Random Great Goals: Ray Wilkins Gets His Lob On Against Belgium At Euro 1980 (Video)

Chris Wright

10th, March 2015


By Chris Wright


England’s outstandingly handsome Euro 1980 ensemble

Largely remembered for his proto-Cleverley propensity to go sideways and a textbook case of male pattern baldness, Ray Wilkins could also play a bit in his day – as a CV boasting stints at Chelsea, Manchester United and AC Milan duly attests.

Butch also amassed a healthy 84 caps for his country, scoring but three goals over the course of his decade-long England career – the second of which came in a 1-1 draw against Belgium during the Euro 1980 group stages.

Having commandeered an iffy defensive header on the edge of the box, Wilkins firstly lobbed his way over a fairly obvious Belgian offside trap before composing himself for a split-second and executing yet another perfect lob over the on-rushing Jean-Marie Pfaff to open the scoring in Turin’s Stadio Comunale…

Exquisitely done.

As we say, he could play a bit, that Butch.

A selection of other random great goals on Pies…

Patrick M’Boma (Gamba Osaka) vs Shonan Bellmare
Roberto Cabanas (New York Cosmos) vs Tulsa Roughnecks
Thierry Henry (Arsenal) vs SC Wiez
Darren Barnard (Barnsley) vs Huddersfield
Juan Roman Riquelme (Boca Juniors) vs Corinthians
Hugo Almeida (Porto) vs Inter Milan
Paulo Wanchope (Costa Rica) vs Uruguay

Rivaldo And Friends (Olympiakos) vs PAOK
Jon Harley (Fulham) vs Aston Villa

Alessandro Del Piero (Juventus) vs Fiorentina
Dimitar Berbatov (Leverkusen) vs Roma
Dennis Tueart (Sunderland) vs Oxford United
Jari Litmanen (Finland) vs Norway
Keisuke Honda (Japan) vs Hong Kong
Robin van Persie (Arsenal) vs Blackburn

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  1. James C. Taylor says:

    As you will no doubt recall, Turin’s Stadio delle Alpi was only built for the 1990 World Cup. This game was played at the old Stadio Comunale.

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