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Sunday, 23 May 2010

World Cup

"It’s the greatest thing in the world, natural enthusiasm. You are nothing without it."

(Pictured: The Ghana team celebrating third place).

A break in the revision for my penultimate exam on Tuesday sees most of our regular crew at the University to watch a 'mini' World Cup - day long celebration of amateur football between teams representative of the various communities in Hull. It's a first for Hull, and hopefully a regular event, organised by the charity I work for. But because it's an amateur community event does not mean its unprofessional. The referees are from the Football Association, the organisation is slick, and the competition is fierce. It's a bit of a cliche to say 'there were many winners' but it is also true. And its not an aside to add that the victors in the competition were the Kurdish national team. A few photos from the day are pictured below, with a link to the album at the bottom of the page:

MOst of the quotes on the page are of course, from the one and only Bill Shankly, except the last one, which is of course, Kenny Dalglish.

"The socialism I believe in is not really politics. It is a way of living. It is humanity. I believe the only way to live and to be truly successful is by collective effort, with everyone working for each other, everyone helping each other, and everyone having a share of the rewards at the end of the day."

(Pictured: Kurdish half time team talk in the Final, surrounded by their supporters)

Shanks had been doing a victory lap when Liverpool were celebrating the title win in 1973. A policeman was picking up a fan‘s scarf which had been dropped .
"I have been over to the Kop at Anfield and was on my way back when a policeman took hold of a red scarf as it was a ragamuffin's. I told him off. 'Don't you do that,' I said. 'That's precious.'"

[Shankly then tied the scarf around his own neck and told his friends later when relating this story: 'Fancy doing that? That scarf is somebody's life.']

(Pictured: Fans reacting on award of controversial penalty decision).

Comparing the Anfield pitch to other grounds - 'It's great grass at Anfield, professional grass!'
(Pictured: Irish team drills before match)

“I may have left but the city and club will always be part of me.” (Kenny Dalglish).
(Pictured: Iraqi fans)

Hull world cup


JoeyMac said...

what a cool idea. Someone should orgaize this in Toronto - though limiting each country to one team could create a lot of feuds...
Did you play on the Canadian team? how did we do? ;)

MJN said...

No Canadian team but:
Congo DR

I cheered for Ireland and England and offered advice like "No!!!!" and "Oh!S***" as both got hammered.

No feuding though most of these guts already play for non-national local teams, so many knew eachother.

JoeyMac said...

I see the Irish managed to get the French excluded in Hull in response to that other world cup incident. ;)