17 JANUARY 2011
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If FIFA were around 120 years ago they would probably have banned the goal net as “advanced technology”. Video goal line cameras are of course forbidden by this forward thinking organisation responsible for the “Dual in the Desert”, the World Cup of 2022.
In any event readers might like to learn that the goal net was invented by a Liverpool engineer, John Alexander Brodie. It was initially used in an experimental match at Nottingham in January 1891 (exactly 120 years ago). The first footballer ever to 'put the ball in the back of the net' was Fred Geary of Everton, a prolific goal scorer of those times . The referee in that game was Sam Widdowson, the man who invented shin pads. The first Cup Final to use goal nets was at the Oval in 1892 between West Bromwich Albion and Aston Villa with the Baggies winning 3-0.
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