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1920 Not a single away team won in the two divisions of the Football League. Furthermore, thirteen of them failed to score; five in the First Division and eight in the Second. There was no Third Division at the time.
1929 Oldham Athletic and Port Vale exchanged centre-forwards with Albert Pynegar moving to Vale and S.C. Littlewood going to Boundary Park. The latter returned to Port Vale two years later when Pynegar moved on to Chesterfield. Pynegar began his career with Leicester City in 1921 and also played for Coventry City and Rotherham United before retiring in 1933 after scoring 171 League goals in 367 matches. Littlewood started with Luton Town in 1926 and ended with Bournemouth after the moves mentioned above. He scored 95 goals in 151 League matches.
1931 Partick Thistle (16-0 against Royal Albert) and Dundee United (14-0 against Nithsdale Wanderers) achieved record victories in the First Round of the Scottish Cup. On a high-scoring day Ayr United also beat Clackmannan 11-2 and Dundee beat Fraserburgh 10-1.
1946 Death of Ted Robbins, secretary of the Welsh FA since 1910, at the age of 68. He was a well-loved figure in the British game and was renowned for his inspirational leadership of players wearing the red shirt of Wales. In October 1931, barred by the Football League clubs from calling on the best Welsh players, he famously took a team of amateurs and club reserves plus Wales captain Fred Keenor to Ibrox and shocked a full-strength Scots side by holding them to a 1-1 draw.
1948 A crowd of 82,950 attended the First Division match between Manchester United and Arsenal at Maine Road; a record Football League attendance. The match was played at City's ground because Old Trafford was still out of action having been severely damaged in the blitz. The match ended 1-1.
1953 Derby County dropped their goalkeeper Ray Middleton thus ending his run of 277 consecutive appearances in the Football League. His run began on 31st August 1946 (the resumption of peacetime soccer) for Chesterfield against Bradford in Division Two and, after 210 matches for the Spireites he transferred to County in June 1951 and made a further 67 appearances. When he left both Derby and the League in 1954 he had made a total of 325 League appearances.
1961 Death of W.F. Fry at the age of 99. He played for Arsenal, then known as Royal Arsenal, in 1890 when they beat Old Westminsters 3-1 in the final of the London Charity Cup.