Anyone who knew Jenny will tell you she was an avid sports fan and there was no team she loved more than her beloved Toronto Maple Leafs, on the other hand I just happened to be a New York Ranger fan so as you can guess when these two teams met there would be some really good banter going on between us, needless to say any time we were able to go and see a live game the Leafs always ended up winning and I ended up being rather subdued on the way home but it was all in good fun.
Hockey was one of Jenny's favourite sports but it was not her only one, long before we came to Canada she was a red hot soccer fan and remained so right through her whole life, Jenny had two favourite teams Dundee and Manchester United but would watch any team that happened to be available for her to see including girls soccer and Ian's local team Chinguacousy plus all the other games she could handle. I can remember her coming in from work and grabbing a quick bite to eat and then we hurried off so we could get to the park in time for the kick off.
Jenny's introduction to soccer began on the 1st January 1955 when she travelled with me to Aberdeen to see Dundee play at Pittodrie park and from then on there was no stopping her she came with me all over Scotland visiting Tynecastle park Celtic Park Ibrox Stadium Hampden Park and of course the arab (Dundee United) park Tannadice and Dens Park home of Dundee F.C.she even managed to squeeze in a visit to Goodison home of Everton in Liverpool where we witnessed the bringing home of the F.A. cup and parade through the city.
Jenny saw many great things happen in the soccer world in her lifetime including Dundee winning the league in 1962 and going on to become the first British team to reach the semi-final of the European Cup the following year. Manchester United winning the same cup by 2 goals to 1 after being 1 down with less than a minute to go, Englands 1966 World cup win and being at Hampden Park for the very last home international between Scotland and England, being in Florida amongst a huge contingent of Brazilian fans watching Scotland taking on Brazil in a televised World cup game and the list goes on and on.
Some of Jenny's favourite players to name only a few include Alan Gilzean, Alan Cousin, Bobby Cox, Nobby Stiles, David Beckham, Wayne Rooney and of course the great George Best. When we were in the U.K. in the mid to late eighties we got a chance to revisit some of these famous grounds and I have included just a few photos from these visits.