Hundreds of people rioted after the Scottish Cup Final replay between Celtic and Rangers at Hampden Park. Both games were drawn, and at the end of the second match the spectators and players were confused as to whether there would be extra time. The 60,000 crowd roared for the match to continue because it was suspected that the two draws had been stage-managed in order to secure extra gate-money. However, under the rules of the Scottish Football Association there was no provision for extra time and a further replay would be required.
When all the players finally left the pitch and it became apparent that the match was over, hundreds of spectators swarmed onto the field, uprooted the goals, cut up the turf and finally set fire to the pay-boxes and other buildings. Barricades were torn down and a bonfire was started using whisky to keep the blaze going. At least 100 people, mostly police and fire men, were injured.
The Cup and the players medals were withheld after both clubs petitioned the SFA to abandon the tie. A correspondent wrote to the Glasgow Evening Times: “I would suggest the withdrawal of all policemen from football matches, and substitute a regiment of soldiers with fixed bayonets”.
King Edward VII was the first monarch to win the Derby, although he had two successes in the race when he was the Prince of Wales. Many of his victories were very popular with the public and Minoru, who had already won the 2000 Guineas, received a rapturous reception when he returned to the unsaddling enclosure.
Minoru, who had been leased for the King by his racing manager, then went for the triple crown but was well beaten in the St. Leger.
BOXING - Jim Driscoll the British Featherweight Champion , failed to officially win the world title in Cardiff on February 19th despite out-boxing the champion Abe Attell “The Little Hebrew” from San Francisco. However the New York newspapers gave every round to Driscoll who consequently billed himself as the world champion and successfully defended the “title” twice
SOCCER - The Football League decreed that goalkeepers should wear distinctive colours. Nottingham Forest beat Leicester Fosse 12 - 0 in a first division match. Three players, West, Hooper and Spouncer , all scored hat-tricks.
RUGBY UNION - Harlequins beat Richmond 14 - 10 in the first match staged at Twickenham on October 2nd. The two clubs, founder members of the Rugby Football Union, have played an influential role in the development of the sport.
Manchester United demonstrated the extent of their ambitions by moving into Old Trafford, a truly luxurious stadium, on February 19. There is a billiard room, massage room, a gymnasium, a laundry and a plunge bath. The ground can accommodate 80,000 spectators, with some 13,000 under cover. There are even attendants to usher the well-heeled to the new-fangled tip-up seats and show them into the tea rooms.
Tony Wilding was Wimbledon’s first heart-throb. The New Zealander’s handsome looks and solid baseline game brought teenagers flocking to Worple Road to watch him win four successive men’s singles championships. His first title was always going to be difficult. He won a torrid all-comer semi- final against the American Beals C Wright and used his good form to overpower the defending champion Arthur Gore in a four set final. Wilding, who raced to tournaments across Europe on a motorbike, won four Wimbledon doubles titles and helped Australasia rule the Davis Cup roost immediately before the First World War. He was killed in action soon after fighting began.
The great white hope was a great white flop when Jack Johnson, the first black man to win the world heavyweight crown, easily demolished an ageing Jim Jeffries over 15 rounds in Nevada, to retain his title on July 4. Jeffries had been inadvisably tempted out of retirement but was a hollow shell of his earlier self and received a severe beating. After the fight there were race riots across the country.
White America, shocked by the notion that the heavyweight champion of the world was a black, had been scandalised by Johnson’s escapades and marriages to white women, and public sentiment demanded that a white man teach him a lesson. The spectacular failure of Jeffries to deliver the goods meant the search for a real Great White Hope began in earnest.
Johnson went into exile in Europe and South America to avoid serving a prison sentence. He lived the good life, engaged in three defences of his title and squandered his fortune. In 1915 Jess Willard an ungainly fighter - but white and 6ft 6ins tall and 250 lbs - knocked out a homesick, poverty-stricken and physically ravaged 37 year-old Johnson.
GOLF - James Braid won his fifth Open in the golden jubilee of the championship at St. Andrews. The first round was abandoned at 1.30 p.m. Because of a thunderstorm and only the leading 60 players were allowed to play the final two rounds.
