September 20, 2007

Sportsmanship hasn't gone away.: Last month the Carling Cup match between Leicester City and Nottingham Forest was abandoned after Clive Clarke suffered a heart attack. At the time Forest were leading, so, in a sporting gesture Leicester allowed Forest a "free goal" at the start of the rematch.

posted by Fence to soccer at 04:47 AM - 20 comments

There is also a metafilter thread on the game.

posted by Fence at 04:48 AM on September 20, 2007

This happened to us a couple of years ago in a local Over 35s match. Our keeper wasn't ready when South Lismore scored from a free kick. The ref had to allow the goal, so at the ensuing kickoff, Souths let us walk the ball into their net to even the game up. Good lads.

posted by owlhouse at 07:18 AM on September 20, 2007

Good on them.

posted by trox at 08:57 AM on September 20, 2007

Very sporting, and the right thing to do.

posted by tommybiden at 09:19 AM on September 20, 2007

Posts about good things tend to go unnoticed. We only like to talk about "Bad" things. The patriots could take a few pointers from Nottingham Forest. I think Robin Hood is their goalie right? He's good.

posted by Debo270 at 10:24 AM on September 20, 2007

I think Robin Hood is their goalie right? He's good. Hood is good, but he tends to be a bit of a straight arrow though. He can't bend it like Beckham.

posted by Newbie Walker at 03:58 PM on September 20, 2007

I am so glad that you said that before I did, Debo. I sat at my desk feeling like such an unwashed American thinking places such as Nottingham Forest existed only in storybooks. But Robin Hood as their goalie? C'mon. Even I wouldn't have said that. Friar Tuck would seem more suited, given his solid base and surprising agility.

posted by THX-1138 at 04:30 PM on September 20, 2007

Hood is good, but he tends to be a bit of a straight arrow though. Ba-dum-tish. He'll be here all week. Don't forget to tip your waitress. Hood is okay, but when I last spoke to him he said he wanted to settle down with this nice girl he met named Scarlet. I said "You may want to settle down, but will Scarlet"... *sits back waitings for the inevitable crickets chirping* This is great. After the utter bullshit of the McLaren spying thing this past week, and Ferrari winning the title by getting a team punished for what teams have been doing since 1950, and the NFL 'spying' thing etc... Sport, as a whole, makes me fucking sick. Reading a story like this makes me feel there might just be hope. Thanks, Fence, for the gift of sporting hope!

posted by Drood at 05:03 PM on September 20, 2007

btw, Robin was from Sherwood Forest. You plonkers are confusing him with the Sheriff of Nottingham. Now, he was more of a 'keeper (as in keepin' yer 'ard earned income). Robin was more of a taker (and giver). I also rate Little John ahead of Friar Tuck. A little slow but his big frame filled the goal. Friar Tuck was a quick wit, but a little addled by the sauce, if you know what I mean.

posted by worldcup2002 at 05:45 PM on September 20, 2007

The link has always been there, WC2K2. The name is a bit of a play on the Robin Hood legend for a start, and for many years Nottingham F****** have run on to the pitch to the sounds of "Robin Hood, Robin Hood, riding through the glen", or some similar rubbish. I'm not sure they still do, as the team at the other end of Brian Clough Way has been in a higher division lately.

posted by owlhouse at 06:20 PM on September 20, 2007

Ahh well, it's hard for me to get my facts straight as my bicycle shorts are too tight, my Hawaiian shirt too loud, and my mouth stuffed with Big Macs. Teaches me to post on a futbol thread. I am 7000 miles from the locales discussed but only a few feet from a book. I shall endeavor to wash and leave you fine folks to this honorable subject.

posted by THX-1138 at 10:22 PM on September 20, 2007

You're closer than I am, THX. However some things have sneaked into my brain despite a lifetime spent avoiding all things F*****.

posted by owlhouse at 10:30 PM on September 20, 2007

I think it was a class act by Leicester. It makes me proud to be part of the soccer community. No matter what anyone else says soccer/football/futbol, etc... is a sport of character and sportsmanship more often than not..

posted by urall cloolis at 10:38 PM on September 20, 2007

When they were talking about it on the news they also showed footage of other similar incidents, like when Di Canio caught the ball after the opposition goalkeeper was injured (Video link). It is nice to see that spirit of sport still around.

posted by Fence at 09:52 AM on September 21, 2007

Nice link fence. I had not seen that one before.

posted by urall cloolis at 09:55 AM on September 21, 2007

I was just messing around, THX. I'm on the left side of the Atlantic myself, never actually set foot in merry olde England, and am fortunate if I'm washed on most days. Just liked those Robin Hood stories when I was growing up, in book form and Disney-fied comics and TV and movie form.

posted by worldcup2002 at 11:38 AM on September 21, 2007

No prob my friend, I will be telling my friends and family that I am a plonker. And they will ask me to tell them something they don't already know. I come here to be edified and it's a schoolin' I got. And I give a hearty Hear, Hear to this fine example of sportsmanship in a sports world clouded by cheaters.

posted by THX-1138 at 12:38 PM on September 21, 2007

I live in Nottingham or as we know it the gun capital of England. I imagine it used to be the longbow capital in Robin Hood's day. Forest still run out to the Robin Hood tune AFAIK.

posted by squealy at 07:21 AM on September 24, 2007

What's the Robin Hood tune? (Please don't tell me it's the French-tinged Irish Dance travesty they came up with in Shrek, altho that was funny, for what it's worth.)

posted by worldcup2002 at 12:00 PM on September 24, 2007

I think it's the tune from the old Richard Greene Robin Hood series on BBC over here.

posted by squealy at 12:45 PM on September 24, 2007

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