Darren Asherton Byfield is a former professional footballer and until December 2017 was the manager of Redditch United. He now manages Stratford Town. Byfield won six caps for Jamaica in 2003, has scored 110 goals in 484 appearances across all domestic competitions so far in his football career, he was married to pop star Jamelia, with whom he had one child. He began his career with Aston Villa in 1997, enjoyed loan spells with Preston North End, Northampton Town, Cambridge United, Blackpool, before winning a move to Walsall in June 2000, he scored the winning goal in the 2001 Second Division play-off final, made a £50,000 move to Rotherham United in March 2002. He was traded to Sunderland in February 2004, moved on to Gillingham five months later, he transferred to Millwall in June 2006, before joining Bristol City in August 2007. He moved on to Doncaster Rovers in July 2008, before linking up with Oldham Athletic in August 2009, having played on loan at the club during the previous season, his stay at Oldham lasted only a handful of games.
He left the Football League in June 2011 following an injury-hit 2010–11 campaign. He joined non-league Solihull Moors for a brief spell in March 2012, before moving on to AFC Telford United six months later, he joined Tamworth in January 2013. Byfield started his career at Aston Villa, graduated through the club's Academy to make his Premier League debut on 28 December 1997, in a 1–1 draw with Leeds United at Elland Road. Given his debut by outgoing boss Brian Little, he featured under new "Villans" manager John Gregory, he made six further substitute appearances in 1997–98. He appeared in the UEFA Cup in a 3–2 win over Norwegian outfit Strømsgodset IF at Villa Park on 15 September 1998. Byfield was loaned out to Preston North End in November 1998, scored on his debut at Deepdale on 7 November, in a 4–1 win over Burnley, he played four further Second Division games for David Moyes's "Lilywhites", did not feature in the latter half of the 1998–99 season. He joined Northampton Town on a six-week loan in August 1999, scored twice in seven games for the "Cobblers".
After the departure of manager Ian Atkins, Kevin Wilson led the Sixfields outfit to promotion out of the Third Division. Byfield meanwhile joined Cambridge United on loan after leaving Northampton, featured four times at the Abbey Stadium under manager Roy McFarland. In March 2000 he joined Blackpool in his third such move of the 1999 -- 2000 campaign, he played three Second Division games for Steve McMahon's "Seasiders", in a brief stay at Bloomfield Road. In June 2000, Byfield signed with Ray Graydon's Second Division side Walsall, he hit 11 goals in 51 games in 2000–01, scored the winning goal in the 109th minute of the play-off final, giving the "Saddlers" a 3–2 victory over Reading. He scored four goals in 37 First Division games in 2001–02, left the Bescot Stadium soon after Colin Lee was appointed as manager. In March 2002, he joined Rotherham United in a £50,000 deal, he got off to a flying start to his Millmoor career, hitting two goals in three games at the back end of the 2001–02 campaign.
He scored 13 goals in 38 games in 2002–03, told the media that "Even if the manager brought in Ruud van Nistelrooy and Alan Shearer it wouldn't bother me, I am confident in my own abilities." His tally included four goals against Millwall on 10 August in a "stunning display" on the opening day of the season. He went on to bag eight goals in 33 appearances for the "Millers" in 2003–04. After Rotherham rejected a bid from Derby County, he signed with Sunderland in February 2004, after the two clubs agreed to a trade for Michael Proctor. Byfield scored five goals in 17 games for Mick McCarthy's "Black Cats" in the latter half of the 2003–04 campaign, before departing the Stadium of Light at the end of the season. Byfield signed a two-year contract with Championship club Gillingham in July 2004, after rejecting offers from former clubs Preston and Walsall, he hit just six goals in 39 appearances in 2004–05, despite maintaining an excellent work rate. The club suffered relegation into League One, as well as a merry-go-round of managers, with Andy Hessenthaler making way for Stan Ternent, in turn replaced by Neale Cooper and Ronnie Jepson.
