1. You travelled to away matches in style.
Fans off to Wembley, 1923.
2. Getting into matches was easier. Particularly as tickets were about 2 shillings (£1.15).
Turnstiles being erected at Wembley Stadium, 1923.
3. Pitches invasions were PROPER pitch invasions.
A massive crowd is forced onto the pitch by sheer weight of numbers at the FA Cup Final between Bolton Wanderers and West Ham United, 1923 (Bolton won 2-0).
An estimated 200,000 people attended the match.
Even though the capacity was only 127,000.
4. Flat caps were mandatory.
Fans enter Wembley Stadium, 1923.
5. …Although the odd bit of fancy dress was encouraged.
Preston North End football supporter, 1938.
6. The entertainment at half time was way better.
A man playing a small flute to entertain other supporters during the first round of the FA Cup, 1923.
7. Ground preparation was meticulous.
Groundsmen mark out the touch line at Wembley Stadium, 1925.
Right down to the weeding.
Wembley Stadium ground staff pluck weeds, dandelions and daisies from the pitch, 1934.
8. And dogs were allowed in the Wembley changing rooms.
Wally Kilminster (actually a Speedway Rider) relaxing, 1934.
9. Players were far less image-conscious.
Like Raith Rovers’s Alex James, pictured here in 1928.
10. (Not that they weren’t good looking chaps).
Bolton Wanderers players, 1923.
From left to right: Joe Smith, Haworth, Billy Butler, John R Smith, Harry Nutall, Alec Finney, Jennings, Ted Vizard, David Jack, Dick Pym and Jimmy Seddon..
11. And they were made of sterner stuff. Snow didn’t bother them.
England centre-forward Tommy Lawton heads the ball past Scotland’s goalkeeper Dawson, 1942.
12. They played with leather balls that absorbed water and got heavy - and still went in for headers.
Derby half back Leon Leuty (left) and Charlton Athletic centre forward Bert Turner vie for possession, 1946.
13. They trained harder.
A Chandler, J Virgrass, B Marsden and P Burnham of the Queen’s Park Rangers, 1922.
14. And yes, their wages were slightly less eye-watering.
In 1922, the maximum wage for a football was £8 a week - roughly £264 in today’s money*.
The current highest earner in the Premier League is Eden Hazard, who makes £185,000 a week.
above: Captains toss the coin before the start of the match between Birmingham City and Chelsea, 1922.
15. Sometimes, teams outside Manchester and London won stuff.
Like Newcastle United. Here’s captain Frank Hudspeth being escorted from the pitch with the FA Cup trophy after beating Aston Villa 2-0 in the 1924 FA Cup final.
16. And best of all, hooliganism and the ‘English disease’ was still decades away.
Everton FC supporters and their young mascot, 1927.
17. Fans were just fans, cheering on blokes not so different to them…
Arsenal football supporters wearing mortar boards, 1930.
…Utterly transfixed by the beautiful game.
Young football fans at Queen’s Park Rangers, 1949.