17 Reasons Football Was Better Back In The Day

Before image rights and sponsorships deals, the national game was indeed a thing of beauty.

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3. Pitches invasions were PROPER pitch invasions.

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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).

10. (Not that they weren't good looking chaps).

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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..

12. They played with leather balls that absorbed water and got heavy - and still went in for headers.

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Derby half back Leon Leuty (left) and Charlton Athletic centre forward Bert Turner vie for possession, 1946.

14. And yes, their wages were slightly less eye-watering.

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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.

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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.