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Comments on: GB Olympic Football Team – a political exercise http://georgecumming.com/?p=1074 A look at the bigger picture in world football Sat, 27 Apr 2013 14:08:47 +0000 http://wordpress.org/?v=2.9 hourly 1 By: George Cumming http://georgecumming.com/?p=1074&cpage=1#comment-2760 George Cumming Fri, 27 Jul 2012 12:13:44 +0000 http://georgecumming.com/?p=1074#comment-2760 Hello Stu. Yes it brings back a number of memories. We lost 1-0 to Spain in Sabadell and drew the return match 0-0 at White City. Had we won this tie, we would have qualified for the 1968 Olympics. At that time the Olympic Team was made up of amateur players. Most came from amateur teams in the Isthsmian League and some came from Queens Park. I was playing for Partick Thistle at the time and another member of the squad was Alan Gowling who played with Manchester United. This was the last time a GB team took part and after this tournament there will never be another since countries need to qualify through the confederations and there is no GB membership of UEFA, only the four separate home associations. Hello Stu.
Yes it brings back a number of memories. We lost 1-0 to Spain in Sabadell and drew the return match 0-0 at White City.
Had we won this tie, we would have qualified for the 1968 Olympics.
At that time the Olympic Team was made up of amateur players. Most came from amateur teams in the Isthsmian League and some came from Queens Park.
I was playing for Partick Thistle at the time and another member of the squad was Alan Gowling who played with Manchester United.
This was the last time a GB team took part and after this tournament there will never be another since countries need to qualify through the confederations and there is no GB membership of UEFA, only the four separate home associations.

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By: Stuthejag http://georgecumming.com/?p=1074&cpage=1#comment-2759 Stuthejag Tue, 24 Jul 2012 20:40:08 +0000 http://georgecumming.com/?p=1074#comment-2759 Hi Geogre I was wondering if you have any memories of playing Olympic Football yourself for GB v Spain in 1968 ? Stu Hi Geogre I was wondering if you have any memories of playing Olympic Football yourself for GB v Spain in 1968 ?

Stu

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