RUGBY UNION - The fledgling French team turned up in Swansea on New Year’s Day for their first ever match in the Five Nations championship. It was a day they would prefer to forge. Wales walloped them 49 - 14.
Dorothea Lambert Chambers was the daughter of a clergyman but that is where her sense of charity ended. She had no time for the genteel garden parties that passed for lawn tennis in the leafy suburbs of London. When she put on her ankle-length dress, a white shirt buttoned at the wrists and took possession of a tennis racket she turned into a ruthless player whose game was all about winning.
A late developer, Lambert Chambers was a dogged right-hander who used her tall, athletic body to move swiftly about the court, hitting a devastating forehand which took the woman’s game a step closer to a fast competitive sport. The most prominent player in the ten years before the war, Lambert Chambers had Lottie Dod’s record of five singles titles in her sights when she arrived at Wimbledon to defend the championship in 1911. Her opponent in the challenge round was Dora Bothby, a determined player who had won the crown in 1909 and was runner-up to Dorothea the previous year. The match was a massacre. In just 22 minutes Lambert Chambers became the only player to win a Wimbledon final 6 - 0, 6 - 0
Max Decugis needed one of the biggest trophy cabinets in tennis. The Parisian with the huge smash and aggressive volley won 36 major championships between 1902 and 1920.
He crossed the English Channel in 1911 with his countryman Andre Gobert, also an attacking net player, and the pair took the men’s doubles at Wimbledon. Decugis reached the quarter-finals in the singles. But it was at home he was most successful.
He won the French singles titles eight times, the doubles 14 times in a row and the mixed doubles on seven occasions. However, Decugis did have one advantage - until 1925 the French championships were restricted to French players.
BOXING - England experimented with using a circular ring.
CRICKET - R D Burroughs recorded the furthest flight of the bails - 67 yards 6 ins. W G Grace had achieved 64 yds. 6 ins in 1901.
SOCCER - Bradford city fielding a record eight Scots, beat Newcastle United 1 - 0 in the replay of the FA Cup final at old Trafford, having drawn 0 - 0 five days earlier. Although the team was not exactly home-grown the brand new trophy certainly was - made in Bradford by Fattorinin and Sons at a cost of 50 guineas.
Goalkeepers were restricted to handling the ball in the penalty area; previously they had been allowed to handle in their own half. The change in the rules was thought to have come about because of a game in Scotland in 1910 between Third Lanark and Motherwell, where both goalkeepers scored in the same match. This is the only known instance in first class football of this happening.
The small matter of $60 and a sharp sportswriter, took the gloss off the fifth Olympic Games in Stockholm. Roy Johnson, a reporter for the Worcester Telegram in Massachusetts, cracked the biggest story of his life.
Six months after Jim Thorpe won gold medals in the pentathlon and decathlon Johnson reported that Thorpe had been paid for playing minor league baseball in 1909. The Amateur Athletic Association took away his amateur status and the officious International Olympic Committee jumped on the bandwagon by taking back his medals. Thorpe was nonplussed. He was unaware that he had broken the stringent amateur code, and with nowhere to run turned his athletic ability to American Football and Baseball. In October 1982, 29 years after his death, the IOC finally pardoned Thorpe and presented the medals to his family. It had taken 70 years to credit the part- Potawatome Red Indian with a place in Olympic history.
Halley’s comet was the brightest comet seen on Rhode Island until Maurice McLoughlin turned up for the US singles championship. The ‘Californian Comet’ was the first leading player to master the cannonball service.
A high-kicking service, so powerful that it nullified his puny backhand and bewildered most of his opponents. He spectacularly blasted the opposition off the court to win his first of two US titles. In a victory of power over precision, McLoughlin beat Wallace Johnson an underspin artist 3- 6, 2 - 6, 6 -2, 6 - 4, 6 - 2 in the final of the first Us championship without a challenge round.
GOLF - John Ball won the British amateur championship for a record eighth time. Johnny McDermott won his second successive US open title with a four round total of 294 at Buffalo. It was the first time the use of ‘par’ was adopted .
MOTOR RACING - France restored its Grand Prix as a two-day race over 950 miles.
Celtic at least had the consolation of winning the League. Because of fixture congestion, they played eight league games in 12 days, winning six and drawing two to pip Dundee for the title by a point.
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