|Singapore's National Stadium - taken in 2010|
The chant rang out loud amongst the Singapore soccer players of the 70s. It was a shout of intent; A shout of believe.
"Untuk Bangsa Dan Negara", Uncle Choo Seng Quee with his voiced raised. That was quickly followed up by the players shouting with conviction - "MAJULAH"!
Singapore soccer players fought tooth and nail for just one reason - National Pride. The phrase "Untuk Bangsa Dan Negara" as translated in English means "For the people and country". Not only was it meant to bring together soccer players of different races and religions, it was also reflective of how a young Singapore was at that point in time and their aspiration of wanting to fight together, regardless of race, language or religion.
Kallang Roar: The Movie
The movie - Kallang Roar - brought back wonderful memories of yesteryear. Those time where stood together as one to cheer on our soccer team. Part of the location was filmed in the old National Stadium, which has since been demolished and replaced with a spanking new stadium. Led by veteran actor Lim Kay Siu who took the role Singapore's most successful and controversial coach, Uncle Choo Seng Quee, the movie cast its focus on Singapore's soccer glorious days of the 70s.
Worth a watch to know the history.
The National Stadium
Here're more photos of the stadium that I took in 2010 before it was torn down.
|Both tears of joy and sadness were shed here|
|People of all walks of life going through the gates to watch their soccer stars|
|A view from inside the ticketing booth|