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Postby BoleynBadges » Thu May 31, 2018 12:02 pm

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Tom Finney addressing the crowd at Deepdale after playing his last match for Preston – against Luton Town on 30th April 1960. Looks a bit precarious doesn’t it – I think that there would be a few health and safety issues if he gave a speech standing on that table today!

Finney was born in 1922 and left school at 14 to join the family plumbing business – his later nickname was the ‘Preston Plumber’. His footballing career was delayed by the Second World with his League debut coming on August 31st 1946 when it took him just 18 minutes to score for Preston in the 3-2 victory over Leeds at Deepdale. By the time he made his final League appearance in 1960 he had played in 473 league and cup matches, scoring 210 goals. Every one of those appearances was for Preston although he did come out of retirement at the age of 41 in 1963 to play for Distillery of Belfast against Eusebio’s Benfica in a European Cup tie. Just a month after making his League debut Tom Finney played his first match for England, scoring in England’s 7-2 victory away to Northern Ireland. He went on to play 76 times for England and his 30 England goals was a record at the time.
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irons fans Now that's what I call a bus trip! Fans on their way to the first Wembley FA Cup final between Bolton and West Ham in 1923.
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An unusual football partnership but an amazingly successful one.
Elton John took over the club he supported, Watford, in 1976 and the following year employed Graham Taylor as manager. Taylor had spent five years as Lincoln manager after a playing career with Grimsby and Lincoln and had turned down the managers'
job at First Division WBA to take over at Watford - then in the Fourth Division. But by
the 1982/83 they were in the top flight finishing second to Liverpool and a year later were beaten FA Cup finalists. Taylor left for Aston Villa in 1987 but although he had three years as boss of England and another spell at Vicarage Road it was probably that first spell at Watford that saw his best achievement in football.
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Now what were those Port Vale fans thinking of the match being played
on that long gone day?
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Evidence of a torture chamber at Highbury! No, this is not a picture of a bloke in a
bubble-bath but of Arsenal player Wilf Copping in an ice bath in 1934. It's painful just looking at it, and he doesn't look too chuffed about it either! Quite what his injury
was that needed that sort of treatment is unknown but under manager
Herbert Chapman the Gunners were the top club in the country at the time and were innovators of many things that are normal practice now. Thankfully not this one though.
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Re: those was the days

Postby BoleynBadges » Sat Jun 09, 2018 9:47 am

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Mascots aren't a new invention - Amos helped Second Division Barnsley get to their first FA Cup Final in 1910. It is believed that Amos was the jockey and not the donkey. But you can't imagine any modern groundsman letting a donkey anywhere near a pitch nowadays. And I wonder how many of the people in the picture would have anticipated being looked at over a century later on this inter-web thing!
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West Ham captain Bobby Moore celebrating at Wembley following the Hammers
FA Cup final victory over Second Division Preston in 1964. I'm not quite sure if the hammer he is pictured with would get through the turnstiles at the London Stadium this season!

It was the first time that West Ham had won the FA Cup and was the first of three successful Wembley cup final wins for the England captain in three seasons. A year
later West Ham were back at Wembley for the European Cup Winners Cup against
TSV Munich while in 1966 it was that World Cup final victory over West Germany.
Great times.
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I bet all three of them were dreaming of scoring the winning goal at the
FA Cup Final at Wembley - yep, in those days, the FA Cup was important
enough to want to win!
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England's third place in the 2015 World Cup is a far cry from the beginnings of organised women's football in this country. That was back in the First World War
when the women who worked in the munitions factories in the north played
organised football to improve morale. The top team of the time was the
Dick, Kerrs ladies side from Preston. They attracted an attendance of over 10,000
for a Christmas Day match at Preston's Deepdale ground in 1917 while on Boxing Day 1920 over 53,000 were present at Goodison Park for a friendly against
St Helens Ladies. Earlier in 1920 they had played against a French side in what is considered to be the first unofficial women's international fixture. Dressed in a
tea-cosy hat and the Newcastle United style kit the traditional Dick, Kerrs pre-match greeting was a kiss rather than a hand-shake - and by the looks of that picture
that kiss appeared to be a bit more passionate than a peck on the cheek!
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England had the Charltons and the Nevilles but on 20th April 1955 Wales became the
first of the Home countries to play two sets of brothers in an international team.
John and Mel Charles, Ivor and Len Allchurch were in their side for the 3-2 victory over
Northern Ireland at Windsor Park, Belfast. John Charles scored a hat-trick.
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Re: those was the days

Postby mkhammer » Sat Jun 09, 2018 10:04 am

Absolutely brilliant stuff mate....

You gotta love that Pic of Sir Bobby....one of my Favs..... :D
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Postby ToneLoc » Sat Jun 09, 2018 10:24 am

Brilliant pics
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Postby BoleynBadges » Sat Jun 16, 2018 10:15 am

