This is only the tip of the iceberg. For example, the vidiprinter also flagged a goal for Kenji Gorre in Portugal’s Liga NOS, for Nacional. In that same league on Friday night, Angel Gomes had swept home a superb free-kick for Boavista. Back to domestic matters, the teatime game was the big one in the Premier League as Everton won the Merseyside derby at Liverpool.
The Man of the Match? Michael Keane, a member of our last FA Youth Cup-winning side. While watching him ‘in the zone’ at Anfield, repelling everything Jurgen Klopp’s men could muster, I recalled conducting his first club-media interview, alongside his twin brother Will (who is now with Wigan Athletic), at the Aon Training Complex many years ago. I could not have been more thrilled with his exceptional performance against Liverpool. He and Will are just two of the nicest people you could ever hope to meet.
Football is, of course, not merely about goals or even good performances. There was a big transfer story earlier in the day with Ryan Shawcross signing for Inter Miami, the Major League side owned by David Beckham and managed by Phil Neville. Our former defender enjoyed a wonderful 14 years at Stoke City and you only have to look at the way Potters fans responded to his departure to understand how much his sterling service was appreciated. He’s another success story for our Academy and we all wish him well for his new adventure in the United States.