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Viva Video XC

Before you say anything we’re not jumping on the Craig Bellamy bandwagon… its just that his appearance suddenly offers us much more potential footage to choose from. And besides, his bandwagon is patrolled by golf club wielding henchmen anyway. But we have repented somewhat, and so as not to give George Friend nightmares, rather than showing Bellamy running at terrified full-backs we’ve instead used his arrival in the Welsh capital to relive a glorious international moment.

In the week I read a news article which suggested Craig Bellamy’s performance (and goals) for Manchester City in the league game at Old Trafford last season represented the highlight of his career. They were great goals, and a great performance, but the world doesn’t end at the Premier League and though I can’t be certain I would imagine Craig Bellamy’s personal career highlight be a more significant strike. Just under eight years ago, Bellamy not only played for his country in one of their most thrilling victories in recent years, but also scored the winning goal. S*y may not like it, but I suspect this is probably Bellamy’s career highlight.

Bellamy may have scored important goals, he may have scored very good goals and though he will be the much hyped central figure of this weekend’s game we can be certain of one outcome. Bellamy will not score the best goal of a Cardiff City versus Doncaster Rovers fixture. How can we be certain? Because that honour has already been claimed by Darren Utley. He may only have ever scored one goal for Rovers, but by God was it a belter.

In the words of Alan Partridge; “Shit! Did you see that?!” OK, it’s not strictly from the halfway line as the description suggests, but then neither was Nayim’s for Real Zaragoza and that’s not stopped some artistic licence when it comes to Tottenham supporters’ taunting their North London rivals. And Nayim was better than Darren Utley. So allow us this moment of liberal distance measurement will you? Thanks. Very kind of you.


About glen wilson

Former schoolboy, Glen Wilson writes on football and travel and has been editor of the award-winning popular STAND fanzine since before the award.


3 thoughts on “Viva Video XC

  1. Uttley’s goal is one that is brought up by many City fans when discussing the “best goal” to be scored at Ninian Park.

    It’s quite obviously an excellent goal, but I think its excellence is enhanced by the fact that not only was it out of keeping with the game in particular, it was also out of keeping with City’s entire time in that division.

    I was there that night when Utley’s thunderbolt hit the net. And it was the best goal scored at Ninian Park (despite Leo Fortune West’s best efforts)

    Posted by Steven | August 20, 2010, 10:43 pm
  2. Have you spelt Utley’s name wrong or have I by the way?

    Posted by Steven | August 20, 2010, 10:44 pm
  3. It was decidedly out of keeping with Darren Utley’s career too… not to mention Rovers circa 96-98

    And yes, I had. It is Utley as it now says above, and not Uttley as it did earlier

    Posted by glenglenglen | August 21, 2010, 12:17 am

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