They’ve been told that, as a perk, they’ll be given tickets, but come the day, they’re told that there are no free places left, and only athletes will be let into the ground.
Thinking quickly, the Englishman grabs a length of scaffolding and he announces, "Johnny Smith, England. Pole vault." He is admitted.
The Scot follows his lead, finds a sawhorse and says, "Dunbar McPherson, Scotland. Hurdles." And he's also admitted. The Irishman casts his eyes about in desperation, and seizes some barbed wire and two by fours.
The guard stops him, asking who he is. "Paddy O’Malley, Ireland. Fencing."