By Steve Sands (AFS contributor)
I have always thought of Hull as the centre of the football universe and now it turns out that this assumption was correct all along. Hull can rightly claim to be the birthplace of the modern game.
This is all thanks to one man, Ebenezer Cobb Morley, who has never had his achievements properly recognised, given that he made a vital contribution to establishing the game of association football.
Morley was born, bred and educated in Hull and, although he left the city at the age 22, it was his Yorkshire roots that shaped him into the great pioneer he became.
Ebenezer initially moved down to Barnes to work as a solicitor.
Updated 4th November 2014 at 09:43 AM by Veritas
Alfredo Di Stefano scored in all first five European Cup finals, that saw Real Madrid become one of the world's biggest clubs.
He is regarded as the most influential player in "Los Blancos'" history, and this is our tribute to one of football's legends:
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We have made the step of setting up the facebook commenting system on 11v11 for the first time.
Now you can add your own comments to player and match pages using your facebook, Yahoo, AOL or Hotmail account.
It is up to you , the site users, as to how this develops but here are some suggestions:
1) Find your favourite players and write a few sentences about what made them so great.
2) What were the best matches you have ever seen - find them on the database and write a little about them.
3) Have you found something which needs adding to the database about a player or match - add a comment and a moderator will pick up the suggestion.
4) Write short pen-picks of all the players of your team.
5) Write short match reviews of all your team's matches.
Updated 28th October 2012 at 07:27 AM by 11v11
In something of an upset, Zambia beat the Ivory Coast to win the African Nations Cup with a team of players, most of whom play their domestic football in Zambia. It was a scintillating final marked by a number of missed chances including a missed penalty by Didier Drogba - and then decided on a penalty shoot-out which was finally won 8-7 by the Zambians.
For Zambia the whole tournament was about honouring those who had died in 1993, when the plane carrying the team to Senegal exploded following refuelling in Libreville, the venue for this final.
The game was played with passion, but despite the heightened emotions the players shook hands and played with mutual respect. The result is a testament to the players, to coach Herve Renard and perhaps most of all to Zambia's
Saturday 5 November
Arsenal & West Bromwich Albion
Their 3-2 success in the Premier League last season was West Bromwich Albion’s first win at Arsenal since December 1983.Arsenal have won four of their five Premier League games since losing at Blackburn Rovers on 17 September.West Bromwich Albion have failed to score in only one of their last 11 away games in the Premier League.
Aston Villa & Norwich City
Norwich City have failed to beat Aston Villa in their last six meetings in the Premier League.Aston Villa have already dropped nine points from winning positions this season. Last season, they lost 26 points from winning positions; the most in the Premier League.Norwich City have not kept a clean sheet in their last
West Bromwich Albion & Manchester United
West Bromwich Albion have failed to beat Manchester United in a league game since 31 March 1984 when the Baggies won the old Division One game at The Hawthorns 2-0 with goals from Steve MacKenzie and Cyrille Regis.
West Bromwich Albion kept only two clean sheets last season, a Premier League record.
Manchester United won the title last season despite earning only 25 points away from home; a lower tally than by any previous Premier League champions.
Stoke City & Chelsea
Stoke City have not beaten Chelsea in a league game since April 1975. A 3-0 old Division One win at the Victoria Ground left the Potters in third position but left the Blues on the brink of relegation.Stoke City’s only previous
AFC Wimbledon was formed by the supporters in May 2002 after the disgraceful decision to allow the move to Milton Keynes. Since that date they have achieved 5 promotions in 9 seasons, which included 78 league games unbeaten February 2003- December 2004.
Here is the record:
Combined Counties League
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