GLF76: Christopher remembers some classic oggies.
21st Century Oggies
schadenfreude; noun / a feeling of pleasure or satisfaction when something bad happens to someone else.
Is there anything more enjoyable as a football supporter than revelling in the misfortune of an opponent putting through his own net?? In tribute to Dundee United’s double disaster to give us victory at Fir Park in October, I thought I'd have a look back at the instances when 'Well fans have chanted the name of a player under another team's payroll over the last decade ......
14/10/00 St Johnstone H 4-0
Still plying his trade today, the lumbering defender set the ball rolling with the first goal of the game to inspire us to our first Fir Park victory of the season.
26/12/01 St Johnstone A 1-2
An own goal is all the sweeter when scored by an ugly nark like Mr Kane. Sadly his deflection of Faddy's 25-yarder was but a consolation for Eric Black's struggling side, sitting second bottom now only 5 ahead of St J.
22/03/03 Stranraer A 4-0
This turned out to be a jolly day out for the Claret & Amber hordes who made the daytrip for this Scottish Cup Quarter-Final. Having said that it was still goalless after the first half hour before Fraser helped Derek Adam's cross passed his own keeper to send us to Hampden for that seven-goal thriller against Rangers ( if only Clarky had put us 3-1 up just before half-time ...... ).
24/03/04 Hibs A 3-3
I remember getting back on the bus after a freezing night at Easter Road wondering quite how we had managed to escape with a point from this one. After scrapping back to level pegging from 0-2 down a goal from Riordan (surprise, surprise) saw us behind again entering the final ten minutes but Skippy's shot was deflected home.
09/11/04 Livingston A 5-0
Under Terry Butcher we were on a losing run of five SPL matches, so the short trip to play cup holders (??!?) Livi was hoped to be a happy distraction from league duties. The Frenchman had a night to forget, giving us the lead in just three minutes (despite Richie trying to claim it to see him notch a hat-trick) and when he tugged down Foran in the box on the hour he saw red, we scored two more and Terry lead the post-match celebrations!!!!!!
27/11/04 Dunfermline H 2-1
Later the same month from our Livingston oggie we benefited from more charity when big Andy sclaffed home Leitchy's cross to open the scoring. In typical 'Well style we made heavy weather of what should have been a routine victory as the Pars were reduced to ten men for an hour of the match, fell two behind when Richie scored only for Tod to make some amends by scoring past Gordon Marshall to leave us hanging on by the end.
16/04/05 Kilmarnock H 1-1
This one is one of the most important ( and funniest ) o.g.'s of recent years. We needed a result to confirm a Top Six finish but injuries and suspensions (courtesy of the famous 'commitment' shown by Butcher's Babes) saw us field an unusual line-up and only six subbies. A dull first half-hour was punctured when Barry-John Corr (see what I mean about an unusual line-up!??) was beaten by a free-kick to see us behind. Such was our desperation as the game rolled onto towards full-time that we even threw on Gerry Britton !!!! But with five minutes remaining we finally found the hero we pleaded for - wearing the gloves for Killie. Crag's decided to open a gate and start his run-up for a shy from one of the East Stand pie stalls and in the melee the lovely Alan decided to scoop the ball into his own. Cue delirium from the home stands, outrage from Combe and a yellow card from the ref. Priceless!!
14/05/05 Rangers A 1-4
This was our final away trip of season 2004/05 and our back four certainly had an end-of-term look to it with both Marc Fitzptrick and William Kinniburgh being handed starts. Unsurprisingly we were four adrift within an hour and the only solace for the small band in Claret and Amber was a textbook piece of Andrews ball control that saw him place the ball beyond Watterreus. Fear not however, as the boys made up for this embarrassment a mere eight days later - Skippy Sunday anyone ??!!!??
11/11/06 Aberdeen A 1-2
Having just conceded minutes earlier, Clarky tried to force himself goalwards, only for the intervening boot of Hart and buffoonery of Langfield to see the ball trundle home for our equaliser. Still left pointless but ..
08/12/07 Hearts A 2-1
There are few better scenes for an oggie - Tynecastle on a snowy December afternoon, one goal apiece and a Jambo defender facing his own goal as a wicked cross fizzes in - three points, third in the SPL and plenty of season’s greetings for the Gorgie hoards!!!!!!
13/04/08 Celtic H 1-4
Only eight days after Simon Lappin had secured a famous Parkhead win to see us closing in on UEFA Cup qualification (that's what the Europa League was called in the old days kids!!) we faced up to Celtic again - sadly this time on the wastelands of Fir Park beach. The conditions were a hindrance, as was Mark McGhee's questionable decision to play Brian McLean at right-back and push Paul Quinn in front of him in midfield???? McManus had opened the scoring but just seven minutes later he swung at Ross McCormack's effort only to force the ball past Boruc. Cue six minutes of hilarity in the 'Well stands - fast forward another half an hour and game over ......
22/09/09 ICT H 3-2(AET)
Having enjoyed six Europa League matches against Llanelli, Flamurtari and Steau Bucharest and standing undefeated after our first five SPL matches under Jim Gannon, a home League Cup tie against First Division opposition would surely be... the banana skin 'Well always make it. One-all after ninety minutes, we forced our heads back in front when Stevie Hammell's cross-cum-shot was deflected home. Even against ten men we were pegged back again and penalties loomed before man-of-the-moment Ross Forbes blasted home the winner in the final minute.
11/09/10 St Johnstone A 2-0
Jamie Murphy slaloms his way to the byeline, looks up and squares the ball for John Sutton, only for their number 5 to save Sutty the bother.
23/10/10 Dundee Utd H 2-1
Another classic O.G. is the first minute gaffe, surely setting the tone of it being 'one of those days' for your opponents. And so it was as Jamie's shot was parried by the keeper onto Severin before dribbling into the net. Two in the same match as like hen's teeth, but United seem to enjoy treating us and so it was when Chris Humphrey fizzed in another dangerous cross, Dillon could do little except wrap up our 3 points.
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