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Greatest two-legged comeback ever?
“I could swear Are Prada Handbags Cheaper In Italy I heard a score recently – 16 September, 2003 to be precise – where the home team won 6-0 and where the aggregate score was six all,” says John Smith. “I think it was a League Cup match in Wales. Was I dreaming? And if not, is this the biggest two-leg comeback of them all?”
Alas, John. You were indeed dreaming. There was indeed a first round tie in which both legs finished 6-0. But sadly for Barry Town, Caersws were the only scorers both times, progressing on an aggregate score of 12-0.
We have however managed to turn up a gem of a two-leg comeback from the Copa Libertadores in the late 1980s, in the hope that, like methadone to heroine addicts, your let down won’t hit you quite so hard. It comes courtesy of Daniel Windler, who shares the twisting tale with the world on rsssf.com.
In the first leg, Olympia had claimed a 2-0 home victory against Boca Juniors. In those days there was no away goals rule in the competition, so Boca needed to win by two goals to ensure at least penalties.
Boca were a further 2-0 down by half time and it wasn’t long before the night’s scoreline became 3-1. At this point most of Argentina duly switched off their televisions and went back to carefully sculpting their moustaches, as you do.
Well blow me down, says Daniel, I’ve barely worked the gel into a suitable consistency and suddenly all these car horns start honking in the streets. Boca have only gone and scored four goals in ten minutes and taken the game to penalties my son.
Tragically, another twist was in store for the Argentines, who lost the penalty shootout competition and were forced to sit through a repeat of the game the next day. Still, some fond memories for the Boca supporters. “Four goals in ten minutes, Black Prada Bag Mission Impossible in an international competition! I’ve never seen anything like it! You’d be hard pushed to find a comeback as good as this one.”
As for the greatest comeback in a single game, you’d do well to beat Charlton’s incredible effort of coming from 5-1 down against Huddersfield in 1957 to win 7-6. We’ve Agatha Ruiz Dela Prada Online Shopping actually covered this before in The Knowledge, click here for more details.
WHEN THE RUSKIES FIELDED A DIRTY DOZEN
“Very shortly after the end of WWII, a Soviet football team (Moscow Dynamo, I think) made a tour of Britain,” says Dave Baxter. “One of its games was against Rangers. Years later, as a child, I am Authentic Prada Handbags Outlet Online sure that I recall being told that the Soviets started (or attempted to start) the game with 12 men on the field. Was this an example of communist perfidy or was I the dupe of pro-capitalist propaganda?”
If you believe Glasgow-based Duncan Thompson, it did happen – or something like it – and it was definitely a case of perfidy rather than propaganda. “On Wednesday November 28, Are Prada Handbags Cheaper In Italy 1945 at 2.15pm, when an astonishing 95,000 flocked to Ibrox to watch Rangers draw 2-2 in a friendly with Moscow Dynamo,” begins Thompson, “quick-witted Rangers player Torry Gillick had to draw referee Tommy Thomson’s attention to the fact that Dynamo had 12 players on the field, having brought on a substitute at half-time without withdrawing anyone!”
The aberration, then, deliberate or otherwise, actually took place at half-time rather than at the start of the match, but Thompson has more. “This followed Dynamo, who had themselves called up the best players from CSKA Moscow, preventing Rangers from fielding the recently signed Jimmy Caskie by threatening to withdraw from the match. Clearly the Muscovites were taking the game seriously.”
Just how seriously can be investigated in “Passavotcha” Passovotchka: Moscow Dynamo in Britain by David Authentic Prada Bags Online Singapore Downing (Bloomsbury), which, as Dan Platts helpfully points out, provides a full account of the tour.
MOST GOALS IN THE SHORTEST AMOUNT OF TIME
“Recently I went to see a Danish First Division game between Brønshøj and Vejle (who gave us both Allan Simonsen and Thomas Gravesen),” says Thomas Robson. “In the first half, Vejle managed to score three goals in just three minutes (in the 31st, 32nd and 33rd). Is this a record for the goals scored in the shortest amount of time?”
We’ve had some real crackers in response to Thomas Robson’s challenge, so let’s begin with an offering from TheRadfordClan. “In 1992 [February 7, to be precise], Spurs played Southampton and scored four times in five minutes to come from behind. Nice.” After Iain Dowie had put Southampton ahead in the 21st minute, Spurs hit back through Teddy Sheringham (54), Nick Barmby (56), Darren Anderton (57) and Sheringham again (59).
