Soccer grandpas make it happen

2010-05-24 08:11

Passionate football fan and 68-year-old pensioner Patrick Fynn

refused to miss out on the 2010 Fifa Soccer World Cup this year – and his

resolve has paid off.

The Blackpool Social Club, his football fan group in Gauteng, has

managed to raise enough money to buy tickets for some of the matches.

Members of the club played soccer together in the 1950s and stayed

in touch through their love of the game.

Fynn said: “Throughout our lives football has been our biggest

passion. There was no television in South Africa when we were growing up, so we

mostly followed local football.

“We were, however, well aware of the World Cup and used to dream

about one day attending. Little did we know that this dream would indeed become


The group of friends staged community events to raise funds for

tickets for all 10 of them, organising dancing competitions and comedy evenings.

Their wives helped too, selling tickets, baking cakes, and serving cool


“There are no words to describe the feeling I got when I touched

those tickets for the first time,” said Fynn. “It’s overwhelming, it’s almost

too good to be true.”

They managed to buy the first batch of tickets in December, just

after the final draw, getting Category Three tickets to watch the mighty Brazil

play The Elephants of Ivory Coast at Soccer City on June 20.

“We are supporting other teams such as the USA and Chile as they

are the underdogs. But Bafana Bafana is obviously the team I’ll be watching more

keenly,” added Fynn.

He said that every South African should go to at least one match

and get behind the World Cup. “I believe South Africa will host a fabulous

event. We have shown our capabilities in rugby and cricket and I’m excited to

show the world what we can do for football.”


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