Byfield told the press that his teammates should take the blame for Neale Cooper's departure in November 2005, should be "ashamed" of their performances. Byfield scored 14 goals during the 2005–06 campaign, becoming the club's top-scorer, despite spending two months on the sidelines nursing a knee injury, he joined Millwall in June 2006, despite manager Ronnie Jepson's best efforts to keep him at Priestfield. Byfield claimed he was not offered a new contract by the "Gills", something which chairman Paul Scally denied. Scally had accused Southend United manager Steve Tilson of making an illegal approach for Byfield. Having scored a hat-trick at the start of the month, he was nominated for the League One player of the month award for January, but lost out to Bristol City's Enoch Showunmi. Despite missing the end of the campaign due to an ankle injury, he scored 16 goals in 31 League One games in 2006–07 to become the club's top-scorer. However, he seemed keen to move away from The Den, did not appear in pre-season friendlies or photo opportunities.
"Lions" boss Willie Donachie had rejected an offer of £165,000 from Brighton & Hove Albion chairman Dick Knight. Byfield was signed by Bristol City for an undisclosed fee in August 2007; the Ashton Gate club exceeded all expectations in 2007–08, top-scorer Byfield's eight goals helped them to secure a place in the Championship play-offs. However, the play-off final ended in d
Owain Fôn Williams
Owain Fôn Williams is a Welsh professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Inverness Caledonian Thistle. He made 271 appearances in The Football League, including 161 for Tranmere Rovers representing Crewe Alexandra, Stockport County and Rochdale. A Welsh youth international, he was first called up to the senior Wales team in 2009 making his debut in 2015, he was a member of the Wales squad that reached the semi-finals of UEFA Euro 2016. Born in Penygroes, Gwynedd, Fôn Williams joined Crewe Alexandra after impressing during a trial period when he had his spells at Premier League clubs Manchester United and Liverpool and was signed on scholarship forms in 2003, he was first choice for the club's under-19 team but suffered a broken leg during his second year which halted his progress. On 19 June 2006, Fôn Williams signed a two-year contract with the club. Following his recovery, Fôn Williams was given number twenty-one shirt and competed for the first choice goalkeeper with Ben Williams, but failed to start and spent the most of the season on the substitute bench.
Tired of the lack of first team appearances, Fôn Williams was offered a new contract, but the negotiations was stalled and left Crewe in July 2008 for a tribunal set fee. On 8 July 2008, he joined Stockport County following the expiration of his contract with Crewe. Fôn Williams was linked with a move to Premier League clubs and Championship clubs before joining Stockport County. After making his debut in a 1–1 draw with Huddersfield Town on the opening day of the 2008–09 season, Fôn Williams soon established himself as County's No.1, however in October 2008, he lost his first team place to on-loan keeper Fraser Forster. Forster was kept in goal for six games throughout October and into early November before his loan spell expired and Williams returned to his Number One slot; until the middle of March, Fôn Williams was present for County, putting in match winning performances. On 30 March, Williams underwent an operation on his shoulder which kept him out for the remainder of the 2008–09 season.
Despite making thirty-three appearance, Fôn Williams was awarded Stockport County's Player of the Year. His performance saw him being linked with a move to Premier League side Blackburn Rovers and Newcastle United and the club may sell him, as they faced financial problems. In the 2009–10 season, Fôn Williams made his return from injury in a friendly match, with a 5–0 win over Nostell Miners Welfare on 18 July 2009. After being featured as a first choice goalkeeper for the rest of the friendly matches, Fôn Williams made his league return from injury, in the opening game of the season, in a 0–0 draw against Oldham Athletic, where he made a string of saves. After the match, Manager Gary Ablett praised his performance. However, the club struggled in the league and record twelve games without a point between 17 October 2009 and 19 January 2010; this was ended in the next game when the club drew 0–0 against Carlisle United and the game saw Fôn Williams making a string of saves, including saving a shot from Adam Clayton's 30 yard drive.
