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Iconic Moments: An ill-fitting Kop farewell (April 1994)

Following the Hillsborough disaster, the Taylor Report recommended that all football grounds should become all-seater stadiums by May 1994. That meant some changes to several top-flight stadiums and one of those came at Liverpool FC.

The Spion Kop was one of the famous terraces in the world. It was mighty when it was full to the rafters with fans swinging, cheering and shouting their heroes towards a string of league championships, especially in the 1970s and 1980s. Even when it was empty, it was a mighty sight to see the stand as it was. However, times were changing and Liverpool had to fall into line with the updated safety recommendations. After 88 years of standing on The Kop, the time had come for it to go.

On 30th April 1994, the club played their final home match of a largely disappointing season at home to Norwich City. Liverpool bought back many of the club’s legends, including Ian Callaghan, Billy Liddell, Joe Fagan and Kenny Dalglish in a celebration as this was the last match to be played here before the bulldozers came in during the summer. It would turn out to be an ill-fitting farewell to such an iconic cathedral of English football.

Jeremy Goss scored a brilliant goal infront of The Spion Kop as Norwich left with all three points. Their 1-0 win was deserved on a day when the players seemed to play the occasion rather than the game. It was a sad end but the memories will always remain and the new Kop – which was built in time for the new 1994-1995 season still holds over 12,000 seated fans today.

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Premier League Files: Jeremy Goss

Premier League Career: Norwich City (1992-1995)

The footballing career of Jeremy Goss will always be remembered for being a crucial part of the greatest night in Norwich City’s history in 1993. Goss, who was capped nine times by Wales, came to prominence during the Canaries’ talented side in the early 1990s. He often would score truly spectacular goals and was a workmanlike midfielder who was one of the main stars of the Carrow Road side that Mike Walker transformed into one of the most exciting in European football.

He started his career with Norwich and was part of their winning FA Youth Cup side of 1983. He would spend the next 13 years with the Norfolk club, making 188 league appearances. His goalscoring tally of 13 (8 of these coming in the Premier League) might look mediocre. There was nothing mediocre about the kind of goals Goss could strike.

Norwich finished a stunning third in the inaugural Premier League season. He actually only scored once in that season, scoring in a 4-2 victory over Crystal Palace. However, he was a regular starter in that campaign and when his midfield partner David Phillips left to join relegated Nottingham Forest in the summer of 1993, Goss really began to blossom.

After an early season scorcher in a 4-0 rout of Leeds and the winner in an East Anglian Derby, the moment of Jeremy’s career came in a UEFA Cup tie in October 1993. Norwich travelled to Munich to face German heavyweights Bayern Munich. Many underestimated Norwich, thinking the Bundesliga side would trounce them over two legs. Goss, Walker and the Canaries would have other ideas.

In the first leg, Rob Newman’s cross was headed out by Bayern’s captain, Lothar Matthäus. The ball fell to Goss who struck a breathtaking volley that flew into the back of the net. Mark Bowen doubled the lead on the night and Norwich left the old Olympic Stadium with a magnificent and unexpected 2-1 victory. Goss scored again in the second leg a fortnight later, with the 1-1 draw taking Norwich through 3-2 on aggregate. A Bayern side with Matthäus, Mehmet Scholl, Christian Ziege and Olaf Thon had been humbled well and truly.

A narrow defeat to Inter Milan in the next round followed and sadly, that was as good as it got for Norwich. Within weeks of their UEFA Cup adventure ending, Ruel Fox was sold, Mike Walker quit for Everton and star striker Chris Sutton would leave that summer in a British record fee to join Blackburn Rovers.

In an interview in 1999 with The Independent, Goss admitted: “It was a great shame because if the club had only paid the players and the manager what they deserved I know we could have remained a top 10 Premiership side.” 

Goss added another four goals in 1993-1994, including the winner at Anfield in the final game to be played infront of the standing Spion Kop terrace. The 1994-1995 season was not as successful. Just two goals and the club endured a torrid second half of the campaign, tumbling from seventh spot on New Years’ Day to relegation five months later.

He stayed with Norwich until 1996 before moving to Hearts in Scotland. The move north of the border was unsuccessful and after just 10 appearances, he returned to the English game with Colchester United. He retired from playing in 1999.

Since retirement, he has done some community ambassadorial work for Norwich, worked on the after dinner speech circuit and also supported The Norfolk and Norwich Association of the Blind which is raising funds to provide the range of services to the blind people of Norwich and Norfolk.

Jeremy Goss is giving his time now to charitable causes after giving Norwich City their most historic moment in football history during his football days which will be 25 years ago in 2018.

Great Goals: Fernando Torres – LIVERPOOL FC vs. Sunderland (March 2010)

Liverpool FC struggled to fire in Rafa Benitez’s final season in the Anfield dugout but Fernando Torres continued to sparkle, even if injuries were beginning to take their toll on ‘El Nino.’

He shone especially against Sunderland with two goals in a comfortable 3-0 win for the home side. His first goal was what he was capable of in his absolute prime.

There seemed to be nothing on in the third minute. Torres was on the touchline and facing up to Michael Turner. Options were limited in the box, so the Spaniard decided to go for goal. He curled an unstoppable effort around Turner and the effort squeezed underneath the crossbar, leaving Craig Gordon without any chance of saving the strike.

Torres lit up The Kop with many special strikes but within a year, he was gone to Chelsea and never regained the form he demonstrated in his early LFC years.