As an afterthought I remembered something about a highlight bug. Here's a quote from the WHDload installer note:
SWOS still has one bug in the game which is present in the original.
If you want to view a HIGHLIGHT, you MUST have already loaded a game and
played! It does not matter if you only play on the pitch for 2 seconds or
2 hours, the HIGHLIGHTS option expects you to have already loaded a game,
otherwise it will hang.