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On This Day in Football: Rangers win first Old Firm final, Record crowd at Hillsborough

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On this day in 1894, Rangers beat Celtic 3-1 in the Scottish Cup final in what was the first Old Firm tie in the final of the competition.

The two Glasgow giants had met once in the league that season with Rangers emerging 5-0 winners and John Barker scoring a hat-trick. Barker struck again in the Cup final while Hugh McCreadie and John McPherson added two more to give Rangers a comfortable 3-1 victory over their rivals.

On This Day in Football: Stoke keeper makes history, France begin record run

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On this day in 1952, Stoke City goalkeeper Dennis Herod achieved one of the bravest yet bizarre feats in English football.

Stoke travelled to Villa Park to play Aston Villa in a league tie in front of 40,000 fans. The Potters were soon 2-0 up inside the first half an hour but Stoke goalkeeper Dennis Herod suffered an unjury resulting in a broken arm as Villa pulled one goal back right before the break.

On This Day in Football: Fergie gives Beckham the boot, Riots in Ireland

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On this day in 2003, Manchester United legends Sir Alex Ferguson and David Beckham were involved in a bit of a skirmish following United’s FA Cup defeat against Arsenal.

The Gunners ran out 2-0 winners in the fifth round of the competition at Old Trafford eliminating United.

On This Day in Football: Bobby Moore hits England century, Arsenal create history

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On this day in 1973, England legend Bobby Moore earned his 100th cap for the Three Lions as they played Scotland at Hampden Park.

Coincidentally, it was also Willie Ormond’s first game in charge of the Scottish national team. The Hibernian legend remained at the helm until 1977.

On This Day in Football: Cologne gets a new club

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On this day in 1948, German Bundesliga club FC Koln were formed.

But the foundation of Koln was successful after the merger of different clubs. In 1901, a group of young men dissatisfied with a gymnastics club called FC Borussia Koln decided to form a football club and named it Kolner BC.

On This Day in Football: Duncan Edwards caught by the coppers, Yeovil beaten 8-0

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On this day in 1955, former Manchester United and England star Duncan Edwards got himself into a bit of a pickle.

United had just been humiliated by rivals Manchester City who won 5-0 at Old Trafford in a First Division fixture. Edwards, on his way home after the game, was caught by the police for riding his bike without putting on the lights.

On This Day in Football: Forest lose out to Nacional, Drogba opens international account

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On this day in 1981, Uruguayan club Nacional beat Nottingham Forest 1-0 to lift the Intercontinental Cup.

Nacional, winners of the Copa Libertadores title after beating Brazilian club Internacional, were largely thought of as second favourites against Brian Clough’s Forest side who had just won two European Cups on the trot.

On This Day in Football: Argentina sink Brazil, Bonetti hit by a plate of chicken

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On this day in 1946, Argentina lifted their eighth South American championship trophy by beating Brazil 2-0 at the Estadio Monumental in Buenos Aires.

Colombia, Peru and Ecuador had withdrawn from the tournament leaving Bolivia, Chile, Uruguay, Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay to decide the title.

On This Day in Football: First million pound transfer, Bomb scare at Bramall Lane

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On this day in 1979, Trevor Francis became the first million-pound man in English football history when he moved from Birmingham City to Nottingham Forest.

A prolific goal scorer, Francis began his professional career with City in 1971. A brief loan spell in the North American Soccer League saw him score 22 goals in 19 league matches for the Detroit Express.

On This Day in Football: Athletic put 12 past Barca, Super Caley go ballistic

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On this day in 1931, Athletic Bilbao inflicted one of the most humiliating defeats on Barcelona as they beat the Catalans 12-1 in a La Liga fixture.

Seven of those 12 goals were scored by Athletic’s 22-year-old superstar Agustin Sauto Arana or “Bata” as he is commonly known as.

On This Day in Football: Best puts six past Northampton, United sign Pape in stunning fashion

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On this day in 1970, George Best scored six times as Manchester United beat Northampton Town 8-2 in the fifth round of the FA Cup.

Best had been suspended for four weeks for kicking the ball out of the referee’s hands and was very eager to return to action. Northampton keeper Kim Book had his work cut out as Best was in an unforgiving mood.

On This Day in Football: Munich Air Disaster, Sir Stanley Matthews bows out

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On this day in 1958, a plane carrying players and staff of Manchester United crashed at the Munich-Reim airport in Germany resulting in the deaths of 23 people.

United were returning to Manchester from Belgrade, Yugoslavia after eliminating Red Star Belgrade in the quarter-finals of the European Cup.

On This Day in Football: Hereford shock Newcastle, Newcastle shock Arsenal

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On this day in 1972, non-leaguers Hereford United produced one of the biggest upsets in FA Cup history by beating Newcastle United 2-1 in the Third Round.

The first shock came on 24 January when the two sides met at St James’ Park and the match ended in a 2-2 draw forcing a replay.

