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On This Day in Football: Spurs demolish Wigan, Longest FA Cup tie in history

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On this day in 2009, Tottenham Hotspur recorded their record win in the Premier League by hammering Wigan Athletic 9-1 at White Hart Lane.

Peter Crouch gave Spurs the lead in the ninth minute but Harry Redknapp’s side hardly created any further chances to double their lead in the first half.

On This Day in Football: Bournemouth striker sets Cup record, Socrates returns

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On this day in 1971, Third Division club Bournemouth thrashed Southern League side Margate 11-0 in the first round of the FA Cup with nine of the goals coming from Ted MacDougall.

MacDougall scored five of his nine goals of the game in the first half which prompted Margate manager to jokingly request his Bournemouth counterpart to substitute MacDougall for the second half.

On This Day in Football: Pele and Greaves reach goal scoring milestones

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On this day in 1960, English football legend Jimmy Greaves, aged just 20 years and 290 days, scored a hat-trick in Chelsea’s 6-3 win against Manchester City at Stamford Bridge to bring his league tally to 100 goals.

In doing so, Greaves became the youngest player ever to score a century of League goals.

On This Day in Football: Chelsea play two games in one day, Henry hands it to Ireland

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Founded in March 1905, Chelsea joined the Football League the same year.

The Blues had to play the qualifying rounds of the FA Cup but due to fixture congestion the club was forced to play two games on the same day. Chelsea’s first team entertained Burnley at Stamford Bridge in a Second Division tie and won 1-0 while the reserves were sent to play the FA Cup qualifier.

On This Day in Football: Dynamo Moscow dazzle in Britain

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With World War II at an end, the Football Association invited Soviet champions Dynamo Moscow for a tour of Britain in November 1945.

Europe was finally at peace again which provided an excellent opportunity to take a peek behind the Iron Curtain. Apparently, the Dynamo players, before departing from Moscow, met with Josef Stalin and Lavrentiy Beria, the head of NKVD and the patron of Dynamo.

On This Day in Football: England embarrass Ireland, Santos become world champions

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On this day in 1938, England thrashed Ireland 7-0 in a British Home Championship tie.

Played at Old Trafford, England went into the game at the back of a 4-2 defeat against Wales at Ninian Park in their opening game of the tournament. Meanwhile, the Irish had lost their first game 2-0 against Scotland at Windsor Park in Belfast.

On This Day in Football: Chelsea go international, MOTD appears in Technicolor

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On this day in 1913, Danish football star Nils Middelboe became the first non-British player to make an appearance for Chelsea.

Middelboe had won an Olympic silver medal with Denmark at the 1908 games in London, coincidentally losing 2-0 against Great Britain in the final. He later captained his country in the 1912 Olympics in Stockholm, Sweden.

On This Day in Football: The Battle of Highbury, Zlatan destroys England

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On this day in 1934, England played a friendly game of football against Italy. But the abundance of blood and broken bones at the end of the game gave the impression that none of those players had friendship on their minds.

The ridiculously charged fixture has since then been dubbed as ‘The Battle of Highbury’.

On This Day in Football: Simonsen debuts for Charlton, Airdrie make poppy blunder

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On this day in 1982, Danish superstar and former European Footballer of the Year Allan Simonsen made his debut for English second division club Charlton Athletic. That is correct.

Simonsen turned down offers from Real Madrid, Tottenham Hotspur and a host of other big clubs to join the Addicks where he believed he could play under less pressure and media attention.

On This Day in Football: First ever Manchester Derby kicks off, Bican scores yet again

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On this day in 1881, Manchester United and Manchester City played the first ever Manchester Derby.

West Gorton (St Mark’s), who would later become City, hosted Newton Heath, who would later become United. Newton Heath won by three goals to nil in a match that the Ashton Reporter described as ‘a pleasant game’.

On This Day in Football: Real stunned by minnows, England destroy Yugoslavia

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On this day in 2008, Spanish giants Real Madrid were stunned by third division outfit Real Union club de Irun in the round of 32 of the Copa del Rey.

Real Union were one of the pioneering founders of La Liga along with Real Madrid, Athletic Bilbao and Barcelona among others back in 1929.

On This Day in Football: Bentley scores first hat-trick at Wembley, Tragedy strikes Germany

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On this day in 1954, Chelsea legend Roy Bentley became the first Englishman to score a hat-trick at the Wembley Stadium.

It was the British Home Championship and England were up against Wales. Bentley scored three goals to secure a crucial 3-2 win. The legendary John Charles provided the two goals for the Welshmen.

On This Day in Football: Player gets sent off thrice, Keane blasts the prawn sandwich brigade

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That’s a ridiculous headline. The reason for that is a lot of bizarre things happened on 9 November throughout the course of history. So make yourself comfortable and let’s get this show on the road.

On this day in 1889, Notts County faced Aston Villa in a Football League fixture.

