29 Dec '11, 9pm

More proof of the enculturation of sports fans. Love this int'l sports fan story:

SINGAPORE - Although it has been nearly 40 years, Leong Kok Fann remembers it vividly. A lad of just 15 years at the time, Leong was among 55,000 fans seated at the old National Stadium - the Grand Old Dame had only been officially opened just six weeks earlier by then-Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew in July - to watch Singapore face the former-South Vietnam in the semi-final of the 1973 South-east Asia Peninsular (SEAP) Games football competition. The Lions lost on penalties, but it was the post-match scenes that most impacted the future national star and 1980 Malaysia Cup hero. Even though their team lost, the fans stayed back to applaud the inconsolable players, some of whom, including defender Robert Sim, were reduced to tears. Scenes such as those were common up to even the early-1980s, where spectators would pack sports grounds like the old Farrer Park, Padang and former...

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