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  Michael Paul Doherty (mpdohe [at] aim.com) says ...

Subject: 1974 world cup

Age 15 1974, lived at Wildenrath.
world cup year (soccer) in west Germany.
I would be interested to know if any of my contemporaries at KENT went to any of the matches. A few were held in dusseldorf including some with the brilliant dutch team of CRUYFF & NEESKENS. DID anybody from Kent get to the momentous west Germany v east Germany match in hamburg! east won 1-0
goal scored by JURGEN SPARWASSER who later defected to the WEST.
I myself went to the BRAZIL 3 ZAIRE 0
which was held in GELSESKIRCHEN
all the best mike doherty

25-Apr-2013 15:59:51

Tony Feehan

anthony.feehan [at] supreme-group.net

Subject: RE: 1974 world cup

Hi Mike,

Pretty random subject but interesting all the same, I was living in Dusseldorf at the time, only 11 years old prior to moving to Antwerp and then going to Kent School, I remember that World Cup because I had plenty of German friends and we loved playing and watching football also that was probably one of the best tournaments staged with brilliant players on display, you can watch most of the games now on youtube

26-Apr-2013 12:31:33

Clive Beesley

beesleyclive [at] gmail.com

Subject: RE: 1974 world cup

Hi Mike,
Lived in Dusseldorf 71-75. Only got to one World Cup match at the Rheinstadion - Sweden v Yugoslavia, great atmosphere but boring match. We did used to go to Fortuna home matches occasionally but never paid. Went to the big swimming pool next door, top of the tribune then climb around the barbed wire into the stadium. Any one remember when the Fortuna chant was based on a Slade record "My Friend Stan is a Fortuna fan Oh yeah!"

29-Apr-2013 15:47:40

Clive Beesley

beesleyclive [at] gmail.com

Subject: RE: 1974 world cup

Hi Mike,
Lived in Dusseldorf 71-75. Only got to one World Cup match at the Rheinstadion - Sweden v Yugoslavia, great atmosphere but boring match. We did used to go to Fortuna home matches occasionally but never paid. Went to the big swimming pool next door, top of the tribune then climb around the barbed wire into the stadium. Any one remember when the Fortuna chant was based on a Slade record "My Friend Stan is a Fortuna fan Oh yeah!"

29-Apr-2013 15:47:40

MIKE DOHERTY

mpdohe [at] aim.com

Subject: 1974 world cup correction

nice to get a few comments back including one from old classmate clive.
i was mistaken about the dutch playing in D'dorf. 4 matches held there including one with west germans. must have been a memorable day for people who lived there.
some scots might read this!
I am sure they will remind us that Scotland made the finals and England didna qualify

30-Apr-2013 03:48:40

Tony Feehan

Subject: RE: 1974 world cup

Clive,
I used to watch Fortuna play as well and do exactely the same thing as you via the swimming pool, prior to getting there we used to jump on a tram and use any ticket we found and got it double stamped, we were possible reconised as British kids so they just let us away with it, scary all the same.

30-Apr-2013 14:52:45

Clive Beesley

beesleyclive [at] gmail.com

Subject: RE: 1974 world cup

Hi Tony, Mike
I can remember getting the No 10 or No 11 tram at the front of the SKC Cinema at the bottom of Erich Klausener Strasse as well. We did use to buy a "sammelkarte" at the kiosk which was good for four journeys but like you we used to stamp it to death! We also got off the tram one stop early and cut through the allotments where we introduced the Germans to the noble British pastime of scrumping. Was up in my parents attic the other month and found my Fortuna pennant, "Tip & Tap' 1974 World Cup mascots litre tankard and Yugoslavia flag and banner found discarded after the match. Cue violins and much reminiscing!

01-May-2013 16:10:51

mike again

mpdohe [at] aim.com

Subject: 1974 world cup second correction

5 games played in dusseldorf. two with west Germany. versus Sweden and yugoslavia

03-May-2013 01:11:37

mike doherty

mpdohe [at] aim. com

Subject: Re: 1974 world cup

An American Journalist from Brooklyn! has contacted me about The Brazil vs. Zaire match! His Parents are from Congo & He is doing research about this match for a Documentary. He spoke to me on the phone to ask for my memories from 43 years ago. He might use an interview with me as part of The Programme... He says..

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