Sunday, January 13, 2013

Goals Of The Season 1 - The Donkey Kick

To start this series, here is the goal of the season of 1970-1971 – according to Match of the Day – scored by Ernie Hunt for Coventry City against Everton on 3 October 1970. The famous ‘donkey kick’ goal.
I first read about this goal in Shoot magazine, about 1977, and how Willie Carr put the ball between his heels, flicked it up backwards, for Ernie Hunt to volley home. Coventry won the game 3-1.
Having read this article, with a couple of photos, I immediately grabbed my football and dashed to the rec to give it a go. It is a lot harder than it looks. One is more likely to kick one’s own backside and fall into an undignified heap while the ball lies motionless, seemingly mocking you.
Before you all dash off to give it a try yourself, here below is how it should be done. Note though that the practice is now banned as it was considered too much fun.

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