Football it's a funny old game........
We all love urban myths especially the ones that are passed down through generation & generation. Today we have a look back @ a few of the best urban myths & classic funny moments from our footballing heritage. *along with a few special quotes from the games greats.
"Rome wasn't built in a day. But I wasn't on that particular job." Brian Clough
"There's a dog on the pitch" Chile 1962. During England's World Cup game v Brazil a dog decides he hasn't got a good view from the stands! Fed up of not being able to see the match the dog has a little run about on the pitch, running passed players, stewards and a Charlton before coming face to face with Jimmy Greaves. Greaves picks the dog up and hands it over to the stewards...... only to find, that the little terror has p****d all down his shirt. Now modern day players wouldn't have to worry about this, they would simply be given a new shirt in a matter of seconds by the kit man..... Unfortunately for Greaves this was 1962 and you only had one shirt to last you the match. So for the remainder of the match Greaves was forced to wear the p****d stained shirt. Surprisingly @ the end of the game not one of the Brazilians wanted to swap shirts with the England striker!
"When Gazza was dribbling, he used to go through a minefield with his arm, a bit like you go through a supermarket." Sir Bobby Robson
A personal favorite of mine is the story of the late Bobby Moore. Sombrero anyone? After trouble @ a jewellery shop which Moore was visiting with the misses, police decided to place the England captain under house arrest. This was of course during the 1970 world cup in Mexico. It turned out the Mexican police just wanted an autograph!
"If you never concede a goal, you're going to win more games than you lose" Bobby Moore
During the filming of the cult classic football film Escape to Victory. Sylvester Stallone was offered the chance to put on the gloves for real and play a game for The Toffees! I bet Neville Southall thought his days @ Everton were numbered! Picture this... the two of them fighting it out in the ring for the number one spot @ Goodison Park?
This classic video shows George Best in the twilight of his career.
Whilst playing for Fulham during a game against Hereford United (in which Fulham won with ease) Best & team mate Rodney Marsh thought they would have a bit of a laugh. With the ball @ Marsh's feet Best decides to take the ball off of his team mate. A cheeky grin appears on Marsh's face as he chases after Best. As Marsh goes to regain possession Best simply takes the ball around him like he wasn't there!
Sir Alf Ramsey what a legend! Not many people know this but when Sir Alf was appointed England manager on the 25th October 1962. (taking over the hot seat on the 1st May 1963) Instead of playing down the chances of England becoming world champions, Sir Alf decided he would predict the future! Predicting that in 1966 England would win the world cup...... The press association & pundits alike decided to rip chunks out of Sir Alf! We all know how the story ended....... ENGLAND WORLD CUP WINNERS 1966
"Our best football will come against the right type of opposition - a team who come to play football, and not act as animals." Sir Alf Ramsey