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Football fans at Bradford football club in 1988.
Photograph: Eamonn McCabe
Eamonn McCabe – a life in pictures
and former head of photography Eamonn McCabe
has died at 74.
We look back at his iconic work
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Best scores against Sheffield Wednesday
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George Best – a life in pictures
November 2015 15.47 GMT
The Guardian Sport
25 November 2005
George Best Life and times
The greatest game I ever saw him play
Friday November 25, 2005
His star rose and fell in only six years
but the memories are
November 25, 2005
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The original manuscript
of the Rules of
Association Football UK 1863
sign a player
attacked for keeping ground staff
on poverty wages
15 December 2013
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of catering, cleaning and security
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illicit payments / undeclared monies
Venables and West Ham’s Ken Brown
enjoy a kickabout with children
on Bonham Road, Dagenham,
the street on which they both grew up,
in January 1965.
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Terry Venables: a life in pictures
The famed player, manager, pundit and
occasional crooner has died.
From his roots in Dagenham, ‘El Tel’ rose,
to manage England during a highly successful
career in the game
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Terry Venables 1943-2023
Chelsea, QPR and Tottenham player
who as England manager displayed
one of the sharpest football brains
of his generation
20 October 1956
A fierce shot by Charlton heads towards
Everton’s Don Donovan
during Manchester United’s 5-2 defeat at Old
in his maiden season in the first team
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Sir Bobby Charlton (1937-2023) – his life in
A look back at the life and career of Sir
the England and Manchester United football
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Bobby Charlton 1937-2023
England and Manchester United football
Tommy Docherty 1928-2020
former Manchester United
Jack (John) Charlton
footballer and manager
Leeds United footballer
and member of the victorious
World Cup England squad,
he went on to manage
Peters, footballer 1943-2019
Finney, footballer 1922-2014
Sir Bobby Robson 1933-2009 UK
Manager who brought the England
to within a kick of their first
World Cup final since 1966
Best, footballer 1946-2005
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Manchester United / Man Utd / Old Trafford
at Old Trafford
Champions league 2006-7
championship qualifying match
a man down
gross unsporting conduct
three-match ban for...
Tuesday, June 20, 2006
The Sun sport frontpage
1 July 2003
TV revenue rights
take a battering
League Managers' Association
an interactive timeline
of his 1,000 games
in charge of Arsenal 21 March 2014
From ‘Arsène Who?’
to the longest-serving manager
in the Premier League.
Wenger has presided over
since a 2-0 victory away at Blackburn
in October 1996.
Greaves (left) fires the ball
goalkeeper Lorenzo Buffon
to score Milan’s second in a 3-1 win over
their local rivals
in October 1961.
Greaves scored nine goals
in 14 appearances
for the Rossoneri.
Photograph: Topfoto/PA Images
Jimmy Greaves: a life in pictures
The Spurs and Chelsea legend has died aged
Many regard the forward
as the greatest goalscorer England has ever
produced and he is,
with 357 goals, the highest scorer in
English top-flight football history.
He also holds the record for scoring more
hat-tricks (six) for England
than anyone else
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forward > Roger Hunter 1938-2021
forward > James Peter Greaves 1940-2021
Peter Bonetti makes a save
against Manchester United in 1968.
Peter Bonetti: a life in pictures
Peter ‘The Cat’ Bonetti,
former Chelsea and
has died aged 78
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in the 31st minute
A skilful and creative midfielder,
Stiles was also an uncompromising tackler.
Here Stiles, on the right, manages to clear
away from Liverpool’s Roger Hunt and just
wide of the post
during a match at Anfield on 31 October
United won 2-0
and went on to win the First
Nobby Stiles: his life and times – in
Nobby Stiles, the ‘toothless tiger’,
was a World Cup winner with England in 1966
and won the European Cup with Manchester
United in 1968.
