Archive for June, 2014

With this evening’s World Cup game between England and Italy in mind, we look back to 14 November 1934 to the second fixture between the two countries and the first on English soil. England, as the founders of the modern game, still claimed world supremacy, but they were not members of FIFA and therefore had […]


World War One broke out at the end of July 1914, but professional football continued until the 1914-15 season had been completed, principally because the players were already engaged to professional contracts and it would been difficult and possibly expensive to break these contracts. Some footballers were effectively conscripted to the Army immediately, these being […]