POSTED: September 8th 2009

This day in the world of sport . . .

Founding father: sports pioneer William McGregor
Founding father: sports pioneer William McGregor

THIS DAY (SEPTEMBER 08) MARKS THE . . . 121st anniversary of the start in 1888 of the inaugural English Football League – the world’s oldest. The 12 founding clubs included a remarkable eight who are in the Premier League now. They ultimately ended their 22-game programme in this order (present Premier League clubs in bold): Preston North End, Aston Villa, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Blackburn Rovers, Bolton Wanderers, West Bromwich Albion, Accrington Stanley, Everton, Burnley, Derby County, Notts County, Stoke City. The League had been created at the initial instigation of Villa director William McGregor at a meeting at Anderton’s Hotel on March 23, 1888. In other sports, in 1968, British tennis player Virginia Wade beat American top seed Billie Jean King to win the United States Open. WORLD EVENTS – 1504: The unveiling of Michelangelo’s then revolutionary statute of David in front of the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence. 1664: The Dutch colony of New Amsterdam surrenders to English troops and is renamed New York. 1841: Birth of Czech composer Antonin Dvorak. 1932: Birth of singer Patsy Cline, most noted for her rendition of Crazy. 1966: Transmission of the first episode of Star Trek.

Keywords · September 8 · September 08 · Football League · William McGregor · Virgina Wade · Billie Jean King · US Open · Michelangelo · Dvorak · Patsy Cline · Star Trek

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