1958 A.D: I think it’s safe to say most of you will recognise this year for the introduction of yell0w lines on roads. Along with parking tickets it was a revolutionary concept that spelled the end for liberal parkers and changed the way we think about stationary motor vehicles forever. No? Well perhaps you know it as the sole year every British nation qualified for the FIFA World Cup.
It’s hard to imagine nowadays in an age where Scotland regard a 2-1 friendly win over Cyprus a ‘morale boosting result’ and England make hard work of a finals group consisting of Slovenia and Algeria. Sweden was the stage and Britain were invited to entertain the world. Sadly, only Wales and Northern Ireland turned up on the pitch with both qualifying for the Quarter-Finals whilst England and Scotland failed to win a game.
Were history to repeat itself it would be a very special occasion indeed and although each nation would be wishing doom upon each other, at least England’s failure would be cushioned by the 0-0, 0-5 and 2-4 results dished out to Scotland by Qatar, Chad and Panama in the group stage. It could be a very long time until it happens again judging by Tuesday’s abject displays but until it does you can enjoy this video which highlights just how long it was since Britain was a collective force (At football that is, it goes without saying that we’re a tour-de-force at Triathlon, Shooting and Dressage.)
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