Matt Ritchie’s Fabulous Goal At Wolfsburg Direct From Free-Kick – Video


Here’s Matt Ritchie’s fabulous goal this afternoon direct from a free kick.

It reminds me of a goal I scored at Walker Park when I was just 13 it went just under the cross bar and the only difference was I beat three defenders before shooting.

But – thinks – we just had coats down for the goalposts in those days of no PCs, no cell phones, no tablets and no £196M players – but he had sliced bread!

Oh well, my memory seems to be shot nowadays.

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61 comments so far

  • Ron Knee

    Aug 2, 2017 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #1

    HWA

    Rafa’s done a great job in creating a functioning team from mostly average players.

    1
  • DubaiMicky

    Aug 2, 2017 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #2
  • GeordieTwo

    Aug 2, 2017 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #3

    Yes it’s good to see us coming into form Ron mate.

    1
  • GeordieTwo

    Aug 2, 2017 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #4

    I think we’d all like to see a few leave and a few more incoming though.

    0
  • Bobbybee

    Aug 2, 2017 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #5

    Our time for buying big names will come once we’re established in the PL, but until then we have the great advantage of a manager who can produce a team far greater than the sum of its individuals. Players believe in him and will run through walls for him. You can’t buy that no matter how rich you are.
    This will be the toughest season we’ll have and it’s essential everybody gets behind the gaffer and the lads, regardless of any negative results that come our way. Being United has never been more important and if you can’t get behind the lads this season then why bother supporting the team?
    We’ll face far superior sides this season and probably cop one or two hiding along the way, but this is the first step on a long journey, not the last one.
    We are what we are – a promoted team unable to match the money being spent by established teams. That’s the hard truth, like it or not. But Rafa has put his reputation on the line for us and deserves our full support.
    We’ll come through it, maybe slightly battered and bruised, but we’ll be there next season, when we can push on.
    Keep the faith, this is the start of an exciting period in our history.

    29
  • hibbit

    Aug 2, 2017 at 6:18 PM

    Comment #6

    GeordieTwo
    no doubt we still need a few in but that was a very good performance today even with all the changes we still looked organized and held or shape reasonably well
    all in all a good runout to give us a bit of confidence for the season ahead

    10
  • TrustSean

    Aug 2, 2017 at 6:25 PM

    Comment #7

    Watching Allan in this Napoli-Bayern game is making me really wish we had Allan in our team. I imagine though that now we have Merino, that’s just not gonna be a possibility. To be fair however, was really impressed with Merino in today’s game! HWTL

    1
  • Mr Funk

    Aug 2, 2017 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #8

    As i said this morning………

    I see that the Turkish club (Osmanlispor) have sold a player that was linked to NUFC (Papa Alioune Ndiaye). This is the same Turkish club that was linked to Riviere. Hopefully this may lead to some transfer movement.

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  • cyprus

    Aug 2, 2017 at 6:32 PM

    Comment #9

    Saw the extended highlights, not exactly a classic but it seemed a workmanlike performance. At this stage that’s what’s needed.

    That Mitro never scores. Get rid 😉

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  • Clematis

    Aug 2, 2017 at 6:34 PM

    Comment #10

    Bobby @ 5:

    Well said, mate. I, too, am a season-ticket holder and only by being there can you understand the power and influence Rafa has on the team/club. Players and those in the stands will run through walls for the bloke. I come away hoarse after screaming Rafa-related chants for 90+ minutes.

    Our signings thus far have inproved an already hard-grafting team.

    In Rafa we trust. HWTL.

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  • Mag52

    Aug 2, 2017 at 6:36 PM

    Comment #11

    .

    Bobby.

    ‘……a promoted team unable to match the money being spent by established teams…..’
    With an owner worth £ 2.16 billion.

    2
  • ShirebrookToon

    Aug 2, 2017 at 6:37 PM

    Comment #12

    That pass from Merino was sublime!

    3
  • giimps

    Aug 2, 2017 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #13

    I hope we don’t sell rivière this season, I have a feeling he may come good and do something ………….maybe hold the proper players coats or maybe tie their laces for them if it’s not too complicated

    1
  • ShirebrookToon

    Aug 2, 2017 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #14

    Neymar signed a 5 year deal with PSG!

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  • toonincheek

    Aug 2, 2017 at 6:40 PM

    Comment #15

    Dr Ed – that was a great goal you scored!

    1
  • ShirebrookToon

    Aug 2, 2017 at 6:40 PM

    Comment #16

    Neymar has agreed a five-year deal with Paris Saint-Germain and is due in Paris within the next two days to finalise the most expensive transfer in world football, according to Sky sources.

    It is understood the total value of the deal is worth nearly £450m (€500m), which includes wages, bonuses and a buyout clause of £198m (€222m).

    1
  • Bobbybee

    Aug 2, 2017 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #17

    Clem, the spending isn’t finished yet imo, we just need to lose a few first. That might mean late on in the window agreeing to pay half their wages for a season, but that will be a last resort.
    I’m looking forward to Sunday, but even more so looking forward to the Spurs game. We won’t get a tougher test and they’ll want revenge from the 5-1 drubbing we handed out last time around.
    Regardless of the result, we’ll get an idea where we stand. Any points we get from the top six or seven are bonus points after all, so here’s hoping for a flying start.
    SJP will be rocking mate, can’t wait to get amongst it. There’ll be no negativity on display there, just full backing for the lads. Bring it on. 🙂

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  • clinath@ed

    Aug 2, 2017 at 6:47 PM

    Comment #18

    I’m going to enjoy watching a Merino this season. Made some timely interceptions and THAT pass…..
    Think he will become a first choice before too long, Shelvey best be on his best behaviour throughout….

