Wednesday, February 24, 2016

The First Time ….., Part Thirteen

1-The First time that a Scottish Player, who was born in England, captained Scotland was on May 28th, 1977. Bruce Rioch skippered his nation vs. Wales (May 28, 1977, Home Championship, Wales 0-Scotland 0)
He was born in Aldershot. 
Photo From: Panini World Cup 1978
(Bruce Rioch)

2- The first time that a Soviet player joined a West German club was on August 2,  1989. Alexander Borodjiuik Joined Schalke in the second Division from Dynamo Moscow.
Just over a week later, On August 10th, Igor Belanov became the first ever-Soviet player to join the Bundesliga, when he signed for Borussia Moenchengladbach.

Photo From: kicker_WM-Sonderheft_1990
(Alexander Borodjiuik)

Photo From: Onze, Issue 151, July 1988
(Igor Belanov and Adri van Tiggelen, June 25, 198, European Championship, Holland 2-USSR 0)

3-The first time that a British goalkeeper was sold for over  £1million was in the summer of 1989, when Nigel Martyn joined Crystal Palace from Bristol Rovers.

Photo From: Panini World Cup 1998
(Nigel Martyn)

 4-The first time that a player received a yellow card in the World Cup was on May 31, 1970, when USSR’s Evgeny Lovchev was booked in the inaugural match of the Tournamant (May 31, 1970, World Cup, Mexico 0-USSR 0)

5- The first time that the Republic of Ireland National team traveled by air was for a friendly vs. Portugal at Lisbon (June 16, 1946, Portugal 3-Republic of Ireland 1)

Photo from: Football Association of Ireland, 75 Years, Author Peter Byrne, 1996
(Republic of Ireland squad, June 16, 1946, Portugal 3- Republic of Ireland 1)

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