[Video] La macchina del tempo: Rab C. Nesbitt vs. i Mondiali (1990)
Una breve clip in un documentario della BBC dedicato al comico Stanley Baxter (foto sopra, seduto) ha portato alla caccia di una clip (video sotto) della sitcom in questione, Rab C. Nesbitt, in cui l’eroe eponimo arriva in una Genova ancora pre-Colombiana (nel senso di Expo 1992) con amici e parenti per i Mondiali di calcio. Dopo il salto, un assaggio della città in quei giorni vista dalla stampa scozzese (Ad es. “Non fate il bagno nella fontana di De Ferrari, i tossici ci buttano le siringhe”) e di Rapallo. Per i dialoghi, invece, ci vorrebbe un decoder.
LOCAL Italians, police, and team coach Andy Roxburgh praised the Scots fans who trooped to the stadium in Genoa yesterday for the Scotland squad’s final workout before their opening World Cup game against Costa Rica tonight. Roxburgh described their behaviour as magnificent and a credit to their country. He urged them to follow the example set in Spain 1982 where there were 15,000 Scots and no arrests. Yesterday the Scots staged a street party for the locals living around the stadium, bedecking them in tartan and dark blue T-shirts. […]
In a statement yesterday Mr Dickson also praised the ”excellent behaviour” of the Scots fans. ”The local police are very pleased. Despite the large number of our Tartan Army in Genoa, no one has been arrested. ”Two Dutchmen were arrested yesterday in possession of drugs and four English hooligans have been arrested and deported over the last two days. ”We are keeping a running total of arrests and are delighted to show our Italian colleagues the zero in the Scottish column.”
A 24-hour ban on the sale of alcohol in the Genoese province began at midnight. Scots were being warned about this yesterday and also about plunging into the fountain in the main square, the Piazze di Ferrari. Drug addicts drop their syringes in it.
With Scottish Sports Minister Michael Forsyth arriving in the city for the match today, he should hear nothing but good of the fans. Irish fans joined the Scots, led as usual by pipers, for the street party and the workout. They then left by ferry for today’s game with England in Sardinia.
Italians, who had been celebrating their own side’s victory on Saturday against Austria, headed down from flag-draped verandahs to join in the singing and fun. Gregor Fisher, in his role as string-vested Rab C. Nesbitt, joined the fans who were cast as extras for a 45-minute Hogmanay show also featuring Stanley Baxter, who was there in a Scotland T-shirt. Some supporters said match tickets could still be had at official prices in a bar at Rapallo where the Scottish team are staying.
The Herald, Monday 11 June 1990