Posts & Nets: My Magnum Opus


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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  1. ursus arctos says:


    I am afraid you are likely hallucinating about PSG. I left Paris in 85, and didn’t get back until ’93, but I read pretty much every word of France Football in the interim and never heard of such nets.

    The fact you mention PSG makes me wonder whether you are aware of the absolute obsession of French supporters of a certain age over the issue of square vs. round posts. 30 million Frenchmen attribute St. Etienne’s loss to Bayern in the 1975 European Cup Final entirely to the fact that Hampden had the square posts favoured by those in perfide Albion.

    Had the posts been round (as they were in all right-thinking places where French is the only recognised language and unpasteurised cheeses are readily available), they believe with absolute certainty, les Verts’ shot that bounced off the post would have gone in and the club team that captured the hearts of an entire country in a way never seen before or since would have lifted the cup that was “rightly” theirs.

    Moving east, there was a famous incident of a Zweite Bundesliga match being replayed because the referee gave a goal that entered the net from the side.

    Here is Uli Hesse Lichtenberg’s description of that one (and a somewhat related incident):

    “In 1978-79, also in the Second Bundesliga, Borussia Neunkirchen, the club best known for producing Stefan Kuntz, set a record by having to replay not one but two of their matches.

    On October 21, 1978, they beat Kickers Stuttgart 4-3, but the winner was irregular.

    Television footage proved that the ball had missed the target and then entered the goal from the rear through a hole in the netting. The DFB announced the match had to be replayed, but FIFA were not happy with this decision, arguing that you mustn’t reverse a refereeing decision. Still, the game went ahead and Stuttgart won 1-0.

    Later that season, Neunkirchen beat Saarbr├╝cken 2-1, but that game got annulled as well. A lady by the name of Ina vom Mossberg had bitten Saarbr├╝cken’s Erich Unger in the thigh, whereupon the latter had to be substituted.

    Miss Vom Mossberg was working for the police on that day, and since she happened to be a German shepherd we can understand why Mister Unger disliked her overtures. Neunkirchen also won the replay, 1-0.”

  2. 200percent says:

    There was a “goal” similar to this scored at a Chelsea match in the 1970s some time in which a shot from a tight angle went wide but hit the back stanchion and bounced back out – the referee, standing on the exact other side of the penalty area, gave a goal. It’s on YouTube somewhere, but I’m struggling to find it.

    The PSG things is something that I’m certain happened to some extent. The match I can remember quite vividly – it was a 1-1 draw against Lille in about 1986 or 1987. My French isn’t quite good enough to be able to search for it properly on Google, though!

  3. ursus arctos says:

    Well, I’ve done some Googling in French rather than the work I need to complete, and come up empty.

    The French for goal net is “filets de but”, btw.

    The draw with Lille seems to have been in 88-89, btw. Calderon scored for PSG and there were only 10,702 at the Parc.

  4. Steve says:

    Fantastic piece 200percent.

    My favourite goals in the football league are at Kenilworth Road. They must be the shallowest in the football league. There simply isn’t the room to have the continental style box goals.

    Also, I remember reading a great comic book story about a manager scouting two centre forwards to add to his squad for a promotion push. One of the strikers “bagged a brace ” in the game but kept arguing with the referee. The other striker scored only one, he also scored a goal through the side netting. The referee wanted to award it, but the honest striker told the ref what had happened. What a guy!

    The manager obviously bought the honest striker who went on to score the winning goal to earn his team promotion. Morals and nets. Marvellous. Not sure why I needed to share that with you, but still…

    I also feel the need to say that I have always endorsed the construction of football posts to construct stanchions that the ball can get stuck in, as I feel that modern day goal stanchions are too large for a ball to get stuck.

  5. tim shone says:

    Loved the article, I miss the individual character that was added to each ground when each team had their own way of hanging their nets, in fact on TV you tell instantly who was the home team by the goals they had, The new method is so dull, no nestling in the back of the net, or getting stuck half way up it (west ham mid 70’s). The pegs must return and the table tennis nets must go!.
    Im looking for any photos of teh old style goals from UK particularly from around the early seventies before shit kits and D stanchions became the norm, can you help

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