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CLUBS SCORING 10 OR MORE IN CUP and FRIENDLY MATCHES......

European competitions

Nine times League sides have scored 10 or more goals in a European match although its been a while since the last time that happened. The reason is simple enough. With so many new countries joining UEFA the seeding system in European competitions means that English (or Welsh) League sides no longer have the opportunity of playing the no-hoppers from the smaller countries. Lets reminisce when that wasn't true....

 
1956/57 European Cup, Preliminary Round
 

Manchester United

10

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0

Anderlecht

1962/63 European Cup, Preliminary Round
 

Ipswich Town

10

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0

Floriana

1969/70 - Fairs Cup, First Round
 

Liverpool

10

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0

Dundalk

1969/70 - European Cup, First Round
 

Leeds United

10

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0

Lyn Oslo

1971/72 European Cup Winners' Cup, First Round
 

Chelsea

13

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0

Jeunesse Hautcharage

1974/75 European Cup Winners' Cup, First Round
 

Liverpool

11

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0

Strømsgodset

1976/77 - UEFA Cup, First Round
 

Derby County

12

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0

Finn Harps

1980/81 European Cup, First Round
 

Liverpool

10

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1

Oulun Palloseura

1982/83 European Cup Winners' Cup, First Round
 

Swansea City

12

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0

Sliema Wanderers

               

The 9 matches...

The English seemed just as reluctant to be involved in Europe in the 1950s as they are now. The European Cup made its debut in the 1955/56 and League champions Chelsea were drawn to play Djurgårdens of Sweden in the opening round of the competition. However, after strong objections from the Football League Chelsea withdrew from the competition and were replaced by the Poles of Gwardia Waraw. So the honour of becoming the first English side to play in the European Cup went to Manchester United who were drawn against the champions of Belgium, Anderlecht,  in the Preliminary Round of the 1956/57 tournament. And those present at the first European Cup match played on English soil - on Wednesday 26th September 1956 at Maine Road (Old Trafford didn't have floodlights) must surely have wondered what all the fuss was about. A newspaper match report described the first half: 'After eight minutes came the first goal when Byrne sent a short volley to Pegg; the winger beat two men, found the by-line and there was Taylor to flash home a header like a bullet and send a spray of rain into the sky as the white ball hit the net. From then on it became increasingly all United and in the last 20 minutes before half-time four more goals came as United played in an ecstasy.' United's team - who had an average age of just 22 - went on to win the match 10-0 and the tie 12-0. Never again have they managed double figures in a single match in Europe.

Wednesday September 26th 1956, European Cup Preliminary Round Second Leg
Manchester United 10  Anderlecht (Belgium) 0
Attendance: 43,635 (played at Maine Road, Manchester City FC)
Team: Wood; Foulkes, Byrne; Colman, Jones, Edwards; Berry, Whelan, Taylor, Viollet, Pegg.
Goalscorers: Taylor 3, Viollet 4, Whelan 2, Berry.

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If there was a prize for the biggest shock in Football League history I think that Ipswich Town winning the League Championship in 1961/62 must surely be up there with a good shout of winning. The season before Spurs had swept all before them by becoming the first club in the 20th Century to win the League and FA Cup double. The next time round though the title went to a club from deepest Suffolk who were playing their first season in the top flight and in fact only their 17th season in the Football League. Ably managed by one Alf Ramsey  and a regular supply of goals from Ray Crawford and Ted Phillips (they scored 61 of the 93 League goals netted) they took the title with three points to spare. Ipswich drew Floriana as their first European opponents and with the Maltese champions having been beaten 10-2 away to Újpesti Dózsa in the ECWC in 1961/62 they were not expected to provide too strong an opposition. Ipswich duly won 4-1 in Malta and at Portman Road Ipswich repeated what Manchester United had achieved six years earlier in their first home European tie. Ipswich won 10-0, Ray Crawford scoring five, but the Ipswich fans a little bored by the one-way traffic the biggest cheers were for Floriana who played the game in the right spirit and even had one 'goal' disallowed for offside.

