THE HALF DECENT FOOTBALL MAGAZINE

Watching the Evesham United goalkeeper against Stafford Rangers. Whenever the ball came towards goal, he’d just stand there, cemented to the line, and watch it go. Sometimes it went into the net, and sometimes it didn’t. His strip was cleaner at full-time than it was at the start. I suspect he was probably the manager’s son-in-law or something. David Wangerin

Beating pampered cosmopolitan pooches West Ham in front of a pulsating Vetch crowd – a perfect example of how passion now only exists outside the sanitised world of the Premiership. AS Thomas

Half-time in France’s match against Andorra, with the score 0-0. Cris Freddi

The sheer joy among Newcastle fans after Alan Shearer put us 2-0 up in the FA Cup semi-final. Although Spurs are no great shakes, the game proved to Newcastle fans the corner had finally been turned and we could go on to win the Cup. Erm... Ian Cusack

Kevin Phillips scoring at QPR with a brilliant volley with the outside of his boot, without breaking stride, in front of the Sunderland end. This on his return after four months out. Joe Boyle

Fans United III, Chester v Brighton (16th January). A huge success despite the game being on a Friday night, the police making the game all ticket, Sky televising it and the weather being awful. For a club like Chester to more than double our average gate and have over 50 European teams represented was a testament to the sheer hard work put in by so many of our supporters in keeping the Blues going. Mark Howell

Crystal Palace keeper Kevin Miller waving obligingly at George Kulcsar’s tenth minute strike that gave QPR the lead in a match we would eventually win 6-0 to ensure First Division survival. That it took until we were five goals up before most felt the game was really safe is a trifle worrying, though. Anthony Hobbs

Scarborough silencing 14,000 Hull City fans with what could have been a life-saving equaliser. Stephanie Pride

Cardiff’s promotion and Craig Bellamy’s winner for Wales in Denmark. It almost made the last few years of non-stop misery worthwhile. Nigel Harris

Charlton’s winner at Villa Park, which capped possibly the most dramatic match of the season. It might have proved in vain, but even so it was fantastic. Philip Cornwall

John Hendrie getting the sack at Barnsley. My joy, however, quickly dispersed when I found out who his successor was going to be. Richard Darn

Ince’s equaliser at Anfield against Man Utd which opened up the title race. It encapsulated everything we’ve come to expect from local derbies – fervent hatred, extreme jealousy and twisted pleasure. The second, conversely, was an English team winning the European Cup. It made me proud to be English, watching a Scotsman’s team win thanks to a Norwegian. Or something. Gary Parkinson

 Taking Celtic’s title off them at their place. The particular moment was the two seconds or so when the goal was empty in front of Neil McCann. Although I’ve seen Peter van Vossen miss from there, it was nice to have a moment to realise what was about to happen. Alex Anderson

For the very brief moment that it lasted, the euphoria of Alan Rogers’s equaliser for Forest against Manchester United. If they had only beaten us 4-1 or 5-1 it probably would have compensated... Padraig McKenna

For all Dundee United fans, its end. Ken Gall

From WSC 149 July 1999. What was happening this month

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