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- ... that Eddy Brown, an English football player who had originally planned to take Holy Orders, was well known for his goal celebrations as early as the 1950s?
- ... that Alex Leake was offered a £10 bribe by Manchester City player Billy Meredith to throw the final match of the 1904–1905 season?
- ... that football manager Yvon Pouliquen led two clubs to victory in the French Cup Final and relegation from the top division in consecutive seasons?
- ... that Scottish footballer Kevin Bremner scored for five different teams in the Football League during the 1982–83 season?
- ... that Len Boyd, captain of Birmingham City F.C. in the 1950s, once played four games with a fractured leg?
- ... that Eastbourne Borough is the fifth football club for which Jean-Michel Sigere and Simon Wormull have played together?
- ... that when 15-year-old Jordon Mutch was first selected to play for Birmingham City F.C., he had to be withdrawn only hours before the match because of child protection regulations?
- ... that goalkeeper Jack Wheeler and his five defenders set a Football League record in the 1952–53 season by all playing in every league game for Huddersfield Town? (17 January 2009)
- ... that Mick Rathbone, now Everton F.C.'s head of sports medicine, was once simultaneously player, physiotherapist and assistant manager of Halifax Town A.F.C.?
- .. that Archie Roe, who scored South Shields F.C.'s first ever goal in the Football League, was then signed by the team he had scored it against?
- ... that footballer Bud Houghton was born in Madras to an Anglo-Indian family who migrated to England in 1947 when India gained independence from British rule?
- ... that Gillingham Football Club's supporters donated £2,500 in an attempt to fund a month's extension to loanee defender Mick Bodley's contract?
- ... that Horkstow Bridge in North Lincolnshire, completed in 1836, is the only suspension bridge designed by Sir John Rennie, builder of London Bridge?
- ... that Darlington F.C. lost in both the second and the third rounds of the FA Cup in the 1999–2000 season?
- ... that Tommy Cheetham had a trial for the England national football team while playing in the Third Division in his first season as a professional?
- ... that English footballer Brian Punter did not receive his 1953 FA Youth Cup runners-up medal until some 56 years later?
- ... that Chesterfield centre-forward Walter Ponting was deprived of an apparently certain goal when the ball deflated and failed to cross the line?
- ... that footballer Barry Hutchinson scored in each of the seven games that Weymouth played in January 1965?
- ... that when transferred from Lincoln City to Leicester City for £27,500 in 1954, English footballer Andy Graver was said to be "afraid of the responsibility of living up to such a big price tag"?
- ... that Lincoln City was the first club to reach 100 seasons in the Football League without ever playing in the top division?
- ... that Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club broke their transfer record, paying £5,000 to sign Johnny McNichol, who at the time had not played a single game in the Football League?
- ... that Nathan Redmond became Birmingham City Football Club's second-youngest player ever when he made his first-team debut in August 2010 at the age of 16 years and 173 days?
- ... that Tsar Alexander II of Russia had a monument (pictured) erected in an English churchyard to commemorate Finnish prisoners of war whose story inspired a 2007 opera?
- ... that Charlie Webb was appointed manager of English association football club Brighton & Hove Albion while awaiting repatriation from a prisoner-of-war camp in Mainz, Germany?
- ... that Small Heath F.C. was not promoted to the Football League First Division after winning the inaugural Second Division title in 1892–93, while the second- and third-place teams were?
- ... that Small Heath F.C. went through the 1893–94 season without drawing a League match?
- ... that a phantom goal awarded against Small Heath F.C. in the 1894–95 season led the Football League to instruct referees to inspect the goalnets before each match?
- ... that a judge ruled that spectators were not entitled to any refund of their admission money when a match in Small Heath F.C.'s 1895–96 season was abandoned after only 37 minutes?
- ... that Peter Harburn was named in the Great Britain football squad for the 1956 Olympic Games, for which, as a professional, he was ineligible?
- ... that in 1920, Irish footballer Jack Doran achieved the rare feat of being the top goalscorer for two English clubs in the same season?
- ... that Bobby Cummings was the first English footballer to score a hat-trick against Rangers in the Scottish League?
- ... that Robin Eriksson played football in Allsvenskan after he was warned by doctors that he might not be able to walk again?
- ... that Lluís Coll scored one goal and set up another as FC Barcelona won the 1960 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup Final?
- ... that at the age of 11, footballer Corkie Blow was awarded the bronze medal of the Royal Humane Society for saving the life of a younger child?
- ... that Leon Boullemier, the son of a French artist, was (under another name) Northamptonshire County Cricket Club's official scorer for 50 years? (30 April 2013)
- ... that Benjamin Odeje was the first black footballer to represent England at any level? (28 May 2013)
- ... that Jack Manning played for four different football clubs during their debut seasons in the Football League? (31 May 2013)
- ... that in 2011, Cauley Woodrow became the first non-League footballer to play for England at youth level since Bob Oates 37 years earlier? (30 September 2013)
- ... that Alan Kirby won the FAI Cup four times? (4 November 2013)
- ... that Tommy Graham scored one of the goals that inflicted "one of the most humiliating Cup defeats" in Chelsea's history? (21 December 2013)
- ... that Arthur Hulme was the first Brighton & Hove Albion footballer to be awarded a benefit match? (24 December 2013)
- ... that William Wilkinson and Lincoln City teammates Arthur Hulme and William Ross were three of numerous new signings for Gravesend United in the 1898–99 Southern Football League season? (31 December 2013)
- ... that goalkeeper Dean Lyness, an unused substitute for his first three league clubs as a teenager, finally made his Football League debut with his fourth? (3 January 2014)
- ... that footballer Ian Bennyworth paid his own transfer fee to move from Nuneaton Borough to Scarborough? (4 January 2014)
- ... that Frank Macey scored two of the Amateurs' six goals against the Professionals in both the 1925 and 1926 FA Charity Shields? (7 January 2014)
- ... that Stewart Mell scored Scarborough's first goal in the Football League? (8 January 2014)
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