After his death aged 78, we take a look back
at his football career
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midfielder > Gary Andrew Speed 1969-2011
midfielder > Alan Ball 1945-2007
centre-forward > Nat Lofthouse
Hunter in training, January 1967
Photograph: Edward Winpenny
Norman Hunter – a life in pictures
The former Leeds and England defender Norman
has died at the age of 76 after contracting
Here we take a look
at one of English football’s most feared,
and revered, centre-backs
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Norman Hunter, footballer
Champions League quarter-final tie
play-off first leg
in the stands
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12 Shots off target 5
5 Corners 2
16 Fouls conceded 20
77% Pass completion 76%
3 Offside 1
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96 people died
at the 1989 FA Cup semi-final.
Football disorder, or ‘hooliganism’
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and representation in sports media
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(called "soccer" in the U.S.A.)
Sport on Edge
December 21, 2011
The New York Times
By JERÉ LONGMAN
John Terry, captain of
England’s national soccer team and the powerful club Chelsea, faces a criminal
charge over accusations that he made a racial slur during an October match,
apparently becoming the first player to be prosecuted for remarks said on the
The accusation against Terry, which he denied, represents an escalation in the
attempt to stem the persistent and widespread problem of racism in European
On Tuesday, the Uruguayan forward Luis Suárez, who plays for Liverpool of the
English Premier League, was suspended for eight matches and fined about $63,000
for making abusive remarks in an October game toward Patrice Evra, a black
defender from France who plays for Manchester United.
On Wednesday, the Crown Prosecution Service, the agency responsible for laying
criminal charges, said it had charged Terry.
Antiracism officials said they were encouraged by the actions taken against
Terry and Suárez. But they cautioned that international soccer had lately sent
mixed messages about discrimination despite a campaign over the past five years
to reduce racial smears made on the field and in the stands. Fans in some
European countries have been known to throw bananas and peanuts, and direct
monkey chants, toward black players.
Sepp Blatter, the embattled president of FIFA, soccer’s world governing body,
was widely criticized last month after trying to minimize the extent of racism
on the field and suggesting that any player who felt affronted should settle the
matter with a postgame handshake.
The Terry and Suárez cases represent “a very important step that sends two
messages,” said Lord Herman Ouseley, chairman of the London-based
antidiscrimination organization called Kick It Out. “If you are inclined to
behave like that, you are not going to get away with it,” he said. “And it’s
encouraging to black players, who have often felt, ‘Why bother, it’s a waste of
time.’ Most thought nothing would come out of these allegations.”
At the same time, Ouseley said in a telephone interview that he would withhold
judgment on English soccer’s long-term determination to stamp out racism until
Terry’s case played out through the judiciary and Suárez decided whether to
appeal his ban by England’s soccer federation, known as the Football
Association. He has 14 days to file an appeal.
“We will have to wait and see whether there is consistency and durability in
application of a high standard of conduct, backed by strong investigation and
discipline with penalties, or whether this is a one-off, and we go back to
leniency and complacency,” Ouseley said.
The English Premier League is considered the world’s best club competition and
features many of the top international players. Two-thirds are foreign-born.
Racial sensitivity in the league has increased substantially in recent years,
and the atmosphere is considered far more embracing than leagues in Spain and
Italy. Yet, the Terry and Suárez cases indicate that English officials are still
troubled by some abusive on-the-field behavior.
Terry, who is 31, appears to be the first player to face a criminal charge of
racism, said Ouseley and Howard Holmes, founder of another London-based
antidiscrimination group called Football Unites, Racism Divides.
“I can’t find any other case where the police were involved,” Holmes said in a
telephone interview. “There have been a number of instances that have gone to
court, but they’ve been fan-based.”
Terry, who is white, is accused of making a racist remark during an October
match toward Anton Ferdinand, a black defender who plays for Queens Park
Rangers, a London rival of Chelsea.
A hearing for Terry is scheduled for Feb. 1. He is charged with violating
Britain’s Crime and Disorder Act (of) 1998, which focuses on antisocial
behavior. If found guilty, the maximum fine he faces is about $4,000, but a
conviction could cost Terry the captaincy of his club and national team, his
reputation and his ability to earn endorsement money.
“I am satisfied there is sufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of
conviction and it is in the public interest to prosecute this case,” Alison
Saunders, London’s chief crown prosecutor, said in a statement.
