There are three things I love in life more than any other: Music, Football and Gaming. These three completely unrelated past-times have kept Kevin entertained since that momentous day almost twenty years ago when I popped into the world. The first time these three things mixed was when I found my brothers’ hidden Playstation (that’s right, the original one!) and assorted games. As a football crazy four year old whose first introduction to the ‘beautiful game’ was refusing to go to bed one night and being sat in front of Barnsley v Stockport County (My father knew exactly how to get me off to sleep, you can tell!), I held the timeless classics in front of me like Command and Conquer: Red Alert, and Metal Gear Solid with little regard as I pawed my way through the collection of 8×8 plastic boxes with the ‘PS’ graphic on the side.
Following on from our Did You Know? parts one and two, here’s a third compilation of interesting football facts and events that will hopefully come as news to you. My compilation comes from recent (both very recent and relatively recent, stretching back a number of years) events in the world of football, general facts and interesting records of the beautiful game. Featured in this piece is an act of great charity from Turkish fans, the origin of “hat-trick” and lots of Jaegermeister.
In October and November of 2011, two earthquakes struck in the same region of Turkey; a place named Van. Cerca 650 people died in the two disasters combined, while over 4,000 were also injured.
When fierce rivals Besiktas and Fenerbahce met on October 27th, the home fans decided to do something extraordinary, showing a great deal of humanity and charity.
As the game drew to a close, the Besiktas fans began to throw their scarves onto the pitch. This wasn’t an act of hooliganism or a disturbance to the match itself, but the scarves were thrown on to be collected afterwards and donated to victims of the earthquake, so they could keep themselves warm over the harsh winter. Many have been left homeless after the disasters and the scarves will be necessary to keep themselves warm.