Auxerre to Lille to Lens to Le Havre to Walsall is hardly the most well-worn career path in the great footballing canon, but that’s precisely the journey that Ivory Coast-born striker Roger Boli embarked upon to find himself at the Bescot Stadium in 1997.
Fancy new Honda Civics aside, Boli quickly became something of a cult hero in his only season with Saddlers, scoring 12 league goals in Division Two before being snapped up by Dundee the following summer.
The best of the aforementioned dozen undoubtedly came early in the season against Southend United on August 30th.
An audible groan went up around the ground when fellow new signing Jeff Peron slung a seemingly over-cooked cross toward Boli into the Southend box.
However, Boli wasn’t about to let the chance get away…
Boli went on to seal his hat-trick in the last few seconds of the match though unfortunately was robbed of the worldwide acclaim his exploits deserved when Princess Diana went and died in Paris in the small hours of the following morning.
The inconsiderate sod.