Rants and musings from the magazine team
Following the Brazilian's goalscoring debut for Manchester City, FFT.com's James Maw takes a look back on other net-bothering debutantes....
When Robinho’s delicately weighted free-kick hit the back of Petr Cech’s net on Saturday, albeit via the side of Mikel John Obi’s head, Man City’s fans must really have felt their much heralded new era was well underway.
Sadly they were subsequently brought back to earth from their Blue Moon with a bump by Frank Lampard and chums, although Robinho’s name and image was still the one featuring most heavily on newspapers' back pages, television sports news roundups and football phone-in shows for the remainder of the weekend.
Despite scoring in the first 15 minutes of his debut, Robinho has a long way to go before being value for his £32 million price tag.
"Hey, wait a second, this doesn't say Chelsea!"
After all, if a goal on your home debut was all it took to secure ‘legend’ status, then there would be another name up there with Best, Charlton and Cantona in the Hall of Fame across town.
A scorer on 103 occasions in 146 matches for his previous club, as well as on his Old Trafford debut against Birmingham, this Inverness born forward only scored a further four goals before being sold to West Ham before even seeing out his first year at United.
It was, of course, Ted MacDougall, who joined United in the summer of ’72 from Bournemouth where, amongst other worthy goal scoring feats, he scored nine goals in an 11-0 FA Cup win over Margate.
SuperTed (No.8) celebrates Macari's goal in Lou of his own
The fact of the matter is Robinho wouldn’t be the first debut goalscorer to ultimately flatter to deceive. Not that we’re saying it would be at all funny if he turned out to be bobbins, obviously…
We’re just concerned that people might get a bit carried away, and that the Brazilian could prove to be more Djibril Cisse (who scored on his Liverpool debut at Spurs) than Ruud van Nistelrooy (who scored a debut goal for United against Fulham, and shedloads more thereafter), more Shevchenko (for Chelsea vs Liverpool) than Ian Wright (for Arsenal vs Leicester) or more Des Hamilton (for Newcastle vs Hull) than Robbie Fowler (Liverpool vs Fulham).
Click HERE for our debut goalscorers gallery.
You wanna get yourself laid mate. Was this article written just to talk about ted scoring nine goals.
How were we brought down to earth?
Arabs dont own us yet, we had 12 hours in the transfer market with the millions and only the press seem to think we were gaurenteed a win.
Why dont you try talking about your own club instead of dreaming of disaster at city. Maybe we should market city losing. wed make a fortune. Who needs viagara when city losing is the only thing that gives you a hard on.
If you watched the game on Saturday, Robinho's exceptional talent was there for all to see. You either have an anti City bug in your belly, or know nowt about football if you are not able to see that he will be a huge success for City and in the EPL.
I think you will find that that player in the pic is called Lou Macari you clever sod ha ha ha...You are probably a plastic rag who does not know their own players.
How on Allah's Green Earth did you connect Robinho with Ted MacDougall??? Good grief!
Now there's a time... The early 70's... Manchester City considered bigger and better than utd... What goes around, comes around... Worried?
why can't people do an article on city without mentioning united all the way through it.
they are of no interest to any city fan.
sorry mate, reyes didnt score on his arsenal debut because he played against middlesbrough in the carling cup on debut if i remember rightly and was transferred in a January transfer window.
city played well on sat but i was really impressed with chelsea and as for robinho, im not sure anyone knows if he will be hit or miss. even blues will admit that one.
think the comments bout the article are harsh, he is just explaining that City fans shouldnt get carried away by a goal on debut as career's can still go two ways from a debut goal.
I agreee, comments are far too harsh. Robinho's debut goal was an excuse to take a look back on other players who have done it, some hit and some miss. He defo wont be as hellishly bad as Shevchenko tho. He looks good, but to be fair that was pretty obvious. Lazy passing was his only fault I would say.
Dear me. You often hear how City fans are a jovial, friendly and not at all bitter bunch. What went wrong? A jocular piece on the pitfalls of first-day success, and in comes a torrent of bile – some of which seems to suggest that regular sex would assuage the anger. Physician, heal thyself...
For the record, the writer isn't a Man United fan, because there are no Man United fans in the office. So, chips off shoulders chaps.
What we will apologise for is the Reyes error (we'll amend that) and the Macari pic - there was a mix-up with the picture cropping. Funnily enough, we couldn't find one of Ted scoring...
Gary Parkinson, Editor, FFT.com
ha ha..I see you changed the pic and the caption. Ohhh you sad sad man.
Yep, we did. As promised. Or didn't you read that far down?
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