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Sassafras, Scallywag, Flabbergast, Balderdash

After Coventry City scored this goal in 1970, the FA put on its soberest gray suits and urgently convened in a very serious room where they changed the rules of the game to prevent anything like it from ever happening again. And it’s probably thanks to their diligence that football was not torn apart by a rash of goofiness and whimsy. But I don’t know. Sometimes you just want to see a good donkey kick. Sometimes you can’t help it. This is Willie Carr and Ernie Hunt, scoring the football equivalent of the words “hornswoggle” and “gobsmack” for Coventry City against Everton in October 1970, and this is your historical goal of the week.

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Sassafras, Scallywag, Flabbergast, Balderdash

by Brian Phillips · March 1, 2008

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