PLAY THE BALL, NOT THE MAN

Sunday Tasmanian - - Review -

IT seems to me there is a lot more vi­o­lence on the foot­ball field than there was when I was a kid. If play got rough the cry would go up from the spec­ta­tors, “Play the ball and not the man’’.

Per­haps many play­ers in those early post-war years were war veter­ans. They were ex­pected to treat the other team with more care than so re­cently they had treated for­eign en­e­mies in for­eign places.

Let’s re­turn to ex­pect­ing our foot­ballers to “play the ball and not the man’’.

Rick Gid­dings Pontville

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