On 22 November 2016 I was delighted to help unveil in Bolton a plaque to commemorate Kenny Davenport’s achievement in scoring the first ever League goal in 1888. Click on the link to see coverage by Bolton News, Granada TV and our own YouTube video.
Football has changed vastly since medieval times when games featured hundreds of players on fields spanning miles – but not everywhere. Mark Metcalf provides a history lesson from Ashbourne in Derbyshire where shopkeepers are boarding up their windows and doors when they should be selling pancake mix
[Article from The Big Issue, March 2017]
My work in Blackpool for the Professional Footballers’ Association to honour Frank Swift and Jimmy Armfield
Sunderland : formed 25/09/1880
The Sunderland Echo of 27 September 1880 announces that teachers have formed a football club two days earlier on 25 September 1880. The teachers’ association was a trade union and this makes Sunderland the only senior football club to have been formed by a trade union. When the teachers were unable to get sufficient teachers to play the game they widened out their search and formed Sunderland Association Football Club on 16 October 1880.
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