Despite Fôn Williams' best effort, the club were relegated from League One. As the club were relegated from League One, Fôn Williams was available to leave the club on a free transfer. However, the club's attempts to let Fôn Williams leave the club in the summer failed and allowed him to leave the club. Fôn Williams went on to make seven appearance in the 2010–11 season and was on the substitution bench after losing his first choice to newly signing Matt Glennon. On 28 October 2010, Fôn Williams joined local rivals Bury on a two-month-long emergency loan deal to replace the injured Cameron Belford. Fôn Williams made his Bury debut on 30 October 2010, in a 3–1 win over Aldershot Town. After making seven appearance for Bury, Fôn Williams returned to Stockport on 4 January 2011 after completion of his loan period. On 20 January 2011, Fôn Williams joined another local rival Rochdale signing until the end of the season and made his debut on 22 January as his new side beat Yeovil Town. Fôn Williams helped.
At the end of the 2010–11 season, Fôn Williams was released by Rochdale. At the end of June 2011, sports media in the UK reported he was due to join Tranmere Rovers on a permanent contract; this was confirmed by Tranmere on 1 July 2011. Despite suffering a thigh injury in the pre-season friendly, Fôn Williams made his competitive club debut on the first day of the 2011–12 season, starting the Football League match against Chesterfield. Tranmere Rovers won 1–0 and kept a clean sheet on his debut Three weeks on 31 August 2011, Fôn Williams helped the club go through to the next round of Johnstone's Trophy after Tranmere Rovers beat Port Vale in the penalty-shootout, with Fôn Williams saved one of the two penalties. Fôn Williams established himself as a first choice goalkeeper at Tranmere Rovers and his impressive display led him being praised by Manager Les Parry. However, Fôn Williams suffered a hand injury in training, resulted him having a surgery, which saw him sidelined for eight weeks. After months on the sidelined, Fôn Williams made his first team return on 4 February 2012, in a 2–1 loss against Wycombe Wanderers.
Fôn Williams was sent-off in the 72nd minutes after fouling Ryan Noble in the box, in a 1–1 draw against Hartlepool United on 21 April 2012. In his first season at Tranmere Rovers, Fôn Williams made thirty-five appearance for the club. In the 2012–13 season, Fôn Williams continued to be the first choice goalkeeper and made forty-five appearance for the club this season, but after wasn't included in the starting line-up for the national team, Fôn Williams returned to Tranmere
Enoch Olusesan Showunmi is a former professional footballer who last played as a striker for Chalfont St Peter. Born in England, he won two caps for the team. Showunmi joined Luton Town in early September 2003 following a successful trial spell with the club that saw him feature during the 2003–04 pre-season against such teams as AFC Wimbledon. At the time of his signature Luton had a small squad due to the administrative receivership that they were under, which prevented them signing new players. Regular midfielder and captain Kevin Nicholls received an injury, to prevent him playing for three months, Luton were able to use this injury to seek dispensation from the Football League to sign Showunmi. Showunmi's debut came against Plymouth Argyle in September 2003, his first goal arrived in a Football League Trophy win against Rushden & Diamonds in November. Late in the season he scored a hat-trick in a home match against Brentford. In total he scored seven goals in 28 appearances during the 2003–04 season, which culminated with his international debut for the Nigerian national football team as a 71st-minute substitute in a 3–0 victory against the Republic of Ireland at The Valley on 30 May 2004.
He was a substitute in Nigeria's following 2–0 victory against Jamaica. Luton's promotion season in 2004–05 saw Showunmi used as a "super-sub" to score six goals in 38 matches, only seven of which he started, including a late winner against Bournemouth after Luton had played most of the game with only 10 men. In 2005–06 Showunmi played in midfield, with moderate success, due to injuries to many midfield players at the club. Before the 2006–07 season, Showunmi moved to Bristol City on a Bosman transfer, he had a good start to scoring in three consecutive games. However, he featured sporadically for the rest of the season due to injuries and good form from other City strikers. Despite not being a first team regular he finished the season as Bristol City's second top scorer, behind Phil Jevons, with 13 goals in all competitions. Showunmi faced strong competition for his first team place at the start of the 2007–08 season after fellow strikers Lee Trundle and Darren Byfield signed for the club, Steve Brooker being in contention after returning to fitness.
