Advent Calendar: 8th December – Georgi Kinkladze’s Goal Against Southampton

To get in the festive spirit, Typical City will be hosting an advent calendar in the run up to Christmas. Every day in December up until Christmas Day, one of the Typical City team will be sharing their memories of Manchester City throughout the years. You can expect to see recollections of special games, beautiful goals, memorable players and managers, and moments that define what it means to support City.

In today’s helping, Rob Pollard reminisces about Georgi Kinkladze’s wonder goal against Southampton

Georgi Kinkladze’s Goal vs Southampton

The best goal I’ve ever seen a City player score was Georgi Kinkladze’s against Southampton back in March ’96.

Kinkladze was a special player who stood out at the time as being our best by some distance. A lot of our best players had left and we were on the decline, and the good players that remained were somewhat low on confidence. Kinkladze would be the one shining light during much of his time at the club, and that, I think, is why he’ll always be remembered as a City great.

It was a wonderful goal and a wonderful moment to have witnessed. I was 11 at the time and still confined to the Family Stand at Maine Road, but even in there, which was essentially an outdoor creche, this goal brought everyone to their feet. He picked it up on the right and skipped past one player straight away, and we all knew he was going to try and beat more – he was so confident in his ability to take players on. He beat another three or four in quick succession and still has the wherewithal to chip Dave Beasant at the end of it. He faked to shoot twice in order to put poor Beasant on his arse before lifting it over him.

I’ll never forget halftime downstairs in the bar. Everyone gathered round those little teles we had, desperate to see the goal again, cheering everytime there was a replay.

Written by Rob Pollard

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