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german fans travel to england

GERMAN SOCCER FANS SAIL Many Women Among 1600 Contingent

Enthusiastic scenes were witnessed yesterday as high-spirited Germans - a section of the 10,000 who will shout encouragement to the German football team when they meet England on Wednesday - sailed in the 30,000-ton liner Columbus. As the ship left Bremerhaven at six o'clock there were cries of "Hinein" (shoot) from those unfortunate people on the quayside who were unable to make the trip. These were answered by loud cheering from the lucky ones on board. This was the largest contingent of German spectators travelling to London, and it seemed to contain sporting enthusiasts from every corner of Germany. The flag of the German Football Association fluttered at the mast of the Columbus, and the whole of the main dining-room was decorated in similar colours. 

Expect English Win It was a wet and windy evening but nothing could damp the spirits of the travellers. "Anyway," said one to the Press representative, "the weather in England cannot be worse than it is here at the moment." Many well-known people connected with German football were on board. These included Hans Sobeck, the most popular forward in Berlin; Herr Stenzil, the treasurer of the Football Association, and fifteen district leaders of the Association. One official said he that did not expect a hundred per cent success for Germany, "but thought the last fifteen minutes of the game would be most exciting. We will give the British a good fight anyway," he said. Other officials predicted a victory of 5-1 or 5-2 for England.

From All Parts The 1600 supporters on board the Columbus had gathered at Bremen this morning from all parts of Germany. An endless number of trains and buses arrived at Bremen and disgorged men, boys and young women from all parts. All were eagerly looking forward to the great adventure of visiting England and seeing the much-discussed match. The report that hail and rain were bearing down on the North Sea and that the barometer had not been so low for years failed to upset the general cheerfulness. At noon the contingent was conveyed in two special trains to Bremerhaven, where they embarked. None of the supporters carried flags or wore Swastikas, but they cheered and shouted sporting slogans. A feature was the large number of women who were travelling alone. Their husbands had reluctantly to stay behind as they could not get leave from work.

 MATCH TO TAKE PLACE AS ARRANGED No Political Significance The football match between England and Germany at Tottenham on Wednesday will take place as arranged. Sir John Simon, it is understood, informed the T.U.C. deputation yesterday that there would be no organised procession, and that all necessary police precautions would be taken to prevent a public demonstration. He reiterated that in his view there was no political significance in the match. The German players and officials arrived at Croydon yesterday. 

Met by Ambassador At 12.30 a German machine flying sporting flags and named the Olympiade arrived, and in it were Herr Osten, leader of German sport, and Herr Lewald and Dr Frein, president and secretary respectively of the Olympic Games Committee in Berlin. Other members of German sporting organisations were with them. They were met by the German Ambassador in London and representatives of German organisations. Herr Osten told a Press representative - "I am over here to meet representatives of the English sporting associations to make arrangements for next year's Olympic Games." Of the international match he said - "l expect a keen and clean game." A large crowd welcomed the German players when they arrived later. 

Players Smile The men appeared to be in tip-top condition, although they had had a tiring trip owing to adverse head winds. Their faces were wreathed in broad smiles. When questions about politics and swastikas were put to them they did not know the meaning of these words in English. Dr Xandry, managing secretary of the German Football Association, expressed their views when he declared that British politics did not concern them. 

Source: Aberdeen Press and Journal Tuesday December 3rd 1935

AFCHT: England won the match 3-0, amid much anger as the Swastika flew above White Hart Lane, the home of Tottenham Hotspur, which had a large Jewish support.



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