Thursday, May 08, 2008

Local history site unearths oldest ever England team photo

Anyone who has heard the news today or read any of the nationals will be aware of the discovery of what is believed to be the oldest ever photograph of an England football team. It dates from 1876 and was taken in Glasgow on the day England played Scotland in what was only the fifth ever international football match.

What you may not be aware of - because none of the nationals actually mention it - is that this was actually a world exclusive for a Derbyshire local history site with which I am currently involved called You and Yesterday.

The picture was uploaded to the site last weekend by one of its regular contributors, Peter Seddon, who unearthed it during a search of old newspapers on microfilm at the Derby Local Studies Library.

To its credit, the FA website's write-up includes a link enabling users to click straight through to the picture on You and Yesterday. Readers of this blog can do the same by clicking HERE.

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Anonymous said...

That's a fascinating You & Yesterday piece, Paul. Hopefully the publicity will result in further rummaging by the players' descendants, and more finds.

Cyberleader said...

I think its a fake because I can't see Teddy Sheringham anywhere!

Only kidding Paul, what a great find.

Anonymous said...

Good Job! :)