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Scarves on Statues – Sir Edmund Hillary

[Previous instalments in the ‘Scarves on Statues’ series can be found here]

Sir Edmund Percival Hillary was arguably the greatest New Zealander who ever lived. Along with Sherpa Tenzing Norgay he was one of the first two human beings to climb to the roof of the world and stand on the summit of Mount Everest. When he returned, like Neil Armstrong, he had an opportunity to utter immortal words that would be heard and read all over the planet for generations to come. But he did not describe his achievement as “a giant leap for mankind”. No. Instead, he described it in a way that only a New Zealander could: “We knocked the bastard off”. Legend.

Roma had a mountain to climb in order to get back to the summit of Italian football in 2013/14, and by golly they gave it a good shake. The season is now over and even though there are no trophies in the cabinet to show for it, they have given us fans the confidence that we will be polishing much silverware in years to come. That was all we dared to hope for at the start of the season. So in that sense, Roma did knock the bastard off. And for that, we thank them.


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Enzo Giordani

A grassroots sports photography enthusiast based in Auckland, New Zealand, and a fan of the most magnificent football club on earth - A.S. Roma.

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