When did The FA allow Sunday matches ?

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Does anyone know when The FA first allowed Sunday matches to be played by professional (and amateur) clubs ?

And why the change ?

(So I don't mean Sunday clubs in Sunday football !)
 

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1974 January when there was the 3 day week?.
 

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And in the same month most FA Cup 3rd replays were played on a midweek afternoon. I went to the Doncaster Rovers v Liverpool on a Tuesday afternoon, when I should have been elsewhere :)
 

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First professional match played on a Sunday was the Southern League match between Wisbech Town and Dunstable Town in March 1967.
 

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Hold on,that's put the cat amongst the pigeons !

So this is wrong then:
Yes.

15-00, March 19, 1967.

Original date was Jan 18 but problems occured.

There was an improved gate of 1,379.

Admission was by buying a 3 bob programme which was normally sixpence.
 

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1974 January when there was the 3 day week?.
Yes I can remember going to Charlton (and possibly Southend) in 1973/74 on a Sunday and I think you joined a "Valley Social Club" from memory to get round the Sunday trading laws. I wonder if that season, with the 3 day week, saw the first Football League matches being played on Sundays but Wisbech was the first "professional" (i.e. non-FL) match?
 

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Any particular reason you know of ?

Fixture congestion ?
Reading the story about it on the net, it was purely to improve gates / make money.
Can't put link on at mo, on mobile. It's very easy to find online, sure someone will post.
 

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Bradford City v. Alvechurch (3rd round 1973-74) is claimed as the first FA Cup tie to be played on a Sunday.
 

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My first Sunday was at Bolton on Jan 6 against Stoke. 39,138.

Then
Jan 20 at Tranmere.
27 at Stoke.
Feb 3 at FC Twente..
10 at Chester.
17 at Crewe.
24 at Excelsior.
March 3 at Crewe.
10 at Crewe.
24 at Utrecht
31 at Cercle Brugge
.
April 7 at FCBrugge.
21 at Bangor City.
28 at Telstar.

Just for Cleeve.


Wow I'm bored. Soon be over :unsure:
 
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Dingo

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Reading the story about it on the net, it was purely to improve gates / make money.
Can't put link on at mo, on mobile. It's very easy to find online, sure someone will post.

Here it is:


What a different world it was then.
All very interesting,thanks.
 

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Bradford City v. Alvechurch (3rd round 1973-74) is claimed as the first FA Cup tie to be played on a Sunday.
Bolton played Stoke on the same day (presumably amongst others)
 

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My first Sunday was at Bolton on Jan 6 against Stoke. 39,138.

Then
Jan 20 at Tranmere.
27 at Stoke.
Feb 3 at FC Twente..
10 at Chester.
17 at Crewe.
24 at Excelsior.
March 3 at Crewe.
10 at Crewe.
24 at Utrecht
31 at Cercle Brugge.
April 7 at FCBrugge.
21 at Bangor City.
28 at Telstar.

Wow I'm bored. Soon be over :unsure:
Weren't the Dutch and Belgian teams already playing on Sundays?
 

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Weren't the Dutch and Belgian teams already playing on Sundays?
Yes, amongst other days ?
Reason for not watching English ? Would you like me to delete and add a note (or not) that games were also on other Sundays in England ? Your call.
 

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Yes, amongst other days ?
Reason for not watching English ? Would you like me to delete and add a note (or not) that games were also on other Sundays in England ? Your call.
Sorry, I thought the thread was just to do Sunday matches in the UK. I assumed you had already attended many overseas game on Sundays previous to 1974.
 

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Like most threads they go off in tangents which I find interesting , perhaps we need to add that questions only need answering and no meanderings to happen.

Struck through for you.

Could be worse, I could direct you to my Twitter , Facebook , Blog accounts with every post.
 
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Yes I can remember going to Charlton (and possibly Southend) in 1973/74 on a Sunday and I think you joined a "Valley Social Club" from memory to get round the Sunday trading laws. I wonder if that season, with the 3 day week, saw the first Football League matches being played on Sundays but Wisbech was the first "professional" (i.e. non-FL) match?
I had to buy a programme for a Sunday game to gain admission at that time. Rugby League and Cricket regularly played on a Sunday, before during and after the 3 day week, but I don't know how they got around the Sunday trading laws.
 

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