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Last Updated: Friday, 2 July, 2004, 16:09 GMT 17:09 UK
Where were the Germans?
By Saj Chowdhury

Imran Sherwani
Sherwani's goals helped Britain to victory in the Olympic final

Great Britain's second goal against West Germany in the men's hockey final at the 1988 Seoul Olympics spawned one of the most famous BBC commentary pieces of all time.

"Where, oh, where were the Germans? And frankly, who cares?"

Those words were uttered by broadcasting stalwart Barry Davies, whose unusual biased outburst was triggered by the left-wing wizardry of Imran Sherwani.

He grabbed two goals in that game with Sean Kerly scoring the other to hand Britain a famous 3-1 victory.

Sherwani, a former Stoke-on-Trent newsagent who now works in financial services, told BBC Sport the memorable Davies clip has not appeared in the video machine for a while, although the memories of Great Britain's success are still fresh in his mind.

'We were seeded second for the Seoul Olympics. The only thing we wanted to achieve was win gold," said Sherwani.

"Two years before the Games, Britain reached the World Cup final. We were so happy just to be there we neglected the fact we were there to win it.

"But the guys adopted a different frame of mind ahead of the Seoul final. I remember the delight among the party after we had beaten Australia in the semi-final. But as soon as we got back to the athletes' village, our thoughts were firmly fixed on winning gold."

A hat-trick from Kerly was enough to give Britain a 3-2 victory and send them to the final where West Germany awaited.

"The final seemed to be so controlled. It was cat-and-mouse for a while but we were always in command," added Sherwani.

"As the game went on we began to wear the opposition down. I was told to come in from the wing to pick up anything left by Sean (Kerly) and luckily two goals came from that."

Sean Kerly
Kerly was Britain's leading forward
The former Stourbridge player then recalled the euphoria that followed.

"It went a bit crazy afterwards. I remember throwing my stick in the air and never seeing that again," said Sherwani.

"Then myself and Sean went for a random drugs test straight after the match, so we missed some of the partying.

"When we got back to Heathrow Airport it was bizarre for a hockey player to walk out to hundreds of cheering people. You see it with rugby and football but not usually hockey."

Sherwani enjoyed the limelight for a while, appearing on television shows such as A Question of Sport and Record Breakers.

However, the "moment" soon disappeared.

"Most of the guys retired soon after the Olympics, but I played on," added Sherwani.

"I moved to Leek Hockey Club about seven years ago. They were a team in the lower divisions and it was my job to guide and coach them. I helped Leek reach league status two years ago and had said that I would bow out gracefully - but I didn't.

"In February I tore my cruciate ligament while playing. I haven't had the operation to repair it, I'm currently in the process of building a house, so that's taking priority.

"I've got a job in financial services and it's given me a new lease of life. I think it's best now to concentrate on my career instead of sport."





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