On This Day in Football: Stoke put ten past WBA, Sunderland complete record transfer

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On this day in 1937, Stoke City hammered West Bromwich Albion 10-3 in a First Division fixture thus recording their biggest win in the league.

The previous game between the two clubs had ended in 2-2 and only six spots separated the two on the league table with Stoke at 14th and West Brom at 21st, one spot above the bottom.

On This Day in Football: Spurs achieve biggest ever win

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On this day in 1960, Tottenham Hotspur registered their biggest ever win by beating Crewe Alexandra 13-2 in an FA Cup tie at White Hart Lane.

The FA Cup fourth round pitted Spurs, who were sitting at the top of the Division One table, against minnows Crewe, who were languishing at 17th in the Fourth Division.

On This Day in Football: Galatasaray’s Uncrowned King arrives, Hartley & Poole score for Hartlepool

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On this day in 1929, Newcastle United’s Andy Cunningham, aged 38 years and two days, became the oldest player to make his Football League debut as the Magpies hosted Leicester City.

Born in Galston, Ayrshire, Cunningham began his professional career with Kilmarnock where he spent six seasons before moving to Rangers in 1915.

On This Day in Football: Football League sees new goals record, Riots in Egypt

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On this day in 1936, the Football League saw a new goals record as a total of 209 goals were scored on a single day of league football.

Some of the highest scoring games out of the 44 matches played included a 12-0 hammering of York City by Chester City and a thrilling 6-5 win by Chesterfield away at Crewe Alexandria.

On This Day in Football: Rangers fall victim to mighty Berwick

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On this day in 1967, Scottish second division side Berwick Rangers produced one of the biggest upsets in the Scottish Cup by beating Glasgow Rangers in the first round of the competition.

Founded in 1884, Berwick were languishing at 10th on the Division Two table while Rangers, one of Britain’s biggest clubs, were the defending Scottish Cup champions.

On This Day in Football: The British Home Championship kicks off

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On this day in 1884, the inaugural British Home Championship kicked off in Belfast with Scotland achieving an emphatic 5-0 win over Ireland.

The 1880s saw international football being played on a regular basis. England and Scotland had already established a footballing rivalry since 1872 and were joined by Wales and Ireland in 1876 and 1882, respectively.

On This Day in Football: Cantona kung-fu kicks Palace fan

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On this day in 1995, Manchester United played Crystal Palace away from home in a match that has since been immortalised for Eric Cantona’s incredible outburst.

Signed from Leeds United, Cantona was United’s talisman, their leader and their chief creative genius. The Frenchman’s arrival at Old Trafford kick started an era of unprecedented success for the Red Devils.

On This Day in Football: Kettering Town kick start revolution in English football

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On this day in 1976, Southern League Premier Division side Kettering Town became the first British football club to wear sponsored kits.

It was made possible by the flamboyant former Northern Ireland international Derek Dougan. The striker, upon retirement in 1975, joined Kettering Town as their new chief executive.

On This Day in Football: The reign of Jose begins, City embarrass United

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On this day in 2002, Jose Mourinho was announced as the manager of FC Porto.

The shrewd Portuguese tactician had previously managed Benfica and Uniao de Leiria but it was at Porto where he truly established himself as one of the best managers on the planet. His first match came against Maritimo on 26 January which he won 2-1, before guiding Porto from fifth to third on the table at the end of the season.

On This Day in Football: The Highbury plays host to football’s first ever live broadcast

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On this day in 1927, the First Division clash between Arsenal and Sheffield United became the first football fixture to be broadcast live on the radio.

The British Broadcasting Corporation, formed in the previous year, had received a royal charter to become a public corporation.

On This Day in Football: Dempsey waves the American flag

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On this day in 2012, United States international Clint Dempsey became the first American footballer to score a hat-trick in the Premier League.

Signed in the January transfer window of 2007 from New England Revolution, Dempsey quickly established himself as one of the integral members of the Fulham squad.

On This Day in Football: Maldini makes Milan debut, League football on Sundays begin

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On this day in 1985, a 16-year-old Paolo Maldini made his senior debut for AC Milan, coming on as a second half substitute in a league tie against Udinese.

The son of legendary Milan defender Cesare Maldini, Paolo followed in the footsteps of his father and started his career as a defender at Milan’s youth set up.

On This Day in Football: Chapman arrives, Donovan creates US history

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On this day in 1878, legendary Arsenal manager Herbert Chapman was born near Rotherham in Yorkshire.

A miner’s son, and one of 11 children, Chapman was a bright young lad who grew up to study mining engineering at the Sheffield Technical College. The Chapman family boasted many footballers with Herbert’s younger brother Harry, a Sheffield Wednesday legend having won two league titles and an FA Cup.

On This Day in Football: The United Trinity dazzle fans, Abolishment of the wage cap

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On this day in 1964, Manchester United’s Holy Trinity – Denis Law, Sir Bobby Charlton and George Best – played together for the first time.

