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Oldest Photograph of England Football Team Ever

fteampa 450x300 Oldest Photograph of England Football Team Ever

The earliest known photograph of the England football team has been discovered in a library in Derby. The team picture from 1876 features ten footballers and one referee. The eleventh player missed the photocall.

The photograph was taken of the team that was to play Scotland on April 4, 1876. It was to be England’s fifth international match ever.

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4 Responses to Oldest Photograph of England Football Team Ever

  1. damir- says:

    My great-great grandfather is the one with the mustache.

  2. Chris O says:

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t Teddy Sheringham on here somewhere?

  3. Brian says:

    Chris, I’ve heard rumors of an 1876 acetate recording of Match of the Day in which Aloysius Redknapp calls him a “top, top player.”

  4. Chris O says:

    lol… I think I’m also right in saying they used to *play* in those three-piece suits back then…

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