Sunday 8 June 1986

…Had turkey for lunch with potatoes, carrots and gravy.
Read three Asterix books.
Made notes for a competition of a World Cup match, Scotland v West Germany…

The competition in question was one that Des Lynam had launched during a previous day’s edition of World Cup Grandstand (or possibly Bob Wilson on the teatime round-up show World Cup Report).

I forget what the prize was, but to enter you had to send in your own review of a World Cup match. I picked today’s clash between Scotland and, to give it its proper name, the Federal Republic of Germany.

I clearly assumed I could muster enough bluster to pen a review despite not knowing anything about the history of the game, the history of either team, the personalities and skills of the players, the tradition for football in either country, the correct technical footballing terms, indeed any technical footballing terms, and the names of either team’s manager.

That was some bluster.

I did, however, have my Ladybird guide to World Cup 86, so at least I could spell the location of the match: Corregidora Stadium in Querétaro. (Note the correct placing of the accent).

But even if I didn’t really know what I was writing about, I already knew one thing: that the BBC’s coverage of World Cup 86 was better than that of ITV, as this trailer, which includes a plug for the Scotland v West Germany game, neatly if cheaply demonstrated:

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