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This is a discussion on 26 January within the January forum, part of the On This Day in History category; The last matches of the Football League's inaugural season were played and Preston North End were convincing winners with a record of: P22,W18,D4,L0,F74,A15,40 Points. Aston ...

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    Default 26 January 1889

    The last matches of the Football League's inaugural season were played and Preston North End were convincing winners with a record of:
    P22,W18,D4,L0,F74,A15,40 Points.
    Aston Villa finished runners-up with:
    P22,W12,D5,L5,F61,A43,29 Points.

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    Default 26 January 1929

    Aston Villa and Clapton Orient fought out a goalless draw in their Fourth Round F.A. Cup tie at Villa Park. Five days later Villa won the replay 8-0 at Orient's ground.

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    Default 26 January 1946

    Dr K.P. O'Flanagan (Arsenal) played rugby for Ireland against France in Dublin. Seven days later he played soccer for Ireland against Scotland. This represents the shortest period in history that this particular feat has been achieved.

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    Default 26 January 1963

    For the fifth successive week very few matches were played in England and Scotland due to the severity of the weather. As a result, for Football Pools purposes, a panel of experts sat to assess the likely outcome of postponed matches. This was the first Pools Panel and was chaired by Lord Brabazon with Ted Drake, Arthur Ellis, Tom Finney, Tommy Lawton and George Young. A different panel of celebrities sat for each of the next three wekks until the weather relented.

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    Default 26 January 1965

    Ten professional or ex-professional footballers were found guilty at Nottingham Assizes of conspiracy to defraud by fixing match results. All received prison sentences ranging from four months to four years. The players involved were Jimmy Gauld, Peter Swan, Tony Kay, Ken Thomson, Dick Beattie, David Layne, John Fountain, Brian Phillips, Ron Howells and Sam Chapman. Swan and Kay were both England internationals with 19 and 14 caps respectively while Beattie was a Scottish under-23 international.

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    Default 26 January 1976

    Kettering Town became the first club to carry advertising on their team strip.

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