Best, a United academy graduate like Charlton, made his debut in the 1963-64 season in the 2-2 draw against West Bromwich Albion.

On This Day in Football: United and Arsenal pull record crowd

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On this day in 1948, Manchester United and Arsenal met for a First Division fixture that saw a Football League record crowd of 83,260 fans attend the match.

With Old Trafford still undergoing reparation work from wartime damages, the game was held at United’s bitter rivals Manchester City’s home ground – Maine Road.

On This Day in Football: Messi reaches Barca milestone

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On this day in 2010, Lionel Messi scored his 100th goal for Barcelona and became the youngest player in the club’s history to reach that milestone.

Barcelona met Sevilla in a league encounter, having already played them twice and losing out in the Round of 16 of the Copa del Rey in the previous month.

On This Day in Football: N. Ireland beat Italy to qualify for the World Cup

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On this day in 1958, Northern Ireland beat Italy 2-1 in Belfast to qualify for their first ever FIFA World Cup.

Northern Ireland were paired with Italy and Portugal in what was a fiercely contested qualifying group. The Italians had beaten the Irish 1-0 in Rome the previous year and were scheduled to play them again in Belfast in December 1957.

On This Day in Football: First ever Turin Derby, Pirates and Chiefs involved in deadly clash

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On this day in 1907, Juventus and Torino played the first ever Derby della Mole or the Turin Derby with Torino emerging 2-1 victorious.

The two clubs shared a common history as Torino were founded after the merger of Football Club Torinese and a group of Juventus dissidents.

On This Day in Football: Ayresome Park collapses, Sven takes over England

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On this day in 1980, Middlesbrough’s Ayresome Park ground suffered a tragedy as a portion of the stadium collapsed killing two fans.

Boro were entertaining Manchester United at home which ended in a 1-1 draw. Season ticket holders Norman and Irene Roxby were making their way out of the stadium upon the completion of the game when a pillar crumbled, crushing the pair with debris.

On This Day in Football: Beckham goes to the Galaxy

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On this day in 2007, David Beckham announced that he would be signing a contract with Major League Soccer club Los Angeles Galaxy.

The former Manchester United superstar had fallen out of favour with Real Madrid boss Fabio Capello but showed a late resurgence in the second half of the season that helped Real win their first La Liga title in four years.

On This Day in Football: Inter create history, Del Piero enters record books

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On this day in 1915, Serie A giants Inter Milan recorded their biggest win margin by hammering Vicenza 16-0.

The two teams met in the semi-final group of the Northern Italian championship. Both Inter and Vicenza were in tremendous form having won their qualification groups in stunning fashion.

On This Day in Football: The foundation of Lazio

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On this day in 1900, Serie A giants SS Lazio were formed by nine sports enthusiasts in Rome.

The nine youngsters used to spend their summers swimming and canoeing in the River Tiber before concentrating on track and field sports during the winters. On one such winter, Rome hosted a marathon run which required athletes to run under the patronage of a club or company.

On This Day in Football: Anfield welcomes back the King, Togo attacked by terrorists

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On this day in 2011, Kenny Dalglish took charge of Liverpool for the second time in his career, replacing Roy Hodgson.

A club legend, Dalglish’s relationship with Liverpool stretches back to 1977 when he was signed by Bob Paisley from Celtic. The Scotsman spearheaded the Reds’ attack to achieve unprecedented success both domestically and in Europe.

On This Day in Football: Liverpool ace scores spectacular goal

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On this day in 2006, Liverpool midfielder Xabi Alonso scored a goal from 65-yards out to secure a 5-3 win against Luton Town.

The reigning European champions travelled to Kenilworth Road for an FA Cup third round tie and took the lead through Steven Gerrard in the 16th minute.

On This Day in Football: War in the Middle East forces football on Sundays

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On this day in 1974, Cambridge United hosted Oldham Athletic in an FA Cup third round tie in what was the first official senior English football fixture to be played on a Sunday.

How did it all come about? All because of a war in the Middle East.

In October 1973, an Arab coalition launched attacks on Israel occupied territories which subsequently resulted in the ‘Yom Kippur War’.

On This Day in Football: The Big Freeze grips Britain

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On this day in 1963, the longest recorded round of the FA kicked off as freezing temperatures meant that only three out of the 32 Third Round ties could be played on the day with the last one being decided on 11 March.

It was the coldest winter to hit Britain since 1895 and took a severe toll on the sporting calendar.

On This Day in Football: Standard draw first blood vs Anderlecht, the Spanish FA is formed

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On this day in 1920, Belgian heavyweights Standard Liege and Anderlecht met in a second division fixture in Brussels with Standard claiming a 1-0 victory thus registering the first win in the fixture.

The two sides had met only once previously, on 19 October in 1919, which ended in a 2-2 draw.