On this day in football history - 26th January




Birthdays / Born on this day - 26th January

  • 1919 - Valentino Mazzola. One of Italian football's great number 10s, he was the captain of the fabled "Grande Torino" team of the 1940s - winning five Serie A titles in 7 years. Tragically he died in the Superga air disaster in 1949, aged only 30.
  • 1919 - Bill Nicholson. Tottenham Hotspur legend who had seventeen years with the club as a player and sixteen years as manager, including the double-winning season of 1960-61.
  • 1922 - Gil Merrick. Birmingham City legend, he also played between the sticks for England 23 times between 1951-54.
  • 1954 - Carlos Diarte - played as a striker up front with Mario Kempes and Johnny Rep at Valencia. Incredibly. Rep said it was the best partnership he'd played in, high praise considering he'd played alongside the likes of Johan Cruyff, Rob Rensenbrink and Piet Keizer. He was nicknames "Lobo", meaning Wolf.
  • 1959 - Erwin Vandenbergh. fantastic Belgian striker from the 80s - Top scorer in Belgium six times in 10 years with Lierse, Anderlecht and Gent.
  • 1963 - Jose Mourinho.
  • 1973 - Brendan Rodgers.
  • 1987 - Sebastian Giovinco,



Football Events - 26th January

  • 1963 - The Pools Panel was formed and sat for the first time following a winter of postponed matches causing havoc for The Football Pools. The panel consisted of a chairman (Lord Brabazon) along with four former players (Ted Drake, Tom Finney, Tommy Lawton and George Young) and a former referee (Arthur Ellis). On the first Saturday they declared seven draws, 23 home wins and eight away wins. They would continue to decide the results of postponed matches for years to come.
  • 1993 - The lowest Premier league crowd was recorded for the Tuesday night match between Wimbledon and Everton at Selhurst Park. Hats off to the 3039 who turned up.



Football Photos - 26th January