It was downhill then on for Ipswich. There was no disgrace losing in the next round to AC Milan who went on to win the trophy at Wembley in 1962/63 but they finished the season just above a relegation spot. In 1963/64 though, after Alf Ramsey had moved to the England job, Ipswich were relegated and suffered a 10-goal beating of their own, against Fulham in the League (10 goals in League matches). Several years later one of the victorious Ipswich team against Floriana, Ted Phillips, managed the Maltese club.

Tuesday September 25th 1962, European Cup Preliminary Round Second Leg
Ipswich Town 10  Floriana (Malta) 0
Attendance: 25,287
Team: Bailey; Compton, Baxter, Elsworthy, Stephenson, Moran, Crawford, Phillips, Malcolm, Blackwood, Laurel.
Goalscorers: Crawford 5, Moran 2, Phillips 2, Elsworthy.

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Sometimes managers do get it dead right and perhaps wished they hadn't! Before this European Fairs Cup match Dundalk's manager Liam Tuohy said that there was a ten goal difference in class between the two teams. And so it proved. The opening goal came in the first minute, from Alun Evans, and others followed steadily. Chris Lawler, Tommy Smith, Bobby Graham and Evans again made it 5-0 at half time and another five followed in the second half through Alec Lindsay (on his first team debut), Tommy Smith, Peter Thompson, Ian Callaghan and Bobby Graham. No-one would have argued with the report in the Liverpool Echo which said 'Dundalk were hopelessly outclassed, out-paced, in fact out-everythinged. It wasn’t so much a football match as an exhibition of torture by Liverpool.’

Until Strømsgodset came visiting five years later that victory was to be Liverpool's record score and the match was also notable as Gerard Houllier's first first visit to Anfield. Liverpool scored another four, without replay, in the second leg but must have wished they had kept just one of those 14 goals for the second round where they lost to Vitória Setúbal of Portugal on the away goals rule.

Tuesday September 16th 1969, European Fairs Cup First Round First Leg
Liverpool 10  Dundalk (Republic of Ireland) 0
Attendance: 32,656
Team: Clemence; Lawler, Strong, Smith, Yeats, Hughes, Callaghan, Graham, Lindsay, Evans, Thompson.
Goalscorers: Evans 2, Lawler, Smith 2, Graham 2, Lindsay, Thompson, Callaghan.

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Leeds United came close to scoring double figures in a European match in the 1967/68 season when up against Spora Luxembourg in the Fairs Cup. After winning 9-0 in Luxembourg - still the best away victory by a League side in European competition and then a record high score for Leeds - they 'only' managed a 7-0 win at Elland Road. However in September 1969, the day after Liverpool had scored 10 in a Fairs Cup match, Leeds finally scored 10 goals of their own in their first ever match in the European Cup.The Norwegian champions Lyn Oslo had not been expected to provide tough opposition and after just 35 seconds that became apparent with Mike O'Grady scoring the first for Leeds. The Lyn goalkeeper Sven Olsen had only arrived at Elland Road half an hour before kick off and must have wondered if he should have turned up at all - it was 3-0 after nine minutes, 5-0 at half times and 9-0 after 65 minutes. Then Leeds had an anxious wait before they reached double-figures and with just a couple of minutes remaining Billy Bremner scoring the tenth and set a new goalscoring record for the League champions.

Wednesday September 17th 1969, European Cup First Round First Leg
Leeds United 10  Lyn Oslo (Norway) 0
Attendance: 25,979
Team: Sprake; Reaney, Cooper, Bremner, Charlton, Hunter, Madeley, Clarke, Jones, Giles (sub: Bates), O'Grady.
Goalscorers: O'Grady, Jones 3, Clarke 2, Giles 2, Bremner 2

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To play only two matches in European competition and still set records is a bit of an achievement, sadly for Jeunesse Hautcharage it's not something they will want to remember. Unexpected winners of the Luxembourg Cup in 1970/71 they were drawn against Chelsea in the first round of the 1971/72 European Cup Winners' Cup. Perhaps in 1971 the Londoners weren't the accomplished European maestros they later became but then they didn't need to be against Jeunesse. Away from home they won 8-0 and then at Stamford Bridge they recorded the Daddy of all scorelines recorded by League clubs in European competitions - 13-0.

