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Biggest high and/or biggest low you've ever experienced as a competitor and/or spectator.
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Beat the reigning premier league champions 3-1 in the second game of our existence (lost the game after 8-2 beginning a run of well over a year without a win).
Biggest low: Fresh air kicking an open goal opportunity in the small schools competition against fierce local rivals Bethersden, the goal would have given us the first victory in seven years, instead they went straight down the other end and scored a winner. I'm not exaggerating to say it's one of the defining moments of my life and I think I'd be a very different person had it gone in :(
HIGH: either Tonbridge getting promoted or the time we came back from 0-2 down v Ashford Middlesex on 87 minutes to win 3-2 in injury time
LOW: watching the live updates come in from the away game on Easter Monday v Chelmsford last season that we needed to win to be in with a shout of staying up. We lost 7-1.
HIGH: Not playing sports
Lions are down 30-24 with less than a minute to play and no timeouts left, starting on their own 20 yard line. Somehow, in a miraculous 60 seconds, Stafford throws two bombs to Calvin Johnson (who has one of the greatest individual performances ever, catching 14 passes for 329 yards and a touchdown, 7 yards of the single-game receiving record), hauling them upfield, getting them to the goal line as the clock counts down when Stafford LEAPS LIVE A MOTHERFUCKING SALMON to sneak over the line and wins the game 31-30.
Low: The referees overturning a pass interference call and forcing a Lions punt in the playoffs this year, Martin shanks the punt ten yards, the Cowboys come back and win the game.
(I have only been a sports fan for two years, so have limited range here).
high - bristol beating gloucester with a drop goal after 19 phase move in injury time, the person kicking it had never landed a succesful drop goal in his life, they used to end practise session swith him going for one & he always missed
or seeing england win the world cup (sevens) in murrayfield
or nilling stade francais in the european cup
or beating bath away & huge swathes of their supporters leaving in early
or inventing a way of running the potato race that was quicker than the usual way, thus winning the event at sports day despite not being the fastest runner
lows - the relegations, losing the play off finals after topping the league & so not getting promoted
High - (Live) Derby 5 Forest 0 last season; perfect day. (TV) England 4 Holland 1; Shearer 2, Sherringham 2, Kluivert 1 (to prevent the Scots from qualifying out of the group)
Low - Last year's Championship Play-off Final obvs
High - Winning the crucial rubber to win 8-7 in the Inter-County Championship v Leics as a massive underdog after being seconded into the team at the last minute due to injuries.
Low - Losing in the Final of the Derbyshire County Champonships mens doubles in 1994. The only time I have ever cried after a match.
90th minute equaliser then winning penalty in the shootout against Clacton Town under 12s in the Essex cup when they were easily the best team in the area
Low: going up for a corner when playing in goal in a 6-a-side and shanking a volley so badly it spun back off my shin and rolled into my own net
LOW: too slow
HIGH - Oxford being promoted from the Conference through the play-offs after a few years languishing in lower-mid table. Depressing, depressing season...and emphatically brought to an end with a 3-1 thumping of York City. We took 35k fans down as well so it was just a brilliant party.
Other highs: Smashing Newcastle United 4-2 the season they went up to the Prem. Also taking Chelsea (Zola, Vialli etc) to a replay in the FA Cup and going 1-0 up at Stamford Bridge in the 1st 6 minutes. Amazing amazing atmosphere (even though we got spanked 4-2)
LOWS - Probably being relegated into the Conference, or being on the end of a couple of heavy trashings...5-1 against Cambridge this season was brutal.
P sure I was bragging next season about how we'd beaten a league club.
That was a real low :P
HIGH: I used to play as a goalkeeper and this game was a really tight 0-0, away from home against the league leaders. We were quite near the bottom, and in the dying few minutes the opposition kicked a ball over the top of our defence and ran on (this was a tactic that worked 95% of the time against our defence). Their striker attempted to lob me, till I ran, stretched behind, and punched it onto the bar. He ran onto the loose ball and I made my second WONDER save.
