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1870 in association football

List of years in association football

The following are events in 1870 which are relevant to the development of association football. Included are events in closely related codes, such as the Sheffield Rules.


Clubs founded




  • 25 January – Fred Spiksley (d. 1948), England international forward in seven matches, scoring seven goals (1893–1898).
  • 2 March – Jimmy Millar (d. 1907), Scotland international forward in three matches. scoring two goals; won a total of six domestic league titles playing for Rangers and Sunderland.
  • 13 April – Jock Drummond (d. 1935), Scotland international defender in 14 matches (1892–1903) and captain in four; won five Scottish Cups and four league titles with Rangers.
  • 22 April – Jack Robinson (d. 1931), England international goalkeeper in eleven matches (1897–1901).
  • 9 September – Tom Waddell (d. unknown), Scotland international in six matches (1891–1895).
  • 12 September – Alf Milward (d. 1941), England international forward in four matches, scoring three goals (1891–1897).
  • 16 October – Sandy McMahon (d. 1916), Scotland international forward in six matches, scoring four goals (1892–1902); won four league titles with Celtic from 1893 to 1898.
  • unknown date – James Gillespie (d. unknown), Scotland international forward in one match (1898), scoring a hat-trick; won the English league title with Sunderland in 1893 and 1895.


  1. ^ a b Despite being recognised as internationals at the time, these two matches are not now recognised as full internationals by FIFA because the majority of the Scotland team were London-based players of Scottish ancestry.


  1. ^ Williams, Mike & Tony (2012). Non-League Club Directory 2013. Harrow on the Hill: Tony Williams Publications Ltd. p. 666. ISBN 978-1-86-983377-0.
  2. ^ "Top 20 Oldest Football Clubs in the World". The Sportster. 12 December 2015. Retrieved 20 March 2020.