Around the soccer grounds – Bell Post Hill, Victoria; Gottlieb Daimler Stadion, Stuttgart

Bell Post Hill, Victoria

Photo and text by Roy Hay

Suburban and country grounds have their own quirky and distinctive scoreboards. Nick Bosevski (2) of Geelong is about to clear the ball in a match against host club Geelong Rangers at W.H Myers Reserve in the pre-season cup competition on 1 March 2009. Rangers went on to win the cup (previously known as the Geelong Advertiser Cup) that year, for the first time since 1987.

Gottlieb Daimler Stadion, Stuttgart

Photo and text by Roy Hay

This photo was taken  in 2006  just before kick-off in the World Cup group match between Australia and Croatia. Both teams had a chance of qualifying for the knock-out stages and the fans on both sides were very toey before the game, as this picture shows. Australia twice went behind but Harry Kewell scored in the second half to equalise at two-all and send the Socceroos to their quarter-final with Italy.

These photos and anecdotes are the second in our series of football (soccer) scoreboards, courtesy of football historian Roy Hay and Goal Weekly. Roy is a member of the Australian Society of Sports History, and director of  Sports and Editorial Services Australia. He writes a weekly column called Blast from the Past for Goal Weekly, where these, and other, scoreboard yarns were first published, in November 2011.

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