Random Great Goals: Sunderland Legend Dennis Tueart Pioneers The Scorpion Kick, 1973 (Video)

Chris Wright

2nd, March 2015


By Chris Wright

We’re traipsing all the way back to the primordial mists of September 1973 for today’s Random Great Goal, courtesy of Sunderland (and later, Man City) FA Cup-winning hero Dennis Tueart.

The goal in question came during a game against Oxford United in the old second division, with Tueart using outrageously unorthodox technique to convert a Bobby Kerr cross from the right wing which was falling slightly behind him.

Thinking on his feet (or should that be off his feet?), Tueart arched his back and connected with what might just be the very first televised execution of a ‘scorpion kick’…


The season previous, Sunderland won the FA Cup despite struggling to tread water in Division Two at the time, famously beating holders Leeds United in the final (Jim Montgomery’s save, Bob Stokoe’s victory gallop, etc).

The Black Cats’ Wembley victory not only saw Tueart take home the cup, some priceless memories and his share (£1,300) of the £19,000 winnings pot – he also got his hand on a set of lovely new Pyrex casserole dishes to boot!

That’s the real magic of the cup right there.

More random great goals on Pies…

Patrick M’Boma (Gamba Osaka) vs Shonan Bellmare
Lothar Matthaus (Bayern Munich) vs Bayer Leverkusen
Ian Wright (Arsenal) vs Swindon
Roberto Cabanas (New York Cosmos) vs Tulsa Roughnecks
Steve Bull (England) vs Czechoslovakia
Thierry Henry (Arsenal) vs SC Wiez
Muzzy Izzet (Leicester) vs Grimsby
Darren Barnard (Barnsley) vs Huddersfield
Juan Roman Riquelme (Boca Juniors) vs Corinthians
Hugo Almeida (Porto) vs Inter Milan
Paulo Wanchope (Costa Rica) vs Uruguay

Youssef Safri (Norwich) vs Newcastle
Paul Lambert (Celtic) vs Rangers
Ilie Dumitrescu (Romania) vs Argentina
Rivaldo And Friends (Olympiakos) vs PAOK
Jon Harley (Fulham) vs Aston Villa

Alessandro Del Piero (Juventus) vs Fiorentina
Justin Fashanu (Norwich) vs Liverpool
Mousa Dembele (AZ Alkmaar) vs Willem II
Dimitar Berbatov (Leverkusen) vs Roma
Gaizka Mendieta (Valencia) vs Atletico Madrid

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  1. James C. Taylor says:

    You never see players shake hands with teammates after scoring anymore…

  2. ron says:

    3 minutes in? Jeez, he must have had a heckofa warmup to come out on fire like that!

  3. buckyball77 says:

    I remember Dennis as an excellent player from his couple seasons with the NY Cosmos of the old NASL of the late 70’s. I’ve read that he scored a memorable bicycle kick goal in the League Cup for Man City in 1976.

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