the previous year. The two time World Cup winners had beaten Bolivia 3-0 on home soil the last time they met each other.

On This Day in Football: Stockport and Doncaster set world record

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On this day in 1946, Doncaster Rovers and Stockport County played a Division Three North Cup fixture that lasted for three hours and 25 minutes.

The two teams first met in Doncaster in a game that resulted in a 2-2 draw forcing a replay. Hosts Stockport took the lead through a 5th minute penalty by Ken Shaw.

On This Day in Football: Queen’s Park defy the odds, Scots make history

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On this day in 1884, Queen’s Park football club became the first non-English side to appear in the final of the FA Cup before losing to Blackburn Rovers.

Founded in 1867, Queen’s Park are the oldest football club in Scotland. With the Scottish Football Association still a few years away from its founding, Queen’s Park joined the English FA in 1870 and competed in the FA Cup.

On This Day in Football: Keegan makes second England debut, Cameroon lift Cup

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On this day in 1999, Kevin Keegan took charge of England for the very first time in the 3-1 win over Poland in a Euro qualifier.

Played at Wembley in front of 74,000 people, England got off to a great start courtesy of a goal from Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes in the 11th minute.

On This Day in Football: Hundred up for Dalglish and Beckham

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On this day in 1986, Liverpool legend Kenny Dalglish earned his 100th cap for the Scottish national team.

Dalglish remains the only player in Scottish football history to reach the milestone with Jim Leighton coming a close second with 91 caps and Darren Fletcher with 80 at third.

On This Day in Football: Liverpool finally beat Köln but with the help of a coin

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On this day in 1965, Liverpool, in their first season in Europe, went past German Bundesliga side FC Köln after three games and a coin toss.

It was the European Cup quarterfinals and the two teams met for the first leg in Cologne which ended in a scoreless draw. Liverpool, confident to get a result in the home tie were left stunned when the game at Anfield also ended in a 0-0 draw.

On This Day in Football: City post record victory, Hampden Park hosts world record crowd

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On this day in 1895, Manchester City posted their record league victory by beating Lincoln City 11-3.

City’s stunning win was also Lincoln’s record loss. But despite the Mancunians’ incredible form their league campaign was largely average. The club could only manage 14 wins, three draws and 13 losses and finished the season at ninth on the second division table.

On This Day in Football: First Trentside Derby, Football League is founded

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On this day in 1866, the first ever Trentside Derby between Nottingham Forest and Notts County took place, which coincidentally was also Forest’s first ever official match as a football club.

Forest were founded in 1965, and a year later, they proposed to play a game with fellow Trentside club Notts County who were a more experienced football club having been founded in 1862.

On This Day in Football: Vinnie Jones sets new English record, Milan sign Gullit

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On this day in 1992, Chelsea midfielder Vinnie Jones set a new record in English football by getting booked after just three seconds in a game against Sheffield United.

Jones had a reputation for being a ‘hard man’ with little regards to discipline on the pitch. His aggressive approach became most famous during his time with Wimbledon with whom he won an FA Cup title.

On This Day in Football: World Cup gets stolen

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On this day in 1966, a few months prior to the World Cup in England, the Jules Rimet trophy was stolen from Westminster Central Hall in London.

The Football Association had received the trophy in January of 1966 ahead of the World Cup in July. The trophy was mostly kept at the FA’s headquarters in Lancaster Gate except for a couple of publicity events.

On This Day in Football: Ajax is formed, Fulham stun Juventus

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On this day in 1900, three men, Floris Stempel, Han Dade and Carel Reeser formed AFC Ajax in Amsterdam.

The new football club was named after the Greek hero Ajax, a cousin of Achilles and one who fought in the Trojan War.

Ajax’s beginnings were spent in the second division of Dutch football.

On This Day in Football: The Revie Era begins, Port Vale miss out on European glory

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On this day in 1961, Don Revie took over Leeds United as player-manager. And the rest as they say, is history.

Born in Middlesbrough, Revie was a prolific centre-forward who began his senior career with Leicester City (1944-49) before playing for Hull City (1949-51), Manchester City (1951-56) and Sunderland (1956-58).

On This Day in Football: The first ever FA Cup final takes place

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On this day in 1872, the first ever FA Cup final was played between Wanderers and Royal Engineers at the Kensington Oval in London.

Known as the Football Association Challenge Cup back then, it is the oldest football competition in the world. Both Wanderers and the Engineers were among 15 teams from up and down the country participating in the inaugural competition.

On This Day in Football: Liverpool FC is born

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On this day in 1892, Liverpool FC was founded in Merseyside by John Houlding after splitting from Everton FC.

To understand Liverpool’s origins, you have to also understand Everton’s history as a football club. In 1871, the St. Domingo Methodist New Connexion Chapel was opened in Breckfield Road North in Everton.

On This Day in Football: Mighty Plymouth stun Pele’s Santos

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On this day in 1973, Third Division side Plymouth Argyle beat Santos 3-2 in a friendly at Home Park.

