SOME of Goaltastic’s readers may be aware that today is a special day – the 120th birthday of the Loughborough Echo!
To mark the occasion, I thought I’d take a look back at football way back in the days when the paper went on sale for the first few times, to see what Goaltastic’s predecessors may have covered…
- Champions of the Football League were Sunderland, while the short lived Football Alliance was won by Nottingham Forest. West Brom won the FA Cup.
- Leading goalscorer in the 1891-92 season was Sunderland’s John Campbell , who notched 32 goals.
- Accrington, Stoke and Darwen were relegated from the league. Darwen became the first squad to concede a century of goals in a season – shipping 112 in total.
- Nottingham Forest, Sheffield Wednesday and Newton Heath were elected to the league, while Accrington and Stoke were readmitted – this was the last season before promotion existed. In those days, you were either in or out. The following season however a new Second Division was created, while the rival Football Alliance ceased to exist.
- England beat both Wales and Ireland 2-0, after playing both in the same day, before beating Scotland 4-1 to be crowned Home Nations Champions.
- Everton moved out of Anfield and into Goodison Park, allowing Liverpool to be formed. They never walked alone ever again…