Terry has denied the charge, saying the context of his remarks was
misunderstood. He said in a statement Wednesday, “I have never aimed a racist
remark at anyone and count people from all races and creeds among my closest
According to The Guardian newspaper of London, Ferdinand did not immediately
realize what Terry had said to him during the October match. Rather, Ferdinand
grew concerned later when the encounter between the two players drew widespread
attention on social media sites. He later saw footage of the confrontation that
had been posted on the Internet.
Terry has said that he thought Ferdinand was accusing him of making a racial
slur during their encounter and responded to Ferdinand by saying he would never
use such a term.
The situation is complicated because Ferdinand’s brother, Rio, is a partner of
Terry’s in central defense for England’s national team. And it was Rio Ferdinand
who scathingly challenged Blatter’s suggestions last month that players should
resolve racial tensions with handshakes. Via Twitter, Rio Ferdinand, who plays
with Evra for Manchester United, called Blatter’s remarks “condescending” and
Blatter was widely ridiculed and Hugh Robertson, the British sports minister,
urged him to resign. Blatter declined to step down but said he regretted his
remarks and promised “zero tolerance” of racist behavior in soccer. A FIFA
campaign against racism began at the 2006 World Cup in Germany.
The widespread reaction against Blatter’s remarks in England, as well as the
social media response to the Terry incident, undoubtedly influenced the Suárez
suspension and the decision to prosecute Terry, said Holmes, the
“We can’t adopt a holier-than-thou attitude and, when it’s in our backyard, wash
our hands of it,” Holmes said.
Suárez, the Liverpool forward, was accused of using a racial term 10 times
against Evra in an October match against Manchester United. Suárez has said that
he did not realize that language that was acceptable in his native Uruguay was
considered racist in England.
“I understand the point about cultural differences,” Gordon Taylor, chief
executive of the union for England’s professional soccer players, told British
reporters Wednesday. “But if you come to this country, all players have to abide
by not just the laws of the game, but the laws of the land as well.”
Liverpool has vigorously defended Suárez. During warm-ups for their match
against Wigan on Wednesday, his teammates wore white T-shirts with an image of
Suárez on the front and his name and his number, 7, on the back.
Rob Hughes contributed
reporting from London.
Racism Charges Put a Sport on Edge,
Gary Speed obituary
Manager of the Wales football team
and versatile midfielder
in the Premier
Sunday 27 November 2011
This article was published on guardian.co.uk
at 18.38 GMT on Sunday 27 November
A version appeared on p36
of the Main section section of the Guardian
28 November 2011.
It was last modified at 00.06 GMT
on Monday 28 November 2011.
The Wales football manager
Gary Speed, who has died at the age of 42 after apparently taking his own life,
was an outstanding footballer and promised to be equally successful in this new
phase of his career. But while he had been in charge of the national side for
only 10 games, his playing career was long and distinguished.
A skilful, athletic and versatile left-sided attacking midfield player, Speed
was also an exceptional header of the ball and had a healthy knack of scoring
goals. He represented Wales and four different Premier League clubs – Leeds
United, Everton, Newcastle United and Bolton Wanderers – during a 22-year club
His longevity at the top level of the game was underpinned by a remarkable
dedication to his profession. One of the first British players fully to embrace
new ideas about fitness and nutrition, his success can be judged by the fact
that only two players, Ryan Giggs and David James, have surpassed his total of
535 Premier League appearances, while he holds the record for the most
appearances for Wales by an outfield player – 85 – made over 14 years.
He won the only major honour of his career, the Football League championship,
early in his career, with Leeds in 1991-92, the last season before the formation
of the Premier League, but appeared in two FA Cup finals with Newcastle, and
acquired a reputation as a leader and model for other players. He captained most
of the teams he played for at some time, including Everton, the club he
supported as a boy. He was appointed MBE in 2010 for his services to football.
Born in Mancot, Flintshire, Speed was the only Welshman in his family, his
parents, sister and children all being born in Chester. He went to Hawarden high
school and played regularly for Flintshire Schoolboys and Aston Park Rangers
before joining Leeds straight from school in June 1988.
