The titans of S'pore football, remembered 45 years after 1977 Malaysia Cup glory

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SINGAPORE - It was a time when footballers were mobbed on the streets and fans paid for their food at coffeeshops, and when even celebrities waited in line to claim an autograph from them.

The unpolished game then meant the pitch was akin to a battlefield, and supernatural tales - from sightings of black cats traversing the field before games to bomohs (shamans) sitting behind goalposts - captured the imagination of many.

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