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I was at a reserve team match a while ago (football isn't all about the
Premier League you know!) and there was a woman there with a rattle. There was a
time when that was one of the few things they sold at football grounds (a rosette, club badge and programme being the others)...but not now. I wondered if she had turned
up at a first team match with a rattle would it be confiscated as a dangerous weapon?
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Well if that was a goal celebration it certainly didn't catch on! Liverpool's Ray Clemence
didn't look too happy with the situation at a West Ham v Liverpool match at
Upton Park in 1972.
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This charming 1933 picture shows the England team at London's Victoria station before departing for the journey to Rome and a friendly with Italy. The game ended in a 1-1 draw, with the England goal scored by Arsenal great Cliff Bastin
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Five Chelsea players peer out of a train window as they leave London's Liverpool Street station for an FA Cup third tie at Norwich in early 1936. Top row: Vic Woodley, Joe Bambrick, Dick Spence. Bottom row: Bill Barraclough and William Mitchell. The match in Norfolk ended in a 1-1 draw, with Chelsea winning the replay 3-1
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It's full steam ahead for this Manchester United supporter as he heads down on the train to London for an FA Cup fourth round tie at Arsenal in 1937. He may not have been quite so happy on the way home however, with the Gunners thrashing United 5-0.
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Tooting & Mitcham pair Ted Murphy and Brian Bennett receiving confirmation that their FA Cup third round replay at Nottingham Forest in 1959 had been postponed thanks to this notice at St Pancras station. Much more romantic than Twitter, don't you think?
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Preston and Huddersfield fans arrive on trains at Wembley for the 1938 FA Cup final. The station looks remarkably similar to today's Wembley Park, which is still used by millions of fans for matches at the new stadium. North End claimed glory at Wembley in 1938, winning 1-0 thanks to a penalty from George Mutch
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Postby BoleynBadges » Sat Jun 30, 2018 1:57 pm

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The old football specials belong to a bygone era - here's a railway porter by the name of William King putting the finishing touches to a notice at Blackburn station advising fans of the trains heading to Huddersfield for an FA Cup sixth round tie in 1939. The match finished in a 1-1 draw

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Steady on, boys... The caption for this picture doesn't say whether it was the train journey to or from Wembley but simply says 'Blackpool supporters taking the long train journey resort to some hard drinking as they drink from bottles of alcohol'. The day in question was the 1948 FA Cup final, which Manchester United won 4-2

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The triumphant West Germany team sign autographs and shake hands from the windows of the train carrying them home from Berne, where they defeated Hungary 3-2 in the 1954 World Cup final, as they cross the Swiss border into Konstanz. Among the players is popular forward Max Morlock (third right), who scored West Germany's first goal as they came back from 2-0 down against the favourites to win their first World Cup, in a match known as 'The Miracle of Berne'

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Tottenham fan Stan Fitton greets one of his heroes, goalkeeper Brian Williamson at Euston station in 1961. It was a big year for Spurs, who won a famous league and cup Double. Amazingly, it remains the last time Spurs claimed the league title

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West Ham's Johnny Byrne is seen here at London's St Pancras station in 1964, catching a train to Sheffield. The striker played 11 times for England in the 1960s, scoring eight goals
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Postby BoleynBadges » Sun Jul 08, 2018 2:23 pm

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The old leaning out of windows trick - on the left, Fulham's Bobby Moore is at Euston as he leaves on a train bound for Blackburn, and his final professional game in England in May 1977
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Liverpool pair David Fairclough and Emlyn Hughes leaving the city's Lime Street bound for Wembley and the 1977 FA Cup final against their old rivals Manchester United
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There's always been something special about 'Old Big Ears', or the European Cup as it's more commonly known. Here, Liverpool manager Bob Paisley travels back to the city on the train after the Reds had won their second successive European Cup by beating Bruges 1-0 at Wembley, courtesy of a goal from Kenny Dalglish
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The days of football specials may have gone, but millions still use the train to travel to matches. Here, Charlton fans are being filmed by a BBC crew as they arrive at Middlesbrough train station for an FA Cup sixth round replay in 2006. Middlesbrough won the game 4-2
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The first World Cup final took place in 1930 at the Estadio Centenario in Montevideo, and proved to be a thrilling match in front of a 93,000 crowd. Hosts Uruguay were 2-1 behind at half-time, but fought back to claim a 4-2 win over neighbours Argentina. In this picture Hector Castro scores the fourth goal in the final minute of the match, beyond the despairing Argentina goalkeeper Juan Botasso
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This would have been an awful pitch for any match, but was certainly not suitable for this 1970 FA Cup semi-final between Chelsea and Watford at White Hart Lane. The Blues were far too good on the day, winning 5-1, with Peter Houseman scoring twice. They went on to beat Leeds in a famous FA Cup final replay at Old Trafford, courtesy of a winner from David Webb
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Just look at the state of the Parkhead pitch in this 1970 picture - here Celtic legend Billy McNeill and Rangers favourite Ronnie McKinnon troop off after a Scottish Cup quarter-final. Celtic won the game 3-1 but Aberdeen later beat the Bhoys 3-1 in the final at Hampden
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Here is a picture of Jimmy Greaves being tackled by Manchester City's Mike Doyle at a muddy Maine Road in 1970. Greaves, one of the finest strikers in English football history, was making his West Ham debut, having joined from London rivals Tottenham, and he scored two goals in a comprehensive 5-1 win for the Hammers
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It's probably fair to describe the Stamford Bridge pitch here as waterlogged. This picture is from a Division One match in 1957 between Chelsea and Bolton, which ended in a 2-2 draw. Here, Chelsea winger Peter Brabrook smashes the ball straight at Bolton's Ralph Gubbins
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The ball is stuck in the mud in this picture of a game between Arsenal and Manchester United in October, 1960. Arsenal goalkeeper Jack Kelsey looks helplessly on, as John Snedden manages to clear away before Nobby Stiles can force the ball home for United. The Gunners won the match 2-1
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