Eight great goals from unexpected players: O’Shea, Traore, Edman…

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Manchester United, Liverpool and Tottenham have all benefited from brilliant goals scored by surprise players.

There is a special thrill in football saved for seeing a beautiful goal scored by an unglamorous player.

We’ve taken a look back at eight special strikes after which we had to do a double-take to check the scorer.

John O’Shea

Manchester United’s 4-2 win over Arsenal in 2005 is best remembered for starting with Patrick Vieira and Roy Keane clashing in the tunnel, but never let it be forgotten that it ended with John O’Shea chipping Manuel Almunia at Highbury and celebrating like an Irish Eric Cantona.

Charlie Daniels

Daniels had scored six Premier League goals before Bournemouth’s clash with City, but fans could have been forgiven for not expecting what was to follow when the left-back collected the ball to the left of the area.

Maynor Figeuroa

When Rory Delap conceded a free-kick in Wigan’s half of the field while playing for Stoke in 2009, he probably thought he was safe.

Allow the lads to get back into shape. Don’t let them counter. Slow the game…oh, FFS.

Rory Delap

Speaking of Delap, he may have come to be known for his freakish long throws, but the Premier League cult hero ended a run of almost two years without a goal by doing this against Tottenham in 2004.

Matt Lowton

We’re not quite sure what it is about playing at Stoke which makes unassuming full-backs turn into Roberto Carlos, but Lowton followed Figueroa’s lead against the Potters in 2013.

Lowton has only ever scored two Premier League goals, and absolutely nobody can remember his first after this late beauty helped Aston Villa move out of the relegation zone.

Djimi Traore

Mention the name Traore anywhere in England and you’re likely to get one of two responses. Firstly, yes he did win the Champions League with Liverpool. Secondly, yes he did score *that* own-goal against Burnley.

But then the CONCACAF Champions League is the place where strange things happen, and Traore prompted a social media frenzy with an absolute piledriver against Tigres in the quarter-finals to help Seattle Sounders become the first MLS side to knock out a Mexican club in the history of the competition.

Erik Edman

One of only three league goals scored in his career, it is literally impossible to remember anything about Edman’s one season at Tottenham other than this absolute thunderbastard against Liverpool.

“I do remember Robbie [Keane] screaming for the ball, like he normally did, but luckily for me I just tried my luck instead,” Edman told Spurs Stat Man two years ago.


Edmilson enjoyed a stellar 17-year career, winning the World Cup, two La Liga titles and the Champions League, but he only ever scored seven league goals as a professional.

In 40 caps for Brazil he only scored once, but he at least had the decency to make it a bicycle kick in the World Cup.

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