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Ahead of tonight’s football friendly with Iceland at the Aviva Lansdowne Road Nua

When Iceland beat England in the last 16 of Euro 2016, it marked one of the most famous days in its footballing history – and one doctor has spotted a clue as to how the country might have celebrated.

Asgeir Petur Thorvaldsson, a doctor in the anaesthesiology department at Landspitali University Hospital, Reykjavik, tweeted that his maternity ward had administered unprecedented levels of pain relief over the weekend – coincidentally nine months exactly since Iceland’s 2-1 victory over England.

Roughly translated, Mr Thorvaldsson said: “Set a record for the number of epidurals in the maternity duty this weekend.”

Iceland’s most glorious moment was the defeat of England in the first knockout round, while their fans provided one of the signature sounds of the tournament – the “Thunderclap” celebration.

In fairness.

Baby boom in Iceland hospital nine months to the day since win over England at Euro 2016 (Telegraph)

24 thoughts on “Ice Ice Baby

  1. dav

    Fair play to them, showing how a national football association can use it’s resources to benefit the game in the country as a whole. While our lads pay for their CEO to drink out of a shoe…

  2. RockyRoader

    I thought they’d be all “natural birthers” in Viking lands.
    Shame on them with their epidurals! Can they not put up with a bit of pain, like their ancestors.
    (says a man who has never had to poop a melon, in fairness.)

  3. Eamonn Clancy

    I doubt we’ll be able to steal the Thunderclap as easily as we did Ole Ole Ole after the 1988 Euros, even though were almost as much as an England B team again as we were back then thanks to the Granny rule.

        1. bertie blenkinsop

          66, 70, 90 & euro 96 were all decent teams but yeah they usually under deliver alright :)

          1. Spaghetti Hoop

            Didn’t they win something in ’66? There is very little reference to it in the media so I guess they don’t like to talk about it.

    1. Charlie

      Why is it always about England? Our repression and endless damning of the England team says so much more about us than them.

          1. Bertie Blenkinsop

            Get over myself?
            What are you gacking about –
            even the most fervent England fan would admit they have under achieved.

          2. Charlie

            Relax Bertie. They’re crap! You feel better now?
            Also, they’re worst team is still better than any team we can ever assemble. Simples. Enough with the repressed Irishman stuff.

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