British Club (football)

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British Club
British Club football logo.gif
Full name British Football Club Ciudad de México
Founded 1902
Dissolved 1912; 106 years ago (1912)
Ground British Club stadium, Mexico City

The British Football Club was a Mexican football club that played in the Liga Mexicana de Football Amateur Association, the first Mexican league prior to the professionalization and development of the Primera División de México.

History[edit]

The club was founded in 1902 by Percy Clifford, a Cornish immigrant, who at the time was a member of the Club Reforma.[1]

British squad in 1903, the first championship.

Clifford decided to dedicate his life to becoming one of the best players in the Mexican league[citation needed] and would later go on to become a Manager and board member for the club. The club's main source of economic support came from the Club Británico, a British sports club in Mexico City, which was founded in 1899. The team played its home games in the Club Británico's multifunction park which was directly in front of its headquarters.

The club sometimes traded players with the Reforma Athletic Club a day before a match in order to fill each club's rosters. Clifford had been involved in the establishment of the Reforma Athletic Club football team in 1902. The two clubs were linked in this way because both had British roots.

Members of the team were accustomed to wear elegant uniforms claiming that sport and good taste were not contradictory. At half time the teams would drink tea at tables that had been set at the sidelines and were attended by beautiful women.

1907–1908[edit]

In the 1907–08 tournament, Puebla A.C. withdrew from the Primera Fuerza due to the long distances they would have had to travel, and defending champions Reforma AC were ranked last, failing to win any games. It was the first Mexican championship title for British Football Club (Mexico City), whose players were almost exclusively British. The player-trainer Percy Clifford, centre half-back "Jack" Caldwall and the Hogg brothers were the most prominent characters.

British

  • United KingdomJohn Easton
  • United KingdomAlexander Dewar
  • United KingdomPierce Mennill
  • United KingdomPercy Clifford
  • United KingdomBryan White
  • United KingdomJohn Johnson
 

British

  • United KingdomJohn Hogg
  • United Kingdom Douglas Watson
  • United KingdomStephen Crowder
  • United KingdomGeorge Ratcliff
  • United KingdomJohn Caldwall
  • United KingdomHorace Hogg

Honors[edit]

Other[edit]

  • Tower Cup (1): 1910–11

Top Scorers[edit]

  • 1904–05 England Percy Clifford (5 Goals / 8 games)[2]
  • 1906–07 England Percy Clifford (5 Goals / 8 games)
  • 1907–08 England John Hogg (4 Goals / 6 games)
  • 1911–12 England John Hogg (3 Goals / 4 games)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Historia del futbol en México". Femexfut. Retrieved 2009-07-28. 
  2. ^ "1904/05 season in Mexico". IFFHS. Retrieved 2009-07-29.