Tag: referee

Spion Kop almost started rioting

Saturday, April 30 – 1977 Match: Football League, 1st Division, at Anfield. Liverpool – Ipswich Town 2-1 (0-0). Attendance: 56,044 Referee: Mr. P. Willis. Liverpool: Ray Clemence, Phil Neal, Joey Jones, Tommy Smith, Ray Kennedy, Emlyn Hughes, Kevin Keegan, Jimmy Case, Steve Heighway (sub, David Fairclough, 44), David […]

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 […]

Preparing for the Worcester Cup-tie

Wednesday, January 7 – 1959 The match that has turned Worcester into a Cup-crazy City is in danger. Rain threatens to wash out their glamour Third Round clash with Second Division giants Liverpool on Saturday. The Worcester pitch is already waterlogged. If there is more heavy rain or […]

In the frozen north

Friday, August 3 – 1945 Followers of Liverpool and Everton may remember Lieut. Victor Rae, R.N.V.R., a Londoner who refereed several senior matches here in the early years of the war – and a good ‘un he was, too. He later went to Iceland as Amenities Liaison Officer, […]

Bill Shankly to coach juniors

March 21, 1940 Preston North End have shown greater enterprise devising a scheme to encourage and coach junior players than any other Football League club. In the West Riding, both Huddersfield Town and Bradford have organised junior competitions, to be played at Leeds Road and Park Avenue; but […]

Blackburn referee attacked in Argentina

Sunday, June 5 – 1938 Mr. Isaac Caswell, a member of Blackburn Town Council and a well-known football referee, was attacked last night during a train journey from La Plata to Buenos Aires, after officiating at a match in which the Estudiantes beat Huracan by two goals to […]

F.A. Commission over a knee injury

Wednesday, March 9 – 1938 A Football Association Commission at the Midland Hotel, Derby, this afternoon, inquired into incidents in the F.A. Cup fourth round replay between Liverpool and Sheffield United, which took place at Anfield on January 26, and during which Eastham, the Liverpool inside forward, met […]

Death of Arthur Kingscott

June 19, 1937 Death of Long Eaton ex-referee. Famous football personality. Mr. Arthur Kingscott, of Nether Field, New Sawley, Long Eaton, former treasurer to the Football Association, and one of the greatest football personalities in the country, died in a Nottingham nursing home on Saturday, aged 74. He […]

Ernie elected Team Captain

Wednesday, July 15 – 1936 Liverpool F.C. have received notification from the Football Association stating that their request for the trial of two referees in their public practice matches next month will not be granted. Ernest Blenkinsop, left full back and former England captain, has been elected captain […]

Football the Canary Island way

Saturday, June 1 – 1935 The Liverpool footballers who have just arrived back from a spring tour in the Canary Islands have enough comic stories to last them until their next foreign trip. At the outset, before the first match at Tenerife could be played, stones had to […]

Liverpool ahead of their time

Thursday, January 24 – 1935 Liverpool have chosen Ernest Blenkinsop, their international full-back and captain, to act as non-playing skipper of the side for the tie with Blackburn Rovers. Their plan, it is announced, is for Blenkinsop to occupy a seat at the “ringside” and give the players […]

Death of Mr. J.H. Pearson

Monday, June 29 – 1931 Followers of football of another generation will regret to hear of the death of Mr. J.H. Pearson, an international and a famous referee. “Jacky” Pearson was known to everyone in his day. He was a prominent member of the Crewe Alexandra team, and […]

The death of Tom Armitt

April 26, 1930 The death took place suddenly on Saturday of Mr. Tom Armitt, West Street, Leek. The deceased, who was 71 years of age, was a keen sportsman, especially in football and cricket. In football circles he was well known, not only in Staffordshire, but throughout the […]

The funeral of Richard Birtwistle

December 19, 1929 The funeral of Mr. Richard Birtwistle, of Lytham, a founder of the Blackburn Rovers F.C., a player, referee, club chairman, and county legislator, took place in the family vault at the Blackburn Cemetery at noon to-day. In the unavoidable absence of Mr. C.E. Sutcliffe (president) […]

Football riots in Glasgow

Saturday, August 22 – 1925 Riotous scenes took place on Saturday at two Glasgow football matches. Thousands of persons tried to obtain admission to a Clydebank match through the boys’ entrance, and the police drew batons and fought the crowd, many of whom, scaling walls and ruining private […]