Two goals came from Peter Osgood in the first six minutes. After 13 minutes it was 4-0 with goals from Alan Hudson and John Hollins, a penalty, and it was 5-0 in the 22nd minute following a clever back-header from David Webb. Then followed a quiet period until a deflection off Peter Osgood made it 6-0 at the interval. A cut eye saw Jeunesse 'keeper Lucien Fusulier receive three stitches during  the interval but there were no goals in the first 15 minutes of the second half. Then Tommy Baldwin scored from a 20-yard shot followed two minutes later by another from Peter Osgood and then followed another from Baldwin. A big cheer went up for Chelsea goalkeeper Peter Bonetti when he touched the ball for the first time in the second half in the 75th minute. Peter Houseman made it 10-0, Osgood's fifth was 11-0, Tommy Baldwin's hat-trick was 12-0 with lucky 13 for Chelsea being scored by Ron Harris.

The records? Thirteen goals is Chelsea's top score in a competitive match and the aggregate of 21-0 is a record for any European competition, although it was equalled by Feyenoord the following season. But it  was not a record high for a single European match - that was recorded by Sporting Lisbon in 1963/64 with a 16-0 UEFA Cup home victory over another Luxembourg side, US Rumelange. The Belgians only managing two in the away leg.

Wednesday September 29th 1971, European Cup Winners Cup First Round Second Leg
Chelsea 13  Jeunesse Hautcharage
(Luxembourg) 0
Attendance: 27,621

Team: Bonetti, Boyle, Harris, Hollins, Webb, Hinton, Cooke, Baldwin, Osgood, Hudson, Houseman.
Goalscorers: Osgood 5, Hudson, Webb, Baldwin 3, Houseman, Hollins, Harris

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When it came to success in European football Bob Paisley would become of the genuine greats in the years to come but no-one present would forget the first European tie he had as manager of Liverpool. OK, Strømsgodset were never going to be the toughest of opponents but Liverpool gave a clinical display which totally destroyed the Norwegian part-timers in a European Cup Winners' Cup First Round tie. The first goal came after just 3 minutes following a foul on Tommy Smith by Strømsgodset keeper Inge Thun. The newspaper headline was doubtless then written - THUN-DERSTRUCK - and a continuous stream of goals followed. It was 5-0 at half-time and 8-0 with five minutes remaining before Tommy Smith, Ian Callaghan and Ray Kennedy scored to take the total to double figures and beyond. The 11-0 victory was - and still is - Liverpool's record victory and amazingly nine Liverpool players scored goals. Brian Hall was the only Liverpool outfield player not to get on the scoresheet.

A fortnight later Liverpool fielded an almost unchanged side although Kevin Keegan was back for his first match after his Charity Shield sending-off ban. Despite that a Ray Kennedy goal proved to be the only one of a match. So 12-0 on aggregate but just as they did following the victory against Dundalk they were beaten on away goals in the next round, against Ferencváros of Hungary.

Tuesday September 17th 1974, European Cup Winners Cup First Round First Leg
Liverpool 11 
Strømsgodset (Norway) 0
Attendance: 24,743
Team: Clemence; Smith, Lindsay, Thompson, Cormack, Hughes, Boersma, Hall, Heighway, Kennedy, Callaghan.
Goalscorers: Lindsay, Boersma 2, Thompson 2, Heighway, Cormack, Hughes, Smith, Callaghan, Kennedy.