He made his first-team debut at 19 for the club then in the second division,
helping win promotion for Howard Wilkinson's team in 1989-90, his second full
season, and winning his first Welsh cap against Costa Rica in May 1990. Although
he also played as a defender and forward – "I think I played him in every
position," Wilkinson said – he became a regular on the left of a midfield that
also included Gary McAllister, David Batty and Gordon Strachan, a formidable
quartet that would help the team to win the championship in 1992, ahead of
However, Leeds failed to build on that success, and after 312 games and 57 goals
for his first club Speed jumped at the chance to join Everton in 1996, for
£3.5m. He signed a five-year contract and finished his first season as the
Toffees' player of the year, being made captain of his club, as he was for his
country, at the beginning of the 1997-98 season.
However, what should have been a dream for the boyhood Evertonian began to turn
sour. There were rumours, never fully substantiated, of fallings-out behind the
scenes, and Speed moved to Newcastle for £5.5m in 1998 after only 65 games and
He was to play 284 times for the Magpies, including defeats in the FA Cup finals
of 1998, by Arsenal, and 1999, by Manchester United. However, although titles
eluded him, he also played in the Champions League while on Tyneside and kept up
his scoring record, netting 40 times. In July 2004 he moved on to Bolton for
£750,000, and it was while at the Reebok Stadium that he became the first player
to make 500 Premier League appearances, in a 4–0 victory over West Ham. He also,
in May 2007, took his first steps into coaching. The following October he
decided to concentrate solely on playing again, but in the new year he left the
top flight, signing for Sheffield United. A back injury suffered in November
2008 prompted Kevin Blackwell, the manager, to suggest a permanent move to a
coaching role, an opportunity that Speed grasped with relish.
Three games into the 2010-11 season, Blackwell was sacked and Speed promoted
into his first managerial post, but he was not to stay long in the Bramall Lane
chair. In December 2010, he was named as the successor to John Toshack as Wales
manager, the Welsh FA paying compensation to United.
Although Speed had presided over five victories and five defeats in his 10
matches in charge of the principality, there were plenty of encouraging signs in
Speed's stewardship, not least that four of the wins came in the past five
games, with an unlucky 1-0 defeat by England at Wembley the only blemish.
"He completely transformed the Welsh situation from one of despair to one of
hope and expectation," his former Wales teammate Mark Bowen said. "The players
liked him and had a real bond with him that showed in games. Everyone was really
Speed is survived by his wife, Louise, and two sons.
• Gary Andrew Speed, footballer and manager,
born 8 September 1969; died
27 November 2011
Aftermath of the Bradford football stadium
Hideous images linger
after carnage of
Monday May 13, 1985
The horrific scenes of people burning alive seemed to live on in an eerie
silence as daylight broke over the remains of Bradford City Football Club's
ground yesterday. All that was left of the main stand were rows of bare steel
and stone, with blackened timbers hanging from the few remaining roof supports.
The intensity of the blaze which spread 'quicker than people could walk'
destroyed the main stand area, leaving a skeleton of burned seats, lamps and
People were wandering around outside the ground in disbelief, reminiscent of an
air disaster, at what had happened the day before.
Only one person had been positively identified by police by early last night.
The 51 other bodies of children, women and men were so badly burned that
identification will take many days.
Police removed the last body from the ground at 4 am yesterday, working under
arc lights. It was a gruesome sight to see bodies still sitting upright in their
seats, covered in tarpaulin.
Saturday began for the fans in a carnival atmosphere at Bradford 's Valley
Parade ground a short walk from the city centre.
Parents and children were laughing and joking with the police as the
preliminaries to the game began. The match, Bradford against Lincoln, was to
have been a joyous climax to the club winning the Third Division championship
and being promoted to the Second Division.
Bradford city council officials, off-duty policemen and guests from Bradford 's
twin town, Munchengladbach, were there to celebrate. Ironically, off-duty
firemen were at the ground selling raffle tickets for a charity football match
which should have been held yesterday. Soon they were all running for their
Disaster struck at 3.43 pm. It is impossible so far to be accurate about the
precise cause of the fire, with grossly conflicting reports from witnesses.
There was some kind of disturbance near the edge of a block of seats in the G
section of the main stand. It is not thought that there was any crowd trouble in
this section but one theory the police are investigating is that a flare or
smoke-bomb was thrown or was accidentally dropped.
