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24. 1970 World Cup Final and a Boy and his Dog

Posted by... quigs eraofthebiff - on ... Saturday, May 05, 2012

YARN OF THE MONTH #24 ..... (original entry date) DATE GOES HERE.


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1970 World Cup Final and a Boy and his Dog


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John Christie, Leeds, England





Hi to all Rugby League fans worldwide.

I would like to add to the 1970 England V Australia final story: I was just 14 at the time and at the game, here in Headingley, where I live. My dog 'Rusty' usually came to the Leeds home games with me.

This being such a massive game, I asked my mum, not to let him out of the house on that day, as he'd know where I was, and make his way to the ground to look for me.

But, she let him out, and sure enough, he travelled the half mile to the ground, where he duly ran past the stewards and straight onto the pitch! I nearly died, as the game was halted, and players, police officers and officials alike, tried to catch him, no chance!

The fans in the South Stand (where we were) knew him well and began to chant his name; 'Rusty' clap-clap-clap, 'Rusty' clap-clap-clap, and I remember thinking 'oh... my... God!'.

There must've been 25,000 people at that game but, I called his name at the top of my voice and incredibly, he heard me and ran straight over, vaulting the wall and up into the stand, to sit beside me!

I would love to know where I can get a copy of that game, of course, with that incident in it?

Can anyone help me?

I've spoken to lots of people over the years, who remember the incident well and still have a good laugh about it.

Rusty was a beautiful dog and a really great character, and although it's been 30 years ago this year that he disappeared without trace, I/we never stop thinking about him, wondering if whoever took him, loved and cared for him, as we all did?

Sorry if I've taken up your Rugby League reading time but, if you can help, with where I might obtain a copy of that famous game? I'd be very, very grateful.

Thank you all for your time,
John Christie,
Headingley, Leeds

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