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Derby County's previous match in Europe had seen them lose a European Cup tie 5-1 away to Real Madrid after having won the first leg 4-1 at the Baseball Ground. This time around though they were not expecting that sort of challenge when paired with League of Ireland side Finn Harps in a UEFA Cup First Round tie. Not that manager Dave Mackay was taking the opposition lightly. Without a win in their first five League matches of the season he gave his players a warning just before the UEFA Cup match - 'I am giving them two games to prove their worth and commitment. If they don't give me 100 per cent, there will be changes.' Sadly for the Irish minnows Derby regained their form that night. Kevin Hector scored the first of his five goals after just six minutes with the Rams scoring 12 in the match including five goals in a ten-minute spell. They followed up that record club victory with a 4-1 second leg win to progress 16-1 on aggregate. However they were to lose to AEK Athens in the next round with Mackay losing his job soon afterwards.

Wednesday September 15th 1976, UEFA Cup First Round First Leg
Derby County 12  Finn Harps
(Republic of Ireland) 0

Attendance:
13,353
Team:
Moseley; Thomas, Nish, Rioch, McFarland, Todd (sub: King), Macken, Gemmill, Hector, George, James.
Goalscorers: Hector 5, James, George 3, Rioch.

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The 1980/81 season saw Liverpool win the European Cup for the third time and for the third time score double figures in a European tie. Finnish minnows Oulun Palloseura were on the receiving end of the 10-goal walloping although the Merseysiders did have their critics. Liverpool only managed a 1-1 draw in the first leg in Finish against a side the newspapers described as being of 'Fourth Division standard.'  In the second leg at Anfield Liverpool had a 4-0 lead at the break but amazingly the second half started with a goal from the visitors, the only time a League side scoring double figures in a European tie has let one in. And it came from a Geordie - Keith Alexander scoring from a shot from the edge of the penalty box. Normal service then resumed and Liverpool scored six in the second half to win 10-1. A memorable moment came just two minutes from time when Oulun sent on a 16-year-old substitute, Miika Juntunen - bless him he didn't manage to touch the ball before the final whistle went!

Wednesday October 1st 1980, European Cup First Round Second Leg
Liverpool 10  Oulun Palloseura
(Finland) 1

Attendance:
21,013
Team:
Clemence: Neal, Cohen, Thompson, R Kennedy, Hansen, Dalglish, Lee, Fairclough, McDermott, Souness.
Goalscorers: Souness 3, McDermott 3, Lee, Kennedy. Fairclough 2

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Not many clubs can boast that their record victory was achieved in a European tie. Fewer still that 8 different players scored goals in that victory including an eleven minute hat-trick from a substitute, Ian Walsh. However that was achieved by Welsh Cup holders Swansea City when they beat Sliema Wanderers 12-0 in an ECWC First Round First Leg match played at the Vetch Field in September 1982. That total was also the highest score by a Welsh side in any European match and after Swansea won the second leg 5-0 a fortnight later in Malta the aggregate score of 17-0 was another record for a Welsh side.

Wednesday September 15th 1982, European Cup Winners' Cup First Round First Leg
Swansea City 12  Sliema Wanderers
(Malta) 0
Attendance:
5,130
Team:
Davies: Marustik, Hadziabdic, Irwin, Kennedy, Rajkovic, Loveridge (sub: L James), R James, Charles, Stevenson, Latchford (sub: Walsh).
Goalscorers: Charles 2, Loveridge 2, Irwin, Latchford, Hadziabdic, Walsh 3, Rajkovic, Stevenson.

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FA Cup

As every anorak will know the record score in the FA Cup is Preston North End 26 Hyde United 0. The First Round tie was played at Deepdale on Saturday 15th October 1887 and has also proved to be the highest score by any club in a senior match in England. It seems a tad unfair but I guess that hardly anybody will have the faintest idea of the second highest score in the FA Cup competition. That honour goes to two clubs -  Staveley who beat Sheffield Walkley 19-0 in a First Qualifying Round match in 1890 and Oswestry Town who beat Badsey Rangers 19-3 in an Extra Preliminary Round tie in 1933.

