星期六足球雜誌 (Soccer Saturday circa 1994)

我呢個地道香港人,草根出身,茶餐廳同大排檔養大我,呀唔係,應該咁講,仲有足球。香港,彈丸之地,八九十年代大眾球迷除咗睇南華、精工、寶路華、愉園嘅香港波,當年仲有無綫嘅「球迷世界」,阿潘(潘宗明)主持。記憶所及,八十年代嘅節目係響星期五晚間十一點播出(如有錯漏,請指教)。

自細迷上曼聯,都要拜「球迷世界」所致。令我將踢波同睇波並列為第一嗜好。不過,阿老媽子梗會將踢波同「陀地」歸納同樣族類,唔緊要,我行我素。

最終都要出外升學,九四年抵步加拿大,第一時間要搵波踢,搵波睇。好在有裝cable,有 TSN 嘅 Soccer Saturday。好老實講,西人講波佬無咁多閒話,實話實說,分析深入,不過總係少咗份歸屬感。不過,響九十年代,足球響加拿大係恐龍活動,無乜人講,有得一個鐘頭嘅 Soccer Saturday,就一定係公仔麵撈電視汁。

九十年代,英超經典賽事無數,曼聯迷都應該要記得九四年足總盃決賽對車路士。當年打過香港麗新花花足球隊的史賓沙亦有響呢場賽事上陣。
九十年代,英超經典賽事無數,曼聯迷都應該要記得九四年足總盃決賽對車路士。當年打過香港麗新花花足球隊的史賓沙亦有響呢場賽事上陣。

起碼,Soccer Saturday 呢個節目,令我睇到九十年代曼聯王朝的精彩賽事,更加係幫助我溶入加拿大生活的第一條「生命線」。

最近彷彿回憶起九十年代嘅事,先留意到當年我每個星期都會響電視見到嘅 Soccer Saturday 主持 Graham Legatt 已經響二零一五年去世。

多謝您,Graham (同 TSN)!

Tuning in to follow your favorite football clubs (football means English football, for one last time) on a Saturday is as easy as pie these days.

But not so much 25 years ago.

For some reason, I feel nostalgic after the calendar year has flipped. You know, it is just strange. I think I already struggle to keep my new year resolutions accountable…or did I have any? Manchester United is riding a 7-game winning streak. As a Red Devils fan, this feels like a long time coming.

One of the classic matches between United & Chelsea. It was the 1994 FA Cup Final.
One of the classic matches between United & Chelsea. It was the 1994 FA Cup Final.

It has been a while since I watch some beautiful football by the giant club. In fact, it brings me back to the glory days in the 90’s. The Cantonas, the Beckhams, the Scholes, the Butts (yeh…haha), the Nevilles (yes, there are two)…OGS (a.k.a. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer) adds only grey hair to his baby face; his brain remains sharp to go alongside with the underrated appearance.

He was calm, cool and collected. I liked him. Rest in Peace, Mr. Legatt.
He was calm, cool and collected. I liked him. Rest in Peace, Mr. Legatt.

25 years ago, if you happened to be around in Canada and you were a football fan, you would probably have had glued your butt to your couch to watch “Soccer Saturday on TSN.”

I just knew that Graham Leggat passed away three and a half years later…like literally 20 minutes before I started typing this. OMG.

Thank you, TSN. Thank you Graham Leggat.

You have helped kick-away homesickness for me.

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