Goal-Post

noodleNOTHING LIKE LEATHER
Professor Noodle, who has joined the Clapham Lunatics FC, has the above dream the night following his first match.

This quirky cartoon, featuring a goalkeeper facing a barrage of leather footballs, was first published in Judy magazine, then reprinted in The Strand in February 1903 alongside Arthur Thomas's comic essay "Some Seasonable Sports".

Comparing rugby and association football, Thomas wrote, "Association is much less dangerous to play, but to one about to join a new club it has, however, its disadvantages, as Professor Noodle might testify." No further context was given regarding Professor Noodle or Clapham Lunatics FC.

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