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The FA Cup was a bit of an international competition in its early days with clubs entering from Ireland and Scotland as well as England and Wales. In one Third Round tie in the 1886/87 season Northern Ireland's Cliftonville lost 11-0 at home to Scotland's Partick Thistle.

On their way to the final in the 1883/84 season Queen's Park of Glasgow scored double-figures in both the First Round (10-0 away to Crewe Alexandra) and Second Round (15-0 at home v Manchester FC).

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When Arsenal met Lancashire Combination side Darwen in the Third Round of the FA Cup at Highbury on Saturday January 9th 1932 they led 8-0 at half time. At the final whistle they had 'only' won 11-1.

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I find it hard to understand why there have been so many double-figure scorelines in FA Cup replays - if two clubs are equally enough matched to draw the first match why the mis-match in the replay? The last time that happened was in the 1959/60 season when Fourth Division Crewe Alexandra and First Division Tottenham Hotspur drew a Fourth Round tie 2-2 at Gresty Road but four days later Spurs won the replay 13-2 at White Hart Lane.

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Southend United defeated Southern League Brentwood Town 10-1 in a Second Round FA Cup tie in December 1968 having nearly got double figures in the First Round when they beat another Southern League side, King's Lynn, 9-0.

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When Bournemouth beat Southern Leaguers Margate 11-0 in 1971 Ted MacDougal scored nine of them - five in the first half, four in the second. It set a new record for the most goals scored by a player in the competition proper of the FA Cup - Full Story.

The last club to score double figures in the competition proper was Shrewsbury Town. On Saturday November 11th 1995 they defeated non-leaguers Marine 11-2 in the First Round at Gay Meadow.
FA Cup results 1995/96


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The Football League was founded in 1888/89 and since then in the competition proper - First Round onwards - the following double figure scorelines have been recorded (* indicates a non-league club at the time).

  1888/89 3rd Round Chatham* 1 - 10 WBA
  1889/90 1st Round Bolton Wanderers 10 - 2 Belfast Distillery*
  1889/90 1st Round Everton 11 - 2 Derby County
  1889/90 2nd Round Bolton Wanderers 13 - 0 Sheffield United*
  1890/91 1st Round Aston Villa 13 - 1 Casuals*
  1890/91 1st Round Clapton* 0 - 14 Nottingham Forest
  1890/91 1st Round Sheffield Wednesday* 12 - 0 Halliwell*
  1890/91 1st Round rep Darwen* 13 - 0 Kidderminster*
  1893/94 1st Round Preston North End 18 - 0 Reading*
  1894/95 1st Round Sunderland 11 - 1 Fairfield*
  1896/97 1st Round rep Bury 12 - 1 Stockton*
  1905/06 1st Round Aston Villa 11 - 0 King's Lynn*
  1911/12 1st Round rep Wolves 10 - 0 Watford*
  1925/26 1st Round Farnham United Breweries* 1 - 10 Swindon Town
  1925/26 1st Round Oldham Athletic 10 - 1 Lytham*
  1925/26 5th Round Manchester City 11 - 4 Crystal Palace
  1926/27 1st Round Watford 10 - 1 Lowestoft Town*
  1929/30 4th Round rep Manchester City 10 - 1 Swindon Town
  1931/32 3rd Round Arsenal 11 - 1 Darwen*
  1934/35 1st Round Southend United 10 - 1 Golders Green*
  1937/38 1st Round rep Bradford City 11 - 3 Walker Celtic*
  1957/58 1st Round Gillingham 10 - 1 Gorleston*
  1959/60 4th Round rep Tottenham Hotspur 13 - 2 Crewe Alexandra
  1960/61 1st Round Bristol City 11 - 0 Chichester City*
  1965/66 1st Round Brighton 10 - 1 Wisbech Town*
  1968/69 2nd Round Southend United 10 - 1 Brentwood Town*
  1971/72 1st Round Bournemouth 11 - 0 Margate*
  1995/96 1st Round Shrewsbury Town 11 - 2 Marine*
               

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League Cup

The League Cup kicked off in the 1960/61 season but since then only twice have clubs scored 10 goals in a match in that competition.