Back then, Santos with players like Pele, Carlos Alberto and Edu in their ranks, embarked upon world tours to play friendlies with clubs as a means to make more money. The Brazilians were world champions, having won the World Cup in 1970 and Pele was the best player in the world.

On This Day in Football: Shortest game in League history, Kenilworth Road Riots

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On this day in 1899, Sheffield Wednesday and Aston Villa played the shortest recorded game of football in the history of the Football League.

The two teams had actually met four months ago in November, 1898. The game was abandoned after 79 minutes because of bad lighting. The League officials scheduled the rest of the 11 minutes to be played in March, 1899.

On This Day in Football: Andrew Watson creates history, Arsenal pay their debts

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On this day in 1881, Andrew Watson of Queen’s Park became the first black professional footballer to receive an international cap.

And what a debut it was. The full-back captained the Scottish national team against England in London. The Scots recorded an emphatic win by hammering their neighbours 6-1.

On This Day in Football: Juve make competitive debut, Germans bomb Old Trafford, India win gold

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On this day in 1900, Juventus made their competitive debut in Italian football in a 1-0 loss against Torinese.

Playing in their original pink and black kit, Juve were one among three Piedmont based teams vying for the Italian Football Championship against clubs from Lombardy and Genoa.

On This Day in Football: Chelsea FC is founded, Cardiff stun Real Madrid

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On this day in 1905, Chelsea Football Club was founded at the Rising Sun pub in Fulham, London.

Since there was already a club called Fulham, founder Gus Mears decided to name his new club after the Metropolitan Borough of Chelsea. Mears had bought the Stamford Bridge Athletics Ground from the London Athletics Club in 1896.

On This Day in Football: Cassidy scores nine, Milan gets a new club, Burnden Park Disaster

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On this day in 1895, Manchester United, then going by the name Newton Heath, beat Walsall Town Swifts 14-0 with nine of the goals coming from Joe Cassidy.

Newton Heath’s impressive feat was dealt with a blow however as the Second Division fixture was scrapped after Swifts lodged a complaint protesting the state of the pitch.

On This Day in Football: Atletico end Real’s unbeaten run, Boro legend passes away

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On this day in 1965, Atletico Madrid beat Real Madrid 1-0 at the Santiago Bernabeu to end Los Blancos’ 121-game unbeaten run at home in the league.

Real’s incredible streak began on 17 February in 1957 with a 1-0 victory over Deportivo La Coruna. Coincidentally, their previous game was also a defeat against their city rivals Atletico.

On This Day in Football: Real Madrid are born, Accrington say goodbye

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On this day in 1902, La Liga giants Real Madrid came into existence.

Football was first introduced in Madrid by Oxbridge graduates at the Institución Libre de Enseñanza. In 1897, some students founded a football club and called it Sky. Three years later, FC Sky split into two separate clubs – New Foot-Ball de Madrid and Madrid Football Club.

On This Day in Football: First ever international match takes place

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On this day in 1870, England and Scotland played an unofficial friendly, making it perhaps the first ever international game of football between two nations.

FIFA does not recognise the match as an official friendly as most of the Scottish players were drawn from Scots living in London and the Scottish Football Association had not come into existence at the time of the match.

On This Day in Football: Change in colours at Highbury, United 9-0 Ipswich

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On this day in 1933, Arsenal unveiled a new kit design that replaced their traditional all-red shirts to the familiar red shirts with white sleeves.

Manager Herbert Chapman who was known to be an innovator, someone who always thought from outside the box, believed that the new design would help the players’ vision on the pitch making it easier for them to pick each other out.

On This Day in Football: Bristol starlet sets Football League record, Spurs lift League Cup

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On this day in 1928, Bristol Rovers striker Ronnie Dix became the Football League’s youngest ever goal scorer following his strike against Norwich City.

A Bristol native, Dix was only 15 years and 180 days old when he put the ball in the back of the next against the Canaries in Rovers’ 3-0 victory in a Third Division South fixture.

On This Day in Football: Giggs makes United debut

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On this day in 1991, a 17-year-old Ryan Giggs made his debut for Manchester United in a 2-0 league defeat against Everton at Old Trafford.

Giggs was brought on as a substitute for the injured Dennis Irwin in the game and the rest as they say is history. The lanky teenager would go on to become the most decorated footballer in English football history and United’s all time record appearances holder in a playing career that would last until 2014.

On This Day in Football: Dixie Dean passes away, Villa lift the League Cup

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On this day in 1980, Everton legend Dixie Dean sadly passed away from a heart-attack in his spiritual home Goodison Park while watching the Toffees play Liverpool.

Born in Birkenhead in Cheshire, Dean began his career with Tranmere Rovers before joining Everton in 1925. Dean had attended a league game at Goodison Park with his father when he was eight years old and was believed to be an Everton fan from a very early age.