Golden Goal: Steve Claridge for Leicester v Manchester United (1996) | Rob Smyth

Golden Goal: Steve Claridge for Leicester v Manchester United (1996) | Rob Smyth

The Guardian

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The snobbery towards Martin O’Neill’s Leicester meant that this glorious team goal was criminally underappreciated

There are no Pepsi Challenges in football, and not only because Coca-Cola have hoovered® up most of the official soft-drink partnerships. You can’t do a blind test when the only useful sense is sight. Everything we watch – goals, assists, cock-ups, bad tackles – is judged through our knowledge and perception of those involved. He’s not that kind of player, is he?

At times, this is a good thing. When Gheorghe Hagi scores from the touchline, we’re more likely to appreciate it was deliberate than if [insert name of old-school right-back here] does the same. But at others it elicits a prejudice that is both unfair and, let’s be honest, a little pathetic.

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