Thought Id get a spin off of the memory thread for some more nostalgia. This thread isnt for your Ninkos, Del Pieros or Brosque. Instead I thought itll be fun to pay homage to some lesser known players who gave us some good memories. I talking Ibrahima Thiam’s trial period, Gan’s belter to put us 2-0 up after 5 against Victory or Chris Payne’s goal against the Nux in a semi (under dubious circumstances).
Didn’t Biddle get into a bit of handbags with Beckham at that LA Galaxy game or did he just lay a bad tackle on him. That game was so long ago that my memory of it is in black and white with Paul Williams commentating.
The Rank Despot. I don’t know why but from the moment he signed I had stupidly high expectations of a player I had never heard of. Maybe it was the name, maybe it was because he was a product of the incredibly successful refer a friend player recruitment strategy the club was employing at the time, I don’t know.
What I do know though is that he vindicated my opinion of him almost immediately when he came off the bench and scored a 90th minute winner against Wellington in his first game. I gave him my scarf after that game in an impromptu on field presentation.
Now when I think back to that moment my brain has merged Ranko and Bruno into the one character. Damn remakes.
*Post edited to include Ranko’s name at the start of the 2nd paragraph.
Patrick will always be that player that should never be forgotten. Wasn’t very good but so much heart. I still remember the game where we were down and demanded Patrick go on the field. It was set up for the most amazing of amazing scenes…and he didn’t help at all… ahh the memories. I still have no clue what game it was, what the score was or who we were playing, but all I remember is the whole Cove chanting “we want Patrick”
Yeah I remember going down to Wollongong for his first match with us (apparently he paid his own way to trial). Came off the bench and dominated, I think he scored one and set one up.
I ran into him and Patrick on a night out in the Rocks when they were both injured and Sydney was away in Wellington (must’ve been Nov 2007). I don’t remember much of the conversation but he never played for us again, despite staying another season
Came on as a sub in the 3-1 win over WSW in 2014. Ball rolled across his arm (or appeared to) and Polenz, while in the penalty box, caught the ball expecting the ref to blow for handball but instead conceded a penalty for hand ball himself. Genius. Abbas steps up to the spot…