Due an adventure

Today was the real beginning of our Great Adventure. Tomorrow we leave for Europe. Holland first, then Germany and, finally, a ferry to Sweden. We discussed it, painstakingly, a while ago but the actual plans only came to a head today when the TNT van arrived to take our excess luggage for us.

There are four main reasons for this sudden departure.

  1. Our feelings regarding the pandemic are far more aligned with those of Sweden and not at all in agreement with the Tory Government or, in fact, the fearful Brits.
  2. We do not want to stop being EU citizens so are doing what most Brexit supporters tell Remainers which is “If you love the EU so much, go and live there!
  3. In an attempt to have a proper white Christmas.
  4. We’re due an adventure, having been somewhat root-bound for the past 20 years.

We haven’t really told anyone of our plans. This was in case our plans fell through at the last minute. But now we’ve started telling people and it feels quite a relief and makes the whole thing more real. Well, as far as I’m concerned, anyway.

Initially we’re going for three months and see how things pan out.

Today was all about readying the house for the house sitters we have coming. Tomorrow will be packing then we have a ferry to catch.

Today, this happened

On October 15, 1887, the first round (proper) of the 1887–88 Football Association Challenge Cup was played. It was the 17th time it had happened. 149 teams entered the competition though four of the teams never played a match.

Of the 76 matches to be played today, 12 games were declared ‘Match void’, three games were byes until the next round, four games were ‘walkovers’ and one team, Blackburn Park Road was disqualified.

The disqualification followed a protest by their opponents, Distillery who were, subsequently reinstated for the second round. Distillery went down to Witton 2-4 in the next round on 5 November.

The voided matches were following protests. Most of them were replayed. In fact, there were three separate replay rounds – this predates penalty shoot-outs. The 3rd Replay between Everton and Bolton Wanderers saw Everton disqualified for fielding an ineligible player.

The ‘walkovers’ indicate that one team didn’t show up so the one that did, won the game.

Possibly the highlight of the first round was Preston North End beating Hyde 26-0. This was, and remains, the highest score in an FA Cup match. It was, basically, a revenge win.

Preston wanted the game moved to midweek but Hyde refused. Preston fielded their strongest team and Hyde were taught a lesson. I find this a bit odd. Surely Preston would have fielded their strongest team anyway.

Though, thinking back to the Aldershot v Manchester United game I watched at the Rec, Man U was hardly the world beating Premier League team of the time. I think we recognised about four players.

Eventually, on March 24, 1888 the FA Cup final was won by West Bromwich Albion, beating Preston North End 2-1.

The 1887-1888 FA Cup competition was also famous for being the last time that teams could complain about things following a match.

This came about as a result of Crewe Alexander claiming that one crossbar at Druids and Northwich’s ground was two inches lower than the other and, therefore, below the height required by the rules.

The fourth round game had finished 2-2 but there was no replay. The referee disqualified Druids and Northwich.

The Football Association then decided that teams had to complain before the game started. Which makes a lot more sense.

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