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Bedlam On The Hill

'COOM ON CHOOM' IN

MANY LANGUAGES  

 

By Our Special Reporter

Thousands of New Australians provided the main colour to yesterday's first Soccer Test between England and Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

In a weird medley of   languages they drowned

out the traditional bar-   racking of "Coom on, Chooms" by English- men and "Gie tha' whustle a rest" by Scots.

Italians yelled "Fuori giuoco" ("offside"). Yugo- slav blasts at referee Ron Wright were: "Na cijoj ste

strani?" ("Whose side are you on?"). Czechs cried "Odstav te ho" ("Send him off"), and Germans asked

"Sind Sie blind?" ("Are you

blind?").

When a pass was foozled, an Australian voice would penetrate the din on the Hill with an expressive "Mug!"

A Scots barracker offered this tribute to record transfer

fee star Jack Sewell after   a brilliant move:

"43,750 poonds, an' wurrth ivery muckle o' it."

As a gesture to the large European element in the crowd the Soccer Association gave over one of the   early maches to a "New Australian Cup" between Ferencvaros (Hungarians) and Hakoah (Jewish).

Chinese Roll Up, Too

It is estimated that at least one-third of Sydney's Chinese community saw the game. Chop suey restaur-

ants worked a roster to

allow as many waiters and chefs as possible off for the

afternoon.

Since a team from their own country drew a crowd of 47,500 in Sydney in 1923 the Chinese have become the most ardent of Australia's Soccer fans.

Expecting them to roll up in. force, refreshment sellers speculated in additional sup- plies of peanuts.

INSCRUTABLE

The Chinese came all right. And they munched peanuts all afternoon. But they brought their own.

Now and then a piping cry of "Chuen tai kou" ("pass the ball") came from the stands, but mostly they were expres- sionless onlookers.

Hawkers of snide first   scorer doubles had a profit- able afternoon at the expense of the Soccer new-chums.

Odds of £2 to 2/were offer-   ed if the names contained in sealed packets were those of the first scorer on either side.

NO MIRACLE

But the name of the English goalie, Sam Bartram, was included in a section of the   packets. For those doubles to succeed would be the miracle to end all miracles.

The crowd, which began to stream in from 10 a.m., was probably the most represen- tative ever assembled on the ground.

They came in convoys of   flat-top trucks from the Newcastle   and Cessnock areas, and   by cars, trucks, and trains from the South Coast.

Some thumbed rides from as far away as Wallsend. Hundreds of North and South Coast motor cycles were in the parking enclosures.

LONG PEDAL

Royal Navy sailors came from Nowra, and an entire cycling club pedalled from Newcastle after a pre-dawn

start.

In the members' enclosure were elderly Englishmen wearing cloth caps and rough   tweeds. One came in plus fours.

Several Consuls whose home countries are devoted to the round ball code were guests in the official  

enclosures.

A.J.C. chairman Alan Potter took a day off from racing to see the match. Also there were many bookmakers and big punters playing truant from Canterbury.

LEFT LEAGUE

In the enclosure, too, were Dr. H. V. Evatt, Rugby League patron, State Cabinet Ministers, members of the Judiciary, and a select group from Macquarie Street.

Mr. Les Austin headed a delegation of Conciliation Commissioners (who had taken the odds and backed Australia).

First World War Diggers, prominent among them Bede

Kenny, V.C., deserted the League code for the after-

noon.

One English player wisely prepared himself for the rush of autograph hunters. He armed himself with a rubber stamp bearing his signature and an ink pad.

The story is that "Rajah" Miller, president of the Bondi Icebergs, intends offering seve- ral members of the English team honorary life-member- ship.

Led by Harry Bamford, the visitors have been swimming each morning at Coogee.

Bamford claims that, after England, Coogee is like jump- ing into a hot bath.

The Englishmen attribute their fitness to a match-day ban on drinking and smoking. Their abstinence begins at bed- time on match eve-and that means not even a surruptitious drag on a     Woodbine.

But once a match is over an outsider needs a gas mask to get through the fumes.

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