Goals, goals, goals.. football is just more fun when there are goals being scored. The sound of a ball hitting the net, players celebrating and hoping not to get booked, fans celebrating whichever way because they can’t get booked, and refs occasionally celebrating too (Hi, Mike Dean) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=StRVqK7xgw4
But imagine a goal-scoring drought in which the team you support don’t score a goal for 4 or 5 games. It would be fairly demoralising won’t it? Now imagine that drought actually goes on for 14 matches. Damn, that’s some sterling work, ain’t it? All hail Stirling Albion, the club with the longest goal-scoring drought on record.
The Scottish first division team went 1,292 minutes in 14 games with no goals from January 31, 1981 to August 8, 1981. They were relegated from the first division in that period (surprise surprise) and when they eventually broke the drought in the Scottish second division, their goal came in a 4-1 defeat to Falkirk. Hopeless buggers.
But wait, Stirling Albion were actually not that hopeless. 3 years later in 1984, they recorded the biggest win for any British side in the 20th century. They beat Selkirk 20-0. Yes, that is TWENTY nil. Let’s just say some of those goals might have come in handy when they were on a record breaking goal-scoring drought 3 years earlier.
By Oladimeji Sapoloso.