- Dec 7, 2019
In the general election, held this day in 1987, Diane Abbott, Paul Boatang and Bernie Grant become Britain's first elected Black MPs.
So no proof then ?It'd be a good idea for a film, until they drown that is.
OK you don't know then. Please delete these Leo including the unfounded drowned claim. Escape is correct.Freezing cold water, very fast currents, home made dinghy.
Scientists have shown that the currents could have washed them ashore if the hypothermia didn't get to them first. But had they safely landed ashore would 3 career criminals been able to see out the rest of their lives without comitting further misdemeanours and getting a tug from law enforcement?
I went to Saarbrucken in 1989 too( see my report on 19th May in front of a sparse crowd of 3,100)sure they played Eintracht Frankfurt in the play off in front of 35,000 so 20,000 wouldn’t have been a sellout would it?Saturday June 11th 1977
Scottish Miners v English Miners, 7-0
At Holyrood Park (Edinburgh)
Thought this one was worth a mention due to the unusual venue in the Queen’s back garden. The annual Scottish Miners Gala was held in Edinburgh every June. In Scotland it’s a “gah-la”, not a “gay-la” as in Northern England. Around 15,000 miners and their families descended on the city for a day of funfair, sports, dancing competitions, colliery bands, political speeches and a football match.
It may have been billed as Scotland v England Miners but in reality it was a Scotland Junior Select against a Northern League Select. All the top Junior clubs had players in the team – Newtongrange, Cumnock, Glenrothes etc – at a time when mining was still a key industry across the Central Belt.
Holyrood Park is the massive open space at the heart of Edinburgh with the impressive Arthur’s Seat in the middle of it. It belongs to the Queen as it goes with Holyrood Palace, her official residence in Scotland. As an aside, how many official residences does one woman need? It is open to the public and sometimes used for big events. There is a flat area of ground immediately behind the royal residence and a football pitch was marked out there for the occasion and roped off.
The match was somewhat one-sided. Possibly the English visitors had been enjoying the beer tent or maybe they were just overwhelmed by the commitment of the Scots, eager to repeat the dose that the full international team had handed out at Wembley a week earlier.
There was a 36-page programme for the whole Miners Gala event and the inside back page had the line-ups and match details for the football.
Sunday June 11th 1989
1FC Saarbrucken v Fortuna Koln, 4-2, H.T. 2-1, Att 20,000
At Ludwigspark, Saarbrucken
A couple of nights ago I was watching the German Cup Semi Final on BT Sport, Saarbrucken versus Leverkusen. I had the sound turned down so that I didn’t have to listen to the drivelling inanity of the ill-informed commentators. Initially I thought I recognised the Ludwigspark as the venue but I quickly realised something wasn’t quite right. A quick google told me that the game was being played at the ground of Rochling Volkingen, where Saarbricken have been all season due to a reconstruction of their own ground.
It got me thinking about my own visit to the Saarland to see the locals play Fortuna Koln in 1989. It was a huge match, the penultimate game of the season. The promotion race was really tight - the top two went up automatically with 3rd place going into a play off against the third-bottom Bundesliga side.
1. Fortuna Dusseldorf 36-45 +25
2. FC Homburg 36-45 +20
3. Fortuna Koln 36-43 +24
4. 1FC Saarbrucken 36-42 +4
5. Blau Weiss 90 36-41 +10
6. Aachen 36-41 +8
7. Wattenscheid 09 36-40 +12
I had arranged a ticket in advance which was just as well – the game was a 20,000 sell out. The Ludwigspark was fairly typical of German stadia in those days – a running track in a large oval bowl with a grandstand on one side. Bog standard for its day but vaguely quaint where they survive nowadays! It reminded me of Duisburg or Karlsruhe. I recall having a gander at the other ground in Saarbrucken, the Kieselhulm, once used by Saar 05 Saarbrucken.
1. FC Saarbrücken
Wahlen - Geyer - Gothe - Jelev - Nushöhr - Schlegel - Steiner - Hach - Knoll - Szesni - Yeboah
Agaciak - Außem - Hupe - Niggemann - Ritter - Engels - Gede - Lopes - Pförtner - Seufert – Woodcock
Two names stand out in those teams – Yeboah and Woodcock. Neither got on the scoresheet that day despite their being six goals. Woodcock was actually subbed at half time.
I was on the Kurve towards the west end of the ground. What a game and what an atmosphere! Saarbrucken took the lead in 26 minutes, but Koln got a quick equaliser. Saarbrucken went back in front before half time. A double by Hach in the second half had Saarbrucken 4-1 up before a goal by Hupe with ten minutes left gave Koln renewed hope. The home side held on to go above Fortuna. They stayed there on the final day but couldn’t catch Dusseldorf or Homburg. Saarbrucken lost the promotion play off to Eintracht Frankfurt.
No idea if there was a programme or not. I expect there would be but I never saw one.
Back to 2020 and I believe that Saarbrucken have a real problem following their promotion to the Third Division. Their own ground still hasn’t completed it’s rebuild, delayed by the lockdown. Rochling Volkingen doesn’t meet Bundesliga 3 standards, so they need to find another groundshare. Apparently the DFB don’t allow two teams in the same division to groundshare. That rules out Kaiserslautern. Trier have told them to bog off. None of the grounds in the Saarland itself meet the criteria. It now looks like Saarbrucken are heading for a ground-share at FSV Frankfurt for next season.
Holyrood Palace - the football was played on the pock-marked area at the top of the photo:
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I went to Saarbrucken in 1989 too( see my report on 19th May in front of a sparse crowd of 3,100)sure they played Eintracht Frankfurt in the play off in front of 35,000 so 20,000 wouldn’t have been a sellout would it?
No one want to mention football then? I'll be back later
Until 11 June 1988, my country list was three, England, Scotland and Wales.
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