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Desert Island Kicks: Stuart Fuller
by Ed Bottomley


“Desert Island Kicks” is a pale imitation of the legendary “Desert Island Discs” format. I’m looking to nab answers from footie fans from all corners of the globe and all walks of life.

You’re stranded on a desert island, what footballing memories would you take with you? I want you to pick a game, shirt, goal, player and piece of turf from a stadium to take with you to a desert island, oh and you’re allowed one luxury too.

Next up is Stuart Fuller from the excellent site The Ball is Round.

GAME:

West Ham United 8 Newcastle United 1 from 1986.  A mad evening that saw Alvin Martin score a hatrick against three different Newcastle keepers including Peter Beardsley.

SHIRT:

Scunthorpe United away from mid 1990’s.  A red shirt which someone had then either flicked blue, green and yellow paint at or someone had simply thrown up a meal of bananas and blueberries on.  Add a big “Pleasure Island” logo on the front and you have a design classic.  Oh and to complete the ensemble wear the matching shorts.

GOAL:

There can be few better than Marco van Basten’s volley from an impossible angle in the final of Euro 1988 in the Olympic Stadium in Munich against the Russians.  Tony Cottee scored one similar for West Ham against Forest the following season as well….If I could take one of mine it would be the winner in the Kent League Divisional Final in 1988 for Milton & Denton when I scored with a flying header from the edge of the penalty area…and then landed in a cow pat.

PLAYER:

Julian Dicks would be good company just to scare off any intruders whether human or animal although I will take ex-Glasgow Rangers (allegedly) Gordon Ramsay so he can do all the cooking for me whilst we write our own profanasaurus.

PIECE OF TURF:

The bit of grass from the Millennium stadium in Cardiff from the 2005 FA Cup Final where the ball landed to Gerrard in the last minute of normal time and he equalised for Liverpool.

LUXURY:

A West Ham toaster obviously.  I would convert it to solar power and then toast all my food with the initials WHU on the side.  Either that or a terrace tranny…..a radio of course!

Stuart Fuller from The Ball is Round

Written by Ed Bottomley

Everton fan exiled in Michigan. Duncan Ferguson obsessive, history buff, optimist. Follow me on Twitter @Dixies60

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