PLAY THE BALL, NOT THE MAN
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