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England v Socceroos, Upton Park, 2003 – retro football liveblog | Richard Parkin

A minute-by-minute account of the classic match in London on 12 February 2003, which announced Australia on the world stage as a football nation

This report was written retrospectively, 13 years after the events at Upton Park, and is part of a Guardian Australia series celebrating classic sporting events with retro liveblogs. Thanks for reading and commenting.

I don’t really know what else to say, to be honest! On a ground where one of the stands is sponsored by Doc Martens haven’t the Australians come and given poor ol’ England a kicking tonight.

Some of these players will feel sheepish when they rock up back at training alongside their club-mates they’ve just humiliated, but for now, it’ll be all champagne corks!

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