Football without fans is nothing.
That’s a phrase we’ve heard on countless occasions in recent weeks with many matches being played behind closed doors due to the coronavirus outbreak.
In truth, it could be months until we see football being played inside a sold-out stadium in the Premier League again – or any league in Europe for that matter.
So what better time to look at some of the best fan celebrations we’ve ever witnessed in this country.
Step forward, Twitter account @FootyLimbs.
They’ve painstakingly revealed the “best limbs from each and every 92 English Clubs.”
If you don’t know what ‘limbs’ are, it can be defined as “The scene of football fans celebrating a goal wildly with arms flying everywhere.”
Feel free to click on the below tweet to find your club.
But here are the best ‘limbs’ from the 20 Premier League clubs. Please note, we don’t know the story behind some of these goals – especially those scored before we were born!
We’re not even sure Anders Limpar’s goal crossed the line against Manchester United back in October 1990 but it was given anyway – and the away fans went mental. Incidentally, the match ended in a 21-man brawl between the two sides with only Arsenal goalkeeper David Seaman not getting involved.
The 1982 European Cup final between Aston Villa and Bayern Munich in Rotterdam. Peter Withe’s 67th-minute strike was the only goal of the game and Villa were crowned champions of Europe.
Sorry Bournemouth fans, ‘File not Found’.
Brighton travelled to Hereford on the final day of the 1996/97 season. The two sides were level on points at the bottom of the Third Division with the Seagulls knowing a draw or a win was needed to preserve their Football League status. They trailed 1-0 for most of the match until Robbie Reinelt’s equaliser saw them extend their 77-year stay in the Football League.
It took some digging to discover the story of this goal but Burnley travelled to York going for promotion from the Fourth Division during the 1991/92 season. And John Francis’ late goal not only clinched promotion but also saw them win the title.
August 25, 1984. Chelsea had just been promoted to the First Division and faced an away trip to Arsenal on the opening day of the season. And legendary striker Kerry Dixon equalised for them in a 1-1 draw.
The fierce rivalry between Crystal Palace and Brighton… After a 0-0 in the first-leg of their playoff semi-final, both sides faced off for a place at Wembley. And after 160 minutes of football, Wilfried Zaha finally broke the deadlock with a diving header. Cue – you guessed it – absolute ‘limbs’ in the away end.
The 1989 FA Cup quarter-final against Wimbledon is where Everton experienced their best ever ‘limbs’. Stuart McCall’s goal sealed a 1-0 win for the Toffees. They made the final that year where they lost to Merseyside rivals, Liverpool.
Any information on this one? All we know is ‘Wright’ scored it and there were ‘limbs’.
Steve McMahon made it 2-2 against Crystal Palace in the FA Cup semi-final – a match in which Liverpool actually lost 4-3. Incredibly, Liverpool had beaten Palace 9-0 in the league earlier in the season.
“Manchester City are still alive here. Ballotelli. AGUEROOOOOOOO. I SWEAR YOU’LL NEVER SEE ANYTHING LIKE THIS EVER AGAIN”.
Do we really need to explain the story of this goal to you?
We know it was Bobby Charlton at Old Trafford but we don’t know much more than that, I’m afraid.
Liam O’Brien scored a brilliant chip against Sunderland (we think) to send the Geordies crazy.
Judging by the commentary, we think this must be the last day of the season and Norwich are fighting to stay up. Their rivals have just conceded so the crowd are already celebrating when they score a goal of their own.
On the opening weekend of this season, club legend Billy Sharp scored a late equaliser against Bournemouth to send the away end crazy. They didn’t know back then just how good their season was going to be.
Back in the day of standing terracing. We can only assume they’re playing away to Portsmouth in the south coast derby. Look at everyone surging forward after the ball hits the back of the net. Mental.
Peter Crouch’s 82nd-minute goal during a 1-0 win against Manchester City back in 2010 sent Spurs into the European Cup for the first time since 1961. It clinched their first ever top-four finish in the Premier League era.
Who can forget this goal? Playoff semi-final against Leicester back in the 2012/13 season. Anthony Knockaert had a chance to send Leicester to Wembley with a 97th-minute penalty. Not only did he see his spot-kick saved by Manual Almunia but he somehow conspired to miss the rebound. Twenty seconds later “DEEEEENEY”. Scenes. Shame they lost in the playoff final…
It’s not hard to understand these ‘limbs’. Championship play-off final at Wembley against Blackpool. 1-1 with just minutes remaining and then Ricardo Vaz Te makes it 2-1 to send you to the Premier League. Pandemonium.
Ah, the famous Sherpa Van Trophy. Wolves faced Notts County in the Southern semi-final first leg back in 1988 and went 1-0 up thanks to legendary Steve Bull gave Wolves the lead. Just look at that away section. Wolves actually went on to win the competition that year, beating Burnley in the final.