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1. ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY
23rd March 1888: The founding of the Football League
A director of Aston Villa, William McGregor, was the first to set out to bring some order to a chaotic world where clubs arranged their own fixtures, along with various cup competitions. On 2 March 1888, he wrote to the committee of his own club, Aston Villa, as well as to those of Blackburn Rovers, Bolton Wanderers, Preston North End, Stoke and West Bromwich Albion; suggesting the creation of a league competition that would provide a number of guaranteed fixtures for its member clubs each season. His idea may have been based upon a description of a proposal for an early American college football league, publicised in the English media in 1887 which stated: "measures would be taken to form a new football league ... [consisting of] a schedule containing two championship games between every two colleges composing the league".
The first meeting was held at Anderton's Hotel in London on 23 March 1888 on the eve of the FA Cup Final. The Football League was formally created and named in Manchester at a further meeting on 17 April at the Royal Hotel. The name "Association Football Union" was proposed by McGregor but this was felt too close to "Rugby Football Union". Instead, "The Football League" was proposed by Major William Sudell, representing Preston, and quickly agreed upon. Although the Royal Hotel is long gone, the site is marked with a commemorative red plaque on The Royal Buildings in Market Street. The first season of the Football League began a few months later on 8 September with 12 member clubs from the Midlands and North of England: Accrington, Aston Villa, Blackburn Rovers, Bolton Wanderers, Burnley, Derby County, Everton, Notts County, Preston North End, Stoke (renamed Stoke City in 1926), West Bromwich Albion and Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Each club played the other twice, once at home and once away, and two points were awarded for a win and one for a draw. This points system was not agreed upon until after the season had started; the alternative proposal was one point for a win only. Preston won the first league title without losing a game, and completed the first league–cup double by also taking the FA Cup.
In 1890 Stoke were not re-elected to the league, and were replaced for the 1890–91 season by Sunderland, who won it in their second, third and fifth year. Stoke were (re-)elected for the 1891–92 season, along with Darwen, to take the league to 14 clubs.
Preston North End, Aston Villa and Sunderland dominated the early years of the game; in the first fourteen seasons the only other clubs to win (single) league titles were Everton, Sheffield United and Liverpool.
2. TODAY IN MY LIFE
Twitter Followers = 2,097 (down 1)
Never-followed unfollowers eliminated = 1
Followed unfollowers eliminated = 1
New Followers followed back = 0
Spammers not followed back = 1
3. TODAY'S SELF-OBSERVATION
In a compromise negotiated via Missus, I've backed off from insisting that Missus turns off her phone, on the understanding that ex-Daughter does not contact her during our quality times, except in emergency. I'm not overly convinced ex-Daughter will keep her end of the agreement, but I'm willing to be reasonable, a quality ex-Daughter has shown no indication of, which is of course why the measure was taken in the first place. We will see - one transgression, and the deal's off!
Now that I fully understand the nature of existence, and that "me" is really just an avatar of the universe, this avatar is busily going about scattering the seeds of knowledge, so that some will find receptive soil in which truth and knowledge can be propagated further. In this way the universe can continue to grow more self-aware on its journey to fully understanding itself.
There is also a secondary objective - to make the unawakened more aware. They may not become superconscious before death but they can at least acquire some learning to pass on.
I'm not convinced the universe will ultimately become a super-organism, because it is 50% negative energy. It will however understand itself before death, and may be able to pass that up to the Multiverse, which Theoretical Physics dictates must exist.
So what is the ultimate level of existence? I've absolutely no idea! From this point in spacetime, it's impossible to see. I accept this, and will settle for this avatar's chosen purpose - to spread the memes of Truth while there is still time.
4. TODAY'S QUESTION FOR YOU
Do you fully understand what you are?
5. TODAY'S WEATHER IN BRADFORD
1016 millibars and falling slightly
6. TODAY'S ONELINER
Based on the state of my hair first thing, I'd say there's a 100% chance my hair has more fun than I do when I sleep. :D
7. NOW THAT'S FUNNY!
John Cleese on the Late Late Show
Gay people tend to be left-handed much more often than heterosexuals.
9. ZEN WISDOM
It is not how you compare to others that is important, but rather how you compare to who you were yesterday. If you’ve advanced even one step, then you’ve achieved something great.