Have you ever wondered how Yellow Sport might have reported the football 94-years ago this weekend? Let us take you on a magical trip back to Saturday, May 1, 1926.
Gunners too strong for Birmingham
Arsenal 3-0 Birmingham
ARSENAL completed a satisfactory First Division campaign, recording their twenty-second victory to finish in second place, five points behind worth champions, Huddersfield Town.
On this occasion, it was Birmingham who came up short in North London. The modest Arsenal Stadium audience of 22,240 looked on as leading goalscorer, James Brain, took his tally for the season to 43 with a brace, while Tom Parker’s penalty concluded the West Midlanders interest in the contest.
Arsenal: Dan Lewis, Tom Parker, Jack Butler, Bob John, Joe Hulme, Herbert Lawson, James Brain, Charlie Buchan, James Ramsay, Billy Blyth, Andrew Young
Division One round-up…
The Gunners fierce rivals, Tottenham Hotspur, headed to Yorkshire in the role of pantomime villains, looking to send hosts, Leeds United, spiralling into the Second Division.
However, it was the proud Peacocks who saved the day, sending the Lilywhites home with their tails between their legs and escaping relegation with a resounding 4-1 success.
Tom Jennings led the way for the Yorkshireman with a brace, while Percy Whipp and Bobby Turnbull completed the rout in front of a largely relieved audience at Elland Road, numbering 16,158.
Inside-left, Albert Elkes, provided the Spurs with scant consolation – the North Londoners finish the campaign in fifteenth place.
Tottenham Hotspur: Tottenham Hotspur: John Britton, William Bann, Matthew Forster, James Skinner, Bertram Smith, Jimmy Dimmock, Alexander Lindsay, Billy Lane, Thomas Roe, Andrew Thompson, Albert Elkes
West Ham United’s disappointing season disappeared with a whimper as the First Division’s surprise package, Bury, won by two unanswered goals at the Boleyn Ground.
The Hammers finished in eighteenth position – two points above the relegation zone. Indeed, those amongst the 15,347 spectators will be hoping for better fortunes come August. For enthusiasts of Bury, a fourth-place finish would have been beyond their wildest dreams before a ball was kicked. Now, the popular Lancashire club has a firm platform on which to develop into one of the North-West’s footballing superpowers and emulate their great English Cup teams from the turn of the century.
West Ham United: Ted Hufton, John Hebden, George Kay, James Collins, Jim Barrett, George Carter, James Ruffell, William Edwards, Victor Watson, Stan Earle, Billy Moore
League Division One
Arsenal 3-0 Birmingham
Bolton Wanderers 0-2 Everton
Burnley 4-1 Cardiff City
Leeds United 4-1 Tottenham Hotspur
Liverpool 2-2 Sheffield United
Manchester United 3-2 West Bromwich Albion
Newcastle United 3-2 Manchester City
Notts County 4-2 Huddersfield Town
West Ham United 0-2 Bury
Orient win in the North-East to avoid the drop
Middlesbrough 1-2 Clapton Orient
CLAPTON ORIENT secured their Second Division status with a hard-fought victory over Middlesbrough at Ayresome Park.
The O’s finished in twentieth place, a single point above Stoke City – The Potters playing out a 1-1 draw with Southampton at the Victoria Ground.
Billy Broadbent and former Arsenal forward, Donald Cock, secured the victory for the Londoners. Inside forward, James McClelland gave the majority amongst the 7,788 crowd something to cling to as they finished the season in mid-table.
Middlesbrough: Gowland, Bissett, Freeman, Ashman, Watson, Webster, Williams, Jones, Birrell, Carr, McClelland
Clapton Orient: Wood, Goodman, Evans, Dixon, Townrow, Gailbraith, Gavigan, Yardley, Broadbent, Tonner J, Cock
Second Division round-up…
Chelsea received a rude awakening on the south coast as Portsmouth scored four times without reply at Fratton Park. West London rivals, Fulham, faired far better, seeing off Bradford City by two unanswered goals on the banks of the Thames.
Oldham Athletic provided their supporters with a festival of fine attacking football. The Latics hammered Nottingham Forest 8-3 at a bouncing Boundary Park.
League Division Two
Fulham 2-0 Bradford City
Middlesbrough 1-2 Clapton Orient
Oldham Athletic 8-3 Nottingham Forest
Portsmouth 4-0 Chelsea
Preston North End 4-2 Barnsley
South Shields 5-2 Port Vale
Stockport County 3-0 Derby County
Stoke City 1-1 Southampton
Swansea Town 1-1 Darlington
The Wednesday 2-0 Blackpool
Wolverhampton Wanderers 3-1 Hull City
Division Three (South) round-up…
Several teams from the south-east region finished the season on the wrong end of a severe drubbing.
Brentford’s trip to Reading resulted in a sound 7-1 thrashing – a scoreline which saw the Biscuitmen crowned Division Three (South) champions – while Crystal Palace and Watford both endured an afternoon to forget, each going down by six goals to one at Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic and Exeter City respectively.
Southend United faired little better, receiving a sound 5-1 beating at Merthyr Town. Meanwhile, Luton Town and Millwall shared four goals at Kenilworth Road.
Bottom of the table Queen’s Park Rangers bucked the losing trend, finishing the season with a 3-2 triumph over Northampton Town. Charlton Athletic – next to last – concluded an otherwise wretched season with a 3-1 success over Bristol City.
Plymouth Argyle started the day on top of the pile, but it all ended in disappointment as hosts, Gillingham, recorded a 2-0 victory, denying the West Country side the title.
League Division Three (South)
Bournemouth & Boscombe Ath 6-1 Crystal Palace
Bristol Rovers 0-3 Aberdare Athletic
Charlton Athletic 3-1 Bristol City
Exeter City 6-1 Watford
Gillingham 2-0 Plymouth Argyle
Luton Town 2-2 Millwall
Merthyr Town 5-1 Southend United
Newport County 1-1 Norwich City
Queen`s Park Rangers 3-2 Northampton Town
Reading 7-1 Brentford
Swindon Town 1-0 Brighton & Hove Albion
League Division Three (North) round-up…
Grimsby Town are Division Three (North) Champions after a single goals victory over New Brighton at Blundell Park. Bradford Park Avenue pushed them to the finish line but had to make do with the runners-up spot – their season concluding with a 6-1 success over Wigan Borough, taking their goal tally for the season to 101.
League Division Three (North)
Accrington Stanley 4-3 Southport
Bradford Park Avenue 6-1 Wigan Borough
Chesterfield 6-1 Ashington
Durham City 3-0 Doncaster Rovers
Grimsby Town 1-0 New Brighton
Halifax Town 0-2 Lincoln City
Hartlepools Utd 5-0 Wrexham
Rochdale 4-1 Coventry City
Rotherham Utd 2-2 Crewe Alexandra
Tranmere Rovers 4-2 Nelson
Walsall 1-2 Barrow