4.3.15

Imports



Hiden

In 1930 Herbert Chapman was very keen on signing Rudolf Hiden for Arsenal. 
We have seen how Glasgow Rangers had imported Karl Pekarna (sadly the Scottish public did not witness the full extent of his undoubted talents) and Tottenham Hotspur had flirted with the recruitment of the French goalkeeper Pierre Chayriguès from Red Star in 1913.
Hiden was probably the best goalkeeper in the World. In May 1930 the 21 year old had impressed in a 0-0 draw with England in Vienna.  Chapman, ever the progressive, had strong connections with Hugo Meisl and the sophisticated world of Danubian coffee house football culture. 
The transfer of Hiden to Arsenal from Wiener Athletiksportclub was opposed by both the players' union and the Football League. They lobbied the Ministry of Labour to prevent the deal, based on the argument that for Arsenal to employ Hiden would be a simple case of taking a job from an Englishman and giving it to a foreigner. 
The combined forces of the Football Association, The Football League, the player's union and the Ministry of Labour ensured that the Hiden transfer was never completed. Hiden moved to Racing (Paris) in 1933. His first name became Rodolphe and he earned 1 cap for France in 1940.
On 1 June 1931 the  FA Council approved the following:
A professional player who is not a British-born subject is not eligible to take part in any competition under the jurisdiction of this Association unless he possesses a two-year residential qualification within the jurisdiction of the Association.
This move reflected the attutude expressed by senior FA councillor and Football League Management Committee member  Charles Sutcliffe in August 1930 ; The idea of bringing foreigners to play in league football is repulsive to the clubs, offensive to British players and a terrible confession of weakness in the management of a club. It will be a bad day for club managers when they have to cultivate team spirit in a team of players where some would not understand a word said to them.



In the 1930-31 season Arsenal did feature a foreign goalkeeper-Gerrit Keizer of the Netherlands. 
Keizer had joined Ajax as a 16 year old. He moved to England to study the language in 1930, playing as an amateur for Margate Town (he was registered with Milwall but never turned out  for the Lions). Keizer's status as an amateur seems to have diffused any protests regarding his playing in England.  Chapman signed Keizer for Arsenal, but the extent of his first team career was 12 matches from August to October 1930. The following season he appeared 17 times for Charlton Athletic in Division 2 . Before moving back to Ajax (he was first choice goalkeeper for 15 years, making over 300 appearances) he was briefly on the books at Queen's Park Rangers. 


Keizer

3.3.15

Sparta Prague in North America 1926



The voyage 

Sparta Prague won the Stredoceska I. Liga (Czech national Championship) in the 1925-26 season. In the autumn of 1926 they undertook a 2 month tour of North America. It was a strong squad; of the 18 players who went on the tour 17 won international honours. Jan Dvořáček, league top scorer with 32 goals (from 18 games!) did not travel. 



Standing:
Josef Fanta
Fanta managed the Czech national team throughout the 1920s and up until 1933.

 František Hochmann
7 Czechoslovakia caps. Goalkeeper.

Antonín Kaliba
Kaliba was loaned from Union Žižkov to cover the injured Hochmann and stayed on for the tour. He had kept goal 7 times for Czechoslovakia back in 1922-23.

Jaroslav Polacek
Represented Czechoslovakia once in 1925. Forward.

Josef Miclik
Spent 4 seasons at Sparta and won 2 league titles. Forward.

Jaroslav Červený
7 caps for Czechoslovakia, he remained in the USA following the tour, Playing for Sparta of Chicago.
Halfback.

Ferdinand Hajný 
A Mitropa Cup winner with Sparta in 1927, Hajný represented Czechoslovakia on 12 occasions. Inside left. 

Rudolf Dolejší
Joined Sparta from Rapid Prague in 1926. Won 1 international cap for Czechoslovakia that summer. Fullback.

Karel Steiner
4 years at Sparta sandwiched between 4 and 7 year spells at Viktoria Žižkov. Steiner was a 1920 Olympian, and won a total of 14 caps. Fullback.


Josef Horejs
Joined from First Vienna in 1925. He represented Austria 4 times. Fullback.

Otto Fleischmann
Represented Czechoslovakia 3 times. Forward.

František Kolenatý
Clocked up a total of 7 league championships with Sparta. Also represented Czechoslovakia 28 times.
Halfback.

