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RETRO CLIP: Dave Beasant Endures One Of The Worst Halves In The History Of Goalkeeping

RETRO CLIP: Dave Beasant Endures One Of The Worst Halves In The History Of Goalkeeping
By Conor Neville Updated

Loris Karius endured a traumatic week but he should fortify himself with the knowledge that great men have been there before. Today's RETRO FOOTBALL CLIP takes us back to September 1992.

What was happening in late '92?

President George Bush was looking vulnerable against a young Arkansaw governor with a string of affairs under his belt, the BBC's legendary experiment with the 'worst soap opera of all time' (aka, El Dorado) was crashing and burning, and US comedian Bill Hicks was on British television seemingly every night.

And Sky Sports were marketing their Premier League coverage with the help of cheesy ads. A by-product of Murdoch stealing the rights away from ITV was that Match of the Day returned after a four season hiatus. ITV held the TV rights lock, stock and barrel for a few years at the turn of the decade.

The good people of TJS Sports - we are wary of giving them too much publicity lest they fall foul of copyright laws in some shape or form - boast an incredible treasure trove of old sporting videos.

If you've ever woken up in the morning with an insatiable desire to re-watch the 1994 Five Nations finale at Twickenham in which England denied Wales a Grand Slam but the Welsh still won the championship, then your time has come.

And they have goals upon goals upon goals from the Match of the Day round-ups during the 1990s. And they contain this beaut from the 1992-93 season which Balls first stumbled upon when watching Match of the Nineties.


It was halcyon times for Norwich City. Another bizarre thing about late '92 was that Norwich sat on top of the league for much of it. They were in all sorts of bother in Stamford Bridge, however.

As Ray Stubbs detailed, they only arrived at the ground 15 minutes before kick-off, their bus having lost the battle with the London traffic. 2-0 down at half-time, they were destined to slump to a defeat.

Enter Chelsea goalkeeper (though not for much longer) Dave Beasant who threw in two of Norwich's three goals. The goal which gave Norwich victory was a Taibian horror show. Beasant could be said to be Massimo Taibi before there was a Massimo Taibi.


Manager Ian Porterfield didn't exactly spare his distraught goalkeeper. The Scot announced that Beasant would never play for the club again. Alas, when Porterfield became the first managerial casualty of the Premier League era in February 1993, Beasant was returned to the side under caretaker David Webb.

The worth of this as a piece of nostalgia isn't restricted to Beasant's many disasters. Marvel at the strange palace that was Stamford Bridge in the early 1990s.




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