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Wednesday, October 16, 2013
A lot of people had the time of their lives during Norwich City’s European adventure – but none of them could match the experiences of a certain midfielder. A man this particular Uefa Cup run turned into a household name.
His volley at Leeds United while on Premier League duty got him off the mark.
But it was his sublime volley in the misty Munich air – with iconic mid-air pose – that took him to a new level. His equaliser in the return leg was his third goal in four European nights and ultimately put Bayern out of – or maybe that should be piled on – their Norfolk misery, and it merely underlined his new status.
In the words of John Motson: Jeremy Goss – once more the hero for Norwich.
“It’s remarkable how time goes so fast and yet I can remember it so well,” said the 48-year-old reserve team veteran, whose patience was rewarded over a golden 18 months to be associated with Mike Walker’s Canaries.
Recalling what happened on October 20, 1993 in City’s opening second-round tie in Germany is easy for the Cyprus-born Wales international – even if he doubts the special goal was as good as some make out.
“Mike was always having a go at me about getting forward and scoring more goals. I was having a half decent season and I had every intention to get forward.
“I just ran on to support (Chris) Sutton holding it up and when (Lothar) Matthaus knocked it down into my path, I didn’t have to break stride or anything.
“I just hit the thing, clean as a whistle, first time. It was such a clean strike that I couldn’t feel the ball hit my foot.
“What made the whole thing look even better than it was is that the keeper never moved. The keeper went to his top right-hand corner. The goal looked a bit better than it was really.
“I remember it like it was yesterday. There is a lot that has stuck in my mind. It was one of the greatest moments of my sporting career, so it’s in there forever. It’s up there with the very best things I’ve done in my life. The most proud moment for me is scoring the winning goal at Anfield in front of the Kop. Another proud moment for me was representing Wales alongside Ian Rush, Ryan Giggs and Neville Southall.
“But this was so special because it was with the club that I love and still love dearly.”
Goss’ beginnings were humble at City, coming through the youth ranks – including the 1983 side that won the FA Youth Cup. Last season’s young Canaries are the only other group to take the prestigious trophy in the club’s history.
Appearance after appearance came for City’s second string – to the point where it seemed his first-team career would never get going.
That was until at the age of 28, when Gossy hit his peak – big time.
“It was something that I worked very hard for over many years at Norwich City Football Club,” he said. “It was like a reward for trying so hard. I showed a lot of resilience because of the rejection I’d had over the years. I played over 500 reserve team games for Norwich City and there were many times I fell out of love with the game and fell out of love with the club.
“That’s how bad it got but I kept my head on my shoulders. I got myself working harder and became more determined to prove to the fans that I could play.
“That goal in that arena, against one of the greatest teams in Europe, was like a climax and a reward for me. It spells out a message to loads of other people in the same boat.”
It has been some time since Goss took to a football pitch following his retirement. Many have to live with the fact their name is synonymous with high-profile failure – no matter how good they were for the rest of their careers. Chris Waddle, David Batty and Gareth Southgate can all appreciate that.
Yet such were City’s achievements in that era, that even now if you ask fans across England to call one of the first names that springs to mind when you mention Norwich City, it will quite probably be Jeremy Goss.
“How lucky am I? How lucky am I to be remembered for something I’ve done well rather than something I’ve done bad?” smiled Goss. “We can name one or two England players who have missed penalties in crucial games. They get remembered for crucial misses. How lucky am I that I get remembered for something like this? It’s a wonderful thing.
“I had two minutes of the big time, two minutes. We can name lots of players who have had a lifetime of these moments. I’m just fortunate that I’ve experienced those two minutes.”
Not that Jeremy was the only Goss to enjoy a moment in the spotlight.
“My mum Joy played a big part in that Uefa Cup campaign,” he added.
“When I scored the goal to draw level with Bayern Munich at Carrow Road I just ran, pumped up with adrenaline. I had my arms in the air and I was screaming down the Barclay End towards the City Stand, not knowing where I’m running or what I’m saying. The noise was incredible. I’ll never forget that moment.
“But I ended up at the City Stand where the players’ wives, girlfriends and family are all sitting. I ended up hugging my mum. From nowhere, I’ve ended up celebrating the goal I scored to put Munich out the cup by hugging my mum.”
After two decades Goss is now willing to pass on his pieces of Norwich City history.
“I’ve had all this stuff in my loft for 20 years, it’s just gathering dust. I’ve got Lothar Matthaus’ shirt, Dennis Bergkamp’s shirt, I’ve got three shirts from Vitesse Arnhem, Bayern Munich and Inter Milan all signed by the players. I’ve got my boots that I wore through the two-season campaign.
“It’s pointless them gathering dust and I feel the time’s right now. If somebody does offer me the right money and it’s the right individual then I’ll be keen to pass them on.”
Chris Hughton admitted Norwich’s soft centre again contributed to their downfall as Luis Suarez inspired Liverpool to a 5-1 Premier League win on Wednesday night at Anfield.