    1
  • ShirebrookToon

    Aug 2, 2017 at 6:47 PM

    Comment #19

    Bobby,
    I’d be happy just to get to the 40 point mark. All about establishing ourselves this season. Can see a couple more additions this window but there’s still a lot of deadwood to clear out

    5
  • ShirebrookToon

    Aug 2, 2017 at 6:48 PM

    Comment #20

    Clin
    They could play alongside each other. Imagine that when there both on form.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Aug 2, 2017 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #21

    I remember scoring some cracking goals on various neighbours back doors in the street where I lived as a kid, pity we didn’t have video replays of them.

    I used to really annoy the next door neighbours by practicing my ball control using a tennis ball against their wall, spent hours doing it perfecting my HT.

    1
  • clinath@ed

    Aug 2, 2017 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #22

    Shire…any two from those three will work. Depending on opposition and venue. 3 quality footballers. Slightly disappointed with Shelvey today seemed to game watch and whinge a bit, but that run for the third goal was great.

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  • Bobbybee

    Aug 2, 2017 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #23

    Mags, he’s wanting rid of the club, he’s simply not going to pile any more money into the club than he already has.
    When Rafa took over he was happy with the idea of the club wiping its own nose.
    Truth be told Ashley has lost a small fortune this year so I doubt he’s even thinking about putting anymore money in. We’ve just got to live with that until he sells up. That’s life.

    2
  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Aug 2, 2017 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #24

    I’ll bet that PSG have taken out a massive insurance against him getting injured.

    It’s going to take a lot of shirts being sold to recuperate that fee.

    Still can’t see them winning the Champions League Cup.

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Aug 2, 2017 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #25

    Clin
    I only managed to watch the first 15-20 mins due to work but in that time Hayden was very impressive and then seen a few clips and highlights of the goals and the interception and then the pass from merino which was fcukin unreal lol. Can’t wait to take my seat a st James. Roll on the 13th August

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  • elpaso_geordie

    Aug 2, 2017 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #26

    Why is our net spend on here only 7.5m…?

    I can only think sissoko but that fee was what made us clear 30plus profit last year..

    Or am I missing something here

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  • gonufc (Newcastle United Sports Direct Advertising Club)

    Aug 2, 2017 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #27

    Damn! That was tasty….

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Aug 2, 2017 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #28

    clinath

    Jonjo always gives 100% effort, he is an inspiration for the res of the team.

    Just want to mention the Wolfsbergs players attempt at goal that nearly caught Darlow, fortunately just managed to keep it out.

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  • elgeordie

    Aug 2, 2017 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #29

    We all know we have a world class manager and a pretty standard group of players but look at the Bobby years, yes we had Shearer but the likes likes of Bramble, Dyer, Jenas etc hardly lit the world up after leaving, we over performed because of the manager, it’s a pity Benitez won’t be backed sufficiently but let’s all be glad we still have him to do a super human job with what he’s got.

    1
  • Rotonda heights

    Aug 2, 2017 at 7:02 PM

    Comment #30

    I’m still purring from that Merino pass. Hoddlesque at his very best. If Merino comes good I guess there’s a lot more merit in finding a gem like him for under 10M, than spending stupid money elsewhere. Just hope Rafa can find a few more under the radar like him.

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  • toontaff2

    Aug 2, 2017 at 7:04 PM

    Comment #31

    SQUAWKA:

    With hundreds of millions of pounds being pumped into the Premier League on an annual basis, it is becoming increasingly difficult for promoted teams to survive and prosper in the top-flight.

    Take last season for example. Middlesbrough, Burnley and Hull City went up from the Championship and a year on only Sean Dyche’s Clarets remain after earning 40 points – the magical number often pinpointed as sufficient to staying up – to finish two places above the drop-zone in 16th.

    Last season the three promoted clubs accumulated fewer points (92) than champions Chelsea (93) which highlights how hard it can be to make the step from the second-rung of the ladder to the top.

    1
  • gonufc (Newcastle United Sports Direct Advertising Club)

    Aug 2, 2017 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #32

    Re: Neymar – I can see this timing being very much to do with the 2022 world cup.

    Effectively, the Qatari Royal family have bought some footballing royalty.

    It’s ostentatious and braggadocio rather than footballing acumen.

    0
  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Aug 2, 2017 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #33

    Shire

    Our esteemed owner would probably sell the club for that sort of money, just wondering how if they can justify it under the fair play rules, if they even exist.

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Aug 2, 2017 at 7:08 PM

    Comment #34

    EGB
    Just shows you how ridiculous the money is in football. For that money you could buy a decent championship team and still have a decent transfer budget for players.

    0
  • toontaff2

    Aug 2, 2017 at 7:08 PM

    Comment #35

    EGB and ED, reminiscing with Ian Toon:
    http://s1.dmcdn.net/KL16Z/1280×720-yqR.jpg

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Aug 2, 2017 at 7:13 PM

    Comment #36

    ttontaff2

    Naah sorry mate I’m not in that picture, they all have hair. 🙂

    1
  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Aug 2, 2017 at 7:15 PM

    Comment #37

    Sorry about my spelling toontaff2 seem to be missing the correct keys a lot at the moment, it’s my HT

    1
  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Aug 2, 2017 at 7:15 PM

    Comment #38

    Shire

    Very good. 🙂

    0
  • Our Toon

    Aug 2, 2017 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #39

    Good performance is always satisfying even in friendlies, glad Mitro got his goal, will do him good. Merino showing he has class, I did say he’s good on the ball and a good passer, he should form good partnerships with Hayden and Shelvey

    0
  • Rotonda heights

    Aug 2, 2017 at 7:21 PM

    Comment #40

    gonufc

    Tbh with their riches I doubt they give a rats whether it’s footballing acumen

    0

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