In Praise Of… Justin Fashanu. Norwich City vs Liverpool. February 9th, 1980.

You have to have some degree of sympathy for David Fairclough. Hamstrung from the start by the “Supersub” nickname that he acquired when he first appeared for Liverpool, everything he did seemed to be overshadowed by something or someone else. So it was with his hat-trick for Liverpool against Norwich City in February 1980 – long forgotten, when compared with possibly my favourite goal of all time. I’m talking, of course, of Justin Fashanu’s absolutely belting goal for Norwich City in the same match. It had already been quite a game. Norwich were mid-table but were still looking over their shoulders at the relegation places below them, while Liverpool were closing in on the First Division championship, but with Manchester United just behind them in the table. A thirty-six year old Martin Peters had given Norwich the lead, before two Fairclough goals turned the tables in Liverpool’s favour. Kevin Reeves, however, then showed a little of the quality that persuaded John Bond to part with £1m to take him to Manchester City in bringing the scores level at 2-2 just before half-time. Early in the second half, Fairclough completed his hat-trick and gave Liverpool a 3-2 lead, but then came the moment for which this match lives long in the memory. Norwich swept the ball across the pitch, with a short pass finding Justin Fashanu on the edge of...

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