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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 […]