North America: Foreign Players in the Football League

Historically, few North Americans ventured to the English league. During the 1920s there was a brief exodus in the other direction, in the boom years of the American Soccer League (ASL). Some returned after the ASL went into decline, having gained US nationality along the way.   Most famously, Scottish-born Jim Brown was granted US citizenship…

By Paul W February 24, 2024 0

Eastern European Players in the Football League 1988-92 – Appendix

An overview of the Eastern European footballers to have played in the Football League between 1988 and 1992.  Czechoslovakia  Luděk Mikloško  Born: 09.12.1961 Prostějov  Signed from: Banik Ostrava, February 1990 [£300,000]  Football League Career: West Ham United (1990-98) – 318 appearances; QPR (1998-2001) – 57 appearances  International Career: Czechoslovakia (1982-92) 40 caps; Czech Republic (1996-97)…

By Paul W January 19, 2024 0

Western Europe: Foreign Players in the Football League 

As covered extensively, the bulk of players moving to the Football League post-1978 from Western Europe came from the Netherlands or Scandinavia and the Nordic nations. Other countries including the major footballing nations of France, (West) Germany, Italy and Spain were sparsely represented, with only rare exceptions. Most of the movement from the late 1970s…

By Paul W December 9, 2023 0

Scandinavians in the Football League 1978-92 – Appendix 

An overview of the Scandinavian and Nordic footballers who played in the Football League between 1978 and 1992. Denmark  Kurt Bakholt  Born: 12.08.1963 Odense  Signed from: Vejle, January 1986   Football League Career: QPR (1986) – 1 appearance  * Tommy Christensen  Born: 20.07.1961 Hillerød  Signed from: Elche (Spain), November 1985   Football League Career: Leicester City (1985)…

By Paul W November 4, 2023 0

Centenary Celebrations: The Football League 1987-88  

The Football League began its Centenary celebrations in the 1987-88 season. After a hundred eventful years, there were ninety-two clubs in four national divisions. The 1980s had been a turbulent decade of falling attendances, financial crises and high-profile tragedies, but the League was determined to celebrate a century in style.  Secretary Graham Kelly saw the…

By Paul W September 2, 2023 0

The Football League Jubilee 1938

The Football League celebrated its Jubilee in 1938. A number of events and matches were staged to commemorate William McGregor’s historic founding of the world’s first professional league fifty years earlier. The original twelve clubs had grown to eighty-eight across four divisions, reflecting the league’s steady rise in popularity since 1888.   The 1937-38 season saw…

By Paul W August 5, 2023 0

Poland: Foreign Players in the Football League

Poland was one of the strongest European football nations of the 1970s. Olympic Champions in 1972, they knocked England out in qualifying for the 1974 World Cup, where they finished third. Olympic silver followed in 1976, ahead of a strong showing at the 1978 World Cup and another third-place finish in Spain 1982. These squads…

By Paul W July 15, 2023 1