We’ve saved the best for last, our old friend Wolf-Dieter Ahlenfelder. Yes, we’ve mentioned him before but it’s well worth a cut and paste. “It was 8 November 1975 when, in the Bundesliga, Werder Bremen played against Hannover 96,” scene-sets Eberhard Spohd. “The referee Ahlenfelder surprised everyone with some seriously strange decisions – including blowing for half-time after 29 minutes. A linesman indicated his mistake and Ahlenfelder played 16 minutes’ added time. Then, during the half-time interval, he stuck his tongue out at a photographer, and Bremen’s president Böhmert said: ‘For this show we could have charged a higher entrance fee.’ Ahlenfelder of course denied drinking alcohol, but later he admitted that he had ‘several Maltesers’ (a schnaps) before the match. And to make things really clear to the layman, he said: ‘We are men – we don’t drink Fanta’.” … [Read more...] about In which matches have whistle-happy referees blown for time too early?
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Once this fixture was confirmed, the fans, despite having no idea who would be in their team, bought every ticket in two days. Their destination was ironic: the Wanderers of Wycombe have a far slighter heritage and more modest ambition, but, being largely fan-owned, are free from an individual’s vanity, misjudgment and worse. Wycombe have recognised that being owned by the fans has its limitations and are in the process of bringing in a majority owner, but he has been carefully selected and Wycombe Wanderers Trust will retain Adams Park. So while Bolton did not even have a kit until a hastily arranged one-match deal with Hummel, Wycombe’s fan-first model resulted in a beer tent on site and Cajun-style burgers. … [Read more...] about Defiance, pride and anger as Bolton fans cheer on team of strangers
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Organisers said they had been encouraged to see international sports events such as the US Open tennis and the Tour de France go ahead in the midst of the pandemic, and by reports that Japan’s government is considering allowing more fans into stadiums to watch domestic baseball and football matches. … [Read more...] about Tokyo Olympics must be held at ‘any cost’, says Japanese minister
29. Who was the last British man to win a Men’s single tennis Grand Slam title before Andy Murray in 2012? … [Read more...] about 50 sport quiz questions and answers for a virtual pub quiz on Zoom or House Party