Friday, February 18, 2011

Back for another instalment. Things we love to see in football, just so long as if it's a misfortune, it's not happening to our side.

Early sendings offs are great and the earlier the better. They don't come that much earlier than the fate that befell Ebbsfleet United goalkeeper Preston Edwards in the Blue Square South match against Farnborough two weeks ago.

The video for the incident has become a You Tube phenomenon, so you may have already seen it. We wanted to keep it till our Friday Fun section though to air it in the blog.

Edwards was sent off after just ten seconds when he brought down a Farnborough player following a horrendous backpass. You have to feel for him, as it's the defender's error all the way:

To make matters worse for Ebbsfleet, they didn't have a substitute goalie on the bench so 18 year old midfield, Tom Phipp, had to go in the goal for basically the entire game. He only let in three goals as Ebbsfleet went down 3-0 and nearly saved Bradley Bubb's penalty from the resulting sending off.

Edwards sending off is thought to be the quickest early bath for a goalkeeper but the record for the fastest sending off ever appears to go to Chippenham Town's David Pratt, who was sent off in a Southern League Premier Division game after only THREE seconds for a lunge on a Bashley player in December 2008. Aptly named.


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