Golden Goal Part 10: Alan Sunderland

GARY JORDAN looks at Alan Sunderland’s last-gasp winner in 1979’s “Five-minute” FA Cup final. Growing up in the 1970’s live football on the television was something of an event. The drama of the match beamed into your living room for the whole family to enjoy. Children could see their heroes dribble their way into their lives […]

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Golden Goal Part 9: Michael Thomas

LEE WYNNE remembers the dramatic Michael Thomas goal that clinched the title for Arsenal, at the home of the defending champions.  “One minute!” Liverpool’s Steve McMahon raised a finger to his teammates, his voice barely audible above the din inside Anfield. The Merseyside giants were moments away from winning an unprecedented 18th league title. Liverpool held […]

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Golden Goal Part 8: Mark Robins

HARRY COLLINS looks at a goal widely acknowledged as the one that saved Alex Ferguson’s job, and paved the way for Manchester United’s success in the ’90s and beyond.  Time, a luxury rarely afforded in the modern game, an indulgence no longer offered to professionals in an industry that demands immediate success. Money has undeniably changed our […]

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Golden Goal Part 7: Andrew Cole

DAN WILLIAMSON looks at a goal that, perhaps not the most aesthetically pleasing, was hugely important to Manchester United’s “treble” in 1999.  “Full speed ahead Barcelona,” uttered enthusiastically and memorably by the ITV commentator Clive Tyldesley, are four words seared into the brains of Manchester United fans of a certain age. The stage for the […]

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Golden Goal Part 6: Yaya Toure

Lifelong suffering fan TOM JACKSON recalls the goal that brought Man City their all-important first silverware of the Sheik Mansour-era.  Cup finals days are always tense for the fans but for the 25,000 Manchester City fans in attendance at Wembley, and surely any blue watching at home or in the pubs, the nerves were palpable. […]

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Golden Goal Part 5: Patsy Gallacher

In what is by far the earliest goal of the series PAUL McQUADE looks at Patsy Gallacher’s legendary equaliser in the 1925 Scottish Cup final. They called him ‘The Mighty Atom’. Standing at a mere 5′ 5″ and weighing little over nine stone, Patsy Gallacher was small – but this tiny bundle of energy was near impossible […]

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Golden Goal Part 4: Roberto Baggio

MATT EVANS explores The Divine Ponytail’s first competitive international goal, a stunner against Czechoslovakia at World Cup Italia ’90.  According to Nobel Prize-winning physicist Niels Bohr, geniuses think in opposites. He believed that if you held opposites together, you suspend thought and your mind moves to a new level. This suspension of thought would allow […]

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Golden Goal Part 3: Robbie Reinelt

Brighton are performing brilliantly under Chris Hughton in the Premier League, but it could have been so different. MICHAEL KENNARD fondly recalls a famous goal that saved the south coast club.  It was 3 May and the final day of the season in the old Division Three (League Two as it’s known now). It had been […]

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Golden Goal Part 2: Barry Horne

PAUL McPARLAN discusses a vital goal in Everton’s history, one that saved them from relegation in dramatic fashion on the final day of the 1993/94 season.   Twenty-three minutes of the game remain. The tension and despair are palpable, etched on the visages of the tortured fans as Everton, who have played more top- flight […]

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