May 12
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Alf Common

We know relatively little about how football was played before the offside law changed in 1925 following which English football switched to the WM formation and the stopper centre half. The chief raiders were the wingers, while the centre forward became a tall, powerful figure pressing up against the centre half and needed to be strong in the air to head home the high crosses that came in from the flanks. This extract from an article from Alf Common (of record transfer fee fame) appeared in a book title ‘How to play soccer’, part of the Spalding’s Athletic Library, which was published in 1906.

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May 07
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I'm forever blowing bubbles

An article on the Wales Online website for Thursday 5 May suggests that West Ham’s anthem ‘I’m forever blowing bubbles’ “might have been stolen” from Swansea Town fans. Swansea fans had been singing ‘Bubbles’ at matches in the early 1920s, and, apparently, West Ham fans were impressed when they heard this at a series of FA Cup ties between the clubs in January 1922, subsequently adopting it themselves.

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Sep 28
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British Services Football in India 1944 to 1946

Organised sport in its various has generally played a significant role in life in the British Forces. Physical activities such as soccer, cricket and rugby are useful ways of keeping the men active at times when they are not required for fighting and in this context it is interesting to note that from the early days of association football the Army in particular was involved.

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