THE STARTING 11: Ways TFC Would Be Different In The Victorian Era

by Lady Julia Abercromby, after Heinrich von Angeli, watercolour, 1883 (1875)

by Lady Julia Abercromby, after Heinrich von Angeli, watercolour, 1883 (1875)

Happy Victoria Day to those of you that recognize the British Monarchy and her place in Canada’s political landscape. Go make a republic in the Arctic to the rest of you. It’s a long weekend – what else you got goin’ on? Anycrowns, it is indeed the day where we celebrate an old lady in a big chair by shooting fireworks in the air. Old ladies love that stuff. As we celebrate Victoria, it made us wonder what another group of fireworks aficionados – TFC – would have been like if they existed back in her olde time 1800’s era…

11. Night matches constantly delayed to re-ignite the gas lamp light standards

10. Post-goal cannon blasts

9. Heritage Nights only commemorate Sir Isaac Brock

8. Gruel Buttys

7. GO Train service replaced by daily stagecoaches

6. Tim Bezbatchenko celebrated as a “flat cap wonk”

5. Argos to Rhodesia

4. Canopies replaced with dainty, decorative sun umbrellas

3. Thousands fall ill to ailment known as “The Columbus Croup”

2. Controversial third kit features knickerbockers and a dashing waistcoat

1. Lady Gertrude the Hawk

Author: Tony Walsh

Tony Walsh is a writer, former minor-league broadcaster and failed astronaut. Born into supporting an underachieving football club only to end up supporting a second underachieving football club - through what must be deemed as soft immigration policies - he continues to make terrible life choices. Walsh is a keen observer of the malarkey-rife sport of football and is considered one of the leading voices on the Collin Samuel Obesity Epidemic.

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  1. Weren’t bushes and trees part of the defenses’ tactical formation, back then?

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