Today, November 2 (that is the Day of the Dead) in my church (Sant'Ambrogio, that is the patron saint of the city) and at the main graveyard, the mayor of Milan, the redhead Mrs Letizia Moratti, paid homage, among others, to the founder of AC Milan, and now he's in the Famedio among the most important people of the city. Kilpin was from Nottingham, the city of Robin Hood (today we have Robinho playing, nicknamed Robinhood :). In Nottingham they have similar trams to our modern ones.
A few months ago there was a football museum in Milan main square, and also a competition to win some little prizes. The people were in a queue (Oasis beautiful song "Part of the queue" :), great to play by guitar, also in the film North Country with Charlize Theron). We were there to phototograph the Champions League trophy and answer to a question: a man was saying the years, and the people had to answer which European team won the trophy. I knew all of them and even told the answers to the people, but when it was my turn, I was excited on the stage, it's ironic and of course I answered a wrong one ahahaha I had to say Nottingham Forest, now a not so big team but in the past they won it 2 times, in 1979 and 1980.
Brief biography, this is very interesting:
Kilpin was born in Nottingham in 1870. He grew up with nine older brothers and sisters at 129 Mansfield Road. After leaving school he worked as a lace warehouse assistant in the city. He was a keen footballer and, aged only 13, he had taken part at the foundation of a small amateur club named after Italian national hero Giuseppe Garibaldi, whose players wore the typical red shirts.
But he didn't play for Nottingham Forest and the other team from there, Notts County (the oldest professional football club in the world, 1862). Kilpin's footballing career went on with the now defunct Notts Olympic and then for St. Andrews, a church team based near the Forest Recreation Ground on Gregory Boulevard.
|the Hotel du Nord et des Anglais |
(Hotel of North and of the English)
in Milan, where AC Milan was founded, near AC Milan
headquarters today, now called Principe di Savoia Hotel
where also Oasis stayed
He became the first-ever Englishman to play football abroad. By 1898, Kilpin had already left Turin and settled in Milan with fellow Englishman Samuel Richard Davies, where he met some English people in a bar (our Football English Pub ahahaha) living here (as today still 7,000 English live in Milan), as Edwards. And the following year, the duo, with some Italians, was among the charter members of A.C. Milan, which was originally named Milan Foot-Ball and Cricket Club. In honor of its origins, the club has retained the English spelling of its city's name, instead of changing it to the Italian Milano.
The newly founded club proved immediately successful, as they won the national title in 1901, only the second season of their history. Kilpin spent nine seasons at club, and led the Rossoneri (redblack) to two more titles in 1906 and 1907.
...quella che collassa al minuto 13:15 mi ricorda la legge inglese che impone alle donne ubriache riverse sulla strada di "indossare mutande carine" muhauhauhauha (giustamente i mutandoni della nonna stile Bridget Jones non sarebbero un bel vedere)