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  • Tracking Back: Winning Big in Wartime


    Hello, and welcome to this week's edition of Tracking Back. Given the precarious position of the Canadian team at the Gold Cup, I figured it might be nice to feature a photo of Canada in the process of winning by a nice, beefy scoreline – the kind of thing we really need against Panama tomorrow evening.


    This photo dates back to the Second World War, and shows a Canadian side in the process of thumping Norway 6-1. The game, played on October 28, 1944, was a benefit to raise funds for St. Dunstan's school in Harrow. I think that's quite nice of the lads, taking time out of their busy schedule of beating the Germans the bloodiest war in history to beat the Norwegian side with (metaphorically speaking) equal ruthlessness. And it's all for a good cause.

    The man making the diving save is A. Borgen, Norway's keeper. He probably would have been relieved that probably the only photo of the match to survive shows him actually making a save, not letting in one of those six goals.


    Photo credit: Lieut. Jack H. Smith / Canada. Dept. of National Defence / Library and Archives Canada / PA-180278

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