Video of the Day: Norwich City vs Liverpool, February 1980

by | Jan 21, 2016

There are some moments in the history of English football that are preserved in a weird form of virtual aspic, captured on film and periodically replayed as representatives of those few seconds of precious genius that we all chase like addicts. So it is with Justin Fashanu’s goal at Carrow Road for Norwich City against Liverpool in a First Division match from February 1980, our Video of the Day for today. The turn on a sixpence and thunderous drive past a hapless Ray Clemence is, perhaps, the defining football moment of that year. It is a goal for the ages, a moment of poetry and ballet scored by a man who deserves to be remembered this way rather than for the tragedy of his untimely death, and a more than worthy winner of the BBC’s Goal of the Season award for that year.

Yet there is also other period detail about this match that is also worthy of note. The performance of the “supersub” David Fairclough for Liverpool, for one thing, and a languid forty yard run by Alan Hansen to tee him up to score one of his goals in this match. It’s also a minor curio to see Martin Peters – who, fourteen years earlier, would have been the man who won the World Cup for England had West Germany not scored a last minute equaliser at Wembley in a certain match played there in July 1966 – still playing First Division football at thirty-six years of age. Liverpool cut it a little fine this season, but they did retain the First Division championship this season and would go on to become the Champions of Europe for the third time in five years the following year. Commentary comes from Barry Davies.

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