It was almost identical to this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fDuQyiC-hWY
LOW: In goal again, the opposition put a swinging corner in, and instead of making an easy catch, I had a brainfart and did a dramatic diving header. The ball hit me square in the face and landed at the feet of one of the players, who just poked it into an open net. Everyone laughed at me, including the ref, as well as mums and dads at the sidelines.
LOW: Having to get the ferry to all those European away games.
Norwich winning last ever division 1 title, beating Man Utd the following season. Beating Bayern Munich too I guess except it was the first Norwich game I ever watched ha.
Scotland doing the double over France: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2nmtB7rBs3M
Was also pretty buzzin when we beat Ireland a few months ago, because we don't often get a lot to cheer about.
Baltimore winning the superbowl.
Norwich getting pumped 6-0 by Fulham (who had nothing to play for) to be relegated from the premier league when we only needed a draw was pretty much the worst thing ever.
Norwich losing the playoff final to Birmingham in 2002 (although it was still a great day all in all).
Losing to Italy in the same campaign as the France wins (well, the Georgia game was actually what did it but the Italy one was particularly gutting)
Is this a high or a low?
HIGHs: Playing for Cambridge United U18's team as a 15 year old against Liverpool's U18's in a friendly. They were really good and we lost like 5-1 but still. Jon Flanagan was playing for them.
Also won some strange tournament in Denmark whilst playing for Cambridge as an 11 year old which was good, then the next year we entered a tournament in Italy but somehow got entered in to the wrong age group and played against Aalborg BK's and Hertha Berlin's U-16 teams. We were all like 12/13..... think we lost 9-1 to Aalborg in the end.
LOWs: Playing for the school A team against the school B team in a weird 'exhibition' match on the school field at lunch time. Every pupil/teacher was watching and somehow we lost and also my shorts were EXTREMELY tight :(
I feel a bit tearful thinking about this actually, as I am way too over emotional when it comes to sport, but Scott McDonald, a player I had mentored at Motherwell, scored two late goals against my celtic and broke my heart into a million pieces in 2005. I think we had craig bellamy playing for us back then. rangers had just signed nacho novo, oh how times change.
I think I found this result harder to take than losing to Porto in the eufa cup final. In extra fucking time. First time 'silver goal' had ever been employed in the game as well, fact fans. I think, hmmmm.
As a player, my uni team beat cambridge at the rugby, that was fun although I had a concussion so maybe not as much as a high as it should have been.
I was absolutely whooping it up last night on behalf of afc Bournemouth. That must have been great if you're a fan of those lads.
what a day, i was at easter road, jesus did that party go on?!
and locked myself in a toilet and refused to come out and my friends had to send for my daddy. I was at a 'title celebration BBQ' that has been optimistically scheduled at my mate dom's house.
we were still celebrating that when news came though of the second goal. can't really see anything like that happening again.
i nearly gave my tickets away as well, jesus i'd have been absolutely beelin.
says that Scott MacDonald is the only Celtic player her has ever liked!
Tell me UP, how did you 'mentor' him? Was it playing on the shoulder of the last defender? Or was the Aussie legend in charge of your 'title celebration BBQ'?
High: Murray wins Wimbledon.
Not exactly been following Tennis all my life/desperate to see a British winner, but I do get a little bit emotional when you see people dedicate every minute of their life to being a champion (see also The Olympics) and achieve it. Was in the house on my own and remember him serving for the match and going 40-0 up, started thinking about what he must have gone through as a kid as Dunblane happened on my Birthday and maybe 20miles away from me. I thought "if he aces this, I'm just going to burst out a greetin' mess right here!" Thankfully he managed to take it to deuce I think and then win it after a few more minutes of struggle and it didn't quite have the same impact but was still delighted for the boy.
Low: Chelsea winning the Champions League.