On 23 January 2008 he started discussing personal terms with League One team Leeds United, after Leeds and Bristol agreed terms for a permanent deal to take Showunmi to Elland Road. However, Showunmi snubbed a move to the Yorkshire club and stayed at Ashton Gate to fight for his place in the team. However, on 31 January, he completed a move to Championship side Sheffield Wednesday on an emergency loan until 1 March; this was extended for another month, but at the start of April Showunmi decided to return to Ashton Gate in order to aid with the club's promotion push. On 8 April the FA announced that it had charged Showunmi with "engaging the services of an individual, not a licensed agent or entitled to act in such a capacity, to represent him in contract negotiations with Luton Town in or around February 2004 and between November 2005 and January 2006", an allegation which involved both Bristol City and Charles Collymore; the FA subsequently fined Showunmi £2,000 and Bristol City £15,000, whilst the allegations against Collymore were found not to have been proved.
He was released by City at the end of the 2007–08 season along with fellow striker Darren Byfield, midfielder Alex Russell and defenders Martin Slocombe and Tamás Vaskó. Showunmi signed for Leeds United, he scored on his debut for the club in a league match against Scunthorpe United. After this successful start to his Leeds career most of his goals for the season came in cup games, scoring twice in the League Cup against Crystal Palace and Hartlepool and once in the Football League Trophy against Rotherham United, his second and final league goal for the club came in a 2–1 defeat at Tranmere Rovers on 6 December 2008. Showunmi's last appearance of the season came after featuring as a substitute in a 3–1 defeat to MK Dons the day before McAllister's departure, Manager Gary McAllister was sacked on 21 December 2008, Showunmi did not feature in any more games that season after suffering a serious blood clot in his lung. Leeds managed to reach the playoff semi-finals in Showunmi's absence. After recovering from injury, the following season Showunmi fell out of favour under new manager Simon Grayson.
It wasn't until the start of the 2009/10 season. Despite being used sparingly he managed to score his sixth and final goal for the club in a League Cup tie with Darlington, he was released, having scored 5 goals in 7 starts for the Yorkshire side. On 14 January 2010 Scottish Premier League team Falkirk signed Showunmi, he made his debut against Celtic. He scored his first goal in 18 matches with an acrobatic volley against Aberdeen on 20 February 2010, it helped Falkirk win the match 3–1. He was released at the end of the season after Falkirk's relegation. On 27 July 2010 he signed for Tranmere Rovers, he scored his first goal for Tranmere on 24 August 2010 against Swansea City in the League Cup with a neat finish from a tight angle. He scored his second goal for the club, his first for them in the Football League, four days in 2–2 draw against Dagenham & Redbridge. At the end of his first season, Enoch received the Player of The Season Award, after finishing as the club's top scorer with 13 goals.
In the summer of 2011, Showunmi was subject to 3 bids made by Notts County – £75k, £100k and £125k, all of which were rejected. He was released at the end of the 2011–12 season. Showunmi signed with Notts County on 12 June 2012 on a free transfer, scoring his first goal in a 2–1 away victory
Harbour View F.C.
Harbour View Football Club is a Jamaican football club based in Kingston that plays in the Red Stripe Premier League. Harbour View is nicknamed the Stars of the East or Easters and play their home games at Harbour View Stadium. Founded along with the Harbour View community in the 1960s, the professional club, Harbour View F. C. was established on March 4, 1974. 25 years the club was incorporated as a limited liability company and was the first Jamaica football club to become incorporated. Harbour View F. C. has developed a reputation for being the first in Jamaica in many aspects. The Stars of the East became the first club to have an official website, the first to build a world-class football stadium. Ricardo Gardner was the first Jamaican league player to transfer to a major European league after joining Bolton Wanderers in 1998. Club management is setting the pace in bringing true professionalism to Jamaica's football landscape. In addition, at the beginning of the 2006 season, the club's equipment was sponsored by Adidas.
