Jeremy Goss on the highlights of his career

Bryan Gunn and Jeremy Goss after the win against Bayern Munich 1993. Bryan Gunn and Jeremy Goss after the win against Bayern Munich 1993.

Sunday, August 17, 2014
11:21 AM

City legend Jeremy Goss has put his career into words in GOSSY THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY. In the second of a two-part serialisation, we look at some of the high points of his career.

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Jeremy Goss against Inter Milan in 1993.Jeremy Goss against Inter Milan in 1993.

When we were drawn against Bayern Munich in the UEFA Cup second round, the immediate attitude from the lads was, “Yes! Bring it on.” Massive excitement followed, we were going to play one of the best teams in Europe and the favourites to win the UEFA Cup. This was dreamland stuff for us.

• Part One - Jeremy Goss: The day I knew it was time to hang up my boots for good

Scoring against Liverpool in the final match at Anfield, before the demolition of the Kop Terrace.Scoring against Liverpool in the final match at Anfield, before the demolition of the Kop Terrace.

The gaffer and the coaching staff soon calmed us all down however, and started to map out a game plan with one thought in mind: how to beat them.

It was going to be a great trip, playing in one of the then most spectacular stadiums in Europe and against one of the continent’s best teams, in fact, one of its best ever.

And their squad wasn’t too bad either. A quick look at some of the players who we’d be up against was quite an eye opener – Jorginho, Christian Ziege, Jan Wouters, Mehmet Scholl and, of course, captain and leading noise in German football at the time, Lothar Matthaus.

Mike Walker had warned us not to let the game distract us from our Premier League progress and we didn’t, winning 2-1 at Chelsea a couple of days before we were due to fly out to Germany.

Celebrating a famous win in Munich with Mike Walker. Photo: John Stillwell/PA Wire.Celebrating a famous win in Munich with Mike Walker. Photo: John Stillwell/PA Wire.

That meant we were still unbeaten away in the league that season – in fact, of the six away games we’d played, we’d won four and drawn two, scoring 19 goals in the process, the win at Stamford Bridge lifting us up to second place in the Premier League, a great boost to our preparations and confidence.

We’d shown, we’d proved that the great season we’d just enjoyed hadn’t been a fluke and that we were, again, genuine title contenders. Now we had to prove our win against Vitesse Arnhem hadn’t been a fluke either.

There are two things about that game that I’ll never forget – and no, neither are my goal. Well, all-right, make it three things, including the goal.

The first was the night before the match when we got the chance, as you do, to do some training in the ground where the match is going to be played, get the feel of the turf and the look and layout of the place, that sort of thing.

Gossy, the book that tells Jeremy Goss's story, with the iconic cover photograph by Archant photographer Simon Finlay.Gossy, the book that tells Jeremy Goss's story, with the iconic cover photograph by Archant photographer Simon Finlay.

It wasn’t meant to be a serious or heavy session at all, just a light one, a few stretches, some jogging, a little ball work. Nothing too strenuous for the simple fact you don’t want to run the risk of losing someone to injury so close to the game – especially one of this magnitude. So you’d think we’d have been taking it easy. Dream on. We’re training in one of the greatest stadiums in the world, everything about it is immaculate, top class, the best of everything available.

So we were going to enjoy it and you know what, the management could not get us off that pitch.

We just wanted to stay out there, we’d have trained until midnight if we could. John Deehan is doing his nut, shouting at us, literally coming out onto the pitch and trying to drag us off, “Come on, get off, go to bed, get some rest”, all that sort of thing. Which we did, eventually. And very reluctantly.

Then there’s the night of the game itself. We’ve arrived and are settling ourselves down, we’ve had a walk around the pitch, grabbed a programme to look through and are getting ourselves focused for what’s to come, chatting on the running track or just having a little self time, taking it all in or maybe looking for friends and family in the crowd, it’s that calm before the storm thing.

• Jeremy Goss works as fundraising manager for the Norfolk and Norwich Association for the Blind. To find out more about the charity, visit www.nnab.org or call 01603 629558.

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3 comments

  • Yes, they were jolly times, DJ_F. Gossy looks almost like he was being posed by Mike Yarwood. Gunny looks like the Mekon with a colour-scheme makeover. I suppose since then, Gunny`s torso has expanded to match his pate?

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, August 18, 2014

  • MB, my reaction too on the picture. Looked like a bad Photoshop effort. Superb team though with the emphasis on team.

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Sunday, August 17, 2014

  • That header picture looks a bit weird. Gossy looks like a gnome and Gunny`s head`s too big?! The prose in this second bit looks fairly normal. I wonder who ghost-wrote the first bit. It was akin to Stuart Hall on speed, or Davitt on thesaurus overdrive.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, August 17, 2014

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