A packed Hong Kong Stadium was a regular feature of the 70s and 80s when domestic football enjoyed its golden years. Photo: SCMP A packed Hong Kong Stadium was a regular feature of the 70s and 80s when domestic football enjoyed its golden years. Photo: SCMP
A packed Hong Kong Stadium was a regular feature of the 70s and 80s when domestic football enjoyed its golden years. Photo: SCMP

How Hong Kong football went from Asia’s top league to second tier

  • The 1986 decision to ban all foreign players from the Hong Kong First Division was the beginning of the end for the city’s top flight
  • Dale Tempest, John Spencer and Peter Bodak were among the stars when overseas pros returned in 1989 but the damage had already been done

Topic |   Hong Kong Football Association (HKFA)
A packed Hong Kong Stadium was a regular feature of the 70s and 80s when domestic football enjoyed its golden years. Photo: SCMP A packed Hong Kong Stadium was a regular feature of the 70s and 80s when domestic football enjoyed its golden years. Photo: SCMP
A packed Hong Kong Stadium was a regular feature of the 70s and 80s when domestic football enjoyed its golden years. Photo: SCMP
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