The final of the European football championships will be played this evening, and naturally, I will be cheering England on. The last, and only, time I saw England IRL was in November 1981. It was the last match in a qualifying campaign for the 1982 World cup. This campaign included England’s famous first, and only, defeat to Norway. The match was most famous for the Norwegian commentators’ reaction after the match.
The match we saw was between England and Hungary. England needed to win to qualify. The match finished 1-0 to England and was very nervy towards the end as Hungary tried to score. The goal was scored by Paul Mariner causing most of the 92 000 at Wembley to celebrate enthusiastically.
Paul Mariner was operated on, lastNovember (2020), for the same type of brain tumour that I had, but sadly passed away on Friday, and will miss the final. I hope that the factors that have been in my favour so far will keep me going for a very long time. In the meantime it is time to put on a brave and happy face and cheer England on against Italy (unfortunately Wales and Sweden didn’t quite make it!)