The club generates revenue through sponsorships, match tickets, other businesses such as stadium bars and Western Union. Domestic Jamaican National Premier League: 42000, 2007, 2010, 2013JFF Champions Cup: 41994, 1998, 2001, 2002 Runner-up: 2003, 2005International CFU Club Championship: 22004, 2007 Technical Director: Donovan Hayles Asst Coach: Howard Straw Goalkeeper Coach: Clive Wedderburn Team Manager: Annmarie Massey Asst Team Manager: Robert Lee Physiotherapist: Karen Julius Physical Trainer: Andrew Hines Physical Trainer: Neville Mighton Equipment Manager: Dwayne Blake Asst Equipment: Jermaine Malcolm 2013/2014 Season Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality; this list of former players includes those who received international caps while playing for the team, made significant contributions to the team in terms of appearances or goals while playing for the team, or who made significant contributions to the sport either before they played for the team, or after they left.
It is not yet complete and all inclusive, additions and refinements will continue to be made over time. 1987 CONCACAF Champions' Cup First Round v. L'Etoile de Morne-à-l'Eau—1:3, 2:0 CFU Club Championship 2000 Group Stage v. Violette AC—5:0 Group Stage v. Paradise SC—1:0 Group Stage v. Roots Alley Ballers—3:0 Championship Group v. W Connection—1:3 Championship Group v. Joe Public F. C.—1:1 Championship Group v. Carioca F. C. 2:1CFU Club Championship 2002 Preliminary Round v. George Town SC—0:3, 7:1 Group Stage v. US Robert—4:1 Group Stage v. W Connection—1:2CFU Club Championship 2004 First Round v. Ideal SC—1:15, 15:0 Semifinals v. Inter Moengotapoe—4:6, 3:2 Final v. Tivoli Gardens F. C.—1:1, 1:2 CONCACAF Champions' Cup 2005 Quarterfinals v. D. C. United—1:2, 1:2 CFU Club Championship 2006 Group Stage v. Aigle Noir AC—1:0 Group Stage v. Positive Vibes—5:0 Group Stage v. SV Centro Social Deportivo Barber—2:0 Semifinals v. W Connection—2:3CFU Club Championship 2007 Group Stage v. Puerto Rico Islanders—2:2 Group Stage v. Inter Moengotapoe—1:2 Group Stage v. SAP F.
C.—10:0 Quarterfinals v. Portmore United—2:0 Semifinals v. San Juan Jabloteh—0:0 Final v. Joe Public F. C.—2:1CONCACAF Champions' Cup 2008 Quarterfinals v. D. C. United—1:1, 0:5 CONCACAF Champions League 2008–09 Preliminary Round v. UNAM Pumas—0:3
Kingston is the capital and largest city of Jamaica, located on the southeastern coast of the island. It faces a natural harbour protected by the Palisadoes, a long sand spit which connects the town of Port Royal and the Norman Manley International Airport to the rest of the island. In the Americas, Kingston is the largest predominantly English-speaking city south of the United States; the local government bodies of the parishes of Kingston and St. Andrew were amalgamated by the Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation Act of 1923, to form the Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation. Greater Kingston, or the "Corporate Area" refers to those areas under the KSAC. Kingston Parish had a population of 96,052, St. Andrew Parish had a population of 555,828 in 2001. Kingston is only bordered by Saint Andrew to the east and north; the geographical border for the parish of Kingston encompasses the following communities, Tivoli Gardens, Denham Town, Rae Town, Kingston Gardens, National Heroes Park, Bournemouth Gardens, Norman Gardens, Rennock Lodge and Port Royal, along with portions of Rollington Town, Franklyn Town and Allman Town.
