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On This Day In History… The British Are Coming!

By Lwblog @londonwalks


Even though he’s off on his travels, LW’s David keeps in touch with The D.C.
With his mind on the run-up to both the Olympic Games and the 4th of July, he weighs in with this On This Day In History nugget…
“It was on June 29, 1950 that a cobbled together American side defeated the mighty England at ‘soccer’. Yanks, er, socked it to 'em 1-0.“
On This Day In History… The British Are Coming!
Yes, they certainly did. It remains one of the biggest upsets in the history of world football (by which we mean soccer… oh sod it, by which we mean football, the world’s greatest team sport).
But the story has a further twist. The American goalscorer that day was not American by birth… he was a Scot. In the great tradition of all assassins, we'll give him his full name: Edward John McIlvenny. 
Born in the town of Greenock, Renfrewshire in 1924, he emigrated to the U.S in 1949. For the match, McIlvenny was made captain for the day. The regular U.S captain, Walter Bahr, stepped aside in order to make the day more memorable for McIlvenny as he played against his fellow Brits.
To check availability for Olympic Football matches in London this summer, go to the official Olympic ticketing website. 
The wonderful retro football shirt in our pic (above) can be bought at Toffs – The Old Fashioned Football Shirt Company – lovingly recreated and very high quality old style football jerseys. Nice line in cashmere scarves, too. The original and best company in the market, you can shop with them at their website www.toffs.com by clicking HERE.


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