Moving The Goalposts


Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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5 Responses

  1. Anonymous says:

    “(and without, hopefully, coming across as being too much of a geek)”

    I suspect that this is, I fear, an issue that you ceased needing to worry about ages ago. :o)

    Never mind, top post (ouch!) never thought that I would enjoy learning about goalposts so much.

    Oh, and I prefer stanchion-less goals (for some reason they are more athestically pleasing to my eye)



  2. Ed says:

    Come to think of it, I don’t like the modern goals either. They’re too springy, the ball boings back out of them. Stupid.

  3. colin says:

    I was always under the impression the first club to introduce crossbars on a regulation size goal was Queen’s Park – who started using those, half time, free kicks and, uh, passing way back in the late 1860s when the FA’s version of the game didn’t have goalkeepers, frowned on letting a teammate have the ball as a cowardly deriliction of responsibility and still allowed you to score touchdowns on either side of the goal and catch the ball if it bounced above your knee.

  4. Geoff says:

    The net behind the old Hampden goalposts seemed to go on forever. I just loved seeing goals scored there. By contrast the goalnets at Upton Park and Loftus Road in the 70s were tiny. What was great in those days was the variety, almost every club had distictive goalposts. Now in these days of tedious uniformity they almost all look the same. They are also not without problems as seen earlier this season when ball boinged back against the net and out again and the ref thought the ball had hit the post. Bring back stanchions

  5. Steve says:

    This is a subject I wish would be more widely talked about. On the face of it, it sounds geeky but I am fed up with seeing goals scored and the ball rebounding out, the ball nestling in the back of the net is a vital part of the games enjoyment. In the old days you could identify a ground by the style of stanchion used. The modern type of stanchionless goal wouldn’t be so bad if the nets weren’t so tight, a bit of slack would keep the ball in the net. Among my favourite stanchions from the 60’s and 70’s were Fulham, nice and deep, Wembley of course. There was a brief period when groundsmen used to put an extra piece of netting between the side net and the back netting so balls wouldn’t hit the stanchion and bounce out, Tottenham being one.A few lower league grounds still have stanchions so it can’t be a UEFA directive NOT to have stanchions, which did cross my mind. Interestingly though when Wembley (the old one and the better) was built the stanchionless goal was used so maybe goals with stanchions will make a comeback and once more the ball will stay in the net!

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