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Corinthians 1900s

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  • Corinthians 1900s

Corinthians 1900s

Corinthians Football Club were a football team based in London playing at various venues including Crystal Palace and Queen's Club. They were founded in 1882 by N. Lane Jackson, assistant secretary of the Football Association, with the intention of developing a squad capable of challenging the supremacy of the Scotland football team and Queen's Park. The team originally determined to play only friendly matches and often played other amateur clubs, especially teams in the London area. They also supplied large numbers of players to the England football team. During the 1880s, the majority of England caps against Scotland were awarded to Corinthians, and for two England matches against Wales in 1894 and 1895, the entire team was from the club. However, these records are not recognised by the FA, who point out that most Corinthians players had another primary club affiliation - in many cases one of the university sides. Corinthians refused to join The Football League or to compete in the FA Cup due to one of their original rules forbidding the club to "compete for any challenge cup or prizes of any description." but finally competed in a competition in 1900 when they beat Aston Villa, then League champions, in the Sheriff of London Shield. They might have won the FA Cup many times if they had competed - for instance, shortly after Blackburn Rovers beat Queens Park in the 1884 final, Corinthians beat Blackburn 8-1. Similarly, Corinthians had a 10-3 win over ten of the Bury side that beat Derby County 6-0 in the 1903 final. After joining the Amateur Football Association and being banned from playing the top home opposition, all of whom were members of The Football Association, the team increased its touring of the world, popularising football. Real Madrid adopted Corinthians' white shirts and Sport Club Corinthians Paulista in Brazil adopted their name. In 1904, Corinthians beat Manchester United 11-3, which remains United's biggest defeat. After World War I, the team began to compete in the FA Cup, but with limited success. They also played the 1927 Charity Shield, losing to Cardiff City 2-1. This shirt is long sleeved and made from Drill Cotton.

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