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Howard Borrell gives us a brief history of Chesterfield

1866 Chesterfield FC founded, making them the fourth oldest league club still in existence. They take their nickname from the town’s twisted church spire constructed from unseasoned timbers.

A brief guide to football in New York, told by Jack Bell

1626 Dutchman Peter Minuit plunks down $24 in trinkets and baubles and backs his group of settlers against a disorganised band of local Reckagawawanc Indians for the island of Manna-Hatta. It is a precursor to Holland’s Total Football, known locally as Total Rip-off.

Tony Morris gives us a brief history of Tranmere Rovers

1885 Belmont FC change their name to Tranmere Rovers. Fielding players from a Methodist chapel, the righteous Rovers win their first home game 10-0 against Liverpool North End.

Sandy Reid gives us a brief history of Stenhousemuir

1884 Stenhousemuir FC officially founded.

David Harrison gives us a brief history of Watford

1885 “Nearly 200” turn up for Watford Rovers’ first game, a 1-0 home win over Luton. Ha!

Steven Heath gives us a brief history of Southend

1906 A group of local worthies gather in the Blue Boar in Prittlewell (of which Southend was once the south end) to establish a rival to local amateur side Southend Athletic. In a fit of optimism, the proposed name, Prittlewell United, is dropped.The team turn professional and gain entry  to the Southern League Second Division.

For those who aren't interested in the diet or the University Steve Jillings gives us a brief look at Cambridge football 

1912 Formed as Abbey United, gaining admittance to the Cambs FA League in 1921. Early chances of silverware dashed by Great Eastern Railwaymen.

A quick history with all things football in Wigan, courtesy of Mike Wareing

1932 Wigan Athletic are born. Previously there was Wigan Borough (slung out of the League in 1931), Wigan Town, Wigan United and Wigan County – none survived. Fingers are crossed for the future success of the new club as the town is rapidly running out of names.

A quick football history lesson on York City with Chris Forth

1922 Current club formed and elected to League in 1929 without even playing on its location as a railway city.

A brief guide to football on the English riviera from Nick House

1927 Torquay take Aberdare’s Football League place following a controversial second ballot. The new boys promptly lose 9-1 at Millwall and finish in the bottom five in all but two of their first seven seasons. Unusually bad results each August suggest the signing of holidaymakers on fortnightly contracts.

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