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    #20 Denis, Did you ever get the chance to play football against the Sapele club? Being a regular run on ED's loading logs in Sapele and the speed they worked at there was usually a game organised. We had Freetown crew down below and Freetown Stewards. During one game this bully from the Sapele club decided to give one of our Freetown lads a hard time. Barsteward nearly broke the young lads leg, kid had to go off. Same Barsteward tried it again on me but I was pretty fit in those days. Rugby was my preferred game and I was playing regular 1st 15 for New Brighton, he did not finish the game. Usually after the game we would get invited into the club for a drink an a bite to eat. The Freetown lads were not allowed into the club and were given a jug of water to share. I sat with Freetown boys. Later that evening there was a party onboard the ship. While the food was being handed out by the stewards all nicely turned out in there uniforms, the engineers steward says to me, boss don't eat the chicken
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    Hi Lewis, we never had a game in Sapele but used to always get a game against some local lads in Port Harcourt, we once had a game against a paddy Henderson ship which we managed to win much to the disgust of their skipper when he met the motley crowd off the Oguta Palm we thought we were in for a hiding when they turned up fully kitted out in footie gear even down to stockings and boots but we beat them3 1. had to take them back to our ship as they were rationed to six beers only a day. Den

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    Oh aye we had all the gear. The Chief Engineer was a Sunderland guy so we were togged out in a full Sunderland strip. Looked good but played like Sunderland, utter -hite

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    Berthed in Fremantle a group of lads on the pub crawl met with some of the local lads.
    They got to talking football and a game was arranged between a local team and one from the ship, match to be played on Sunday morning at the local sports ground.

    The lads turned up, all eleven of them, in their best shorts and tops.

    What the local lads did not tell them was that this was to be Australian Rules football.

    Not to say they were slaughtered by the locals.
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    Caught in a dock strike in Vancouver back in the late 60's, the Seamans mission organised a weekly football match between any of the ships that wanted to participate. We had a good football team, sparky was an ex man city youth player and we had used bar funds to purchase trainers etc and had been practicing in the empty hatch on the way round from Jacksonville to Vancouver in anticipation of being strike bound.
    First match was against a Greek ship who were 1 up within minutes of kick off, with our captain shouting from the touchline at the 3rd engineer, our center forward, "Nolan, call yourself a striker, you couldn't strike a match". 5th engineer was the north east school boy sprint champion, he was one of our wing players and got caught out of position at kick off as he was still finishing his pre match fluid intake, a can of Tennant's.
    Half time the captain refused us any more beer and insisted we partake of fresh oranges, which he had liberally laced with him. It did the trick as we ran out 5-1 winners.
    The mission also asked to play basketball against a mission team, to which we agreed, not that any of us knew how to play the game, but hey, just bouncing a ball around and throwing it through a hoop cannot be too difficult, can it...wrong!!!!
    It was only when we turned up for the first match we found our opponents were a bunch of high school girls and the tricks they employed to prevent any of us actually being able to get any chance of playing, were really sneeky, getting a pair of firm breasts shoved in your face just as you were about to receive the ball or a cheeky hand up your shorts leg when you tried to jump to receive the ball or make a a basket was just a couple of reasons why, apart from our ignorance of the game, we got absolutely slaughtered by them BUT boy was it fun!!!
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    played the local fire brigade in port kandla india in 59 they had all the gear ...it must have been at least 40 odd centigrade ....they won but we managed to injure 4 or 5 of them....happy days

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    While on the Iberia we played against the police in Ceylon.
    Our team all lied about being great soccer players.
    There was no shore leave, so thought it a great way to get a few drinks ashore.
    We did. I was center forward. The police played in their bare feet. They had the ball for kick off.
    Their Center kicked the ball right into my wedding tackle. That was about me done for the game.
    Cant remember the score, but have a vague recollection*of drowning our sorrows.

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    We were in Wellington and a game was organised by one of the wharfies who ran a club. As arranged on Sunday afternoon 5 or 6 cars came to pick us up and take us to the clubhouse where quite a few people had gathered to watch. We won the game and had a few jugs in the bar, after a while we asked about getting back to the ship. “Oh you will have to make your own way back”. “You should have lost”. We thought they were joking but no.
    We had to get cabs back, an expensive game of football for us!
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    Played a shore team in Karachi, big crowd on the sidelines, started off OK, but as the game went on there were more people joining the shore mob, can't remember the score but we had a great time, ended up in a club of sorts getting free drinks. Also played a few games in Melbourne against a Swedish ship lost 5- 1 can't remember the score against a Norwegian ship there.
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    #37,
    Forgot to mention.
    Next day you could tell who played on our team. We could hardly walk for stiff legs.
    Talk about out of shape. Also, as I recall, hangovers.

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