Soccer and Other Sports Trivia

Soccer Trivia

International Players  - Wales - Jack and Roger Doughty

There has only been one occasion that a Welsh international team achieved double figures the fixture was against Ireland and was played at Wrexham on the 3 March 1888 playing a short passing game Wales ran out winners 11-0 by the time the Welsh team had scored the 11th goal they were down to 8 men because the other players had to leave early to catch a train.


The two Doughty Brothers Jack and Roger who played for Newton Heath (Later to become Manchester United) scored six goal's between them Jack was the first player to score in three consecutive welsh internationals.


Scotland - Denis Law

Denis Law a renowned forward who played for Manchester United and Scotland has scored four goals for Scotland in full international matches at the same ground and on the same dates in successive years, the first being against Ireland on 7 November 1962 and the second against Norway on 7 November 1963.


International Players - England

Edgar Kail owns the distinction of the being the last non-league amateur to play for England in a full international, Edgar played for Dulwich Hamlet he was highly regarded and could have played in and Football League side of his choosing had he wanted to turn Pro.

He collected every honour open to him as a Dulwich Player including 21 England Amateur caps, he was a reserve for England's full international games against Ireland, Scotland and Wales before being rewarded with a full cap and playing inside right in Three of England's 1929 tour he scored two goal in the 4-1 victory over France helped them beat Belgium 5-1 and was on the losing side in Madrid when Spain won 4-3.

Most international appearances for a british player has to be Bobby Moore's 108 caps collected in an international career that lasted from 1962 to 1973.


First Irish Soccer Player?

Gerry Daly can always make his own claim to fame in that when he was transferred from Manchester United to Derby County in 1977 for the outlandish fee of £160000, he became the first irish soccer player to be sold for a six figure fee.

Shinguards - did you know that Sam Widdowson of Nottingham Forest is credited with the introduction of shinguards in 1874, Notts Forest also lay claim to introducing the referee's whistle in 1878 not satisfied with this they also introduced the cross bar instead of tape and oval section goal post.

Goal nets believe it or not were quite a long time in coming and it took a Rugby player J Brodie who gave the idea to Bob Lythgoe a former Liverpool goalkeeper, Brodie was talked into patenting the idea and Bolton were the first club to trial the nets although only at one end strangely it was a game against Notts Forest on New Years Day 1891. It still took some time before nets were used by all clubs due to the FA wanting a fair price eventually they settled on a figure of £3, 12s 6d

International Honours Terry Venables was the first player to win international honours for England at five levels Schoolboy, youth, amateur, U23 and full.


Some Soccer Milestones

1863 English FA, 1873 Scottish FA formed start of the Scottish Cup, 1876 FA of Wales formed, 1880 Irish FA formed start of the Irish Cup. 1888 Football League formed,

1872 First official International between Scotland and England at Glasgow, Wanderers win the FA Cup & Corner kicks introduced.

1848 Cambridge University draw up the first rules, 1855 The oldest known soccer club Sheffield were founded, 1862 Notts County the oldest football league club were founded, 1865 Tape to be stretched across the goals 8 ft from the ground, 1867 Queens Park the oldest Scottish Club founded, 1871 start of the FA Cup, goalkeepers first mentioned in rules, 1879 first international between England and Wales, Cliftonville the oldest Irish Club formed. 1889 Preston North End achieve the first League and Cup Double.

1895 FA cup stolen from a Birmingham Shop window it was never recovered.


Match Fixing

Manchester United and Liverpool players were guilty of one of the worst match fixes on record, although it happened a long time ago, the season was 1914-15, Man United finished third from bottom, Chelsea were next to bottom and Tottenham Hotspur finished bottom and were relegated. 


However when the league was reinstated after the first world war, the division was enlarged and Arsenal were elected to take Spur's place, Chelsea escaped relegation because it had been discovered that Man U and Liverpool had taken part in a 'fixed match'. 


Man U won but an enquiry revealed that several players from both sides had agreed to fix the match so they could profit from fixed odd betting.  The outcome had affected Chelsea's position near the bottom of the table.  Seven players were permanently suspended four from one side three from the other, several of the suspensions were later lifted in appreciation of war service.


Enoch West the Manchester United Centre Forward didn't get his ban lifted until 1945, 30 years later.


Penalty Kick First Used in Ireland

Introduced by the Irish FA in 1890-91 season the penalty kick was taken up by the English FA the following close season.


The first team in the English league to have a penalty kick awarded against it was Accrington Stanley on the 14 Sept 1891 thus making James Heath the first man to score from a penalty kick the team getting the penalty was Wolverhampton Wanderers, what is strange that 9 days earlier Newton Heath (later to become Manchester United) were awarded the very first penalty kick in senior English football that was Saturday 5 September 1891 against Blackpool in the Lancashire league.


For many years amateur teams refused to accept penalty kicks, stating that a true amateur wouldn't take advantage by fouling a player, neither would they deliberately handle the ball.  This they said was what professional footballers did. The practice came into being that if they had to take a penalty they would pass it to the goalkeeper.


Final word on penalties 1921 FA Cup Tie Benny Smith of Norwich City struck his penalty shot that hard it knocked the goalkeeper out and he hit the rebound into the empty net.


Coincidence or What!

August 1966 Colchester United half-back Bobby Blackwood broke his jaw in a collision with QPR's  Striker Les Allen, in the return game that December Blackwood broke his jaw again after a collision with you guessed it Les Allen

17 Dec 1955 Dennis Evans the Arsenal Left Back scored a freak home goal with seconds to go he heard a whistle and casually flicked the ball into his own net, the referee award the goal stating the whistle had come from the crowd.

A remarkable record for own goals belongs to Tommy Wright a full back who played for Everton and England on consecutive Saturdays he scored the quickest own goals on record the first one in a game against Liverpool he scored an own goal after 33 seconds that was Sat 4 March 1972, the following Saturday March 11, against Manchester City he beat his own record after scoring an own goal in 32 seconds.


Most Suspended Player

Frank Barson had the reputation of suffering more suspensions than any other player, one of the UK's most accomplished Centre Halves during the 1920's unfortunately his reputation with referees cost him many England caps. 


A Yorkshireman built like a brick outhouse with a reputation for hard tackles and robust play his first suspension came during a cup tie at Everton Barnsley lost 3-0 but Barson was sent off and suspended for a month.  the first world war didn't put an end to his suspension's he got a two month suspension for a foul on a Birmingham player. 


After the war he was transferred to Aston Villa who were in danger of being relegated, after Barson arrived they rose to 9th and won the FA cup however before the FA cup final the referee warned him about his conduct.


Before the next season had kicked off he was suspended for 14 days for missing the opening game because he refused to live in Birmingham, before the season was over he was suspended again by the club for 7 days.


Manchester United were so impressed with Barson they paid Villa £5.000 for his services in 1922, he stayed at United for 6 seasons. 


Things went quiet for a while for Barson until his transfer to Watford in 1928 it was here he received his longest suspension seven months.


The following season he moved to Wigan Borough where in a game against Accrington Stanley he was sent off and got himself a 3 month suspension and a £5 fine.


Season 1930-31 was his final season as a player although he did manage to get sent off when he was player manager of Rhyl Athletic.


Other Sports Trivia

GRAND NATIONAL - did you know how many times Red Rum won the Grand National - It was three times 1973, 1974 & 1977

Do you know how many Grey Horses have won the Grand National - Only 2 The Lamb who won it twice in 1868 and 1871 and Nicholas Silver 1961


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