Soccer Stories: Anecdotes, Oddities, Lore, and Amazing Feats

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12

ONLY IN SOCCER

That’s great. Tell him he’s Pelé and
get him back on.

JOHN LAMBIE, coach of Partick Thistle,
during a 1993 scottish match after being informed
that striker Colin McGlashan had suffered a
concussion and didn’t know who he was

I don’t believe in God. In spain, all twenty-
two players cross themselves. If it works, the
game is always going to be a tie.
Dutch legend and former fc Barcelona star
JOHAN CRUYFF

The game’s colorful, humorous, unusual side.


A Rather Pedestrian Match

The slowest matches on earth were played in England in the 1930s when teams representing the Crewe and Derby railway veterans associations strolled their way to glory in an annual series of games in which running was strictly prohibited.

The players, however, had an excuse: every one of them was at least sixty-five years old.

In the sixth annual match, played in May 1937 at Derby County’s Baseball Ground, a crowd of fifteen hundred turned out to see a scintillating contest that ended in a 0–0 draw. According to one account: “Crewe started well on top and looked set for a walkaway victory. By comparison, Derby looked pedestrian, which, of course, they were. But once Derby discovered their wing men, the pattern of play changed. Their left-wing pair of Collier and Briddon walked rings around the Crewe right flank, while Radford, only 67, put in some good walks and centres on the Derby right. Radford had the best chance of the

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Introduction vii
  • 1 - Everyone, Everywhere 1
  • 2 - History 13
  • 3 - Worldcup 51
  • 4 - Misbehavior 89
  • 5 - Soccer, War, and Peace 135
  • 6 - America 169
  • 7 - Referees 223
  • 8 - Coaches 247
  • 9 - Superlatives 259
  • 10 - Snafus 279
  • 11 - Tragedies 313
  • 12 - Only in Soccer 337
  • Bibliographic Essay 387
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