Wednesday, 17 March 2010

The world's greatest ever footballing comeback

I'm usually hesitant to start a football-related blog because the beautiful game is the most over-analysed topic on the planet. And, what with my proud heritage, I'm only ever going to write about Cheltenham Town FC.

Though it pains me to say it, the Robins' performances aren't exactly going to inspire the masses into a considered online debate given the team's lowly Football League position - not to mention that most CTFC fans can't read or write and can only drive a tractor. But that don't really matter 'cos they all come from Cheltenhamshire.

However, Cheltenham Town were involved in one the most remarkable footballing comebacks ever witnessed on Saturday. Gracing the hallowed turf of Burton Albion's Pirelli Stadium, the Robins clawed their way back from 5-3 down on 86 minutes to win 6-5. Despite my record of attending 50% of Cheltenham's away games when playing a team beginning with a B - a 0-0 draw at Bournemouth and a 1-1 draw at Barnet - I couldn't make the trip to Burton. Balls.

Michael Pook, who had previously netted just five goals in seven years as a professional footballer, scored a stunning hat-trick in the space of about 10 minutes. Queue scenes of wild celebration among the hundreds (about, umm, 150) away fans.

The post-match interview with Burton manager Paul Peschisolido on the Football League Show was a joy to behold. His glazed expression suggested he couldn't actually believe what he had just seen: 

"I'm absolutely distraught. To be at home and score five goals and lose a game 6-5... it's er, tsk, I'm lost for words."
With that victory, Cheltenham remain in the heady position of 22nd. You Reds!

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