AS we all know, and Billy Sharp more painfully so than any of us this week, dear old Bill Shankly’s assertion that football is more important than life and death, isn’t true.
There was a mixture of admiration and disbelief amongst all football’s fraternity when the former Blades star turned out for Donny just days after his two-day old son Luey Jacob died.
Whether it had been the wonderful volley he did score with or a scuffed two-yarder, he is never, ever going to forget it and will always know that the painful decision he made in his call to manager Dean Saunders on Monday night requesting to play, was the right one and a fulfilling and rewarding one at probably the most traumatic time of his young life.
Which brings us on to the aftermath of the goal and Billy lifting up his shirt to reveal a t-shirt emboldened with ‘That’s for you son’.
Many reckoned that for such a “celebration” a booking would follow (Mario Balotelli got one for his ‘Why Always Me?’ t-shirt at Old Trafford recently).
But at this juncture let’s praise referee Darren Deadman for what you might reckon was compassion as much as common sense.
Deadman risked getting his own marks knocked down by the assessor by not taking any action but he clearly reckoned it was a “hit” worth taking because he certainly decided he wasn’t getting his yellow card out.
Perhaps he had taken on board the introduction into FIFA’s Laws of the Game this year allowing referees to exercise common sense in dealing with the celebration of a goal.
Deadman certainly did that and top marks to him for doing so.
There was a different goal celebration issue at Sheffield Wednesday’s game last Saturday when Wycombe’s 15-year-old Jordan Ibe scored a fine goal and then ran to the fence, hugging his mum and celebrating with his family.
Some grumbled that he’s only 15 and shouldn’t have been punished for an understandably jubilant celebration.
Unfortunately for young Jordan, and I have some sympathy, a line has to be drawn - whatever the age!
THEY are wondering if the sloping pitch at Worsbrough Bridge saw a goal this week which may be a candidate for football’s record books.
What they are asking is this... “Has a faster goal been scored by a team when it’s the opposition who have kicked off?”
Worsbrough chairman Charlie Wyatt says it was five seconds. Listen to his description and decide if it was possible to be anything quicker.
“Appleby Frodingham kicked off, tapped it aside and then the ball was rolled back towards their centre half,” said Charlie.
“But he must have been dozing and Shane Kelsey, who had set off quickly on the whistle, got there first, struck the ball first time and with the keeper off his line, the ball flew over his head into the net.”
Yes, you’d imagine it could have been four seconds but Charlie seems happy with five.
One Worsbrough official had his own take on the goal.
He looked through the clubhouse window and saw Appleby kick off. He turned and picked up a table to move it a couple of yards. When he walked back and glanced through the window, Appleby were kicking off again.
He assumed there had been something wrong with the original kick off and they were taking it again!