On This Day in Football: Oxford United spoil Fergie’s party

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On this day in 1986, Sir Alex Ferguson took charge of Manchester United for the first time as manager in a First Division clash against minnows Oxford United.

Ferguson replaced Ron Atkinson at Old Trafford and was officially unveiled as United boss only two days ago. The United hierarchy had identified the Glaswegian to revive the club’s fortunes after a disappointing start to the season.

On This Day in Football: Celtic slowed down by Rapid

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On this day in 1984, Celtic beat Austrian side Rapid Vienna 3-0 at Celtic Park but the result did not count because of some bizarre on-pitch incidents.

The two sides met in the second round of the 1984-85 UEFA Cup Winners Cup. The Austrians won the first leg at the Gerhard Hanappi Stadium in Vienna by 3-1 thanks to goals from Peter Pacult, Leo Lainer and Hans Krankl.

On This Day in Football: It’s Fergie time at Old Trafford

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On this day in 1986, Manchester United appointed Alex Ferguson as their manager.

The man from Govan replaced Ron Atkinson at the helm and went on to become the most successful manager in English football history. Ferguson was starting to become a phenomenon even before he arrived in Manchester.

On This Day in Football: There go the Rovers!

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On this day in 1875, following a meeting at the Leger Hotel, Blackburn Rovers Football Club was founded.

Two friends, John Lewis and Arthur Constantine, arranged the meeting which was attended by 17 men. Constantine was familiar with football and had played the sport while studying at Shrewsbury School.

On This Day in Football: Fußball returns to post-war Germany, Busby Babes create history

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On this day in 1945, league football returned to Germany after a brief period of absence.

I say ‘brief’ because unlike the Allied nations who suspended league football during the Second World War, the Third Reich allowed it to continue. The Nazis introduced the Gauliga in 1933 shortly after their takeover, and it continued to act as the highest level of play in German football until 1945.

On This Day in Football: Ford runs out of gas, Arsenal trigger Chelsea’s downfall

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On this day in 2001, the legend that is Tony Ford made the last of his incredible 931 appearances in the Football League.

Born in Grimsby, Ford began his footballing journey with his hometown club back in 1975. He made his debut for Grimsby Town at the age of 16 in the old Third Division before amassing 355 appearances for the Mariners in eleven seasons.

On This Day in Football: Sir Matt Busby is a Blue

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On this day in 1929, Sir Matt Busby made his professional debut for Manchester City.

Born in the village of Orbiston up in North Lanarkshire, Scotland, Busby would of course go on to have a phenomenal career in football management with City’s arch-nemesis Manchester United.

On This Day in Football: The Old Lady is born, English amateurs bury France

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On this day in 1897, students from the Massimo D’Azeglio Lyceum School in Turin formed a football club called Juventus.

The young students went through a long list of names which included the likes of ‘Iris Club’, ‘Societ Massimo d’Azeglio’, ‘Societ Polisportiva Augusta Taurinorum’ and ‘Vigore Robur’ among others before settling on ‘Juventus’ which means ‘youth’ in Latin.

On This Day in Football: AS Adema 149–0 SO I’Emyrne, Peñarol lift fifth Libertadores

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On this day in 2002, a club from Madagascar called AS Adema set a Guinness World Record by beating Stade Olympique de L’Emyrne Antananarivo 149-0 in a play-off to determine the national championship.

What’s interesting is the fact that Adema did not score a single goal in the game.

On This Day in Football: Birth of El Diego, The Revie era begins for England

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On this day in 1960, Diego Maradona, one of the greatest players to ever play the game, was born in Lanus, Argentina.

Maradona’s prodigious skill with a football was apparent from the beginning. Aged just eight, he was spotted by a scout from Argentinos Juniors. Enthralled by his talent, Argentinos soon took him under their wings to play in their youth team – Los Cebollitas or The Little Onions.

On This Day in Football: The Cruyff Revolution begins, John Terry off the mark at Chelsea

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On this day in 1973, Dutch legend Johan Cruyff made his debut for Barcelona and scored twice in a 4-0 win over Granada.

Signed from Eredevisie club Ajax for a world record fee of approximately $2 million, Cruyff had spent the previous nine seasons in Amsterdam winning six league titles and three European Cups.

On This Day in Football: The Football Association is formed

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On this day in 1863, representatives from eleven football clubs and schools sat down at the Freemasons’ Tavern on Great Queen Street, London and formed the Football Association.

Before the formation of the FA, there were no established laws of the game that clubs adhered to.

On This Day in Football: US legend makes his debut, England play their last qualifier for 11 years

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On this day in 1961, England beat Portugal 2-0 to qualify for the 1962 FIFA World Cup finals.

This was the Three Lions’ last World Cup qualifier for the next 11 years. Why? Well, they hosted the 1966 World Cup which won them automatic qualification. They went into the 1970 World Cup in Mexico as world champions which exempted them from going through the arduous qualification rounds.

