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A Scottish fan is removed from the Wembley pitch after attacking Alan Ball - 1973 British Home Championship

A Scottish fan is removed from the Wembley pitch after attacking Alan Ball - 1973 British Home Championship


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A Scottish fan is removed from the Wembley pitch after attacking Alan Ball - 1973 British Home Championship

Football : England v Scotland @ Wembley 19/05/1973
Willie Morgan - Scotland (left) tries to calm things down as a Scottish fan ran onto the pitch and attacked Alan Ball. The Policemen arrest the man. Peter Storey - England (right)

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In this iconic print captured by Colorsport Images, we are transported back to the intense atmosphere of the 1973 British Home Championship football match between England and Scotland at Wembley Stadium. The image freezes a dramatic moment when chaos erupted on the pitch as a passionate Scottish fan launched an attack on English player Alan Ball. Amidst the pandemonium, Willie Morgan, donning his Scottish jersey, can be seen attempting to restore order and calm down the situation. His outstretched arms symbolize both his concern for his fellow players' safety and his desire to prevent further escalation of violence. The photograph also showcases the swift response of law enforcement officers who swiftly intervened to apprehend the unruly fan. Positioned in stark contrast against this backdrop is Peter Storey, an English player whose expression reflects a mix of disbelief and concern for Ball's well-being. This snapshot serves as a reminder that even amidst fierce sporting rivalries, there exists a line that should never be crossed - one that separates passion from aggression. It captures not only a pivotal moment in football history but also highlights how incidents like these prompt reflection on sportsmanship values within our society. Colorsport Images has once again encapsulated an unforgettable chapter in football folklore through their lens, immortalizing this incident forever within its frame.

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