When Bobby Moore lifted the World Cup for England at Wembley in the 1966 final, his side contained two brothers, Jack and Bobby. Despite this being a rare occurrence to have two members of the same family to win World Cup medals it is not the only time that has been instances when the same family have produced professional footballers in England.
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The FA Cup is the most famous domestic cup competition in the world. It is held annually and the entrants include all teams from the first 10 levels of English football. Over 750 teams enter the competition and the final is played at Wembley Stadium. The competition starts at the beginning of the season for the smallest clubs in the qualifying rounds and the Premiership clubs do not enter if until the 3rd round proper is played at the start of January. The competition has been running since the 1871-72 season which was 16 years before the Football League was created.
As well as England producing a number of managers that have been a success with the national team, it has also produced a number of ”larger than life” characters who have been successful in domestic football. Few managers have had films made about their career but this was certainly the case with Brian Clough who was the subject of the 2009 film “The Damned United”.
The managers of English football have attracted as much attention from the fans and media as the players themselves. The manager is seen as the man who has the ultimate responsibility for the success of the side and the post has attracted some of the most unique characters that have been associated with the game. Although the teams are all English this does not necessarily mean that all the managers have to be English.
Over the years the Premier League has been the envy of other football nations around the world for the excitement of the games that are played. While England may not have the same international players as some other countries it has a league where the very best side can be beaten by the bottom sides. One factor that contributes to the excitement of the leagues is the stadiums that the games are played in. Throughout the country week after week stadiums are packed out.
The Football stadiums in English football are known around the world. The popularity of the club sides are closely linked to the name of their grounds and with the game being so well attended the clubs try and maximize the numbers of spectators that they can get through the turnstiles for each of their home games. A great number of the Stadiums were built at the start of the 20th century and many had the sole purpose of getting as many people into see the games as was possible.
Professional football was first officially introduced in England in 1885. The rules of the game had only been confirmed in 1865 by the Football Association that had been created in 1863, and the first FA cup final was held in 1872. The situation between 1872 and 1885 was unusual as the game was supposed to be amateur yet many of the sides shamelessly ignored the rules and would pay their star players.