Avoiding The Football Score in Australia

Anyone who is a big football fan will know and understand exactly what I am about to say. Because I am going to talk about the things we do to avoid hearing the score of the match.

Anybody who has ever seen the episode of “Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads” where they spend all day trying to avoid hearing the result of an England match before the TV highlights were shown that evening, will know the kind of lengths us football nuts will go to.

I know how the boys felt. I remember coming back from a holiday 10 years ago and our aeroplane was landing back in London at the same time as England were playing Portugal in one of the group qualifiers. I had set my video up to record the game and was looking forward to watching it that evening when I arrived home. All I had to successfully negotiate was clearing customs and making my way to the car without hearing the score and I would be home and dry.

This really happened, no joke. As the plane prepared to land the captain turned on his tannoy and announced “Thank you for flying with us today, we are now taxiing and will be landing in about 10 minutes. By the way, Portugal have just beaten England 3-2 in the Euro 2000 match, I thought you football enthusiasts might like to know that’.

Well, cheers mate!

When I lived in England, I have been known to walk through major electrical stores on a Saturday afternoon while their TVs are blasting out football scores with my fingers in my ears making sounds like “bllllrrr bllllrrrr blllllrrr!” Yes, I did get some strange looks, but it did the trick.

Yesterday there was an important game in England that was shown live here at five o’clock in the morning, a little earlier than I usually like to be watching football. So of course, I recorded it and decided I would watch it later that evening. But how do I avoid hearing the score? It was Manchester City versus Tottenham, with the winner virtually guaranteed a place in the Champions League. Everybody was talking about it.

But not here. Nobody knew. Nobody cared. It’s just “soccer”. The results don’t appear on the news, they’re not mentioned on the radio and you are not likely to walk past someone in the street talking about the game either. Australia is an English football results free zone.

So how did I avoid the score? Easily! I went shopping, I spoke with people on the streets, I listened to the radio in the car, no problems at all. Until my mobile rang. The caller was an English friend of mine and a fellow football nut. I took no chances, I put my phone in the bin. So I did get to watch the game without knowing the score, and what a game it was too.

For those of you who missed it, here’s the defining moment when Tottenham secured their place in the Champions League for the first time since 1962 with a convincing away victory against mega rich money bags City, who were just 1 point behind in the league and looking to leapfrog us.

Update: YouTube removed the original version of that defining moment, something to do with copyright. So here’s a replacement video, it still has the defining moment, but also a bit more. Do watch it to the end to see what the lads did to ‘Arry, the manager. I dunno, some youngsters have no respect….

Get in there Crouchy!

But for those of you who have seen through the weak “Australian connection” in this story and have realised this whole post is simply an excuse for me to get away with celebrating Tottenham’s finest achievement in football since the English Premier League began and nothing to do with life in Australia whatsoever, I apologise.

For you, here’s the Australian National Anthem…..

Come on you Spurs!!!!! Where’s my phone?

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  • Allen Baranov August 30, 2012, 11:57 pm | Link

    Hi,

    I support the red half of North London soccer but I have to know something…

    How does one go about watching some Premiership Football in Oz? Is it possible to catch a game live or do you have to watch it recorded?

    I imagine that it is especially not easy to get to watch Monday night games and Champions league.

    – Allen

    • BobinOz August 31, 2012, 1:57 pm | Link

      It’s okay, I forgive you.

      Sounds like you need to read my post… English Football on Australian Television.

      Monday night games and Champions League games are usually on at around 6 o’clock in the morning, not my favourite time to watch again. So those ones, I record.

      Cheers

      Bob

  • BobinOz February 16, 2011, 4:02 pm | Link

    Well yes, that was cruel. But I suspect your tempting fate by trying to watch a re-run in a sports bar. I’ve always watched those from the comfort of my own home.

    As I will with the Spurs tonight in the Champions League. But funnily enough I am going to a pub tonight for a few early evening beers, but it’s not a sports bar. So I’m confident I’ll get by without hearing the score.

    Hey, I just noticed YouTube have taken down Crouchy’s goal! I’ll talk you through it. High, very high, ball into the box, Crouchy jumps high, very high. GOAL!!!!!!

    C’mon Spurs!

    Update: Just replaced the video with a new “official” one. He didn’t jump that high after all.

  • Fussman February 15, 2011, 12:11 pm | Link

    Hey Bob. I live in Melbourne and have to say I know your pain. Me and 2 other Scottish supporters had arranged to meet after work in a bar in town to watch the 6pm re-run of the Scotland v Spain game. Having successfully managed to resist checking the BBC sports page all day we were beginning to think we had wasted our time when Scotland went 2 goals down to the world champions. Then, Scotland equalised with 15mins to go and we were starting to believe we could win it. Just then some stupid Aussie decided to shout out ‘Spain scored in the last minute’ as he left the pub. We didn’t believe that someone would be so cruel so left it but when the inevitable happened I wanted to hunt him down. He had of course legged it 15 minutes ago and was nowhere to be seen.

    My advice- If your going to watch re-runs of live football. Don’t leave the house no matter what county you’re in.

    ‘Mon the Spurs

  • BobinOz May 29, 2010, 5:11 pm | Link

    Are you seriously suggesting Spurs won’t win The Champions League?

    Because if you are, well, you’re right. Unless we can consider quantum physics and parrallel universes.

  • Steve Povey May 28, 2010, 3:22 pm | Link

    Congrats on the achievement, but i wouldn’t pin your hopes on doing too well next year. If you can’t beat Stoke on your own turf, i hold little hope of you lot beating the likes of Real Madrid! ;o)

    Up the Potters!

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