What were the salaries of the first professional footballers

The income of high-class footballers nowadays amounts to tens of millions of dollars. During his career, the "star" of football can provide a comfortable existence not only for himself, but also for his descendants. But it was not always so. Below are a few stories of the "fabulous" income of professionals who took to football fields at the turn of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Perhaps no one can name the first football player to receive money for his game. Moreover, at that time this was not encouraged, because for money it was easy to lure a player from one club to another. However, already in the 70s of the XIX century professionals existed, and in order to “cover their tracks”, the owners of the clubs registered them for some kind of work, where the player never appeared. And how much did they get paid? In England, a legend is spread among fans: at the end of the 19th century, Billy Mosfort played for the Hallam club. During the match with the Sheffield Wednesday team, one of the fans shouted from the stands: "Billy, if you come over to us, you will get 10 pounds and free drinks for a whole week." Mosfort left the field, and a few minutes later returned to the game in an opponent's shirt.

In 1879, a scandal erupted around the Darwen club player Frega Suter. Suspicion was raised by the fact that after joining the team, Suter abandoned his job as a bricklayer. This means that he earned no less income for the game! In 1884, the management of the Preston North End club was accused of paying their players money to play. The team was expelled from the FA. True, this aroused the outrage of the fans; the following year, the Football Association officially allowed to pay money to the players. Before that, the rule was: if a player received an amount for the game that exceeds his expenses for participation in the match, the offender will be disqualified. The first officially registered professional club was Blackburn Rovers.

In the season 1885/1886. he paid out a whopping £ 615 to his players. James Forest and Joseph Lofthouse received the most - £ 1 a week. In 1889, Preston's Nick Ross became the highest paid player in England, earning £ 10 a month. Many poor clubs were outraged and demanding to curtail the exorbitant appetite of football stars. The revolution in professional football was made by Sheffield United goalkeeper William Fulk. In the middle In the nineties of the XIX century, he demanded that the owners of the club pay for the time when the championship breaks. The management made concessions, however, during the rest the salary was significantly lower.

At the beginning of the last century, the football players of the London Arsenal felt themselves to be real "oligarchs". The best of them received 7 pounds a week, and with bonuses it went up to 10. By the way, in Russia for a long time the players could not boast of high earnings. The Moscow Football League, formed in 1910, required that the prizes awarded to tournament winners were not valuable. Most often, football players received bronze tokens, which were engraved with the date and indication of the tournament. FacebookTwitterMy worldVkontakteOdnoklassnikiGoogle +