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Saturday, 14 February 2015

Football Match

An account of a 14th century football match stated: "At Shouldham Priory in 1321 one of the canons, playing football, killed another player, a layman, who collided with the canon's sheathed dagger in a tackle."

The first ever inter-club football match took place between Hallam F.C. and Sheffield F.C. at the Sandygate Road ground in Sheffield, England on December 26, 1860. The match report for the game in the Sheffield Daily Telegraph states that the game was played between 16 of Sheffield and 16 of Hallam and Stumperlowe (Stumperlowe being a hamlet half a mile from Sandygate).

In the first-ever final of the FA Cup Wanderers F.C. defeated Royal Engineers A.F.C. 1–0 on March 16, 1872. 2,000 spectators attended the game, which was held at The Oval in Kennington, London.

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The first official football match programmes were sold at a Queens Park v Wanderers game in Glasgow on October 9, 1875.


Arbroath F.C. holds the world record for the largest winning margin in a senior unfixed football match. They won 36-0, in their Scottish Cup match against a scratch team from Aberdeen Bon Accord.  On a wet day on September 12, 1885 at Gayfield, 13-goal John Petrie led the rampant home team, a feat which is still recognized as the highest by one man in a single game.
Meanwhile, 20 miles away, Dundee Harp ran them close by beating Aberdeen Rovers 35-0 on the same day.

The first live radio commentary of a football match anywhere in the world, took place on January 22, 1927 for the game between Arsenal F.C. and Sheffield United at Highbury. For the broadcast by the BBC, The Radio Times printed a numbered map of the pitch so the commentator could describe where the ball was — hence the expression: 'And back to square one.'

The First Division match between Leicester City and Arsenal at Filbert Street on April 21, 1930 finished as a 6–6 draw. It was the highest scoring draw in the history of first class English football.

On July 16, 1950, 173,850 paid spectators packed into the MaracanĂ£ stadium, then the world's biggest, for the final game of the 1950 World Cup. Uruguay beat Brazil 2-1, breaking the locals' hearts. The local media dubbed it the Maracanazo (a term still used when a visiting team triumphs). The game holds the world record for the highest attendance at any soccer match, ever.

The first football match to be played under floodlighting was in 1956. It ended up Portsmouth 0 Newcastle 2.

The world's worst soccer riot occurred in 1964 during a Peru v Argentina match in Lima after an unpopular decision by the referee. It ended with 300 fans killed and more than 500 injured.

Nottingham Forest’s proud 32-year run of having no players sent off ended with Sammy Chapman’s red card in their November 27, 1971 match against Leeds.

The Scottish Cup 2nd Round football tie between Inverness Thistle and Falkirk in the 1978/1979 season was postponed 29 times because of bad weather.

Major League Soccer kicked off on April 6, 1996 when an overflow crowd of 31,683 packed Spartan Stadium to witness the historic first game. San Jose Clash forward Eric Wynalda scored the league's first goal in a 1-0 victory over D. C. United.

On October 31, 2002 AS Adema beat SO I'Emyrne 149-0. The match between the two Antananarivo, Madagascar teams holds the world record for the highest scoreline in Association football. SO l'Emyrne intentionally lost the game against their arch-rivals AS Adema in protest over refereeing decisions that had gone against them during a four-team playoff tournament. This led them to scoring a torrent of own goals as a protest.

The Isles of Scilly Football League is the official football league for the Isles of Scilly. The football league is reportedly the smallest in the world, with only two clubs Garrison Gunners and the Woolpack Wanderers, which play against each other every Sunday.

On average, football (soccer) players run as far as 9.5 miles in a single match.

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