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  • 1927 Harold Pearson made his League debut in goal for West Bromwich Albion against South Shields. His father Hubert had been Albion's 'keeper from 1909 to 1925. Hubert played in 322 League matches for Albion and Harold went on to play in 286. The father gained a Cup runners-up medal and a League Championship while the son gained both loser's and winners medals in the Cup. Harold was also capped once for England against Scotland in 1932.
  • 1927 Playing centre-forward for West Bromwich Albion against South Shields in a Second Division fixture Jimmy Cookson scored his 100th League goal in only his 89th match. This is the fastest century in the League's history.He began his career at manchester City where his brother Sam was a full-back but never made the starting line-up and transferred to Chesterfield in 1925. During his first season thewre he scored 44 goals in 34 matches and followed this with 41 in 40 the next season. He then went to Albion and got 38 in his first season with them. Midway through the 1930-31 season he broke his leg and was replaced by W.G. Richardson and, despite recovering, found it impossible to reclaim his place. He was transferred to Plymouth Argyle in 1932 and signed for Swindon Town three years later. When he left the League in 1937 he had scored 255 goals in 292 matches.
  • 1930 Joe O'Donnell, Everton full-back, joined Blackpool. Although never reaching international heights he was a consistent player for many seasons and won a Championship medal with Everton in 1928. He entered the League with Darlington in 1924 and went to Goodison in 1926. He spent his last season with Hartlepool United in 1932-33. In all he played 304 League matches and scored 12 goals.
  • 1937 Middlesbrough signed Arsenal winger Jackie Milne. Equally adept on both flanks he had only a short career which began with Blackburn Rovers in 1933. He moved to Highbury two years later and, after a couple of years in the North East, the outbreak of war ended his career. He played for Scotland against England in both 1938 and 1939 and in 153 League games scoring 30 goals.
  • 1953 Jack Stamps, Derby County's bustling centre-forward since 1938, transferred to Shrewsbury Town. He had begun his career with Mansfield Town and then New Brighton before joining the Rams with whom he won a Cup medal in 1946. He left the League at the end of 1953-54 and in peacetime football he had scored 109 goals in 267 matches; 102 of them for Derby.
  • 1974 Ipswich Town star Kevin Beattie disappears on his way to join up with the England Under 23 squad in Manchester. He turns up at the family home in Carlisle citing exhaustion and pressure of being a footballer for his decision not to turn up
  • 1993 Sepp Blatter the FIFA General Secretary fails to explain properly the seeding system for the forthcoming World Cup draw and then admits it is too complicated to understand.
  • 1995 The draw for the European Championship Finals for 1996 sees England drawn with Scotland, Holland and Switzerland
  • 2001 Manchester United star David Beckham comes second in the World Footballer of the year poll, Luis Figo of Real Madrid wins the award. Michael Owen wins the European Footballer of the Year award.