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DEACON'S CYCLE DEPOT. f LLJ^NDUDNO. | f-o- FOOTBALL. "EMART REPORTI, fG." Some of the Londtjjh football writers are fond of garnishing their Seports and criticisms with "sentences of the lArned length and thunder- ing sound." The international match last Satur- day week furnishes what these writers evidently thought was an excellent opportunity for inflict- ing upon their readers some of their best efforts in smart reporting. For instance, one writer, among many other curious things, de- scribed an effort by JBloomer as "a subterranean shot." This is qujie a new departure in foot- ball, and if in futitape goalkeepers are expected to successfully cop# with sjiots that by some mysterious means c|me alonir under the gioutid mysterious means c|me alonir under the gioutid there will be ft dftirth ol^Ttose very useful players, for how caji yc^feipeqt them to parry a ball which they^o rAt ^ee t Another critic characterises the siine-f^io^as 'a low trajectory drive at the highejj|vrfoci|5r," and this perhaps gives us an inkling of whjft the-eir^ was really like—apparently nfitling^more or iWss than a low fast shot. Thi^remkids me of fee chaff a former Blackburn journalist had to Bndergo for the description he|gav^ of a goal«eper's per- foimance in a mj|tch on the Hfie-i'-th'-Wall ground many yeasfc a^o. He deMred to convey the information taat the custogjfan ffsted a^va'y .n fast shot, but thlB1 was muchjfoo simple a way of putting it, so nii wrote te goalkeeper de- te. 1. flected the course Of th( Vrling sphere." The chaff which he itdergo for many days after that mystifying sentence appeared in print effectually cured feim of the habit.—"Sports' Telegraph." f THE SEMI-FINAttSTS. The re-playing 1f the English Cup semi- final between Astola Villa and Sheffield United yesterday furnishes a fitting opportunity for giving a few particulars of the two teams. Aston Villa is one of theflldest clubs in the Midlands. It developed in 1* from a boys' club in con- nection with a chioel at Aston, and with the assistance of Mr B. Ramsay, who at the present time still retains the office of secretary, who taught the yogsters the dribbling game, took a leading plafCe amongst the' football organizations of t\e district in the early "eighties." The ieam first played on Aston Park, a public encissure belonging to the Cor- poration of Birmingham. From Aston they went to Perry Barr, the field being secured for a rental of i25 a yearw start with, but it rose to £ 200, and in 1895 theivilla secured Aston Lower Grounds on a least}' This is now one of the first football enclosures in the county. In the club's early days tlJfeir chief local opponents were Wednesbury Ol Athletic, Walsall Swifts, and Aston Unity (no defunct). For some time Aston Villa was the .<bnly club to tackle Black- burn Rovers, and forbears they received a visit from Queen's Park, Glasgow, when that famous team made their anAual Southern tour. For many years past th^ club has played an important parr in tht Birmingham, Stafford- shire, and other local Cup competitions, and three times have the" won the English Cup. Their neighbours, Wet Bromwich Albion, con- tested the final with them on three occasions, the Villa winning in 1886-7 by two goals to none, and in 1894-5 by one to one, while the Throstles proved successful in 1891-2 by three to none. The Villa also won in 1&96-7, beating Everton by three goals to two. They won the League championship last season, and though out of the running for these honours this year, are still reckoned one of the-, leading organisations __n_- in the country, and aa^recently as March 2nd proved their worth by Seating the Corinthians in the annual match ftf the Sheriff of London Charity Shield. THE UNITED'S HISTORY. Though only established some twelve years ago. Sheffield Unitedfhave made history at a iruch faster rate thjtn many other clubs who have been in existent much longer. The club had a humble beginijjng, but steadily advanced, through the medium of the Midland Leauge, the Northern League and the Second Division, to the First Divisiolf itself, that position being gained through the"defeat of Accringtqn in the test match at Notttpgham in the season of 1893-4. It crowned ts League ambition in the season of 1897-8 by ff-en winning the champion- ship with 42 pointst against the 37 points taken by Sunderland, wff were second on the list. Then, in addiiton jo this honour, which was duly celebrated by successful banquet, second place has also been secured in the season 1896-7, when 11 points separated them from the winners, Aston Vifla, and again in 1899-1900, when they were Mfeaded by Aston Villa—50 points to 48-only, losing the honour after a tremendous strug, largely due to Cup-ties exertions at the se time. It was in this sea- son that the club complished a unique feat, in rivalling Presto^ North End's record of going through no fewerhan 22 consecutive League matches without afBefeat. As a matter of fact, it was not until tseasons ago that the United men really made y great name for themselves as Cup-fighters. «tn former seasons they had more than once cr«npled up ignominously, but in the season ref§jired to they set the seal on their fame by a saws of brilliant achievements, and won the in the face of almost un- exampled difficulties. They were drawn away in the whole of tipe first three rounds against Burnley, PrestonMmd Notts Forest, and yet struggled throuffl* their semi-final efforts against Liverpool,ho were not settled till the teams had met fjir times, being amongst the curiosities of football. Altogether their victory was particularly ftopular, and was the making of the club from financial standpoint. M The Drogrammllprovided for Easter included Wolverhampton Jamateurs, Rhyl League team, and Tranmere levers. The Wolves brought down a really exjgbllent team which deservedly won on the day play, though had the home backs been a litlse more staady and less prone to fancy kicks, e result might have been different. The Mentre forward and the right wing of the visilgrs were alone worth going to see. Davies at hif and Welch forward were the pick of the locf: team. Some interest centred locally ik the game owing tp*» £ f?e fact that T. Oi'en, "aljlight of other day#,54' had been in strict iraininsand would assist the Swifts. The old clanninsjhad gone^fewever, and much as we should ha^ liked^ffhave seen him shine it was alafe at tfce wjtffhg end. He worked in- defatigable, and |ooXed all over a saver on one occasion, land h)bf it come off the scenes of other dajls, wh^»he was like a hero, carried defatigable, and |ooXed all over a saver on one occasion, land h)bf it come off the scenes of other dajls, wh^»he was like a hero, carried shoulder Jaigh^f^pn the-field, might have been enacted. S m f Saturday's mat% with Rhyl ended in^a drawy one gofl each, ^"either team had their Jxeet' strengti out. Earner Monday proved boisterous and 4af from enjjfable from a footer's point of view. ,'The SwiftEwon the toss and had the advantage of a J|oss wind. They were two pointe ahead at h|&f-time, and it looked odds on f'Traaamere Rovers^fculling off a victory. This th(% failed to do||however, each side scoring one point, lea^nlfrthe score three to one in favour of the l|oiffi £ team at the finish. Some good play was ftxtiibited all" things considered. A little roughn^^was introduced which thes.. referee promptly ^jSfcialised. For the hom^t^S I again noticed SKV^s and Griffith^tfie ex- treme right man pfiiyed a -elever game, and will be heard of agaitiP in local footer circles. Griffiths in goal wjfs cool and safe, the point scored against him as an overhead kick which might have baffied'^lny custodian. Each mem- ber of the team p in some real hard work during the second n |rtion of the game, and they thoroughly deserve "the victory. it* The marriage of IMr Richard Hersee, the International footbmler, to Miss Hewitt, Pier Hotel, Llandudno, #,announced. The ceremony took place last Tuej^lay. Amongst the many expressions of lonjS^ife and happiness, that have, and will be w^hed the happy pair, none will be more healy wished than .those emanating from theRsootball world with U'hom • Dick" was highly iftnd deservedly popular.

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