The 50 Greatest Goalposts of All-Time

No small part of the appeal of football rests in its ephemera. It isn’t just about the matches, the results, and who wins the league titles and the cups. The game is just as much a cultural phenomenon as it is a sport, and most of us take at least a little something more from it than merely the games themselves. Imagine, if you will, that you’re on a train or in a car, and that said train or car passes a playing field or a football stadium. It’s a familiar feeling, that tiny frisson as your synapses are tickled at everything that is suggested to you by merely seeing them in passing, and it can feel the same whether you happen to see the grand arch of Wembley or a lonely looking set of goalposts on a school playing field.

At the time of the first lockdown, I decided to catalogue this weird obsession of mine with The 50 Greatest Goalposts of All-Time. Over the course of five episodes, I took a trip round the world of football to find the weirdest, aesthetically-pleasing and most interesting sets of posts and nets that I could and compiled there here. Click on the name of the ground in each article to see said posts and nets in action.

 

The 50 Greatest Goalposts of All-Time: 10-1

It is time for (insert late 1980s pop metal) The Final Countdown. La creme de la creme. The cream of the crop. The ten greatest sets of goal posts of all-time. And it's been a wild ride to get here. There have been tears. There has been laughter (mostly of the manic...

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The 50 Greatest Goalposts of All-Time: 20-11

Well, we're getting down towards the business end of this futile exercise in football nerdery now, and that means that the big guns will be starting to come out. I should remind you that none of these bar the top ten are being ranked, so please don't feel too offended...

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The 50 Greatest Goalposts of All-Time: 30-21

Another day, another collection of footballing ephemera of little to no consequence. It's time to grab a mug of cocoa, put on your slippers, and enjoy the third part of our series of the fifty greatest goalposts of all time. Some of you may have missed the first two...

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The 50 Greatest Goalposts of All-Time: 40-31

Yesterday we brought you part one of this series, on the 50 greatest goalposts and goal nets of all-time. This is, in many respects, a love story. We all connect to the game in different ways, some through statistics, some through kits, and others through the...

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The 50 Greatest Goalposts of All-Time: 50-41

No small part of the appeal of football rests in its ephemera. It isn't just about the matches, the results, and who wins the league titles and the cups. The game is just as much a cultural phenomenon as it is a sport, and most of us take at least a little something...

read more