Wednesday, 28 May 2014

The Days of '49

This evening I attended the Nigeria v Scotland match at Craven Cottage, a warm up game for the African side before they head off to the World Cup Finals in Brazil. Fittingly, I had a ticket for Row H Seat H.

The game took place amidst match fixing allegations that were being investigated by the National Crime Agency. One of Scotland's disallowed goals looked well dodgy despite a foul in the melee, the keeper seemingly throwing the ball into his own net.

The 2-2 result was pretty fair I thought, with Gordon Strachan's tartan army conceding an equaliser just before the end. They did have another goal disallowed earlier which would have put them 3-1 ahead but it was ruled out for offside. Humourously, the referee's assistant's decision was greeted with a chorus of, "The linesman's got a bet on. The linesman's got a bet on."

But it was the matchday programme that we were exceptionally pleased about. Our Hamlet Historian article about the Nigerian team's very first visit to these shores in 1949 was nicely reproduced over three pages.

The full article can be found here.

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