Smoke was seen coming from the third row in the section but people are
apparently used to seeing smoke flares on the Bradford ground.
Then flames licked the underside of the seats, which were a combination of wood
and plastic. Below the seats were rows of litter which had piled up throughout
the season, said witnesses.
The stand itself was engulfed in seconds, almost as if petrol had been ignited
throughout the block. The fire brigade said that when heat builds up so quickly
it can cause flames to move much quicker than people can walk.
More than 3,500 people were crammed into the main stand area and this prevented
people from moving away from the blaze quickly. They were hampered further by
the fact that doors at the back of the stand were locked to try to stop people
coming in without paying. The stand slopes downwards from the South Parade.
People had walked through turnstiles and along a wooden corridor before
descending the steps into their seats. When the game began there was no way out
for them, except by going on to the pitch. Some people seem to have run back up
the slope, thinking that they could get back through the turnstiles, and were
Others ran forward to try to clamber over a fence and a small wall on to the
pitch. But the sheer density of numbers coupled with the thick, choking smoke
made people collapse. Some of the dead were found at the bottom of these steps.
A call was made on a police radio to the police operations room in Bradford and
relayed to the fire brigade at 3.43 pm. It took the firemen four minutes to
arrive at the ground but the speed of the fire was such that the blaze also took
only four minutes to grip the entire stand.
The firemen who arrived there were met by a wall of flame and dense black smoke.
They were not able to use water on the stand immediately because this would have
hampered attempts to rescue people being dragged by the police and friends from
The only fire extinguishers in the ground were in the clubroom, which is also in
the main stand. The extinguishers were put there so that they would be out of
the way of fans who could use them as missiles, which apparently had happened
The chairman of the football club, Mr Stafford Heginbotham, was near to tears as
he explained what had happened. 'The fire just spread along the length of the
stand in seconds. The smoke was choking. We couldn't breathe. It was to be our
day,' he said.
Superintendent Barry Osborne, divisional commander for the football club area,
who was injured in the fire said that many policemen cried when they saw how
badly people had been burned.
He saw smoke coming from a small area of the stand and thought that someone had
let off a flare. 'The smoke was very, very dense. I ran to the stand and tried
to help people escape. The flames suddenly appeared and the whole roof took
alight,' he said.
People were clambering over the wall on to the ground with their clothes and
hair on fire. The heat inside the stand literally ignited people where they
One elderly man started to walk across the pitch with his clothes and face
ablaze. People pushed him to the ground and tried to smother the flames. One man
in tears said: 'He looked as if he was just going for a stroll. He was
completely on fire and it looked as though he simply did not know what had
happened to him.'
Mr Stefan Krolak, a survivor from Bradford , said he saw the smoke start a few
seats away from him 'The smoke seemed suddenly to set on fire. People were
falling on to each other and screaming.
'They did not have a chance. Tarpaulin fell on them and stuck to their clothes
and then ignited. I saw one man lying on the ground, burning from head to foot.
There was hardly anything left of him.'
One woman was seen running around the ground with no skin on her arms and face.
She was hysterical and trying to find her three children. The team's coach, Mr
Terry Yorath, ran on to the pitch to try to help people away from the stand. 'It
is the worst day in my life. The whole fire seemed to erupt in seconds,' he
Mr Antony Burrows said: 'One man was stood near me with his hair on fire. There
were no fire extinguishers. I had to put my jumper over his hair to put the
Sports reporters covering the game also spoke of the disaster. Mr Tony
Delahunte, who was presenting a programme from the ground for Pennine Radio,
said 'The fire seemed to me to start with a smoke bomb. I saw a group of people
around the smoke laughing. Then the flames and smoke were all over the place.'
Mr Delahunte was screaming into his microphone describing the scene until it
became impossible to continue broadcasting. His face was burned and his car,
which he had parked outside the ground, was destroyed.
People were arriving in a daze outside Bradford police headquarters on Saturday
evening and early yesterday. One family was in tears, the mother shaking. They
stood outside the headquarters, staring at nothing in particular.
