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The match between AS Adema and SOE, however, should be taken with a pinch of salt, as the extraordinary result only came about as a result of a strange protest.

12th September 1885. They were ranked 203rd best out of 203 nations. Archie Thompson equalled John Petrie’s world record with 13 (he would have broken it but for a disallowed goal). Unterhaching’s David Zdrilic got 8 goals. That came against the mighty Wallis and Futuna in 1983. Results like these are horrible for fans of the losing team, but are peversely enjoyable for the neutral. ‘I’ve got to tell you they are woeful’, said David Smith, their Australian liason officer, ‘the reserves of a seventh division amateur side would beat them.’ And their opponents were Australia. Their manager, Ratismandresy Ratsarazaka, in a bizzare protest against decisions that had cost his team the league, had ordered his players to repeatedly fire shots into their own net from the kickoff. 18-year-old John Petrie scored 13 of those 36 (still a record for a single match) while Jim Milne Jr, Bon Accord’s goalkeeper, spent most of the match trying to avoid the rain underneath an umbrella. Arbroath 36-0 Bon Accord.

36-0 is a cricket score, which is appropriate considering Bon Accord were a cricket team who had been entered into the Scottish Football Cup by mistake. For some reason, the referee didn’t abandon the game, and the players kept this up relentlessly for the entire match. It is harder to support such practice in cup matches, as was the case in three of the games below. In fact, the victory could have been by a much greater margin had the referee, Dave Storment, not chalked off 7 goals for offside. The manger was subsequently suspended by the Madagascar football federation for three years, while SOE players Mamisoa Razafindrakoto, Manitranirinana Andrianiaina, Nicolas Rakotoarimanana, and Dominique Rakotonandrasana were suspended until the end of the 2002 season.

Guardian, The, November 29, 2002

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Telegraph, The, April 14, 2001 by Mark Jeffreys. Their invitation was meant to go to Orion FC, who wouldn’t have beaten Arbroath (in fact Orion faced Bon Accord’s opponents two years later and lost 18-0) but at least they played the same sport as them. The referee had originally counted 37 goals, but Dundee insisted they had only scored 35, an act of honesty they were to regret upon hearing the result of Arbroath’s match.

11th April 2001. Dundee Harp 35-0 Aberdeen Rovers. Part of you wants them to stop, while another part wants them to continue to tear them apart. Is it unsporting behavior to run up the score against inferior opposition? In Chelsea’s case, it was easy to justify, as goal difference could have been the difference between them winning and not winning the league. Sunday Herald, The, Jan 19, 2003 by Natasha Woods

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