Another candidate involving Southampton arrives from Paul Manzotti. “Saints 1-0 down to Newcastle in March 1995,” he writes. “One minute left, plus stoppage time. We win 3-1 with three goals in two minutes from Neil Heaney, Neil Shipperley and Gordon Watson. Authentic Prada Handbags Online Australia We hadn’t even sat down celebrating the second when we scored the third straight from the restart.”
Even more diligently, some of you have come up with instances of lightning-quick hat-tricks. Here’s Fergal Amazon Uk Prada Shoes O’Shea. “There is an Irish player, James O’Connor,” he says outlet, “who is in the Guinness Book of Records for a hat-trick scored for Shelbourne FC, against Bohemians FC, in under two-and-a-half minutes, in the 1960s (2 mins 14 secs to be precise.)”
Thomas Gilry, though, thinks he can do better than that. “Jimmy Scarth of Gillingham scored three goals in two minutes against Leyton Orient in 1952,” reports Tom Gilry. The date was November 1, and Gillingham won 3-2.
But the winner, surely, has to come from Stefan Lindqvist, a sportswriter for the Helsingborgs Dagblad in Sweden. “Back in 1995 during a Swedish First Division game between Landskrona BoIS and IFK Hässleholm, Magnus Arvidsson – topscorer for Hässleholm and nowadays playing for Hansa Rostock Authentic Prada Shoes Sale in the German Bundesliga – managed to score three goals in 92 seconds. The match ended in victory for Hässleholm, 5-3.” And that, it would seem, is that.
CORRECTION AND CLARIFICATION – IS THE EURO 2004 DRAW FIXED?
From last week’s knowledge: “…just what are the chances of Turkey, Holland, Spain, Russia and Croatia all avoiding each other? A whopping 250-1, according to Ben Morgan…”
Oh no it’s not. In fact, as hundreds of you point out, it’s more like 7-1. Here’s Sean DeLoughry with the math.
“The first ball out of the hat is irrelevant, it can be a big or small team,” he says. “The second ball out then must be a suitable opponent (ie a big opponent for a small team or vice versa). As there are five suitable opponents in the hat and four unsuitable opponents that equates to a five in nine chance. With me so far?
“Once again the third ball out doesn’t matter. Similar to before the chances of the fourth ball out providing a suitable opponent is four in seven. Continuing, the fifth ball is irrelevant and sixth ball has a three in five chance of providing a suitable opponent, and seventh ball a two in three chance. The seventh and eighth ball will provide a suitable pairing by default!
“Now multiplying all that together, the chances of the five big teams avoiding each other is 5/9 x 4/7 x 3/5 x 2/3 which works out as 120/945, or a mere 1 in 7.875, or 6.875-1 in betting parlance.”
CAN YOU HELP?
“Ken Dodd, and other comedians of his era were fond of belittling their modern counterparts, by saying that if they want to be compared with the old guys, they should try playing the Glasgow Empire on a wet winter Monday after Rangers and Celtic both lost at home on the Saturday,” says Tom Paternoster. “Given that these two seem to lose only two games a season each, I was wondering if this scenario has ever happened? Obviously it’d be a bit much to correlate Agatha Ruiz Dela Prada Outlet Online meteorological and music hall records from the 50s and 60s, but did the Old Firm ever both lose at home on the same day before March (this is a Scottish winter, after all)? It’s been gnawing at me for quite some time.”
“Having had the pleasure of watching my ‘adopted’ Dutch club FC Utrecht manage to let in three goals within the first four minutes during their game against the mighty (?!) AZ Alkmaar, I wondered if this is indeed the worst start to a game in a professional match ever?” asks Andrew Baldock. “And if not, who has the dishonour!? (Final score was 3-0… great to see the confused look of late comers as it finally dawned this was not a score board error!”)
“I was intrigued to see the choice of ‘last 15 minutes’ being used as the criterion for defining goals scored late on in games in last week’s knowledge, and amused to see that Manchester United finished top,” says Brendan Richardson.
“Given the widespread myth that Man Utd have had a history of scoring winning goals even later on in games, how would the overall table be affected if it were to be based on goals scored from the 85th or even the 90th minute onwards?
“And just to see if it were possible to scrutinise the myth even more closely – what would it look like if you were to take only late goals scored in injury time by the home team?”
“What’s the longest run of league games without a draw,” asks Peter Walsh.
“What’s the longest range headed goal ever in the English game?” asks Ben Atherton. “I remember Steve Nicol scoring one for Liverpool from well outside the area once (when they wore their grey and red ‘Candy’ away strip) but my mate Andy reckons it was Graeme Souness against Aston Villa in the early 80s and says it was about 40 yards out. Can anyone help?”
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