The city proper is bounded by Six Miles to the west, Stony Hill to the north, Papine to the northeast and Harbour View to the east, communities in urban and suburban Saint Andrew. Communities in rural St. Andrew such as Gordon Town, Mavis Bank, Lawrence Tavern, Mt. Airy and Bull Bay would not be described as being in Kingston city. Two parts make up the central area of Kingston: the historic Downtown, New Kingston. Both are served by Norman Manley International Airport and by the smaller and domestic Tinson Pen Aerodrome. Kingston was founded in July 1692 as a place for survivors of the 1692 earthquake that destroyed Port Royal. Before the earthquake, Kingston's functions were purely agricultural; the earthquake survivors set up a camp on the sea front. Two thousand people died due to mosquito-borne diseases; the people lived in a tented camp on Colonel Barry's Hog Crawle. The town did not begin to grow until after the further destruction of Port Royal by fire in 1703. Surveyor John Goffe drew up a plan for the town based on a grid bounded by North, East and Harbour Streets.
The new grid system of the town was designed to facilitate commerce the system of main thoroughfares 66 feet across which allowed transportation between the port and plantations farther inland. By 1716 it had become the centre of trade for Jamaica; the government sold land to people with the regulation that they purchase no more than the amount of the land that they owned in Port Royal, only land on the sea front. Wealthy merchants began to move their residences from above their businesses to the farm lands north on the plains of Liguanea; the first free school, Wolmers's, was founded in 1729 and there was a theatre, first on Harbour Street and moved in 1774 to North Parade. Both are still in existence. In 1755 the governor, Sir Charles Knowles, had decided to transfer the government offices from Spanish Town to Kingston, it was thought by some to be an unsuitable location for the Assembly in proximity to the moral distractions of Kingston, the next governor rescinded the Act. However, by 1780 the population of Kingston was 11,000, the merchants began lobbying for the administrative capital to be transferred from Spanish Town, by eclipsed by the commercial activity in Kingston.
By the end of the 18th century, the city contained more than 3,000 brick buildings. The harbour fostered trade, played part in several naval wars of the 18th century. Kingston took over the functions of Spanish Town; these functions included agriculture, processing and a main transport hub to and from Kingston and other sections of the island. The government passed an act to transfer the government offices to Kingston from Spanish Town, which occurred in 1872, it kept this status when the island was granted independence in 1962. In 1907, 800 people died in another earthquake known as the 1907 Kingston earthquake, destroying nearly all the historical buildings south of Parade in the city; that was. These three-story-high buildings were built with reinforced concrete. Construction on King Street in the city was the first area to breach this building code. During the 1930s, island-wide riots led to the development of trade unions and political parties to represent workers; the city became home to the Mona campus of the University of the West Indies founded in 1948, with 24 medical students.
Not until the 1960s did major change occur in the development of Kingston's city centre. The international attention of reggae music at that time coincided with the expansion and development of 95 acres of the Kingston city centre waterfront area; these developments led to an influx of shops and offices, the development of a new financial centre: New Kingston, which replaced the Knutsford Racetrack. Multi-story buildings and boulevards were placed within that section. In 1966 Kingston was the host city to the Commonwealth Games; the western section of the city was not the focus of development, that area proved to be politically tense. The 1970s saw deteriorating economic conditions that led to recurrent violence and a decline in tourism which affected the island. In the 1980 general elections, the democratic socialist People's National Party government was voted out, subsequent governments have been more market-oriented. Within a global urban era, the 1990s saw that Kingston has made efforts to modernise and devel
The EFL Cup known as the Carabao Cup for sponsorship reasons, is an annual knockout football competition in men's domestic English football. Organised by the English Football League, it is open to any club within the top four levels of the English football league system – 92 clubs in total – comprising the top level Premier League, the three divisions of the English Football League's own league competition. First held in 1960–61 as the Football League Cup, it is one of the three top-tier domestic football competitions in England, alongside the Premier League and FA Cup, it concludes in February, long before the other two. It was introduced by the league as a response to the increasing popularity of European football, to exert power over the FA, it took advantage of the roll-out of floodlights, allowing the fixtures to be played as midweek evening games. With the renaming of the Football League as the English Football League in 2016, the tournament was rebranded as the EFL Cup for the 2016–17 season.