Karel Pesek-Kada
Pesek enjoyed success as an Ice Hockey international in addition to his achievements as a footballer. Played football in the 1920 Olympics, became the first man to lift the Mitropa Cup and won 5 league titles with Sparta. Halfback.

 Václav Špinder
Coach who led Sparta to Mitropa Cup success in 1927 and also won 3 national championships.

Seated: 
Josef Maloun
1 international cap, 2 league titles. Forward.


Antonín Perner
In 14 years at Sparta he won 8 league titles. A veteran of the 1920 Olympics, Perner won 28 international caps for Czechoslovakia.Halfback.

Antonín Janda-Očko
34 year old Janda effectively came out of retirement for this tour. He had last played competitively in 1923. In 10 internationals he scored 12 goals and won 5 league titles with Sparta. Inside forward.

Not in picture:
Antonin Carvan
Carvan joined Sparta from Viktoria Žižkov late in the domestic season. He represented Czechoslovakia 14 times and later played in France with Nimes.
Halfback.

Antonín Hojer
Played 35 international games for Czechoslovakia  and won 7 league titles and the Mitropa Cup with Sparta. Fullback.

Josef Silný
Joined Sparta from rivals Slavia at the end of the 1926 season. 50 international caps, scoring 28 goals, Sliný played in the 1934 World Cup final. Later played in France with Nimes. Forward.



06.09.26
International League
0
4
Sparta
Brooklyn
All Stars New York
11.09.26
Brooklyn Wanderers
3
3
Sparta
Brooklyn
12.09.26
New York Giants
0
6
Sparta
New York City
19.09.26
Fall River Marksmen
3
2
Sparta
North Tiverton Rhode Island 
26.09.26
Ohio Stars
2
6
Sparta
Cleveland

Cleveland All Stars

04.10.26

Chicago Stars

0
1
Sparta

Chicago

10.10.26

Ulster United

4
4
Sparta

Toronto
17.10.26

St. Louis Stars

3
 5
 Sparta
 St. Louis
23.10.26

Sparta F.C

0

9

Sparta

Chicago
24.10.26

Detroit Stars

1
2
Sparta

Detroit

30.10.26


Brooklyn Wanderers

3
1
Sparta

Brooklyn

03.11.26

Galicia

1

1

Sparta

Newark


P
W
D
L
F
A
17
12
3
2
43
20


Fall River played a league match against Springfield on the morning of their meeting with Sparta, and several Springfield players guested for the Marksmen in the second game. 
Sparta Chicago (Sparta Athletic and Benevolent Association Football Club) was founded by Czech migrants in 1917 and dominated Illinois football from 1927 onwards. 
Brooklyn Wanderers featured 3 former Hakoah Vienna players (Neufeld, Drucker and Schoenfeld).


1.3.15

The Crafty Berlin Decision


It was the most scandalous incident in the history of international football.
Peru were the sole South American representatives at the 1936 Olympic Football Tournament.
The 1935 South American Championship served as a qualifier for the Olympics, but neither champions Uruguay nor runners up Argentina were able to travel to Germany due to an economic recession. Peru had finished 3rd, winning just the one game, against Chile. 


At the Olympics Peru beat Finland by 7-3 in the first round, giving them a match with Austria in the next round.
Austria went  two-nil up through goals from Werginz  and Steinmetz . They held onto this lead until the 75th minute. Campolo Alcalde pulled one back and then in the 81st minute Alejandro Villanueva equalized. Peru were then reduced to 10 men by the loss of Alcade.

This Austria side, with the great Jimmy Hogan as manager, were not of the calibre of Meisl's Wunderteam from earlier in the decade.

The game went into extra time, and during the first period referee Mr  Kristiansen of Norway disallowed 3 Peruvian 'goals'.
Villanueva gave Peru the lead in the 117th minute and in the very last minute of extra time Teodoro Fernández made it 4-2 to Peru.
And then the trouble started.
There was a pitch invasion following the 4th Peruvian goal, The Austrians claimed that one of their players was assaulted. The referee abandoned the match (with just seconds remaining). Press reports stated that "about 1,000 Peruvian supporters" stormed  the pitch with "iron bars, knives and even a pistol". 1.000 Peruvian supporters ? In Berlin? It seems unlikely. The Peruvians counter claim was that the pitch invaders was fascists who couldn't stomach a victory by a team featuring black players.
Following a hearing which the Peruvian delegation missed (they were waylaid en route, stuck behind a fascist parade!)  the Olympic Committee and FIFA ordered a replay behind closed doors.
Peru however (supported by Columbia) chose to go home. Anti German feeling in the South American continent ran high after this debacle. 
The Crafty Berlin Decision was how the incident was described by Snr. Oscar Benavides, the President of Peru.

