Will China Receive A Football Congratulations?

1969-08-03 Sydney Football Record smallAre you old enough to cast your mind back to 20 July 1969 when the US landed a man on the moon in the Saturn V?  Yes, you remember, “The Eagle has landed” and “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”

Most of those who can, are able to recall where they were that day, a date akin to the Kennedy shooting or maybe some other major world event that, for some reason, you are able to pinpoint your whereabouts way back in history.  Unable to?  Well, don’t let it worry you, most of us who read this can.

The other day our staff were delving through some old Sydney footy records and came across mention of this momentous occasion.  At the time, the world was abuzz with the euphoria of it all, even in football circles.

The then ANFC, Australian National Football Council, ostensibly the ruling body for the game in the country for almost 100 years, felt that they should recognize this great achievement by the United States Government so on 21 July 1969 they sent a congratulatory telegram direct to the President of the United States, Richard Nixon.

We have copied the article from the footy record and it is published above for your edification.  Click the image to read.

Now the point is, seeing China has only just landed a craft on the moon, will they receive the same recognition from the AFL?

If you missed it, here is a very recent news release:

“China landed an unmanned rover on the moon, making the Asian nation the third country after the US and the Soviet Union to touch down a spacecraft on the lunar surface.

The probe, carrying a rover dubbed Jade Rabbit that will survey the moon’s geology and natural resources, landed at about 9 pm Beijing on Saturday, the Xinhua News Agency said. China’s achievement comes 47 years after the Soviet Union performed a soft landing of its Luna 9 spacecraft on the moon.”