The 1933 book ‘The Mighty Kick: Romance, History and Humor of Football’already pointed out that Wanderers “They were the first Englishmen to play in most major European cities, although their exceptional task was to visit small towns, where their name was barely known.” A milestone coming from the country where football was invented. They were so superior to most of their rivals that, in their beginnings, they established the norm of stopping if they scored nine goals; in case someone marked the tenth, he paid “drinks and evening entertainment.” And yet, they lost against him Spanish. And for a 5-0 that this Thursday would be worth the parakeets to work the miracle of accessing the round of 16 of the Europa League. A hopeful precedent of not being because those Wanderers were not of Wolverhamptonbut of Middlesex, just 200 kilometers away. Disciple of ‘Staples’, as Gibert was famous, Ricardo Zamora It was precisely one of the highlights in that double confrontation between the parrots and the Wanderers that was lived on May 23 and 24, 1925 in Sarrià. Espanyol was coming from a horrific year at the game level, but in the first of the commitments he was already imposed by a lonely 1-0, who scored three minutes from the end Martí Ventolrà, in one of his initial appearances with the parakeet club, and taking advantage of a goalkeeper’s rejection Roberts. At five in the afternoon of the next day, and with popular prices of one and two pesetas, exactly the same alignments met again. But this time the Espanyol had taken the registration to the Wanderers, until turning the equality of the first day into an absolute overflow. And in a blunt 5-0 that opened Ventolrà again, to the center of Crescent Olariaga, who gained weight with a hat-trick (one of them, on penalty) José Luis Zabala and that culminated Theodore Mauri, in a collective play with Pere Colls and the aforementioned Olariaga. A 5-0 from another era against a wandering team, the other Wanderers. Proof of this is what happened on April 17, 1914. 11 years before measuring with Espanyol, the Wanderers visited the Barcelona, in a series of four friendlies in 14 days. In the third of them, the whole team was short of troops because three of their players, who were students, did not receive permission from their teachers. So the Barça with three Espanyol players: Santiago Massana, Emili Sampere Y Pere Gibert. The latter was tried to sign after the game, but he replied like this: “No. in Espanyol I started and in Espanyol I will finish”. Founded in 1905 in a town that was located northwest of London and that decades later it was already absorbed by the big city, it was an exhibition team, of an ‘amateur’ character in a time, not in vain, where professionalism was not abundant but the trade, experience and sport simply for love .
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