Football fans in Aberdeen can pick up an early Christmas gift this Friday evening, Nov. 15, at the Aberdeen Exhibition & Conference Centre.
“Summer Of ’67: Flower Power, Race Riots, Vietnam and the Greatest Soccer Final Played on American Soil” by Ian Thomson will be available in paperback at the PINK Charity Christmas Fayre between 7 p.m. and 10 p.m.
“Summer Of ’67” charts the story of the short-lived United Soccer Association tournament launched by multimillionaire American sports promoters. Twelve foreign teams were imported from Europe and South America to participate under the guise of American and Canadian franchises during the eight-week summer league.
Eddie Turnbull’s Aberdeen squad, including goalkeeper Bobby Clark and teenage midfielder Martin Buchan, represented the nation’s capital as the Washington Whips. Walter Smith and his Dundee United colleagues wore tangerine jerseys for the first time while playing as the Dallas Tornado. A Hibernian side featuring Peter Cormack and Pat Stanton became Toronto City.
Rock ‘n’ roll stars and Hollywood icons like Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Stevie Wonder, Maureen O’Hara and The Monkees’ lead singer Davy Jones rubbed shoulders with the star-struck guests as they displayed their skills to thousands of fans from the Houston Astrodome to Yankee Stadium.
Aberdeen had the chance to become North America’s first professional soccer champions when they faced Wolverhampton Wanderers (or the Los Angeles Wolves) at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on July 14, 1967 in the tournament final. The teams produced 11 goals, two hat-tricks, last-minute equalizers in normal and extra-time, one sending off, countless punch-ups and a heartbreaking golden own goal in sudden-death overtime.
It was the greatest soccer final played on American soil.
“Summer Of ‘67” will be available at the Cowshed Creations stand for £9.
PINK (People In Need of Kindness) is an Aberdeen-based charity supporting anyone who has been affected by cancer. Entry to the Christmas Fayre involves a £5 fee.
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