“Wait a munite, Doc. Are you telling me that you built a time machine... out of a DeLorean?!”
These famous words would be ringing a familiar tune to those who are big fans of the blockbuster movie Back to the Future.
The film was about Marty McFly and Dr Emmett “Doc” Brown who chose to travel forward in time from 26 October 1985 to 21 October 2015–today.
As we revel in the exciting facets that the movie got right about the present, as well as the limitless possibilities of technology that was imagined in the film, here are some facts about Singapore football from 1985.
Did you know that…
- Singapore won the 1985 Brunei Merdeka Games (24 to 31 June), overcoming competition from the Philippines, Brunei, Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand.
Singapore finished on top of Group A after defeating Philippines 4-0 and drawing with Brunei 1-1.
They went on to beat Indonesia 2-0 in the semi-finals before meeting Brunei again in the penultimate fixture.
In the final, it was 1-1 at the end of regulation time, but Singapore overcame Brunei in a penalty shootout which ended 3-1.
- Singapore were runners up in the 1985 SEA Games (8 to 18 December), falling to Thailand in the final.
The same six teams that took part in the 1985 Brunei Merdeka Games, participated in the SEA Games in the same year.
Singapore were drawn into Group A with Brunei and Indonesia.
They defeated the Indonesians 1-0 with a goal from V. Sundramoorthy and downed Brunei 3-0 courtesy of a strike from Darimosuvito Tokijan and a Fandi Ahmad brace.
In the semi-finals, Singapore clashed with Malaysia and pulled through to the finals after a 6-5 penalty shootout. It ended 2-2 after regulation time, in which Fandi equalised and put Singapore in the lead. However, the Malaysians pulled one back in the 89th minute.
In the final, Singapore fell to Thailand 2-0 and went away with the silver medal.
The Singapore women’s team also suffered the same fate in the SEA Games that year, in which only three teams participated.
They defeated the Philippines 2-0, but were thrashed by Thailand 6-0 in a round-robin format.
- Singapore edged Johor to become the Malaysian Division One champions.