RIGHT – if older readers could start whistling Alan Freeman’s Pick of the Pops music, we can get stuck into our top five.
These are Pompey’s five most spectacular goals, as voted for on email and Twitter in one of the most unscientific polls ever staged.
5 Guy Whittingham v Bristol Rovers, Boxing Day 1992. Guy and Paul Walsh played three one-twos, starting on the halfway line near the south-stand touchline, before Guy lashed it home. A spine-tingling goal in a fabulous season.
4 Pedro Mendes v Man City, March 2006. I’m not enturely convinced this would be in top five had it not been so significant. Nevertheless, a wonderful piercing arrow of a shot that sparked the Great Escape. Remember Sam Matterface’s commentary?
3 Jed Wallace at York, three weeks ago. Sparked this whole debate and makes the top three. Reader Peter Jeffs explains why: ‘It bore close resemblance to that fabulous Gascoigne goal for Spurs in the FA Cup at Fratton in February ‘92 and there’s no greater praise.
‘Picking up the ball in his own half, shimmying past a series of defenders with deft footwork and balance, coupled with a touch of pace, and then finishing coolly into the far corner of the net. There have been similar goals but they were quick breakaways against a stretched and outpaced couple of defenders.’
2 Matt Taylor v Everton. His Sunderland effort was in last week’s round-up but this got more mentions. A volley from the centre-circle. If ever there was a goal from nothing, this was it.
1 Patrik Berger at Charlton. I’ve just watched it again to make sure I do it justice. Received the ball along the ground with his back to goal, 25 yards out, flicked it up, turned and volleyed in one movement and the ball flew over the keeper and into the top corner. I was right behind the line it. Fabulous.
Watch out in due course (ie when I can be bothered) for a story on The News’ website that includes links to many of the above and some of last week’s great goals.
And I’m widening the search – let’s find Pompey’s best goal or goals from each decade, from the 1950s onwards. Go...
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