Ensoccerlopedia: Smog

1953, and with London in the grip of the Great Smog, matches in the capital were played as normal but decided by a unique method.

Unable to see more than a few feet in front of them, each team had to declare how many goals they believed they’d scored and conceded at the end of ninety minutes.

Then, after calculating the result by using a special equation supplied by the Department of Mathematics, the referee announced the score to the crowd by blowing the number of goals on two differently-pitched bugles.