Scotland v. USA | Recalling a 1952 walk in (Hampden) park

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Hibs legend Lawrie Reilly. Link to Scotsman story.Glasgow, Scotland | Lawrie Reilly, the only surviving member of a Scotland side that in 1952 was the last to play the United States in Hampden Park, recalls the event as “a walk in the park really.” Scotland, behind a Reilly hat trick, won 6–0 over a team similar to the one that had beaten England in the 1950 World Cup finals. Reilly has odd recollections: Americans were “all wearing thick padded mittens, that looked like boxing gloves.”

U.S. goalkeeper Frank Borghi also displayed interesting form whilst distributing the ball after a back pass. He threw it from behind his head like a gridiron quarterback, ten yards over the halfway line. “It prompted bemused cheers from the locals.”

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John Turnbull founded The Global Game in 2003. He was lead editor for The Global Game: Writers on Soccer (University of Nebraska Press, 2008) and has also written on soccer for Afriche e Orienti (Bologna, Italy), the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the New York Times Goal blog, Soccer and Society, So Foot (Paris) and When Saturday Comes. His essay "Alone in the Woods: The Literary Landscape of Soccer's 'Last Defender' " in World Literature Today was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Also for World Literature Today he edited a special section on women's soccer, "World Cup/World Lit 2011," before the Women's World Cup in Germany. The section appeared in the May-June issue. His next project is a book on soccer and faith.

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