Pelé Attracts 30,000 to Dalymount

In February 1972 30,000 soccer fans came to Dalymount Park, Phibsborough to see Brazilian club side Santos FC and their star Pelé play a selection from League of Ireland sides Bohemians and Drumcondra.

Despite five goals in a game which Santos won 3-2 reaction from newspaper reports describe the match as disappointing with the Brazilian side appearing lethargic. Alcindo scored the winner with the last kick of the game.

Among the visitors to the Santos dressing room was the Taoiseach, Jack Lynch who asked Pelé to autograph his match programme. Carlos Sexton the South American agent who was promoting the Santos FC European tour said, "We would like to come again next year for your football is good and your gorgeous girls are charming."

The footage shown here was shot on 26 February 1972 for the RTÉ sports programme 'Sports Final'.

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