Tag: Birmingham

A presentation of football clubs 1903/04

During the 1903/04 season the “Sunderland Daily Echo” enlightened their readers with some great article features presenting many of the leading football club for that season. I have now collected all these feature articles and you will find links to the different articles further down in this article. […]

The top men and their salaries

Tuesday, August 17 – 1982 What the top man get – an estimate of managers’ salaries in the First Division. Club Manager Salary Contract remaining Arsenal Terry Neill £35,000 3 years Aston Villa Tony Barton £25,000 3 years Birmingham Ron Saunders £40,000 3 year “roll on” Brighton Mike […]

Bill Shankly: “Ready for anything”

Wednesday, May 9 – 1973 Hughes is cleared as champs go for glory A smile that seemed to stretch from London to Merseyside covered Bill Shankly’s face as he left a Football Association disciplinary hearing at Lancaster Gate yesterday. Minutes earlier, Emlyn Hughes, his England defender, had been […]

Shankly lashes Everton

Monday, January 3 – 1972 Liverpool manager Bill Shankly yesterday marched into an FA disciplinary court to clear £220,000 Arsenal superstar Alan Ball – then stormed out accusing Everton of turning their backs on their former skipper. Ball, Britain’s costliest player, was facing the disciplinary committee in Birmingham […]

Bert Freeman dead

Thursday, August 11 – 1955 The death has taken place at Birmingham of Bert Freeman the former Everton and England international centre forward and the man who scored the goal for Burnley when they defeated Liverpool in the Cup Final of 1914 at Crystal Palace. Before the first […]

Fear of counterfeited tickets

Wednesday, February 26 – 1947 Liverpool F.C. have asked for police co-operation in dealing with counterfeit tickets likely to be presented at the Cup-tie with Birmingham City on Saturday. It was reported yesterday that many forged tickets had been circulated. (Derby Daily Telegraph, 26-02-1947)

Wales v England 2-3 (International friendly: May 5, 1945)

May 5, 1945 Match: International, friendly, at Ninian Park. Wales – England 2-3 (1-1). Attendance: 35,000. Referee: Mr. W.T. Nash (Glamorgan). Wales (2-3-5): Cyril Sidlow (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Danny Winter (Bolton Wanderers), Billy Hughes (Birmingham), Donald Dearson (Birmingham), Robert Davies (Nottingham Forest), Ron Burgess (Tottenham Hotspur), Tom Astbury (Chester), […]

Liverton v Western Command 4-3 (Charity match: May 2, 1945)

May 2, 1945 Match: Benefit for the Command Welfare Funds, at Goodison Park, kick-off: 18:30. Liverton – Western Command 4-3 (1-0). Attendance: 8,410; gate receipts: £486. Referee: Mr. A.M. Cunningham. Liverton (2-3-5): George Burnett (Everton), George Jackson (Everton), Jeff Gulliver (Liverpool), Jack Pilling (Liverpool), Laurie Hughes (Liverpool), Gordon […]

Liverton team for Western Command

May 1, 1945 Permission has been granted for the Football League Championship No. 2 to continue until May 26. All matches arranged between League clubs as well as the North and County Cup semi-finals and finals will be allowed to count for the championship, in which Everton stand […]

Western Command XI for friendly

Friday, April 27 – 1945 The Western Command team against Everton-Liverpool at Goodison Park on Wednesday will be: Jack Fairbrother (Preston North End), Bert Sproston (Manchester City), Arthur Jefferson (Queens Park Rangers), Billy Wright (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Ron Suart (Blackpool), Fred Harris (Birmingham), Johnny Hancocks (Walsall), Ronnie Dix (Tottenham […]

Benefit for four Liverpool players

Monday, April 16 – 1945 The Management Committee of the Football League have sanctioned benefit for 16 players. They are: Bill Kinghorn, Jimmy McInnes, Berry Nieuwenhuys, John Shafto (Liverpool); Gordon, Alex Hastings, Haywood, Alex Lockie, Johnny Spuhler, Cliff Whitelum (Sunderland); Dennis Jennings, Morris (Birmingham); R. Lewis (Watford); and […]

Death of an old Aston Villa footballer

Sunday, March 25 – 1945 Mr. Dennis Hodgetts, the former Aston Villa player and official, and an ex-England player, died in hospital in Birmingham yesterday. He was 81. Dennis Hodgetts, Aston Villa. Hodgetts ranked as one of the Aston Villa giants. He was an intelligent, skilful, speedy and […]

Won on a knock-out!

Sunday, March 4 – 1945 Diving into my pile of snooker letters, I’ve dug out an amazing incident sent by Mr. Martin Finn, of Birmingham. Requiring three for game at billiards he was left with the red tight against the top cushion, the opposing white in baulk and […]

FA XI and RAF XI teams unchanged

January 16, 1945 No change have so far been notified in the FA and RAF teams for the Soccer representative match at Coventry on Saturday. The selected sides are: – FA XI: Gill Merrick (Birmingham), Bert Sproston (Manchester City), Harry Kinsell (West Bromwich Albion), Neil Franklin (Stoke City), […]

Army v RAF 2-3 (International friendly: May 20, 1944)

May 20, 1944 War time International: Friendly, at Anfield, kick-off: 15:15. The Army – Royal Air Force 2-3 (1-1). Attendance: 22,000; gate receipts: £1,750. Referee: Mr. A.C. Hall (Chester). The Army XI (2-3-5): Frank Swift (Manchester City), Bert Sproston (Manchester City), Frank Taylor (Wolves), Hugh Wales (Motherwell), Bob […]

International stars at Anfield

May 19, 1944 Like the little boy who keeps the almond paste from his cake to the end, because it’s the best part of it, the tit-bit of this season’s Merseyside football competition has been reserved for the last day. This is the charity game at Anfield tomorrow […]

Poland helps Wales to beat England

Saturday, October 24 – 1942 War time international, War Charities Association, at Molineux (Wolverhampton). England – Wales 1-2 (1-1). Attendance: 25.097. Referee: Mr. F.C. Green (Wolverhampton). England (2-3-5): George Marks (Arsenal); George Hardwick (Middlesbrough), Eddie Hapgood (C, Arsenal); Cliff Britton (Everton), Stan Cullis (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Joe Mercer (Everton); […]

Liverpool v Wrexham 4-0 (War time, League match)

Saturday, September 5 – 1942 Match: Football League, Northern Section, at Anfield, kick-off: 15:oo. Liverpool – Wrexham 4-0 (2-0). Attendance: 5,000. Referee: Mr. J. Phillips. Liverpool (2-3-5): Alf Hobson (Chester), Ron Guttridge (Aston Villa), Ray Lambert, Harry Kaye, Eric Keen (Derby County), Eddie Spicer, Billy Liddell, Richard Dorsett […]

Attacking power

Friday, September 4 – 1942 While appreciating that Wrexham, with their galaxy of “guest” players, are a much more dangerous force than they were last season, I feel pretty sanguine about Liverpool’s chances of completing the “double” over them at Anfield. This is going to be no easy […]

Wrexham v Liverpool 3-4 (War time, League match)

Saturday, August 29 – 1942 Match: Football League, Northern Section, at Racecourse Ground, kick-off: 15:15. Wrexham – Liverpool 3-4 (2-2). Attendance: 2,500. Referee: Mr. A.C. Hall (Chester). Wrexham (2-3-5): David Jones (Stoke City), Cyril Jones, Isaac Lea (Millwall), Norman Moore (Grimsby Town), Arthur Turner (Birmingham), Frank Hill (Arsenal), […]