The first of those matches was at Upton Park on Tuesday 25th October 1983. Fourth Division Bury had lost the First Leg of a Milk Cup Second Round tie 2-1 at their Gigg Lane home against First Division West Ham but Bury manager Jim Iley wasn't despondent going into the return leg in London. He said 'West Ham will certainly know they've been in a match. We're going there to win.' Fighting talk -  but Bury lost 10-0!


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Fulham showed they had a sense of humour prior to playing Liverpool in the Second Leg of a Second Round League Cup tie at Craven Cottage in the 1986/87 season. In their last home match prior to the Liverpool tie at Craven Cottage the programme notes gave plenty of encouragement to the Fulham cause including details of possible extra time and penalties if the aggregates scores finished level. It was just a touch tongue-in-cheek as on Tuesday September 23rd 1986 Fulham had lost the First Leg at Anfield, 0-10!

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Other Cup competitions

The FA Youth Cup started in the 1952/53 season with the 'Busby Babes' of Manchester United winning the competition in each of the first five seasons. They set a goalscoring record that still stands as early as the Second Round of the inaugural 1952/53 competition when they defeated Nantwich Town 23-0 at their former Cliff training ground. FA Youth Cup Finals.

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When Dundee Harp beat Aberdeen Rovers 35-0 in a Scottish Cup First Round tie on Saturday September 12th 1885 there was a disagreement between the match referee - who thought 37 goals had been scored - and the Harp club secretary who believed the score was 35-0. The ref accepted the lower figure and the score was sent off to the Scottish FA with Dundee Harp officials surely believing they had a record which would last for years. Amazingly though on the same day in the same competition just 20 miles away Arbroath beat Bon Accord 36-0 and they are still in the record books as the top score in any first-class match in Britain. John Petrie’s 13 goals in that match also ranks as the top individual score in Britain.

Aberdeen side Bon Accord were in the competition by mistake. They were in fact the Orion Cricket Club who mistakenly had received from the Scottish FA an invitation that should have been sent to Orion FC to enter the Scottish Cup. Taking the opportunity to try a different sport they adopted the name Bon Accord, turning up at the match without proper playing kit before being given a true footballing lesson. The recorded scoreline was 36-0 but the referee Dave Stormont had disallowed a number of good goals to keep the scoreline to below 40.  

Two seasons later Arbroath hosted the real Orion FC in a Scottish Cup First Round tie – with the scoreline being a far more respectable 18-0!  

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The programme for the Scottish Cup tie between Stirling Albion and Selkirk played on Saturday December 8th 1984 included this bit about the visitors - 'So history has most certainly been created with a Border Amateur team participating in the Scottish Cup proper for the first time. For Selkirk FC today is their cup final.' Well history was certainly made with Stirling winning 20-0, the highest score in a senior match in Britain in the 20th Century. The score was 15-0 at halt-time with 8 different Stirling players scoring the goals. Selkirk's keeper Richard Taylor was given the ball as a souvenir.

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Friendlies

Pre-season 2014/15 saw Cheadle Town of the North West Counties League play a prestigious friendly - they played host to Romania's Dinamo Burcharest, which Cheadle lost 5-0. On Sunday October 5th 2014 another amazing fixture came their way - against the Russian national Under-19 side. The Russians needed a warm-up game before a European Championship qualifying tournament in Northern Ireland and so a friendly against Cheadle Town it was. Cheadle fielded a mixture of first team, reserves and Under-21 players - all of those sides having previously played that weekend. The friendly proved to be a sensation on social media - it trended on Twitter despite Chelsea and Manchester United playing the same day. But not because Cheadle recorded a famous victory - they lost 22-0.

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Another friendly thumping came when an English Sunday League amateur side arranged a pre-season friendly in West Germany in 1973 believing they were to play a side of a similar standing. In fact they had arranged to play Mainz, a senior professional side, who thought they were going to play Wolverhampton Wanderers. The match, played on 15th August 1973, attracted a 'sizeable attendance'. The Germans didn't need a penalty shoot-out, they won 21-0!

