Classic Moments: ‘Maggie Thatcher, Your Boys Took A Helluva Beating!’, 1981 (Video)

Chris Wright

9th, April 2013


By Chris Wright

The year was 1981 and England had just lost 2-1 to Norway in a World Cup qualifier in Oslo. Step forward veteran Norwegian commentator Bjørge Lillelien, who duly etched his name into footballing folklore by flying into a jubilant rant in broken English at the final whistle…


Here’s the full translated transcript (as Lillelien alternated back and forth between English and Norwegian):

“We are the best in the world! We are the best in the world! We have beaten England 2-1 in football!! It is completely unbelievable! We have beaten England! England, birthplace of giants.

“Lord Nelson, Lord Beaverbrook, Sir Winston

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