This is the stuff that dreams are made of.
Until recently, thirty-something ex-Dagenham and Redbridge goalie Paul Gothard was a stay-at-home dad looking after his two young children Jack and Katy while his wife Laurie worked as a nurse. Then, having emigrated to New Zealand, the former Essex school teacher turned real estate agent was asked to do his new community a favour as he was approached to become the goalie for Auckland City FC.
Fast-forward to Wednesday night, and the former has-been custodian was part of an unexpected upset at the start of the Club World Cup (which includes the mighty Barcelona as a participant) as the Kiwis beat hosts Al Alhi 2-nil in the opening match of the tournament.
At the full time whistle Gothard couldn’t hold back his excitement, and the goalie provided us with one of the more bizarre celebratory routines seen for a while as, sat on the turf, the number 18 pretended to ride an imaginary horse.