The tournament is played with single leg ties throughout, except the semi-finals. The final is held at Wembley Stadium. Entrants are seeded in the early rounds, a system of byes based on league level ensures higher ranked teams enter in rounds, to defer the entry of teams still involved in Europe. Winners receive the EFL Cup, of which there have been three designs, the current one being the original. Winners qualify for European football, receiving a place in the UEFA Europa League; the current holders are Manchester City, who beat Chelsea 4–3 on penalties in the 2019 final to win their sixth League Cup. Although the League Cup is one of the four domestic trophies attainable by English league teams, it is perceived as being of lower prestige than the league championship or the FA Cup. League Cup winners receive £100,000 prize money with the runners-up receiving £50,000, considered insignificant to top-flight teams, compared to the £2 million prize money of the FA Cup, in turn eclipsed by the Premier League's television money and consequent participation in the Champions League.
Some clubs have fielded a weaker side in the competition, making the opportunity for giant-killing of the larger clubs more likely. Many teams in the Premier League and Manchester United in particular, have used the competition to give young players valuable big-game experience. However, in 2010, in response to Arsène Wenger's claim that a League Cup win would not end his trophy drought, Alex Ferguson described the trophy as "a pot worth winning"; the original idea for a League Cup came from Stanley Rous who saw the competition as a consolation for clubs, knocked out of the FA Cup. However it was not Rous. Hardaker proposed the competition as a way for the clubs to make up on lost revenue, due to a reduction in matches played, for when the league was to be re-organised; the re-organisation of the league was not forthcoming. The trophy was paid for by Football League President Joe Richards, proud of the competition and he had his own name engraved on it. Richards described the competition's formation as an'interim step' on the way to the league's re-organisation.
Richards' priority was the re-organisation of the leagues. Hardaker felt that the Football League needed to adapt to the times, as the English game was losing prestige, he felt that the Football League should take the lead in revitalising football in the nation: "It must be obvious to all of you that the time has come to do something, it is up to the Football League to give the lead. I hope the Press will not assume that the League is going to fall out with the F. A. or anybody else... the time has come for our voice to be heard in every problem which affects the professional game."The League Cup competition was established at a time when match day attendances were dwindling. The league had lost one million spectators compared to the previous season, it was established at a time when tensions between the Football League and the Football Association were high. The biggest disagreement was about. During the late 1950s, the majority of senior English clubs equipped their grounds with floodlights.
This opened up the opportunity to exploit weekday evenings throughout the winter. The League Cup was introduced in the 1960–61 season as a mid-week floodlit tournament, to replace the Southern Professional Floodlit Cup; the League Cup was criticised by the better-endowed clubs. The Times' correspondent at the time felt; the Times published on 30 May 1960: "Where a drastic reduction is required in an attempt to raise quality, no doubt quantity and a further spread of mediocrity
Mexico national football team
The Mexico national football team represents Mexico in international football and is governed by the Mexican Football Federation. It competes as a member of CONCACAF, which encompasses the countries of North and Central America, the Caribbean; the team plays its home games at the Estadio Azteca. Mexico has qualified to sixteen World Cups and has qualified consecutively since 1994, making it one of six countries to do so; the Mexico national team, along with Brazil are the only two nations to make it out of the group stage over the last seven World Cups. Mexico played France in the first match of the first World Cup on 13 July 1930. Mexico's best progression in World Cups has been reaching the quarter-finals in both the 1970 and 1986 World Cups, both of which were staged on Mexican soil. Mexico is the most successful national team in the CONCACAF region, having won ten confederation titles, including seven CONCACAF Gold Cups and three CONCACAF Championships, as well as three NAFC Championships, one North American Nations Cup, one CONCACAF Cup.
