Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Whilst watching the cracking match that was Arsenal and Liverpool this evening, the commentator mentioned that equally classic match between the two sides 2o years ago, when Michael Thomas clinched the Championship for Arsenal with a spectacular goal deep into injury time at Anfield.

I can remember that goal as if it was yesterday and I'm not a fan of either Club.

It was one of those special footballing moments that live with you for the rest of your life. So that got me thinking about other goals that I never tire of watching over and over.

From an East Fife point of view, Kenny Deuchar's dramatic promotion clincher in 2003 against Queens Park certainly falls into that category. The more you watch it, the more you think the goal is never going to come and when you do rewatch the goal it just brings the memories and feelings of that day flooding back.

Another of those timeless goals for me is Archie Gemmell's against Holland in the 1978 World Cup. The jinks. The skill. The finish. Classic stuff. I remember watching that the first time around on a small black and white TV set in the holiday cottage we had rented for a month in Elie. It was way past my beditme if I remember correctly but I was allowed to stay up to watch the vital match.

And talking of World Cups I never tire of watching Cameroon, literally, dismantle Argentina 1-0 in the 1990 opening game in Italy. Those flying tackles, the sending offs and Omam Biyik rising to head in the only goal of the game for the underdogs.

If it's underdogs you want then look no further than when Davide Gualtieri shocked England for San Marino after just seven seconds. You can't help but still laugh at that.

Football throws up so many lasting memories and you can replay the great goals time and time again in the VCR of your mind.

And when that VCR's heads start to go all fuzzy, well, there's always You Tube!
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