Archive for February 16th, 2011
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Wayne Rooney’s wonder goal to settle last weekend’s Manchester derby is already being hailed as the best-ever overhead kick – but that is a matter of much debate among Leicester City fans.
The Rooney effort won worldwide plaudits but, for City supporters, it seems nothing betters the technique displayed by Muzzy Izzet in plundering the winning goal at Grimsby back in 2002.
Gary Silke, editor of The Fox fanzine, has no doubts that Izzet’s goal tops the lot for its thrilling technique.
He said: “If you watch it, you will see that Muzzy’s goal was technically better than the one scored by Rooney.
“Muzzy was a lot further out and it wasn’t a fantastic cross from Andy Impey as it didn’t sit up that nicely for him.
“He had to reach behind him to make contact, which he did, and it was a fantastic strike.”
Cliff Ginnetta, chairman of the official supporters club, remembers being at Blundell Park on Saturday, November 30 to witness the Izzet wonder goal as City looked to bounce back from top-flight relegation the previous season.
He said: “I remember it really clearly. We had taken the lead (through James Scowcroft) but Grimsby levelled and we were really under the cosh when Muzzy pulled his rabbit out of the hat.”
Izzet’s strike earned him the City supporters’ goal of the season award – a feat he achieved on two more occasions.
His spectacular effort will top many polls as best-ever City goal, but there are a number of contenders and Silke said a club DVD chronicling the top 100 goals only goes some way towards settling the arguments.
He said: “There are some great goals on it, but it has to be subjective because there were some brilliant goals which were never shown on television, such as Dennis Rofe’s two in the same match against Swansea.”
Club bible Of Foxes and Fossils records in the game at Vetch Field in September 1979 that “Rofe’s pair of hot-shots hit, and almost broke, the same stanchion”
Apart from the Izzet goal, Silke’s personal favourites include Keith Weller’s mazy run and finish which won a fifth-round FA Cup tie at Luton in February 1974 as well as scooping the national goal of the season prize.
He also rates Joey Gudjonsson’s strike from the halfway line against Hull in March 2006, and a wonder strike from Lilian Nalis in a 4-0 win over Leeds in September 2003.
Ginnetta says there is a new contender to join the list of quality finishes after heaping praise on Yakubu’s goal in last weekend’s 2-0 Championship win against Derby County at Pride Park.
Ginnetta said: “It was difficult to see how good it was at the game because we were at the other end of the pitch.
“But when I watched it on television I could see it was an excellent goal.
“It has to be up there among the best for on-the-ball skill as he juggled the ball on both knees and then placed his volley.”
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Izzet’s goal at Grimsby back in 2002
City’s star scorers
Of Fossils and Foxes
co-author Dave Smith has compiled a list of Leicester City supporters’ goals of the season since the 1991-92
He picked out Steve
Claridge’s League Cup strike against Manchester United in 1996 as a personal favourite.
But which City goals could be in the running for this
Smith praised Yakubu’s goal against Derby last weekend but also said Andy King’s strike for City’s second in the 2-0 win was just as impressive in its execution.
City’s goals of the season, as voted by the supporters (League unless shown):
1991-92: Tommy Wright v Grimsby Town (a)
1992-93: Julian Joachim v Portsmouth (h), play-offs
1993-94: Julian Joachim v Millwall (h)
1994-95: David Lowe v Tottenham Hotspur (h)
1995-96: Scott Taylor v West Bromwich Albion (a)
1996-97: Steve Claridge v Man United (h), League Cup
1997-98: Muzzy Izzet v Crystal Palace (h)
1998-99: Muzzy Izzet v Tottenham Hotspur (h)
1999-2000: Stan Collymore v Sunderland (h)
2000-01: Arnar Gunnlaugsson v Aston Villa (a), FA Cup
2001-02: James Scowcroft v Leeds United (a)
2002-03: Muzzy Izzet v Grimsby Town (a)
2003-04: Lilian Nalis v Leeds United (h)
2004-05: Keith Gillespie v West Ham United (a)
2005-06: Joey Gudjonsson v Hull City (h)
2006-07: James Wesolowski v Fulham (a), FA Cup
2007-08: Andy King v Southampton (h)
2008-09: Max Gradel v MK Dons (a)
2009-10: Martyn Waghorn v Queens Park Rangers (h)
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