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Independence days, part II

August 24, 2011

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Going into the 1965 South-East Asian Peninsular (SEAP) Games, the mood in the Singapore camp was clearly one of confidence. “Beautiful soccer” was the verdict of acting Singapore Amateur Football Association (SAFA) president Kee Yew Leng after a 1-0 friendly win over Johor in November. Musing over the depth of the squad, Kee was of […]

Independence days, part I

August 19, 2011

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In August 1965, the air around Jalan Besar Stadium was thick with the scent of uprising. The month had already brought momentous events – a Malaya Cup triumph and national independence within the fortnight. In the days following independence however, Singapore football seemed determined to prove the truth of the maxim ‘divided we fall’. At […]

When Skinner stood up for Singapore

August 10, 2011

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As he chased India’s Arun Ghosh around the Jalan Besar field one August evening in 1965, it’s likely that all Wilfred Skinner had on his mind was a little payback. A little lesson to teach, that you do not slyly kick Singapore’s number one when he is on the ground, having just pulled off another […]

Lions in the Tigers’ den

July 15, 2011

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Singapore and Malaysia renew rivalries in a two-legged World Cup qualifier on July 23 and 28. Over the coming weeks style mesti ada looks forward to the Causeway Clasico by looking backwards at some of the history behind this derby. We start with a look at how two Singapore legends shaped the fortunes of the […]

‘You’re in then you’re out’ – Singapore & the Malaysia Cup

July 13, 2011

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“Cause you’re hot then you’re cold/You’re yes then you’re no/You’re in then you’re out…We fight, we break up/We kiss, we make up” It’s doubtful that Katy Perry was talking about Singapore and the Malaysia Cup in her 2008 single Hot N Cold. But she might as well have been. style mesti ada takes a look […]