Long-lost historical artefact resurfaces. Your opportunity to own a copy of this rare, almost forgotten 100+ year old collectible booklet covering the teams that won the English FA Cup in its first 30 years and available again after many years.
Your chance to obtain a genuine piece of football history for yourself
In 1872 the Football Association announced the introduction of the Football Association Challenge Cup. It was the first knockout competition of its type in the world. Only 12 clubs took part in the competition: Wanderers, Royal Engineers , Queens Park, Hitchin, Barnes, Civil Service, Crystal Palace, Hampstead Heathens, Great Marlow, Upton Park, Maidenhead and Clapham Rovers. This history of the early years of the competition gives a unique and compelling first hand view of how the competition, and football in general, has developed from its humble and unasuming beginnings to the world's favourite competition.
Tottenham Hotspur, Bury, Sheffield United, Nottingham Forest, Aston Villa, Sheffield Wednesday, Notts County, Wolverhampton Wanderers, West Bromwich Albion, Blackburn Rovers and Preston North End were all proud winners of the FA Cup in its inaugural years, along with long gone but not forgotten clubs like Wanderers, Oxford University, Royal Engineers, Old Etonians, Clapham Rovers, Old Carthusians and Blackburn Olympic.
First published in 1902 in the auspicious Strand magazine, The Teams that Won the World's Greatest Football Competition 1871 - 1901 is a classic reprint of one of the earliest historical reference materials of the early years of the FA Cup and gives football historians and club supporters the opportunity to own a really important historical account of the world's greatest football competition - an essential part of anyone's football library.
Well-written, The Teams that Won the World's Greatest Football Competition 1871 - 1901 is an immensely readable title which remains a entertaining observation on the world of football of a bygone age.
You can order this piece of football history now for only £12.47 and download the digital facimile in PDF format in minutes.
The author, C.B. Fry, was one of the greatest all-round sportsmen ever, and one of the great victorian sportsmen, Fry played cricket for England, and was capped for England at football. Shortly after publishing this history of FA Cup finals he appeared in the 1902 final with Southampton.
The great man reports on the first thirty FA Cup Finals, mostly personal reminiscences, from the very earliest finals to the start of the 20th Century.
The competition began when the great amateur teams, drawn from the public schools, ruled the game. The Wanderers, from London, dominated the first few finals, winning five of the first eight finals. Only seven clubs took part in the first nine finals, showing the south's stranglehold on the competition. Oxford University, Royal Engineers, the Old Etonians, Clapham Rovers, Old Carthusians also graced the early finals.
In 1882 saw the first signs of end of southern domination when Blackburn Rovers reached the final, losing to Old Etonians, but the following year the Etonians were beaten by Blackburn Olympic - the first northern team to win the famous trophy. The remainder of the 19th century saw Blackburn Rovers dominate, winning the cup five times. Aston Villa, West Bromwich Albion, Preston North End, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Notts County and Nottingham Forest, United and Wednesday from Sheffield, and Bury all recorded glorious cup victories.
In 1901 Tottenham Hotspur ended the run of northern victories by beating Sheffield United in a replay but although this game ended C.B. Fry's account of early Cup Finals, this win didn't end the north's dominance of the FA Cup. It would be another 20 years before the next southern triumph - Spurs in 1921.
Fry's contemporary reports give an insight into the way the game was played. The echoes of a bygone age showing how football developed from its amateur roots to a professional future.
Copies of C.B. Fry's football writings in Strand magazine are now rare and in demand from collectors, commanding high prices on ebay and from memorabilia dealers and difficult to find on library shelves.
However, at last you have the chance to buy an affordable, digital facimile of this highly collectable item, for just £12.47. C.B Fry's remarkable writings capture an approach to football that has long passed and is now scarcely believable.
And you don't just get Fry's original writings. This new digital version now includes illustrations of the victorious teams, and an extra statistical bonus. You'll also receive an appendix including details of every match played in the FA Cup between 1871 and 1902, absolutely free.
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This reprint makes the booklet, normally expensive on ebay, much more affordable to fans of the game.
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