How about this one - Kaiserslautern v Real Madrid, 1982 UEFA Cup. A rare opportunity to see Laurie Cunningham in all-white, at least until his red card. Great goals, great fouls and six milkmen sitting at one end.
Leaving aside our own, who are the best players you’ve seen, who you raved about to your mates afterwards, whose careers either failed to take off or who vanished without a trace?
I’ll start with Dean Connolly. I was at a loose end one bank holiday in the early 90s, and made my annual trip to Griffin Park. Brentford crushed Wigan 4-0. The visitors were pretty hopeless except for Connolly, who was fantastic on the ball and incredibly quick to find a pass to a team mate, who quickly lost the ball. At one point, he took the ball with his back to goal about 30 yards out, lost three defenders with a turn and a trick and smashed the ball against the bar. And was then taken off.
At the time he was on loan from Barnsley in the next league up, which didn’t surprise me given his air of superiority and an obvious lack of conditioning. Google tells me he was originally a Celtic junior but was picked up by Arsenal in his teens. Barnsley let him go soon after and I never heard of him again. I can’t forget how talented he looked. I wonder what happened.
This might well be a Spackman given the date, but I only just noticed it. Good to see another former Chelsea player keeping up the club’s traditions by being a bellend but Liberia hoped for better. His predecessor’s son apparently helped himself to $100m of new notes as a director of the National Bank so George has a hard act to follow. https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-47278792