Inspired by FIFA World Cup Brazil, 2014.
I would like to thank Allan Thompson (UK) and Happy Tay (Canada) for this week's posting.
1. A note from Allan about football fakes:
2. Happy Tay rebuts:
They never curse, rant, scream at the referees, or act like overpaid stars and fake injury, by rolling and grimacing as though one of their limbs had been torn apart, but are immediately able to run after the ball, as soon as their "victim" (opponent) had been penalized by the Referee. When I was refereeing as a Class 1 Referee, I would either ignore such acts or caution these "actors" with a yellow card!
Anyway Andy, keep up the great work for bringing forward the "Beautiful Game" during this World Cup, fittingly held in Brazil, where soccer is like a religion to them.
3. Allan's reply and soccer trail:
I thoroughly agree with Guru's views and comments. Incidentally, I was quite a good 'playground footballer' when I was at primary school and I played, briefly, in a five-a-side competition. Sadly, my Dad thought that sport was a waste of time and that I should work hard at the academic subjects instead.
One of my best friends, Frank Coulston, became a semi-professional player and was in the Partick Thistle team which thrashed the mighty Celtic 4-1 in the Scottish League Cup Final in October 1971. Another friend, Ernest Yard, played for Reading and Crystal Palace.
4. Happy's Soccer Memory Trail:
Thanks Andy and also to Allan.
|Jalan Besar Stadium - 1960s|
Those days, Singapore had a very strong Joint Services Team with players from RAF Changi, Tengah and Seletar. Some of them played for the English or Scottish 1st and 2nd Division Clubs before being called for duty. Those were the good old days of legendary Sir Stanley Matthews, Tom Finney, Johnny Haines and others.
|Football at Jalan Besar Stadium|
One of these days these boots are gonna walk all over you... Anyone has something to say?
Images from: Singapore Heritage Board Archives and Google.