Jeremy Goss cycles to raise money for NNAB
It is the moment that lives in the heart of every Norwich City fan and the goal that caused the footballing upset of 1993.
On a massive European soccer night at the Olympic Stadium in Munich, Jeremy Goss hit the perfect 20-yard volley, scoring a goal to make the score 2-1, which eventually led to the mighty Bayern Munich being dumped out of the Uefa Cup.
Now, the former Norwich City midfielder is taking an emotional journey back to the location of one of his career highlights, all to raise money for the blind.
Embarking on a 1,300 mile journey, Mr Goss will be cycling 'Back to Bayern' to raise funds for the Norfolk charity Norfolk and Norwich Association for the Blind (NNAB) next summer.
Mr Goss, who will be cycling up to 60 miles a day, said: 'I've not been back since. It will be quite an intriguing challenge. Once I do arrive at these stadiums it will bring back so many great memories.
'I'm delighted that people still remember the goal and I feel honoured that people still remember it. It was one of the football club's great achievements in its history. It was certainty one my greatest achievements.'
Mr Goss will start his journey at Norwich and then cycle to Harwich.
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Once abroad he will continue his journey – following the Canaries' famous European cup run – to the stadiums of Vitesse Arnhem, Bayern Munich and finally Inter Milan, where the Canary's Uefa cup luck ran out.
Mr Goss plans to swap shirts with the local teams when he visits the stadiums.
'It's going to resurrect a lot of memories for Norwich City fans,' he said.
'That's why I wanted to do something that was of interest to everybody, not just the Norwich City fans but the people of Norwich and Norfolk who remember those great days back in the early '90s.'
Since hanging up his boots on January 13 this year, Mr Goss is now events fundraiser for NNAB.
He said: 'It's a big career change for me. I had several options on the table however the one here, at this association, working for a charity, and a local charity, that supports the blind and partially sighted people in Norfolk was the one that really, really stood out.
'I think I'm going to get more job satisfaction working here than I've ever done in my life because it's very rewarding.'
Mr Goss has planned to do Back to Bayern for more than a year and has been in training since leaving football.
He is already receiving sponsorship from Great Yarmouth-based Simpsons Motor Caravan Centre, which is providing a motor home to follow Goss the length of his ride, and Cycles UK, which is providing a Wilier lightweight racing bike with Campagnolo equipment for Mr Goss to use. He has also been training alongside Cycles UK manager Rob Taylor.
NNAB director John Child said: 'I vividly recall the buzz across Norfolk and beyond when Jeremy scored that fantastic goal and I'm delighted he's taking the opportunity to revive that magical moment. I'm even more thrilled that he's doing it as our fundraiser.'
Online sponsorship will be available from January 1 via the NNAB website.
Mr Goss is also hoping to make a daily diary of training sessions and day by day challenges on his journey and hopes to sell a DVD copy with proceeds going to NNAB.
The NNAB, which was founded in 1805, helps 20,000 people with poor sight in Norfolk, giving encouragement, practical support and opportunities to lead an independent life. The charity receives no state funding, and relies entirely on investment, legacies and donations.
To contact NNAB call 01603 629558 or email email@example.com
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