7 Fans Who Affected a Sports Game
1The Annoying Soccer Fan Who was Called from the Crowd to Play... and Scored!
Harry Redknapp, West Ham's assistant manager at the time, was running out of players and finally lost patience with the vocal supporter, so he approached Davies and said, "Oi, can you play as good as you talk?" The fan crossed the barrier and the manager walked him down the tunnel to join the team. "Lee you're off; Steve you're on," said Harry and sent the fan onto the field.
While having a fan playing for the team was quite unique, what happened in the 71st minute was even more remarkable. "Suddenly, we were on the attack," recalls Steve, who then flew forward, fast out of the traps, picked up the ball from Holmes, and made history. "I just hit it," he says with a shrug. "I hit it like nothing else. Know what I mean? I belted it."
The ball whistled low, past the outstretched hand of the Oxford goalkeeper, and ran into the bottom corner of the goal. Steve says he wheeled away in celebration, arms extended, with his head bent with disbelief. On the side of the field, Redknapp turned around and looked briefly to the heavens.
"It was like time stopped still – it was the greatest moment of my life," said Steve Davies, the fan who scored on his West Ham debut.
2The Masseur Who Saved a Goal Twice... and then Escaped the Field!
In early September 2013, the second leg of Brazilian soccer's fourth division quarterfinal between Tupi-MG and GO Aparecidense was even at 2-2 in the 89th minute. The first leg ended 1-1, so an aggregate score of 3-3 had both sides on edge. Therefore, when Tupi threatened to score, Aparecidense's nervous masseur, Romildo Fonseca da Silva (known as “Lefty,” according to Globo), snuck up to one of the goal posts. When his side's keeper charged forward to try and stop a shot that he couldn't quite get to, the masseur stuck his foot out to make the goal-line save. A Tupi player then tried to tap in the rebound, but the masseur again made a kick save from a crab position in the goal.
Once his side was safe from anymore shots on goal, the masseur picked up his supplies and booked it out of there, hurdling the advertising boarding and sprinting into tunnel while being chased by Tupi players and other stadium staff.
The match was halted for 20 minutes while the officials tried to figure out what had just happened. When it resumed, neither side could score and Aparecidense advanced on away goals. Tupi-MG supporters threw rocks at Aparecidense's bus as it left, and the club's board vowed to challenge the result in court.
3The Quick-Thinking Ball Girl Who Set Up a Goal... and Then Scored a Deal with Playboy!
Botafogo became champion and Maia was credited with the “assist” for Maicosuel's goal. She was featured by a number of publications, including Playboy.
4The 11-Year-Old Boy Who Deflected a Ball in play at Yankee Stadium... Allowing His Team to Eventually Win the Game and the Series!
The kid's action altered the course of Game 1, as the resulting homerun allowed the Yankees to tie the score. They would go on to win the game and the series four games to one.
5The Guy Who Danced in a Speedo to Distract a Basketball Free Throw... and Succeeded!
At one point during the game, after North Carolina guard Jackie Manuel was awarded two foul shots, he arranged for his compatriots to sit quietly, which, in itself, seemed eerie. Then, King stripped down to a skimpy swimsuit, stood on his seat and began gyrating.
The first shot bounced away, which made King dance even harder. Manuel missed again. Duke ended up winning that crucial rivalry game by three points, and that's how the legend of the The Speedo Guy was born. He later got married, becoming a pastor and a father.
6The Ball Boy Who "Scored" a Goal... and Fooled the Referee!
7The American Football Team that Won Thanks to a Blocked Pass... from a Fan!
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