Belfast Telegraph

Monday 28 July 2014

Billy on the Box: Turning back the clock all round the world

It was retro week across the sporting globe as stars of yesteryear turned up in some of the oddest places.

Starting off in Athens last Thursday, as Spurs travelled to Greece to take on Panathinaikos (and what were the odds on having to type that twice in one column?) in the Europa League.

It all seemed to be going well as Dawson, that’s Michael, not Les, gave them the lead only to be rocked as Quincy popped up, taking a break from a dalliance with a saucy lady on a yacht, to score an equaliser.

There was quite a post-mortem examination needed for Liverpool too after they absolutely murdered Udinese 2-3 and somehow the Italians got away with it, thanks to a winner from Pasquale. No-one was laughing, so no change there then.

But there’s just one more thing, as we headed to Colombo for the final of the World Twenty20 as hot favourites and hosts, Sri Lanka, took on the West Indies.

Excuse while I slip into my brown Mac here, but I have a theory as to why they won — music.

Their anthem ‘Rally Round The West Indies’ which is a song and not a something on the Jamaican version of RPM, was a rousing little number.

However, Sri Lanka hit back with a tune that Barnbrack would have been proud of, but lasted for hours so their players had seized up.

A word of advice then, the next time you get to a final, don’t put on Muttiah Muralitharan’s Roundabout and you’ll be grand.

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