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As the title says.

For me the best piece of skill I can remember was Gera away at Norwich. Sadly I can't find a clip of it - I think it was our Great Escape season or maybe the season after and he flicked the ball over the opponents head like it was nothing.

I know Koumas was skilled but that was more in a dribbling sense, I'm specifically on about little bits of flair.
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Re: Best piece of individual skill you've seen by an Albion player?
« Reply #1 on: May 06, 2020, 11:32:18 PM »
Funnily enough a clip of this has gone up on our official social media pages within the last couple of days but Paul Mcshanes flick-flack (think I’m right) against Barnsley will always haunt me  ??? ??? ???

Just don’t know how a player of his ability could pull that off
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« Reply #2 on: May 06, 2020, 11:56:01 PM »
Pereira away at Bristol city this season. Brought a high ball down and nut meggedhis marker all in one move, whilst moving his shoulders’ fooling his opponent in to going completely the wrong way. Pure class
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« Reply #3 on: May 07, 2020, 12:03:46 AM »
Diangana doing bits against Swansea is right up there. I'll think of more tomorrow.
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« Reply #4 on: May 07, 2020, 12:23:23 AM »
Brown Ideye's scoop turn against West Ham was pretty clean.

Sessegnon always pulled a few tricks off as well.

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« Reply #5 on: May 07, 2020, 01:42:23 AM »
Brown Ideye's scoop turn against West Ham was pretty clean.

Sessegnon always pulled a few tricks off as well.

This one comes to mind when I think of brown ideye
Nwanko kanu did some outrageous skills in his time with us I can't recall who it was against but he beat a few guys in front of the Birmingham road by scooping the ball over their heads then put in a scintillating cross but nobody gambled (was on a totally different wavelengths to the rest of that squad and under-utilised by us)

Gera stopping the ball going out v Birmingham resulting in a corner we scored from was one of my favourites
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Re: Best piece of individual skill you've seen by an Albion player?
« Reply #6 on: May 07, 2020, 02:20:42 AM »
Funnily enough a clip of this has gone up on our official social media pages within the last couple of days but Paul Mcshanes flick-flack (think I’m right) against Barnsley will always haunt me  ??? ??? ???

Just don’t know how a player of his ability could pull that off

I remember this well, we were about 6-0 up at the time weren't we? And a clogger centre back did that. I remember a Bluenose mate was astounded by it.

The other one that springs to mind is Pereira this season, I think against Forest where the ball was on the deck on the halfway line and their player closed him down and he dinked it all the way over him - it landed about 1 foot from where it started but had gone over their blokes head and beaten him.

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« Reply #7 on: May 07, 2020, 05:32:20 AM »
Geras sliding back heel to win us a corner against blues in the Great escape season from a nothing ball. Would prove to be a huge result come the end of the season. Magical player.

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« Reply #8 on: May 07, 2020, 06:04:49 AM »
Gear's back heel for me too.  It wasn't so much a slide but a two  footed lunge over the ball and a mid air back heel. I remember the commentator on match of the day saying that it's something like that could kick start our season and he was right.

One of the best bits of skill I've seen by any player to be honest.

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« Reply #9 on: May 07, 2020, 06:21:21 AM »
I remember this well, we were about 6-0 up at the time weren't we? And a clogger centre back did that. I remember a Bluenose mate was astounded by it.

The other one that springs to mind is Pereira this season, I think against Forest where the ball was on the deck on the halfway line and their player closed him down and he dinked it all the way over him - it landed about 1 foot from where it started but had gone over their blokes head and beaten him.

Yes, that Diangana moment was superb, my favourite from the past was Willie Johnstone controlling a high ball by squating and trapping it under his backside.
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« Reply #10 on: May 07, 2020, 07:27:46 AM »
I was going to mention McShane but somebody already got there first!

How about Greenings first touch at Highbury before crossing the ball for Earnshaw, that was some first touch.

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« Reply #11 on: May 07, 2020, 07:41:54 AM »
Bob Taylor’s solo goal Luton away 94 , ran from our own half , dribbled round a few players and stuck it in the net

Kilbane did something similar Sheffield Utd away 97ish , we won 4-2 I think it was

Jason Koumas again another solo goal , forest away 04 I think

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« Reply #12 on: May 07, 2020, 08:34:22 AM »
Gayles goal again Stoke comes to mind from last season.

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« Reply #13 on: May 07, 2020, 09:00:51 AM »
Morgan Amalfitano solo goal at Old Trafford
Sheer class and composure with a cheeky finish.

https://www.premierleague.com/video/single/144090?TAG=Goal%20of%20the%20Day
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« Reply #14 on: May 07, 2020, 09:51:03 AM »
Dorrans makings mug of Preston in 2010.

There are three pieces of brilliance in the clip

https://youtu.be/s2UMHHD7pjY
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« Reply #16 on: May 07, 2020, 09:58:29 AM »
Morgan Amalfitano solo goal at Old Trafford
Sheer class and composure with a cheeky finish.

https://www.premierleague.com/video/single/144090?TAG=Goal%20of%20the%20Day
That was a great day, shame he was such an idiot generally, I wonder where he ended up?

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« Reply #17 on: May 07, 2020, 10:03:06 AM »
That was a great day, shame he was such an idiot generally, I wonder where he ended up?

