Football Aid 2013 - Goal of the Season Competition
Sit back and enjoy the fantastic contenders for the Football Aid 2013 - Goal of the Season competition...
With all the contenders analysed and the competition entries checked, we’re now able to announce the results of the Football Aid 2013 - Goal of the Season competition.
The winning goals, chosen by expert judge Pat Nevin are listed in reverse order below (Pat's comments are in quotes) -
5th: Goal K - Manchester United - Rob Johnson
"Rob picks the ball up on the half way line, accelerates with pace and skill but keeps his head with a classy composed finish. This goal reminds you of Ryan Giggs at his best, so no higher praise possible! Wait a minute, there is a bit of Georgie Best in there too, so that is higher praise after all."
4th: Goal D - Derby County - John Vint
"A vintage goal from the Vint man. In fact like a good wine this strike improves with age, or at least it's better the second time you see it from behind the goal. Only then can the subtle complexity and long smooth finish with the outside of the foot be fully appreciated. That is why this tops the list of the long range strikes this season."
3rd: Goal T - Tottenham Hotspur (G1) - Mark Sweetlove
"Of all the goals this season, this is the one that sticks out as a professional standard goal in every respect. The sweet pass out wide showing great vision a la Glen Hoddle is only bettered by the Van Basten-like smash into the far corner, pro level technique. Would win Goal of the Month on many a Match of the Day!"
2nd: Goal H - Leicester City - Adrian Landers
"Another goal that gets better the more you watch it. Adrian picks it up outside the box and beats one player with a neat bit of skill. He plays the pass but vitally keeps his run going. The back heel back into his path is sublime, but his nifty little turn and strike from there is also top class. Incredibly unlucky not to win, but if the prize was for best celebration, he would have won at a canter. Superb stuff."
Winner: Goal N - Nottingham Forest - Sam Neal
"When you pick the ball up on your own 18 yard line and cruise the length of the field, gliding past half a dozen opponents on the way before tucking away such a classy composed finish, you really must be in with a chance of winning. It was the ability to be calm at the end of the move which was among the most impressive parts, but what actually sealed it oddly enough was the pass to Sam in the first place. The No 8 Bal Singh collects the ball and shows fabulous skill before finding Sam, I could watch this over and over from start to finish, in fact I already have."
Football Aid would like to send our huge congratulations to Goal of the Season 2013 winner Sam Neal, his powerful, lung bursting run from the edge of his own box doing just enough to edge out a number of excellent contenders this season. Sam wins himself a special Goal of the Season trophy and he'll be presented with this soon to celebrate his outstanding achievement.
The lucky winner of our prediction competition was Terry Rickeard, with his entry being the only one to pick the top 3 goals. Terry featured in the competition himself (so he knows a thing or two about scoring special goals!) and has chosen a free position in one of our Celtic matches in 2014 as his prize.
We’d like to say a massive thank you to everybody who entered the competition and huge congratulations again to all of our tremendous finalists for providing us with such a great standard of goals to choose from.
Full List of the Goal of the Season 2013 Finalists
A - Aston Villa (G2) - Dan Egan
B - Birmingham City - Dave Taylor
C - Blackpool - Terry Rickeard
D - Derby County - John Vint
E - Everton (G2) - Steven Diggory
F - Hearts - Andrew Harland
G - Leicester City - Michael Dalton
H - Leicester City - Adrian Landers
I - Liverpool (G2) - Terry Rickeard
J - Liverpool (G2) - Adam Canning
K - Manchester United - Rob Johnson
L - Manchester United - Wayne Richardson
M - Newcastle United (G2) - Mark Beare
N - Nottingham Forest - Sam Neal
O - QPR (G2) - Ross Maslin
P - QPR (G2) - Terry Rickeard
Q - Rangers - Frankie McGovern
R - Sheffield Wednesday - Ken Cameron
S - Stoke City - Richard Williams
T - Tottenham Hotspur (G1) - Mark Sweetlove
U - Tottenham Hotspur (G2) - Robert Gostellow
V - West Ham United (G2) - Scott Challenger
W – Wolves - Martin Brazier
All footage for the competition was generously edited and provided by Chillpics' Shane Wilkinson. Official matchday DVDs of all our season 2013 games can be ordered by calling him on tel - 07976 509335 or 07901 590723 or by e-mailing - firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com