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Premier League 1992/93: 13 Foreign Players who helped create 'A whole new ball game'

Thirty years ago this summer, between 15 and 17 August 1992, the Premier League kicked off. Heralded as ‘a whole new ball game’ by its primary backers, Sky Sports, in retrospect this has been viewed as the re-birth of English football. One surprising aspect might be the number, or lack, of foreign players. Looking at the opening fixtures of 2022/23, well over half of the players – 170 in total – involved are from outside the UK (not to mention managers or owners). This was not the case in 1992, when only 13 foreign players featured in the new competition’s first games. There were none from Africa, South America, Germany, Italy or Spain; not all of them were established internationals and very few ‘superstars’; four of them were goalkeepers. For the record, the first goal by a foreign player in the Premier League was scored by Robert Warzycha on 19 August 1992, for Everton in a 3-0 win at Manchester United. So who were the 13 trailblazers for a new era of English football? Eric Cantona

Northern Ireland: Best in Green

It is difficult to speak of George Best without recourse to idolatry; a superbly balanced athlete with a penchant for the spectacular made him a hero for all seasons. The game might have showered him with gifts in a glittering career. But the feeling persists that he got a modest return on his talents. Two League Championship medals, a European Cup and 37 Northern Ireland caps would be a towering achievement for most players; not only that, he was also voted European Footballer of the Year in 1968. But shouldn't the Belfast Boy have achieved so much more? A lack of fulfilment may have been self-inflicted as he effectively retired at the age of twenty-six. Best never appeared in an FA Cup Final or the World Cup; and the lack of international honours is a noticeable gap in his CV. Not caps won against Albania or Cyprus; but games where he tested himself against the very best, at a time when international football was the game's pinnacle. Best was rejected as a youngster by Glento

Cowdenbeath and Celtic - Lights, Camera, Action | @AlexHTheMAX

After 117 years as a Scottish League club Cowdenbeath start a new season in the 5th tier of the Scottish game on July 23rd. Their opening fixture is against Celtic's 'B' team which is a long way from some of the Celtic sides they have faced in their previous history.  @AlexHTheMAX  explores some Fife and hoops history. Cowdenbeath try and contain John Hughes a handful at Celtic Park in 1970. Cowdenbeath FC start a new era as a non-league side in the Scottish Lowland League on July 23rd, 2022 against Celtic B (the Glasgow side playing their home fixtures at Airdrieonians FC). Following 117 years as a league club in Scotland Cowden have found themselves in the 5th tier of the Scottish pyramid following relegation from League 2 last season (replaced after a play off by Bonnyrigg Rose Athletic). Celtic, Rangers and Hearts will controversially all field B teams in the Lowland League next season  (although they cannot be promoted) while unfamiliar names such as East Kilbride, Edi

FC Edinburgh | @AlexHTheMAX

It's gone under the radar a bit but Scottish League  Football will have a rebranded club in League One from July in the shape of FC Edinburgh, formerly Edinburgh City FC, who were originally formed as the capital's answer to Queens Park.   @AlexHTheMAX   explains the name change. The new FC Edinburgh logo recognises the orginal founding year of Edinburgh City. Scottish League Football will have a new name, or more truthfully, a name change in their ranks in the 2022/3 season. It comes after a last-minute name change by Edinburgh City as they prepare for their first-ever season in Scotland's third tier. Chairman Jim Brown told media they felt forced into the move because "we don't own the name Edinburgh City".  He said the local social club had thwarted attempts to switch ownership, "The social club owns the name Edinburgh City Football Club Limited, so we were trading as Edinburgh City Football and Athletic Limited," he earlier told a live broadcast

TFHB Podcast: World Cup Qualification Special

TFHB are back from an 18 month hiatus to celebrate Wales' qualification for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. We discuss our feelings about Wales' first World Cup qualification in 64 years, our favourite World Cups in our living memory, our iconic World Cup moments and take some of your views too. ... Plus we have some exciting personal news for us both! Check out the podcast in all your usual places: Spotify Apple Anchor Google Castbox Pocket Casts Also make sure you head over ot our Twitter to continue the conversation: @TFHBs . ©The Football History Boys, 2022

‘A kick-a-bout with fascists’: The British press, public and Government opinion on the England vs Germany football match played in London in 1935

‘A kick-a-bout with fascists’: The British press, public and Government opinion on the England vs Germany football match played in London in 1935  Introduction On 4th December 1935, England’s football team played against their German opponents at White Hart Lane. The stadium was packed to the rafters with 60,000 supporters, including 10,000 German fans, cheering on their team. The German side was shown to be inferior on the pitch, with the English side dominating many aspects of the game. Despite a valiant performance from the German goal keeper, H. Jacob, the match ended 3-0 in favour of England after their relentless attacking display resulted in two goals being scored by their centre forward, Camsell, and another goal by Cliff Bastin.[1] The match was regarded as an uneventful affair in some papers with both sides showing great spirit and respect for each other.[2] This fixture, however, was not just a normal international friendly. The implications surrounding this match demonstra