On This Day in Football: Football League sees new goals record, Riots in Egypt



On this day in 1936, the Football League saw a new goals record as a total of 209 goals were scored on a single day of league football.

Some of the highest scoring games out of the 44 matches played included a 12-0 hammering of York City by Chester City and a thrilling 6-5 win by Chesterfield away at Crewe Alexandria. Coventry, Walsall, Watford, West Bromwich Albion and West Ham United all scored six goals in their fixtures while a total of six clubs scored five a piece.

The highest margins of victory in the First Division included West Brom’s 6-1 win over Liverpool and Brentford’s 5-0 drubbing of Wolverhampton Wanderers.

While it rained goals up and down the country, Aldershot and Bristol City met in what was a relatively dull affair as their Division Three South fixture ended in a modest 0-0.

Deadly riots in Egypt

On this day in 2012, 74 people died and over 500 were injured in riots following an Egyptian Premier League match between Al-Masry and Al-Ahly.

Played at Al-Masry’s Port Said Stadium, the match was delayed by 30 minutes as the home side fans invaded the pitch prior to kick-off. Al-Masry won 3-1 and the supporters stormed the pitch after each goal. Following the completion of the match, thousands of Al-Masry supporters attacked the travelling Al-Ahly fans and players with knives, fireworks and rocks.

The players were rushed to the dressing room but a large majority of the fans could not escape the chaos as some of the gates were still closed. A total of 74 people died on the night from stab wounds and stampede related injuries. And more than a 500 were injured.

The trials resulted in at least ten people receiving death sentences while many others received prison sentences varying in length.

Fulham fans react to Ryan Sessegnon's hattrick against Sheffield United
Everton fans react to their 5-1 defeat in the Europa League