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The Quah Kim Song Story

The Quah Kim Song Story

The Quah Kim Song Story
“What made Quah Kim Song such a great football star? I think it was a combination of talent, hard work, discipline, courage and great team spirit. He also had a great coach in Uncle Choo Seng Quee. I like the story told by Kim Song.” – PROF TOMMY KOH, Honorary Chairman, National Heritage Board

“I especially loved Kim Song’s portrait of his carefree youth. I could feel, smell, hear, touch those Quah family Sundays at the Sembawang seaside bungalow! What a family, what a lost way of life! ” – ILSA SHARP, Editor/writer and former long-time Singapore resident

“I witnessed first-hand how good the Quahs were at the ‘beautiful game’. They were football artists as well as artisans, and born with natural talent and impeccable skills that were admired by fans in Singapore and beyond.” –GODFREY ROBERT, Consulting Editor, The New Paper, and former Straits Times Sports Editor

The Quah Kim Song Story is about football in Singapore and the region, told in Kim Song’s colourful football vernacular to Jacintha Stephens. This book, she says, “is of a special time and place in Singapore’s social history. Of a moment in time when a young nation suddenly found a common goal and identity – and roared their allegiance as their football team played their hearts out. This was the birth of the great Kallang Roar.”

For almost three decades, there was a Quah in the national team. A legacy started by Quah Kim Beng in the late 1950s ended with Quah Kim Song in the early 1980s. In between there were Kim Swee, Kim Siak and Kim Lye, and three sisters, Theresa, Doreen and Rosa, who also donned national colours. In his book, Kim Song delves deep into what the Quahs were all about. His anecdotes and experiences, particularly on the football pitch, added to his lively sketches of crucial games, teammates, coaches and competitors, make this a rich memoir of the Kallang Roar era. Prof Tommy Koh, in his Foreword, writes that “When the Singapore national team was playing at its peak, the whole nation was proud of it and followed each match with bated breath. …Every great team must have an inspiring striker. Quah Kim Song was our inspiring striker in the 1970s.”

CONTENTS: Foreword by Prof Tommy Koh • Baptism of Fire • “He’s My Brother!” • Kicking Around in My Backyard • Serving School and Country on the Field • Meeting My Mentor • The Cup Whisperer • Breaking Hearts – and Legs • Gearing Up for Battle • Ending the 12-year Drought • After the World Cup • So Hard To Say Goodbye
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Weight 0.35 grams
Author Jacintha Stephens
ISBN 978-981-4342-810
Size 227mm x152mm
Extent 148 pages
Hardcover / Softcover Softcover
Illustrated or Black & White Black & white
Language English
 
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