“On the second day of Christmas my true love sent to me….a top game of football or three.”
In 2010 (so far as this is written prior to the potential games post Boxing Day) we have seen 86 games of football, featuring 224 goals, 6 red cards, 3 dogs in 10 different countries. So we have been a bit busy. Consequently we have seen our fair share of dross (few of the 30,000 at West Ham United 0 Blackburn Rovers 0 in January 2010 for instance will remember anything) but we have also seen a few games that will live in the memory for a long time. Here are our top three in no particular order.
Lewes 5 Dorchester Town 0 – Looking back now this game was irrelevant in the grand scheme of things. However, at the time, Lewes’s biggest victory for over 3 years was priceless in their fight for survival in the Blue Square South. Needing to win at least three of their last four games to claw their way out of the relegation zone, the team had gone away to Worcester City and won their first away game in 17 months. Then came the “do or die” game against Dorchester. The team simply over ran their opponents on a beautiful sunny day in East Sussex, with the Harveys flowing and the silky skills of David Wheeler on the wing setting up goals at will. All of the reasons why I love Lewes so much in one afternoon.
Malmö FF 2 Helsingborgs IF 0 – We know from bitter experience that the meeting of the top two in any league towards the end of the season is a receipe for a dull encounter. But not in Sweden. The Allsvenskan was the tightest it had been for years in 2010 with bitter rivals Malmö FF and Helsingborgs IF matching each other result for result. Coming into this game in mid September they were separated by 3 points. Not only was the atmosphere one of the best we have EVER experienced at a game (see here for an example of what it was like to be there) but the game itself was an absolute cracker – end to end action that you rarely see in the Allsvenskan and two decent goals to boot. Few of the 21,000 in the stadium that night will ever forget this one.
Carshalton Athletic 3 Tonbridge Angels 2 – A Ryman Premier League game on a chilly September night with England playing away in Switzerland on TV would hardly rank high on most peoples agenda for a night out but it turned into a classic game of cut and thrust. In a real old fashioned football ground both teams were committed to attacking play from the first whistle, and whilst the skill on offer may not have been Premier League but it was a great game, capped off by a come back from the home team in the last 3 minutes from 2-1 down to win 3-2 including a stunner of a 35 yarder in the final minute. All this for less than a tenner as well.