It is one of eight nations to have won two of the three most important football tournaments, having won the 1999 FIFA Confederations Cup and the 2012 Summer Olympics. Mexico is the only team from CONCACAF to have won an official FIFA competition, winning the 1999 FIFA Confederations Cup. Although Mexico is under the jurisdiction of CONCACAF, the national team has been invited to compete in the Copa América since 1993, finishing runner-up twice – in 1993 and 2001 – and obtaining the third-place medal on three occasions. Football in Mexico was first organized in the early 20th century by European immigrant groups, notably miners from Cornwall, in years Spanish exiles fleeing the Spanish Civil War. Mexico's first match was played against Guatemala, which Mexico won 3–2. A series of international friendlies were played against the national representation of Guatemala on 9, 12 and 16 December 1923; the match on 9 December was played in Parque España which Mexico won 2–1. On 12 December, the match ended in a 2–0 win for Mexico, the final game of the series ended in a 3–3 draw.
The manager for this team was Rafael Garza Gutiérrez. It would be another four years before the national team would be represented in international friendlies. On 19 June 1927, Mexico faced Spain, drawing 3–3. During this series, the squad played against the Uruguayan club Nacional de Montevideo, losing 1–3. In 1927, the official governing body of football in Mexico was founded; the 1928 Summer Olympics was Mexico's first international tournament, where Mexico lost to Spain 1–7 in the round of 16. Mexico participated in the 1930 FIFA World Cup in Uruguay, grouped with Argentina and France. Mexico's first match was a 4–1 loss to France, with Mexico's first World Cup goal by Juan Carreño. In their second match, Mexico fell to Chile 3–0. Mexico's third match, against Argentina, featured the first penalty of the tournament, scored by Mexico's Manuel Rosas. Mexico did not appear again in a FIFA World Cup tournament until the 1950 World Cup. Before 1970, Mexico struggled to make much of an impact in the World Cup.
It was by far the strongest team in the North American Football Confederation and its successor, CONCACAF, but found it difficult to compete against European and South American teams. However, goalkeeper Antonio Carbajal has the distinction of being the first player to appear in five consecutive World Cups. In 1965, Mexico won the 1965 CONCACAF Championship to become continental champions for the first time. In 1970, Mexico hosted the World Cup and kicked off their campaign with a scoreless draw against the Soviet Union; this was followed by a 4–0 win over El Salvador. Mexico advanced to the next round with a victory against Belgium. At the quarter-finals stage, Mexico was eliminated by Italy, losing 4–1. Mexico did make it into the 1978 finals. Mexico suffered an early exit after three defeats: 0–6 against West Germany, 1–3 against Tunisia, 1–3 to Poland. Mexico failed to qualify for the 1982 World Cup. In 1986, Mexico again hosted the World Cup. Coached by Bora Milutinović, Mexico was placed in Group B where they defeated Belgium 2–1, drew 1–1 with Paraguay, defeated Iraq 1–0.
With this performance, Mexico won the top spot in its group, advanced to the next round where they defeated Bulgaria 2–0. In the quarter-finals stage, Mexico lost to West Germany 1–4 in a penalty shootout after the match finished 0–0. Mexico was disqualified from the 1990 FIFA World Cup after using players over the age limit in the qualifying round for the 1989 FIFA World Youth Championship, known as the "Cachirules" scandal; the punishment was applied to all Mexico national representatives of all FIFA-sanctioned tournaments. In the 1990s, after hiring coach César Luis Menotti, Mexican football began experiencing greater international success. In the 1993 Copa América they finished second. At the 1994 FIFA World Cup, Mexico won its group on tiebreakers, emerging from a group composed of Italy and Norway. However, Mexico lost in the second round to Bulgaria on penalty kicks. At the 1998 FIFA World Cup, Mexico was placed in a group with the Netherlands, South Korea and Belgium. Mexico won their opening fixture 3–1 against South Korea.
Mexico tied Belgium 2–2, against the Netherlands earned another 2–2 draw, qualifying for the round of 16. In that round, Mexico lost 2–1 to Germany. In 1999, Mexico won its first official FIFA tournament by becoming the first host nation to win the FIFA Confederations Cup. Mexico defe