Friday, December 19, 2014

The First Time ….., Part Eight

1-The First time that the Scottish national team ever wore numbered shirts was during a War Time International on October 10, 1944, England 6-Scotland 2.
Apparently previous times before the Chairman of SFA had opposed this concept. He had been quoted as saying  ‘numbers are all right for horses and greyhounds, but not for humans’

Photo From: Forever England, A History of the National Side, Authors Mark Shaoul, Tony Williamson
(October 10, 1944, War Time International, England 6-Scotland 2)

2- The First Time ever that a Fourth Division player played for the Welsh national team was when Crystal Palace goalkeeper Vic Rouse started vs. Northern Ireland on April 22, 1959 (British Championship, Northern Ireland 4-wales 1)

3- The First Time that a match by the French national team was broadcast on radio was in a friendly vs. Switzerland on March 11, 1934 (France 0-switzerland 1)

Photo From L’Equipe: L’Equipe de France de Football, La Belle Histoire, 2004
(March 11, 1934, France 0-Switzerland 1)

4- The First Time that the Belgian National Hymn was played before an international was in a friendly vs. England Amateurs on March 26, 1910 (Belgium 2-England (Amateurs) 2)

5- The First Time that a player scored four goals in a World cup qualifier was on February 25, 1934 at Dublin when Republic of Ireland’s Patrick Moore scored all four of Ireland’s goals vs. Belgium (February 25, 1934, World Cup Qualifier, Republic of Ireland 4-Belgium 4)

Photo From: The Boys in Green, THE FAI international Story, Author: Sean Ryan
(Patrick J. Moore)

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