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MGCC Antwerp

Below can be found the most recent publication from the MGCC Antwerp. Anyone who can, and is willing to translate into an English version please contact me.


66 – MG Nieuws jan feb maa 2018 for Web

MGCC de France

The French MGCC publish a very interesting magazine – Hertage. Whilst in French, those who can access the magazine will find some excellent articles. If anyone is willing to translate the magazine into English, or at least the articles from P.18 onwards then please contact me.


Peter Cook

MGCC – Overseas Director

The Belgian Club’s newsletter

65 – MG Nieuws okt nov dec 2017 for web

The MGCC Norway 2017 newsletter

MG Magasinet 1-2017_web (1) (1)


There is a Swedish MGCC event which will take place at Stufvenäs Gästgifveri near Kalmar.  The event will run from Friday 16th June until Sunday 18th June.

For further information please contact Anders Bäcklund:

or, President Ewa Brander:

mob: 070 633 46 32

Peter Cook

MGCC – Overseas Director


Luxembourg, 2017

The MGCC Luxembourg is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year and is hosting an appropriately celebratory event – August 23-27th, in Vianden. Please follow the link for further details. Places are limited and filling fast:

Peter Cook

An interesting BBC story involving a BRG TF.

A n unusual BBC story which combines intrigue, revolution,and football.

How football helped Algeria’s liberation movement

  • 7 January 2017
  • From the sectionAfrica
Mohamed Maouche standing by his MG Convertible carImage copyrightMOHAMED MAOUCHE
Image captionMohamed Maouche says he and his wife, Khadidja, were the first ambassadors of the revolution

One day in late 1958, at the height of the Algerian war of independence, an Algerian couple in their early twenties hopped into a fast car, put on some music and set off on honeymoon from the French capital Paris.

Mohamed and Khadidja Maouche spent the next 48 hours on a whirlwind tour. In a MG convertible – painted British racing green – they drove west to Le Havre, then south to Rennes and Bordeaux, east to Nimes, before heading back up north to Troyes and Reims.

Mohamed was a footballer and had a letter from his club, Stade de Reims, stating that he was authorised to be on leave so that he could celebrate his marriage.

Mohamed and Khadidja were newlyweds – but their honeymoon was an elaborate disguise.

Portrait of Khadidja Maouche.Image copyrightMOHAMED MAOUCHE
Image captionKhadidja secretly recruited Algerian players in France for the liberation movement

In fact, they were on a covert operation for the independence movement Front de Liberation Nationale (FLN), which four years earlier had started a fight against French rule in Algeria.

Their secret mission was to persuade Algerian-born footballers to secretly abandon their top-flight French clubs to play for a team set up by FLN.

Khadidja’s role was pivotal. She worked with a collective of Paris-based Algerian lawyers who defended FLN activists and at 20 years old, was the FLN’s youngest liaison officer in France.

“I was in charge of contacting the players, either before or during the games,” Khadidja says.

“No-one knew I was married to Maouche. They would just be told a FLN activist wanted to speak to them. I would talk to them individually to say: “It’s an order, that’s it,” and they all agreed.”

Front view of MG convertible car.Image copyrightMOHAMED MAOUCHE
Image captionThe Algerian couple toured France in this MG convertible as they recruited players for the FLN

Mohamed and Khadidja’s enterprise was risky. Both had already served time in prison and were under surveillance by the French intelligence services. Khadidja was also on the target list of La Main Rouge, a shadowy group sponsored by the French state to eliminate FLN members and supporters.

But Mohamed remembers those days of danger and the “crazy” story of the car with affection.

“We had to be sure of ourselves. If you weren’t sure of yourself there was no point in going on such missions because, in the worst case scenario, this could cost you dearly. So we were very relaxed.”

They drove for 48 hours, practically non-stop, and music was a constant companion.

Mohamed Maouche heading a footballImage copyrightMOHAMED MAOUCHE
Image captionMohammed Maouche left French club Stade de Reims and joined the FLN team in 1960

“I loved music so much because it was also a good way to pass the time,” Mohamed says.

“There was this one song we used to play. It was by Richard Anthony and it was about a little MG. It was extraordinary. With hair flying in the wind in the open-top car. Oh, we were so young,” he giggles.

After recruiting the players, Khadidja and Mohamed instructed them to slip over the border to Switzerland.

Winning hearts and minds

Khadidja was told by the FLN man in charge in Geneva to go to a supermarket called Mi-Gros to collect forged travel documents. As she shopped, she was approached and greeted by a man.

“He kissed me and while he was kissing me he said “open your bag!”

In went 15 passports, which allowed Khadidja, Mohamed and the footballers to go to Italy and catch a ferry to Tunisia – where the FLN was based.

There, they joined nine other footballers – three of whom were part of the French 1958 World Cup squad and whose defection earlier in the year struck a real blow to the French establishment.

Line up of Constantine football club team players.Image copyrightMOHAMED MAOUCHE
Image captionMohamed also played for Algeria’s oldest football club, Constantine

The FLN team was ready to kick off and over the next four years until independence in 1962, the players went on tours to countries including Iraq, Vietnam and Hungary to highlight the Algerian struggle for independence. They played attacking, entertaining and winning football before huge crowds of up to 80,000.

“We were the first ambassadors of the revolution and the Algerian people,” Mohamed believes.

“Because most people did not know that there was a real war in Algeria. We spoke to people after the match and the next day there were interviews and that’s how they discovered Algeria. We were true ambassadors.”

Le onze de l’independence, as the FLN team was also known, proved to be a powerful way of winning hearts and minds. Seeing a team of eleven in white shorts and green shirts on the football pitch made an imagined Algeria real.

Mohamed Maouche finally joined the FLN team in 1960 and recalls his first match against Libya, which they won 11-0.

“It was really extraordinary because we lined up and the flags go up… and when I saw our flag, the national emblem in the air… with its star and crescent, my heart was racing and I had goosebumps and we all said ‘Vive l’Algerie’.”

Monte Carlo MG Event, 2017.


Nicola Parolin

President of the MG Car Club Monaco


Nicola Parolin: “Le Victoria” – 13/F, Boulevard Princesse Charlotte

MC – 98000 Principality of Monaco

T.: +33.6.1272.1059; F.: +377.9770.3377

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EEOTY 2017

The EEOTY 2017 is being hosted by the MAIA MG Club, Portugal in August. Their website has some information:\mgevent2017

Online registration for the event will open on 1st November and close on 15th December when a full programme will be provided.

Peter Cook

Overseas Director – MGCC.

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European Microsite

WELCOME to the MG Car Club’s European Centre. For more information about the affiliated clubs that make up the European Centre, please visit their independent websites, all of which are listed here. (more…)