Watch: Every Rory Delap Goal From A Throw-In

Watch: Every Rory Delap Goal From A Throw-In
By Donny Mahoney Updated
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With the news that Liam Delap is set to join Stoke City on a one-year loan, it got us daydreaming about the glory days of the Barclays Premier League, when his father Rory absolutely terrorised Premier League defenses with his mile-long throw-ins. The Ireland international created incredible havoc during the height of the Pulis era, and we can only hope Liam has a similar effect in his loan move to the Brittania. Rory will coach Liam at Stoke, and here's a look back at some of Delap Snr's greatest throw-ins.

Rory Delap retired with 11 caps for Ireland, which in hindsight, is a headscratcher. For a solid five years, at the height of Pulisball, Delap's famous long throw-ins essentially gave Stoke City a set piece every time they had a throw in from an attacking position. At the same time, Ireland was crying out for attacking options and scoring mostly from set pieces.

His throw-ins seem like a natural fit with the often prehistoric approach to the game employed by Signore Trapattoni.

It's fair to say no one has ever thrown a ball in like Delap: the distance, the speed, the spin. Sky were kind enough to compile all of the goals Delap set up from the touchline and throw them on youtube.

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You can watch them below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EMY7USJT8h4

They also tell a story about the Premier League back in late noughties-early teens, when teams full of well-organised and very big lads could muscle their way through opponents. You learn from this video that skilful teams like Arsenal could not defend throw-ins.

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Were Delap playing today, its unlikely any Premier League manager would consider playing him, and though no one really misses those Tony Pulis-coached Stoke teams, Delap possessed a unique talent. It's a shame there's no room for the Delaps of the world in today's Premier League.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h3iPSPoN1PY

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