Today is a day to remember. To remember one of the goals that would be goal of the century if the scorer would have been an Englishman playing for Manchester United. But it was the Irishman Rory Delap playing for Southampton back in 2004 on this very day. So the video is just this short, not very clear to recognize but thankfully Rory’s number 18 is that clear to see that he couldn’t be mistaken.
The comment for this goal on YouTube certainly wants to be funny with stating that Rory only did “the one decent thing in his entire career” but was later added with the fact that his throw-in shows came to popularity when he started playing for Stoke City in the Championship and then in the Premier League. More cameras, more publicity and a manager who definitely wanted to make the most of his ability to could even score from throw-ins if that wouldn’t have been ruled out by the strange rules of football led to the second decent thing in Rory’s career.
Southampton: A Niemi, J Dodd, C Lundekvam, D Higginbotham, P Telfer, F Fernandes (A Svensson, 76), R Delap, D Prutton, Y Folly, K Phillips (B Ormerod, 76), J Beattie.
Subs not used: P Smith, M Pahars, F Hal.
Tottenham: K Keller, S Carr, G Doherty, A Gardner, J Jackson (J Redknapp, 45), M Brown (S Dalmat, 77), L King, R Keane, C Ziege (S Kelly, 48), F Kanoute, J Defoe.
Subs not used: L Hirschfeld, H Postiga.
Goal: R Delap (64).
Referee: C Foy.
Attendance: 31,973 (St Mary’s Stadium) on 27 March 2004.