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ozeagle
23-07-2001, 06:55 AM
England v. Australia in Soccer "Ashes" Test

English football
23/7/01

It was mooted last year and more discussions have been held this season for a Football Test Match between England and Australia.
With the popularity of all battles involving English/British sporting teams and those from Australia, it seems inevitable that England and the Socceroos battle it out on a regular basis for a cricket inspired 'Ashes' honour.

Critics of English sporting teams may indeed feel that such a series is necessary as it would enable England at least one opportunity to defeat Australia at something - but with the huge growth and talent of Australian players in Europe, especially those in the Premier League, perhaps even this is not a 'given'.

Discussions have apparently taken place about a match next season in the lead-up to the 2002 World Cup finals, with management of both national teams hoping that such a match would be a warm-up for the finals.

As it stands, Australia has only 180 minutes remaining in qualifying for the finals, whilst England's path is longer and unless it defeats Germany on September 1, much more unlikely.


bring it on !!!
:o

nookiebear
23-07-2001, 04:53 PM
I worked in Oz for a year, and during that time, an Ozzie cabbie called football 'that puffy round ball sh*t!'

you may beat us at cricket and rugby, but this is one battle we'd win.

Oisin
23-07-2001, 05:28 PM
Unlikely. While a one of game in the UK would get a good crowd there’s little benefit of the England team in travelling to Australia.

Jaffa
23-07-2001, 05:30 PM
Actually it would serve as good climate training before the 2002 world cup.

philaire
23-07-2001, 06:57 PM
Originally posted by ozeagle
As it stands, Australia has only 180 minutes remaining in qualifying for the finals, whilst England's path is longer and unless it defeats Germany on September 1, much more unlikely.Well, it happened in 1974 - Australia qualified, England didn't - but it's been a long time between drinks. And we were about 20 minutes from qualifying last time, and even 89,000 supporters at the MCG couldn't help on that occasion.

(speaking of which, tickets have gone on sale for the MCG game against France and the South American qualifier in November - but the prices are horrendous!)

Aussie Fieldy
16-09-2002, 03:47 PM
Originally posted by philaire
Well, it happened in 1974 - Australia qualified, England didn't - but it's been a long time between drinks. And we were about 20 minutes from qualifying last time, and even 89,000 supporters at the MCG couldn't help on that occasion.

(speaking of which, tickets have gone on sale for the MCG game against France and the South American qualifier in November - but the prices are horrendous!)

1974 is a lot closer than 1966

pete eagle
20-09-2002, 02:05 AM
Originally posted by Aussie Fieldy
1974 is a lot closer than 1966

and your point is.......

ozeagle
20-09-2002, 02:20 AM
stupid, admin please close.

:rolleyes: