I was pretty gutted last week, when I missed the BBC4 documentary, A Game of Two Eras, which had promised to use the latest in computer technology to compare the 1957 FA Cup Final (Aston Villa and Manchester United) to that of 2007 (Chelsea and Manchester United).
It sounded as though the Beeb were going to be using all kinds of computer trickery to superimpose the black and white figures in baggy shorts onto the modern day footage to show how players of yesteryear would compare against their modern counterparts. Afterall, they’ve done it for TV adverts – featuring a team which showed great names from down the years apparently playing together.
However, the Big Galoot cheered me up by telling me that the documentary was rubbish – with none of the technical trickery or deft digital touches viewers might have expected. It’s fair to say he doesn’t seem to have been the only one disappointed.
However, Galootski (who knows his football, hence why he’s leaving us at the end of this week to become a freelance sports writer) was left pretty stunned by at least one part of the vintage footage – when one of the goalies was knocked out cold. I’ll let Big Galoot take up the story in his own words:
At one point in the 1957 cup final the forward headers the ball towards goal, the keeper catches it, a full 3 or 4 seconds go by and then the forward runs into the keeper and malkies him on the temple.
Keeper is knocked out for about 5 mins (during which time they drag his goalie top off his lifeless body so the centre half can go in goals), fractures his cheekbone and later comes on to play on the right wing instead (where he nutmegged the fullback!).
The commentators’ reaction? Classic! “It looks as though the goalkeeper is hurt but he can’t have any complaints as that was a perfectly fair shoulder barge. He might even have to leave the field. These things happen in football.”Ah, the good old days! (You can watch a report of the 1957 match here) The video at the top of the post (from a match between Boca Juniors versus Velez) was also forwarded by Galootski – under the memorable heading, Goalkeeper’s Revenge. Something tells me the South American player probably suffered a fractured cheekbone as well, though I’ll bet he wasn’t back on the right wing nutmegging opposition players later in the game.
Still, the biggest kick in the teeth seems to have been delivered off the field – by the BBC. Footie fans appear to have been roundly let down by what should have been a real chance to be innovative and exciting with licence payers money. Instead they turned out predictable old cack. Ho hum.