Friday, May 22, 2009

Friday Ten - The Ten Best Football Matches I've Ever Been To

1: Rangers 3-1 Aberdeen, Ibrox, April 28 1996 (Rangers come from behind to beat Aberdeen through a Paul Gascoigne hat-trick to win the Premier League.)

2: Real Madrid 2-1 Bayer Leverkusen, Hampden, May 15 2002 (The Champions League final that was lit up by Zinedine Zidane's match-winning volley.)

3: Brechin City 6-4 Rangers, Glebe Park, April 29 1991 (The first game I ever attended, a testimonial for Brechin's Dougie Scott in which Ian Durrant scored a penalty and Mark Walters also played.)

4: Brechin City 1-2 Hearts, Glebe Park, August 19 1992 (1903 fans cram into Glebe Park to watch high-flying Brechin score a dramatic equaliser against Premier League Hearts, only for John Robertson to grab a late, and cruel, winner.)

5: Nottingham Forest 3-2 Bristol City, City Ground, April 11 2008 (Stunning match that saw Forest come from behind twice before Dexter Blackstock's injury time winner to push the club towards safety from relegation.)

6: Rangers 4-0 Celtic, Ibrox, March 26 2000 (Rangers romp to victory over a piss-poor Celtic side with two goals from Jorg Albertz and one each from Andrei Kanchelskis and Giovanni van Bronckhorst.)

7: Hibernian 6-2 Hearts, Easter Road, October 22 2000 (A Mixu Paatelainen hat-trick helps Hibs pummel a hapless Hearts side. It's not often you score twice away from home in a derby and still lose.)

8: Rangers 4-0 Raith Rovers, Ibrox, January 13 1996 (It may only have been Raith Rovers, but Brian Laudrup rips the Kirkcaldy side to pieces, although he fails to get on the scoresheet himself.)

9: Everton 2-1 Charlton Athletic, Goodison Park, April 15 2007 (Three goals in the last ten minutes see Everton take the lead, Charlton equalise then James McFadden win the match with a stunning solo effort.)

10: Scotland 0-1 Germany, Ibrox, March 24 1993 (OK, maybe it was no classic, but this international friendly was the first time I saw Scotland play. Duncan Ferguson hit the crossbar with an overhead kick, but Germany won thanks to Karl-Heinz Riedle's goal in the first half.)


Mike Smith said...

You're kidding about number seven....surely?

Groanin' Jock said...

An eight-goal thriller (I use the term loosely) in the SPL?! Of course I'm not kidding!

bigrab said...

I thought the Montrose v Dumbarton game I attended with you was pretty good!

Groanin' Jock said...

And I thought the Montrose v Dumbarton fixture that followed it a few weeks later was pretty good ;-)