The 1901 Cup Final

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22nd April 1901, Th Daily Graphic "pictorial" report on the FA Cup final.

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I don't know whose great grandfather that monster at :06 is, but it certainly isn't Aaron Lennon's.

Or is that Fatty Foulke, then?
Wikipedia said:
reports on his weight vary.
Perhaps his weight also varied…
 
That's brilliant stuff BB.

I love the quote 'Foulkes is marvellously agile for his twenty stone'.

That's huge now, but in those days when people were generally shorter and lighter that's massive.
 
That's brilliant stuff BB.

I love the quote 'Foulkes is marvellously agile for his twenty stone'.

That's huge now, but in those days when people were generally shorter and lighter that's massive.

Foulke (not Foulkes) played for Chelsea in their first Football League season and the club employed two lads to stand behind the goal and tease him.

They also used to retrieve the ball when it went out of play, so the tradition of having ball-boys at football matches was born.

Foulke had a tragic end to his life when beset by poverty, he was reduced to earning a pittance in a "beat the goalie" sideshow attraction in Blackpool where he caught pneumonia, from which he died.
 
Foulke (not Foulkes) played for Chelsea in their first Football League season and the club employed two lads to stand behind the goal and tease him.

They also used to retrieve the ball when it went out of play, so the tradition of having ball-boys at football matches was born.

Foulke had a tragic end to his life when beset by poverty, he was reduced to earning a pittance in a "beat the goalie" sideshow attraction in Blackpool where he caught pneumonia, from which he died.
Fascinating stuff as usual MFF, why did Chelsea pay to tease their keeper?
 
Fascinating stuff as usual MFF, why did Chelsea pay to tease their keeper?

It was an effort to attract more supporters for their matches - don't forget that Chelsea had never kicked a ball in anger before they joined the Second Division, so the owners were looking for any way possible to increase their gates and Foulke was a great crowd-puller.
 
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