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Another English side who probably wished that they had a better translator was Norwich City who in July 2014 were in Italy as part of their pre-season training programme. They were due to face Italian Serie C side Novara in a friendly but that match was cancelled and replaced by a fixture against Serie D team Saint-Christophe Vallee d'Aoste. Norwich won that match 13-0 and proudly boasted the fact on the club website. At that point Saint-Christophe objected, denying that they had ever played the Canaries let alone lost 13-0 against them. It transpired that far from playing a Serie D team Norwich's opponents that day were a 'regional select side' which was probably a team selected on the basis of 'if you fancy playing a match and have got a pair of boots...' Apologies followed from Norwich and that result just seemed less impressive!

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Leeds United also made a pre-season visit to Italy in July 2014 before the start of what was to be a difficult 2014/15 season, both on and off the field. David Hockaday's short reign as manager started off with a bang when they beat the Italians FC Gherdeina 16-0 in their first match in Italy but their opponents were described as 'local amateurs' which rather devalued the newspaper talk of it being a 'record' Leeds scoreline. But at least they were up against a proper club (see Norwich above!). Leeds weren't as lucky in the second friendly they were due to play it Italy. Scheduled opponents Vitorul Constanta of Rumania didn't turn up and faced with a blank day Leeds United decided to play themselves with supporters watching a Leeds Whites beating a Leeds Golds 3-1.

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Another claim for a 'record' score in a friendly match was made when Peterborough United played a war-time game back in their Midland League days against the Royal Navy Depot. Service sides of the time were often of a good standard with all the top footballers having enlisted but that wasn't the case when Peterborough entertained the Royal Navy Depot side at London Road on Saturday 23rd December 1939, less than four months after war was declared. The visitors were 'all-at-sea' with Posh recording a club 'record' 15-2 victory. The Navy didn't come from from of the famous Naval cities but from shore-based HMS Royal Arthur which was a newly set up reception and training centre for recruits housed at the naval stronghold of....Skegness! In fact the camp they used was Butlins so perhaps the navy side included one or two redcoats in their line-up!

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Alfreton Town warmed up for their first Conference season in 2011/12 with a prestigious home pre-season friendly against Sheffield Wednesday...and Alfreton won 14-0. OK, it was a fairly youthful Wednesday side but the scoreline on a million web pages is 14-0 and whose going to look at the detail!

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The results sheet for non-league amateurs Corinthians in the 1904/05 season - all their matches were friendlies - showed that they recorded a 11-3 victory over Manchester United. I have no other details about the match - but Manchester United lost 11-3. 'Nuff said!

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You just expect Brazilian sides to be a bit tasty but I guess like anywhere else they have their crap sides and I think the Bela Vista side that toured England in the early part of the 1958/59 season was perhaps one of those. Brazil had just won the World Cup for the first time and great things were expected from any side from Brazil, but Bela Vista didn't live up to expectations. They played six matches in England - and lost them all! Defeats were suffered at Birmingham City (0-5), Middlesbrough (0-4), Sheffield United (0-4), Luton Town (0-8) and Spurs (1-3) but their worst defeat was suffered on October 1st 1958 when a crowd of 25,395 at St James' Park witnessed a 12-1 Newcastle United victory.

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Although I've never seen a club score double-figures in a 'proper' match I guess when it happens in a friendly its an easily forgotten boring mismatch of a game. The one exception I can think of was when Moscow Dynamo toured Britain in November 1945. The war had just ended and the country wanted to be entertained again and the footballers from far-off Russia did just that. Unbeaten in their four matches against Arsenal, Cardiff, Chelsea and Rangers they packed the grounds they played in with many believing over 100,000 were at Stamford Bridge and not many fewer being present at Ibrox. But when they played Cardiff City at Ninian Park  on 17th November 1945 Moscow Dynamo produced a masterclass in a 10-1 victory and British football was never quite the same again.

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