25.2.15

Old Carthusians 1903

The Dunn Cup was introduced in 1903 for clubs for former Public Schoolboys, and  Old Carthusians enjoyed a good run of success (they were winners  in 1903, 1904, 1905, 1906, 1908 and 1910).

This line up features 3 'full ' internationalists (G.O Smith, Maurice Stanborough and Charles Wreford-Brown), as well as a couple of amateur internationals (Rowlandson, Timmis).
Captain William Simpson was a leading referee (he had taken charge of the 1896 FA Cup Final).  
Haig-Brown, O.E Wreford-Brown and Rowlandson were killed in the 1914-18 War.



23.2.15

The FA Tour of Australia, 1925


At the end of the 1924-25 season the Football Association sent a touring party to Australia under the leadership of Mr John Lewis, by now something of a Grand Old Man of the game.
Billed in the local press, of course, as 'England' the tourists enjoyed a 100% success record and averaged 5.5 goals per game. There were 4 'Test Matches' against Australia (these were not recognised as full internationals).

07.05.25     
Perth Metropolitan XI 
0
8
FA XI
Perth
09.05.25     
Western Australia 
0
7
FA XI
Fremantle
14.05.25    
South Australia 
0
10
FA XI
Adelaide
16.05.25    
Australia XI 
1
4
FA XI
Thebarton
20.05.25     
Victoria
0
7
FA XI
Melbourne
23.05.25     
Australia XI 
0
5
FA XI
Melbourne
30.05.25    
New South Wales 
2
FA XI
Sydney    
03.06.25     
Sydney Metropolis 
1
3
FA XI
Sydney  
06.06.25    
Illawarra District 
0
FA XI
Wollongong
08.06.25     
New South Wales 
1
4
FA XI
Sydney
13.06.25     
Northern Districts 
0
FA XI
Newcastle
17.06.25 
 Ipswich and District 
0
FA XI
Ipswich
20.06.25 
Queensland 
0
11
FA XI
Brisbane              
24.06.25 
North Queensland   
0
9
FA XI
Bundaberg       
27.06.25 
Australia 
1
5
FA XI
Brisbane              
29.06.25 
Toowoomba                
0
FA XI
Toowoomba
04.07.25 
Australia 
1
2
FA XI
Sydney      
08.07.25 
Newcastle              
0
FA XI
Newcastle
11.07.25     
Australia 
2
8
FA XI
Maitland
15.07.25     
South Maitland 
1
FA XI
Cessnock
18.07.25 
Australia 
0
5
FA XI
Sydney     
21.07.25    
Granville District 
1
FA XI
Parramatta  
25.07.25 
Australia   
0
FA XI
Melbourne
01.08.25 
Western Australia   
1
5
FA XI
Fremantle
03.08.25 
Western Australia 
1
5
FA XI
Perth 

P
W
D
L
F
A
25
25


139
13




GK
Teddy Davison*
The Wednesday
Harry Hardy*
Stockport County
FB

Stan Charlton
Exeter City
Joe Hannah
Norwich City
Cecil Poynton
Tottenham Hotspur
HB

Jimmy Hamilton
Crystal Palace
Len Graham*
Millwall
Billy Sage
Tottenham Hotspur
Tom Whittaker
Arsenal
CH
Bill Caesar**
Dulwich Hamlet ***
Charlie Spencer*
Newcastle United
IF

Jimmy Walsh
Liverpool
Jack Elkes
Tottenham Hotspur
Bert Batten
Plymouth Argyle
Billy Williams
West Ham United
CF
Ernie Simms [c]*
Stockport County
OF
Charlie Hannaford
Clapton Orient
Stan Seymour
Newcastle United

* full internationalist
** amateur internationalist

The 18 players were from the following Divisions:
Div 1- 8
Div 2- 5
Div 3- 4
Isthmian League- 1***
 *** Caesar was 'on the books' at Darlington (Div 3) in the 1924-25 season but didn't make any first team appearances.

Bert Batten- scorer of  47 goals during the tour 

John Lewis was never one to shy away from controversy. He reported the  Australian FA  for paying  their players £1 per day, a £5 bonus and broken time payments. Mr Lewis also disapproved of their use of substitutes.