Saturday, March 7, 2009

Toronto's 1934 Soccer-less Centennial

Who said curling isn't cool? Look at this guy!

So, I had this wonderful idea of finding some soccer-related story from the March 6th and 7th, 1934 editions of The Globe (when, 75 years ago, Torontonians marked the city's centennial) to celebrate Toronto's 175th birthday yesterday. Lo and behold, not much of any local soccer was being played, or if it was, it wasn't newsworthy—the big news that day was Toronto Maple Leafs "centreman" Joe Primeau's league goal tally surpassing that of his nearest rival, Frank Boucher of the New York Rangers.

I did manage to find that boss curling ad and this little news bulletin from the "Old Country":

So, you know, things were a lot worse at one point for Aston Villa...although I'm a bit nervous of this "Luck of the Arsenal" thing. That doesn't exist anymore right? I'm also curious as to the gate proceeds all going to Arsenal. Was that because Villa supporters wouldn't have bothered to make the trip, what with their Middlesborough-like standing in the league? History nerds to the rescue!

4 comments:

Fredorrarci said...

Well, it's after Henry Norris' time, so there's no fiddling involved...

The two sides met in the Cup on March 3 1934 (Villa won 2-1). I think that gate receipts from Cup games were split evenly, whereas those for league games went to the home side. There may have been a small percentage (5%?) that went to the away team, but I can't remember.* There's a very good book by Simon Inglis called League Football and the Men Who Made It, a centenary history of the Football League, which I'm sure contains the answer, but I don't have it to hand.

*I'm not sure how it would constitute "luck", though, given that the rules were the same for all clubs.

Richard Whittall said...

I guess this report is regarding the league match for that Saturday...the "coincidence". Thanks for that fred? Is this courtesy RSSSF or sommat?

Richard Whittall said...

I obviously meant thanks for that fred, full STOP, no question about it...

Fredorrarci said...

Nope. All from memory.

Not really. I got it from The Official Illustrated History of Arsenal, which contains the score of pretty much every official Arsenal game up to 2005. (Convenient cut-off point, that.) Arsenal won the league game 3-2, by the way. Both matches were at Highbury.