Saturday, September 14, 2013

Premier League Week 4 - 1960 A & BC Gum Charlie Hurley

Three games into the 2013-14 Premier League season, and unbelievably my favorite team, Liverpool, is atop the table.  Three straight 1-0 wins (with Daniel Sturridge scoring the lone goal in all three matches) has earned them the maximum possible (9) points after week 3.  Having watched all three games start to finish, I feel that keeper Simon Mignolet should be getting as much credit as Sturridge, if not more.  Either way, I'm excited for this week's match-up against Swansea, but unfortunately I'll have to wait until Monday for that one.

One team I will be watching today though is Sunderland:

I would have to say that this is the coolest of the few vintage soccer cards I've shown so far, mainly because Charlie Hurley had an impressive career for both Ireland and Sunderland.  He overcame an early-life knee injury to become a brilliant center-half (sorry, centre-half) for Ireland and Sunderland.

Hurley appeared in 402 games over a dozen seasons with Sunderland.  He was a steadfast defender who could occasionally put one in the back of the net, and under his watch the team was eventually promoted to the highest level of English football.  Sunderland fans voted him the team's player of the century as a matter of fact!

This is just another example of these vintage soccer cards proving to be a learning experience for me.  I'll certainly have a fresh perspective when I watch Sunderland square off against Arsenal later this morning.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I don't know much about EPL, but that's a damn nice card. I keep telling myself that I need to pick up some A&BC cards, but I never quite get there.

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