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On this day in football history
- 1910 Chelsea signed Bob Whittingham and English McConnell from Sheffield Wednesday in a vain attempt to avoid relegation to Division Two. This action had far-reaching consequences since a year later legislation was brought in which prohibited the transfer of players after a set date; initially March 16th. The transfer deadline was effectively born.
- 1910 The Football League drew 2-2 with the Southern League at Stamford Bridge. This was the first representative match played by the Southern League who were a powerful body before the First War. Although there were others before the outbreak of hostilities there were none after as the First Division of the Southern League became the Third Division of the Football League in 1920 as the result of a decision made in 1914.
- 1929 Arthurlie resigned from Scottish League Division Two for financial reasons. Because it was so late in the season results of matches in which they had played were allowed to stand.
- 1937 Charlton Athletic beat France 2-5 at the Parc de Paris. They had taken the fixture at short notice after Italy had withdrawn from the match.
- 1953 Denis Viollett made his Football League debut for Manchester United at Newcastle. Remained at Old Trafford until January 1962 when he moved to Stoke City. He won Championship medals in 1956 and 1957 but was not included in the 1957 Cup Final team. He was a survivor of the Munich Air Disaster in February 1958. In 1959-60 he set the club's scoring record of 32 and, in all, scored 160 goals in 259 League matches. Obtained his 200th League goal in the 1964-65 season and appeared in his 400th League game the following season by which time he was a wing-half having played most of his career at inside-forward. Played for England against Hungary in 1960 and Luxembourg in 1962.
- 1959 The legendary Billy Wright becomes the first player to win 100 England Caps when he captains them against Scotland at Wembley. He captained England in three World Cup Competitions and went on to win 105 Caps (70 in consecutive matches). Billy Wright died in 1994.
- 1970 For the first time since the war, and for the first time at Wembley an FA Cup Final goes to a replay. Leeds and Chelsea are locked at 2-2 and could not be seperated by extra time. Chelsea win the replay 2-1 at Old Trafford with the winner coming from David Webb.
- 1989 UEFA lift the ban on English clubs playing in the European Competitions. It will take effect for the 1990-1 season providing the Government support the move.
- 2001 In a World Cup qualifying match Australia inflicted a record international defeat when they beat American Samoa 31-0. Remarkably Australia had only set the previous record 48 hours earlier when they had beaten Tonga 22-0. Archie Thompson found the American Samoan net 13 times to break the individual international scoring record of ten goals which had been jointly held by Denmark's Sofus Nielsen (1908 v France) and Germany's Gottfried Fuchs (1912 v Russia).