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1871 in association football

List of years in association football

The following are events in 1871 which are relevant to the development of association football. Included are events in closely related codes, such as the Sheffield Rules.


Clubs founded



  • 11 July – Alex Leake (d. 1938), England international half-back in five matches (1904–1905).
  • 27 July – Alexander King (d. 1957), Scotland international in six matches (1896–1899).
  • 12 September – John Campbell (d. 1947), Scotland international forward in twelve matches (1893–1903), scoring four goals; won a total of six league titles in twelve seasons from 1892–93 to 1903–04, playing for Celtic, Aston Villa and Third Lanark.
  • 23 December – Jimmy Crabtree (d. 1908), England international defender in fourteen matches (1894–1902); won three league titles with Aston Villa.


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