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On this day in football history

  • 1920 Bob Crompton, Blackburn Rovers and England right-back and captain of both sides, played his last league game against Park Avenue in Division One. He had made his first appearance almost 23 years earlier in April 1897 at Stoke and made about 400 during his career. He was England's regular right-back from 1902 to 1914. He was 45 years old at the time of his retirement and died at the age of 66 in March 1941.
  • 1924 Billy Meredith, Welsh international outside-right, became the oldest player to appear in the FA Cup competition proper when he turned out for Manchester City against Brighton and Hove Albion. He was 49 years and 7 months at the time.
  • 1926 All the home teams in the First Division won their matches.
  • 1929 Hughie Gallacher, Scotland's centre-forward, scored five goals in his country's 7-3 victory over Northern Ireland in Belfast. In 20 internationals between 1925 and 1935 he scored 22 goals. This stood as a Scottish international scoring record until equalled by Lawrie Reilly in the 1950's.
  • 1931 Bob Kearney, Portsmouth centre-half, died of pneumonia. Began his career with Dundee in 1927 and, although he only made one League appearance with them, his potential was obvious and he moved to Porstmouth in 1929. He took over from John McIlwaine in the 1929-30 season and had played 61 League matches at the time of his death. He was just 22 years old.
  • 1956 Cliff Britton resigned as manager of Everton after seven years in the job. He had joined the club from Bristol Rovers as a player in 1930 and won every honour in the game with them in the course of some 250 games (221 in the League). During the Second War he was part of one of the finest half-back lines in England's history playing alongside Joe Mercer and Stan Cullis. These matches were, of course, unofficial although he had won eight official caps previously. In 1945 he became manager of Burnley and led them to a Cup Final appearance in 1947 and promotion to the First Division in the same year. He had left them to join Everton in September 1948. After his spell at Goodison he became manager of Preston North End in August 1956 and Hull City in July 1961. He remained in that position until November 1969 and then became general manager until October 1971 when he retired.
  • 1966 England beat West Germany 1-0 in their 50th international at Wembley.
  • 1976 Kettering Town were ordered to remove advertising slogans from their shirts by the FA.
  • 1991 Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish quits after six years in charge. Ronnie Moran is appointed as caretaker manager.
  • 1996 Helmut Schoen West Germany's manager when they won the World Cup in 1974 dies.