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Saved by a Football

The shipwreck survivors who were saved by a soccer ball — and by Watford FC.

The Wreck of the Stella
The Wreck of the Stella, The Graphic, April 8 1899, adapted

The footballers from Watford FC were crossing the English Channel when their ship’s lookout spotted two lifeboats. It was 7 am on March 31, 1899, and the team’s players were aboard the SS Vera on their way to Jersey and Guernsey for a series of friendly matches. Huddled in the lifeboats were survivors…

Tales from football history

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Paul Brown

Paul Brown

Writes about history, sport, true adventure. The Guardian, FourFourTwo, Longreads, etc.

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