Watched it with some mates and all of us were deflated. Just felt like the death of football or something. Then seeing racist thug John Terry on the pitch, in shinnies, lifting the trophy, made us all sick!
Highs: My first game back after breaking my leg was a cup semi-final, scored the winner and we ended up winning the whole thing on penalties. Scored a hat-trick against Aldershot's youth team the season after they let me go. A 6-1 win against a rival team who all my mates played for having been 1-0 down at half time. Beating Crystal Palace's team at whatever age it was on the last day to finish above them.
Lows: Managed to handball a cross into my own net once, that was pretty tragic. A title challenge in our final season together as a team that fell apart and ended with a four year unbeaten home record going to a 7-2 final day defeat.
As a spectator Aldershot getting out of the Conference and ending up back there have biggest high and low covered, with honourable mentions for wins against West Ham and Pompey as highs and the loss at Middlesbrough as a low.
what a night.
Low was probably NZ losing the cricket world cup final a few months ago. Would've been nice to see Vettori go out the way he deserved, but does fill me with a lot of confidence for some of the young ones coming through.
High- a local 7-a-side tournament when I was about 14/15 that's quite prestigious (in relative terms, obviously) and a really good standard, played in a league building to a final watched by dozens if not hundreds. We won the whole thing without conceding a goal. We couldn't quite find room in the lineup for my mate's younger brother so he played in goal- within a few years he had played in the Premiership and now has over 200 League appearances to his name (as an outfield player). We were brilliant. The feeling of being underdogs in the final (opposition had several players on Everton and Liverpool's books) but knowing we'd beat them (3-0) was fantastic.
Low- A grudge match between our work team and a team comprised of the Italians who had recently took over the company with the not-so-subtle aim of usurping everyone and making the non-Italians redundant (which happened a month or two later). We absolutely bottled it and got beat 4-2. They celebrated Tardelli style at the end. Nightmare.
High- Piss poor match, admittedly, but the feeling at Wembley when Jerjelka slotted the winning pen v United in the FA cup Semi-Final shootout. Thought it near impossible for Everton to win such a big game on pens, and when we put our first about 20 yards over the bar I was practically ready to make my way to the tube. Absolute bedlam.
Low- Liverpool, another FA Cup semi-final a couple of years later. A piss-poor Liverpool with Brad Fucking Jones in goal. We completely bossed the first half and went in a goal up; the 45 minutes that followed was the most predictable, wretched, pitiful bottle job you're ever likely to see from a professional sports team. Brad Fucking Jones didn't have a save to make, we gifted them the equaliser with an underhit backpass, the inevitable winner went in a few minutes from the end. Although in fairness my mate, another fanatical Everton fan, also backed Sunnyhill Boy in that day's Grand National to win fortunes (he's a bigwig in the betting industry and bets very seriously, he'd been backing it for months at big prices), which got beat in the first ever National photo-finish, and a couple of hours later had a heart attack and was in a London hospital for a week, so he probably had a worse day.
Highs: *Cricket World Cup semifinal: after a game where the advantage has swung from one side to the other more than any other game I've ever seen, my hometown boy Grant Elliot hits a six off the second last ball to win it and send us into our first ever final. [the bookies say that favouritism changed 30 times in the game].
*All Blacks win the 2011 rugby world cup 8-7.
Lows: almost any New Zealand cricket match between the late 80s and the start of this decade, but let's have the one where we booed our own captain as he came out to bat, and then chanted for him to be replaced by Fleming when we fielded. Or the innings defeat at home against an average West Indies. Or being thrashed by the Aussies with the only joy being able to remind them that they'd lost the Ashes. Or playing a home game against England where the crowd was 80% Barmy Army.
1. Miracle at Medinah - Ryder Cup 2012
2. Instanbul - Champion's League 2005
3. Blackpool play-off final
1. Gerrard slip. Ba score.
2. Xabi Alonso signing for Real Madrid.
3. That time when England were shit in a major tournament.