England's wing wizard once played in S'pore

Tom Finney.

Younger readers may not be familiar with English international footballer Tom Finney, who died on Feb 14 ("England wing wizard Finney dies"; last Sunday), and older readers may not remember that Finney, who represented England 76 times, once played in Singapore.

A year after he retired from his only club, Preston North End, in 1960, the Football Association (FA) of England honoured him by appointing him manager, captain and player of an FA squad to tour the Far East, Australia and New Zealand.

So on May 17, 1961, a crowd of 14,294 packed into the old Jalan Besar Stadium to watch the English FA XI beat Singapore 9-0, with the 39-year-old Finney scoring one of the goals.

The late Bobby Moore, then 19, was also playing against Singapore that 1961 evening.

Yeo Hock Yew

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