“There are certain goals that have nothing to do with football, they are pure animal physics”

There are certain goals that have nothing to do with football, they are pure animal physics Tony Adams pulled a classic name out of the hat yesterday, by adding former Dutch international John Metgod to his coaching staff at Portsmouth.

This gives us the chance to relive a couple of legendary free-kicks from Metgod’s career in England, both scored during his time under Brian Clough at Nottingham Forest.

The first, which is celebrated on the 101 Great Goals video that this website is named after, is an absolute rocket. The goal, coming against West Ham in 1986, can be seen here, accompanied with some classic commentary from Danny Baker: “there are certain goals that have nothing to do with football, they are pure animal physics.”

This goal has clearly secured its own place in British football folklore, it is mentioned in a BBC article today: “He is fondly remembered for thundering a 40-yard free-kick for Forest against West Ham in 1986, a goal which included a 10-yard run-up complete with an amusing finger-pointing celebration.”

The second strike worthy of a trip down memory lane finished a classic match against Manchester United during the 1984/85 season, when Forest rallied from two-down to win 3-2. That man Metgod got the winner from a delightful free-kick in the final minutes of the game. Highlights of the match here.

Both goals can be seen on this video.