It’s the conversation you could have with your pals all day – what is the best Dons goal you’ve seen?
Some of you will think it’s James Maddison’s unsaveably perfect free-kick against Rangers in 2016, others Eoin Jess’ run from halfway and incredible Ibrox howitzer in 1998 or maybe Neil Simpson’s mazy run to score in the rout of Waterschei in 1983.
Over the coming weeks, we’ve decided to try to settle the argument once and for all by crowning Aberdeen’s Greatest Goal via a reader vote.
To be clear, features we’ll run on the contenders for Aberdeen’s Greatest Goal, followed by a closing poll to determine the winner, won’t necessarily focus on goals of significance which have secured silverware or qualification, like John Hewitt’s header in Gothenburg or Darren Mackie’s finish in Dnipro.
What we are talking about is goals of technical brilliance, made either individually or as a team, some of which could be meaningless in terms of competitions and silverware.
Today’s contender for the best Dons goal ever scored:
7. Charlie Nicholas, Aberdeen 1 – Celtic 1, Premier Division (17/02/90)
Another volley on our list of contenders, this one from the Dons’ league draw at home to Celtic in 1990 – a few months before the Reds would beat the Hoops on penalties at Hampden to lift the Scottish Cup and complete a cup double.
However, the beauty of this goal from “Champagne Charlie” is not just in the scarily-good finish, but in the technical execution at every point of the rapid-fire attack.
Stand-in keeper Bobby Mimms’ massive goal-kick is the first touch in the move, Hans Gillhaus’ perfect backwards flicked header over his strike-partner’s shoulder is the second and Nicholas’ crashing 18-yard right-foot volley which sails over Pat Bonner and rattles in off the cross bar is the third.
Celtic don’t even have time to think about stopping an attack which moves from the Dons’ area to the back of their net in three or four seconds. It is scintillating.
Take a look:
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Posted by SPFL on Thursday, 23 January 2020