Other parents whose children had not arrived home on Saturday called at the
police station or sat in cars outside, waiting for news. Hundreds more
telephoned the police to try to trace relatives.
The Chief Constable of West Yorkshire, Mr Colin Sampson, said yesterday that a
team of doctors and pathologists had worked throughout the night trying to
identify the dead.
He appealed to people to be patient while forensic experts identified bodies. 'I
have to tell you that the fire was so intense that identifying people is going
to be the great problem we have to face.'
Eighty names were unaccounted for and there were no positive indications about
the cause of the fire.
There has been reports of people lighting paper under the seats, and it was
important that as many fans as possible who were in the stand or at the Kop end
contacted the police. 'This was a dreadful afternoon. I have never had to deal
with such a situation before, and this has put the city on its heels.'
The man in charge of investigating the fire, Detective Superintendent Kevin
Cooper was at the game. His son Christopher normally watches from the stand but
on Saturday he joined other fans elsewhere.
The stories of escapes are legion. Many who had walked out of the fire stood on
the pitch looking back in horror as the flames destroyed the stand.
Bradford council introduced its emergency plans procedure yesterday to give aid
to many families affected by the disaster.
Police had an official photographer at the game, watching for crowd disturbance.
He photographed the blaze from start to finish and the police will use this as
evidence when an inquest is held.
The club's success had swollen the crowd to 10,000 and arguments will rage about
fire precautions at the ground.
It was clear from what the Chief Fire Officer for West Yorkshire, Mr Graham
Karran, said yesterday that the ground was far from safe. He was asked if
precautions would have been adequate had the club been in the Second Division.
'I think that is unlikely,' he said.
Representatives from the fire brigade were due to go to the club tomorrow to
inspect it and see whether regulations were being observed. Now they will begin
another inquiry, into the cause of the Bradford fire.
Hideous images linger after carnage of 'celebration' day,
Monday May 13,
April 20 1903
Notes on a 6-0 Cup
Bury v Derby
From The Guardian archive
April 20 1903
To account for the poorness of the football — on one side — at the Crystal
Palace on Saturday afternoon it is necessary to consider the unfortunate
circumstances in which the Derby County team found itself on the eve of the
The story of accidents which have befallen Derby County players of late reads
rather like an account of football in America. Easter-time was a particu larly
unfortunate period. Bloomer, who had been absent from the team for a long time
nursing an injured knee, made a reappearance on Good Friday at Newcastle and was
so badly kicked on the ankle that he could not be chosen for the Cup Final.
Goodall, who did actually play, had a dislocated ankle bone on Easter Monday.
Lockie, who might have been chosen, injured his knee, and Morris went to London
with a limp caused by a kick at Middlesbrough. Fryer, the goalkeeper, was also
in the doctor's hands. It was with doubt that he was chosen to play on Saturday.
But the Cup was won by Bury on merit. There had been much warning that the Derby
forward line would be the faster and probably the cleverer. But the Derby
forwards were hopelessly beaten. The Bury men were sharper. When it was
necessary to take the ball away from a Derby man the Bury players appeared able
to achieve their purpose in no time.
There are some interesting points about this second victory of Bury in the
competition for the Cup. They have had no goal scored against them in any of the
cup ties and they have won the final by the most decisive score yet recorded,
beating the record of six goals to one which the Blackburn Rovers made against
Sheffield Wednesday some twelve years ago.
The only team that has ever before won the distinction of securing the Cup
without having a goal scored against it was the Preston North End team of 1889.
In a very different sense the achievements of Derby County are equally
remarkable. This is their third failure in the final for the Cup, and six times
they have been in semi-finals. It is not a little curious that in both the
previous finals their defeat was decisive, although not nearly so heavy as
The attendance at the final on Saturday is officially estimated at 63,102. This
is a smaller return than there has been made since 1898, and less by a few
thousands than that which saw Bury defeat Southampton by four goals to none in
1900. The aggregate number who saw the first round was 241,323 and the "gates"
were worth £9,736.
From The Guardian
archive > April 20 1903 >
Notes on a 6-0 Cup final: Bury v Derby, G,
20.4.2007, p. 38,
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