Unofficial Club Soccer World Championships, Pt 1

In the Unofficial Football World Championships, a team holds the title until they are beaten. It’s currently held by Brazil, who beat Argentina late last year to claim it. (Australia held it for four days in 1992. We beat the US, and then lost to Argentina.)

So, I thought of doing that with club soccer. One assumes it would still be in the country it started with, but continental championships can spread it around.

I started with Wanderers, who won the FA Cup in 1872, and began to track it from there. Henceforth (all English unless noted):

  • 16/03/1872: Wanderers
  • 31/01/1874: Oxford University 1:0 Wanderers
  • 05/03/1875: Royal Engineers 1:0 Oxford University
  • 20/01/1876: Swifts 3:1 Royal Engineers
  • 26/02/1876: Wanderers 2:1 Swifts
  • 09/11/1878: Old Etonians 7:2 Wanderers
  • 21/02/1880: Clapham Rovers 1:0 Old Etonians
  • 19/03/1881: Old Carthusians 3:1 Clapham Rovers
  • 20/12/1881: Royal Engineers 2:0 Old Carthusians
  • 21/01/1882: Old Foresters 2:1 Royal Engineers
  • 18/02/1882: Marlow 1:0 Old Foresters
  • 04/03/1882: Old Etonians 5:0 Marlow
  • 31/03/1883: Blackburn Olympic 2:1 Old Etonians
  • 01/03/1884: Queen’s Park (WAL) 4:0 Blackburn Olympic
  • 29/03/1884: Blackburn Rovers 2:1 Queen’s Park
  • 04/12/1886: Renton (SCO) 2:0 Blackburn Rovers
  • 11/12/1886: Preston North End 2:0 Renton
  • 05/03/1887: West Bromwich Albion 3:1 Preston North End
  • 02/04/1887: Aston Villa 2:0 West Bromwich Albion
  • 07/01/1888: Preston North End 3:1 Aston Villa

Then, at this point, we began to enter the days of the Football League.

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