On This Day in Football: The world’s first club is formed, United derail Arsenal

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On this day in 1857, the world’s first football club, Sheffield FC, was founded by a couple of cricket enthusiasts.

Nathaniel Creswick and William Prest, who played for the Sheffield Cricket Club came up with the ingenious idea to form a football team. Cricket being a sport exclusively for the summers, the players needed another activity for the winters to keep their fitness levels in check.

On This Day in Football: England beat the World

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On this day in 1963, the Football Association celebrated its centenary by staging an England vs Rest of the World XI match at the Wembley Stadium. England won the game 2-1.

This was the first time in football history that an assembled team of global superstars played against a single nation.

On This Day in Football: Birth of a serial European Cup winner, Los Angeles hit by Earthquakes

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On this day in 1933, Real Madrid and Spain legend Francisco Gento was born in the village of Guarnizo in Cantabria.

Gento is the only footballer in history to have won an astonishing six European Cup titles. An outside-left by trade, Gento made his Primera division debut with Racing Santander in the 1952-53 season.

On This Day in Football: Disaster in Moscow, Brawl in Manchester, Joy in Buenos Aires

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On this day in 1982, the deadly Luzhniki Stadium disaster took place killing 66 and injuring 61 people.

Spartak Moscow were hosting Eredivisie side HFC Haarlem in a UEFA Cup second round tie. Despite being in the middle of October, the weather was uncharacteristically chilly with temperatures reaching as low as -10 degrees Celsius.

On This Day in Football: Celtic humiliate Rangers while Norwich stun Bayern

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On this day in 1957, Celtic beat Rangers 7-1 in the Scottish League Cup final. The score line still remains as the biggest margin of victory in an Old Firm derby.

This humiliating defeat at the hands of their greatest rival is also Rangers’ record defeat in a game and the biggest score line in a major British cup final.

On This Day in Football: Competitive football begins in Scotland, First ever Milan derby kicks off

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On this day in 1873, Renton beat Kilmarnock 2-0 in the first ever Scottish Cup match.

League football in Scotland did not commence until 1890, therefore making this game the first ever competitive match in Scottish football history. Renton reached the semi finals stage of the competition, losing out 2-0 against eventual champions Queen’s Park.

On This Day in Football: The city of Leeds gets a brand new football team

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On this day in 1917, Leeds United were founded following the disbandment of Leeds City.

City were formed in 1904. After one season in the West Yorkshire League, the club joined the Football League second division. Billy McLeod was signed from Lincoln City in the 1906-07 season.

On This Day in Football: Intercontinental woes for United

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On this day in 1968, Estudiantes won the Intercontinental Cup by beating Manchester United over a highly charged two legged final.

United travelled to Buenos Aires for the first leg expecting a hostile reception from the local fans considering the violence that marred the previous year’s final between fellow British club Celtic and Racing Club.

On This Day in Football: Preston put 26 past Hyde, Attack vs Defence in the MLS

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Today marks the 130th anniversary of one of the most ridiculous score lines in the history of the FA Cup. On this day in 1887, Preston North End beat Hyde FC 26-0 in a first round tie.

Played at Deepdale – the oldest continuously used football stadium in the world – Preston set two records in the match: most goals scored at home and the biggest winning margin.

On This Day in Football: Football under floodlights begin and a Dutch legend bids farewell

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On this day in 1878, Bramall Lane in Sheffield staged what is believed to be the first football match in history played under floodlights.

It was an exhibition game between two sides made up of local players. Wooden towers were built to carry the lighting system which was powered through generators.

On This Day in Football: Arsenal complete world record transfer

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On this day in 1928, Arsenal completed the world record transfer of forward David Jack from Bolton Wanderers for a massive fee of £10,890.

Interestingly, this was not the first time that a club paid a world record fee to secure Jack’s services. Born in Bolton, Jack began his footballing career with Plymouth Argyle.

On This Day in Football: First international match in continental Europe takes place

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On this day in 1902, the Austrian and Hungarian national teams met in Vienna in what was the first international game of football not involving a British or an Irish team.

The two neighbouring countries battled it out at Wiener AC’s ground. Austria won 5-0, with all the goals coming from the Viennese club’s players.

The Rest

On This Day in Football: Reunification of Germany, Di Matteo bids goodbye

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On this day in 1990, a few days after the German reunification, the Deutscher Fußball-Verband der DDR (DFV) was dissolved and in its place the North East German Football Association (NOFV) was formed.

The NOFV was incorporated into the Deutscher Fußball-Bund (DFB) – German football’s premier governing body.

On This Day in Football: Barcelona’s Swiss beginnings, Violence in Buenos Aires

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On this day in 1899, a Swiss football enthusiast by the name of Joan Gamper placed an advertisement in Los Deportes to form a football club. That club would go on to become FC Barcelona.

A month later, after a positive response by many likeminded individuals, Gamper arranged a meeting and Barca were formed.