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6-10-2015, 14:31

Milestones 1945-1959

1945  With OldTrafford a bomb site, Matt Busby is appointed manager of Manchester United

1946  Walter Winterbottom becomes the first National Coach

33 spectators are killed when crowd barriers collapse at a Cup tie between Stoke City and Bolton

England rejoins FIFA after the dispute in 1928

England teams up with the other home nations to field a one-off postwar National side against the Rest of Europe resulting in a 6-1 victory for Great Britain

Derby County win the first FA Cup in the aftermath of the war by beating Charlton Athletic 4-1 in the Final

1947  First ?20,000 transfer - Tommy Lawton from Chelsea to Notts County

Charlton beat Burnley 1-0 in the FA Cup Final

1948  BlackpooPs Stanley Matthews wins the first Football Writers* Association Footballer of the Year award

1949  1,272,155 spectators make a record Football League attendance on 27th December

Fred Wall and Stanley Rous are knighted for their services to football

Sports Report is broadcast by BBC Radio for the first time

1950  The Football League increases the number of clubs from 88 to 92

England competes in the World Cup for the first time. The event is held in Brazil, but won by Uruguay and England fail to clear the group stages

Portsmouth wins the league championship for a second consecutive year, the unexpected postwar success of the club was because the team was joined by many ex-servicemen stationed in the town

1951 The increased use of floodlights, which were banned between 1930 and 1950, prompted the introduction of the white football

Hungary beat England 6-3 at Wembley, England’s first official defeat on home soil

1954  UEFA, Union of European Football Associations is formed

Fifth World Cup competition is held in Switzerland and won by West Germany - England compete but lose to Uruguay in the quarter finals

England suffers its biggest ever defeat when Hungary win 7-1 in Budapest

1955  First floodlit England international - England v Spain at Wembley

First floodlit FA Cup-tie between Brierley Hill and Kidderminster

Birmingham City becomes the first English club to participate in a European competition when it entered the Inter-City Fairs Cup (now UEFA Cup) reaching the semi finals but losing to Barcelona

1956  Portsmouth v Newcastle becomes the first league game to be played under floodlights

Real Madrid wins the first European Cup; there were no British teams in the 16 teams participating in the competition after Chelsea were instructed to decline the invitation to compete

ITV’s first televised game is a Cup-tie between Bedford Town and Arsenal

1957  Juventus buy John Charles from Leeds for a record ?67,000

Manchester United is the first British team to enter the European Cup competition

Chelsea become the first team to be transported to a league match by aeroplane when they travelled up to meet Newcastle

Jimmy Hill is elected as Chairman of the Professional Footballers’ Association

1958  Sixth World Cup held in Sweden; the competition won by Brazil after England lost to the USSR in the play-offs between the group stage runners-up. This tournament became the first World Cup to be televised

Everton introduce under-soil heating to protect pitch from frost, the first club to do so

Manchester United lose 8 of their players as the team’s plane crashes at Munich Airport on the return flight from a European Cup match against Red Star Belgrade

1959  Billy Wright, the England captain wins his 100th international cap and retires on 105

The Third Division North and South divide is scrapped in favour of one, national Third Division