ESPN Website Features Footballer Shaun Goater

September 21, 2013

shaun goater bermuda football 2ESPN’s website is today [Sept 21] featuring a column highlighting Bermuda’s own Shaun Goater, entitled “Whatever happened to… Shaun Goater.”

The legendary striker recalls starting out in the UK, telling ESPN: “I remember training with the first-team one day, we were doing shooting practice, I missed an easy chance in a one-on-one and smiled to myself. Then it happened again and I smiled again, in disbelief really at how I’d not scored.

“Alex Ferguson turned to me and said: ‘If you smile one more time after missing an easy chance, you’ll be on the next plane back to Bermuda.’ That really got me thinking it was no time for fun, it was the real deal. It really stuck in my mind: you get a chance, you put it away. Fortunately, I managed to score a few goals in the rest of my career!”

He also notes his initial confusion over the well known “Feed the Goat” chant, saying: “The first time I heard it I thought they were singing about Marc-Vivien Foe, but Gerard Wiekens said it was for me. ‘Feed the Goat and he will score’. What an honour.”

One of the best Bermudian athletes of all time, Goater made his international debut for Bermuda at age 17, and scored over 30 goals for the island in international matches. He scored 103 goals in 189 games for Manchester City, who named June 21st as “Shaun Goater Day” in his honour.

Click here to read the full article on ESPN.

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