West Ham - then he fell out with Billic.

He moved back to France and terminated his contracts with two clubs. Think it was Marseille and Lille
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« Reply #18 on: May 07, 2020, 10:58:28 AM »
Phillips audacious chip from just inside box against Barnsley in that 7 nil stuffing, best goal he scored for us.

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« Reply #19 on: May 07, 2020, 11:02:13 AM »
Pop Robsons back heal against Liverpool comes to mind also Ray Clemence didn't know where ball went classic.

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« Reply #20 on: May 07, 2020, 11:13:33 AM »
One that always sticks in my mind is Tony Brown's goal against Oldham in 1976, just the way he knocked the ball up with his right foot to volley it in the net with his left.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kEVXtbNiraA
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« Reply #21 on: May 07, 2020, 11:18:53 AM »
Diangana doing bits against Swansea is right up there. I'll think of more tomorrow.
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« Reply #23 on: May 07, 2020, 11:25:00 AM »
Maybe not best, but most unexpected was the combination of Ishmael Miller's backheel on the goaline and Jonas Olsson's following cross from the left wing on the break for Somen Tchoyi's hat-trick to draw level with 20 seconds remaining after being 0-3 down against Newcastle on the final day of 2010/11.

Everything about that pointless game was mind-blowing, including Carson's amazing fumble over the line (takes a real pro to do that so well) and Olsson's prior own-goal. It was against Pardew as well.
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« Reply #24 on: May 07, 2020, 11:39:00 AM »
Dorrans goal against Man City. I had no idea how he’d done it till I saw it in slo-mo.
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« Reply #25 on: May 07, 2020, 11:56:31 AM »
West Ham - then he fell out with Billic.

He moved back to France and terminated his contracts with two clubs. Think it was Marseille and Lille
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« Reply #26 on: May 07, 2020, 12:06:35 PM »
I remember this well, we were about 6-0 up at the time weren't we? And a clogger centre back did that. I remember a Bluenose mate was astounded by it.

The other one that springs to mind is Pereira this season, I think against Forest where the ball was on the deck on the halfway line and their player closed him down and he dinked it all the way over him - it landed about 1 foot from where it started but had gone over their blokes head and beaten him.


You don't remember it that well, it was the first goal...


Phillips audacious chip from just inside box against Barnsley in that 7 nil stuffing, best goal he scored for us.


This didn't happen, he scored a tap in, a 25 yarder low into the bottom corner and a toe poke from just inside the box from a Gera pass.
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« Reply #27 on: May 07, 2020, 12:48:55 PM »
I agree with just about all suggestions on here but will just add this one..... Laurie Cunningham, time after time :)

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« Reply #28 on: May 07, 2020, 02:00:53 PM »
Phillips audacious chip from just inside box against Barnsley in that 7 nil stuffing, best goal he scored for us.

Think this may have been against Scunthorpe to satisfy Jacko or there was one against QPR as well

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« Reply #29 on: May 07, 2020, 02:07:45 PM »
Maybe not best, but most unexpected was the combination of Ishmael Miller's backheel on the goaline and Jonas Olsson's following cross from the left wing on the break for Somen Tchoyi's hat-trick to draw level with 20 seconds remaining after being 0-3 down against Newcastle on the final day of 2010/11.

Everything about that pointless game was mind-blowing, including Carson's amazing fumble over the line (takes a real pro to do that so well) and Olsson's prior own-goal. It was against Pardew as well.
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« Reply #30 on: May 07, 2020, 03:45:05 PM »
As the title says.

For me the best piece of skill I can remember was Gera away at Norwich. Sadly I can't find a clip of it - I think it was our Great Escape season or maybe the season after and he flicked the ball over the opponents head like it was nothing.

I know Koumas was skilled but that was more in a dribbling sense, I'm specifically on about little bits of flair.

8:35 in this video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f60bSXDxm4Y

Gera is my all-time favourite player. Not just for his incredible skill, but that in combination with his endeavour and humility.

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« Reply #31 on: May 07, 2020, 06:07:04 PM »
Who was he playing for when he got sent off at our place, was that West Ham?

Don’t recall him being sent off in a game against us to be honest
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« Reply #32 on: May 07, 2020, 06:09:04 PM »
Who was he playing for when he got sent off at our place, was that West Ham?

Just done a quick check - got a red card for pushing Brunt in the face.

He came on as a sub and only lasted 9 mins

I don’t remember the game tbh
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« Reply #33 on: May 07, 2020, 07:17:14 PM »
There was no skill greater that Alan Irvine’s interview
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« Reply #34 on: May 07, 2020, 07:21:17 PM »
There was no skill greater that Alan Irvine’s interview

“I thought we handled him really well”

After Charlie Austin had scored a hat trick against us
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« Reply #35 on: May 07, 2020, 07:22:14 PM »
“I thought we handled him really well”

After Charlie Austin had scored a hat trick against us


Christ I'd forgottenthis gem. And to think there is a thread solely dedicated to moaning about the guy who rescued us.
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« Reply #36 on: May 07, 2020, 07:44:23 PM »
Koumas against Forest, 2003/4.

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« Reply #37 on: May 08, 2020, 01:11:33 AM »
I was going to mention McShane but somebody already got there first!

How about Greenings first touch at Highbury before crossing the ball for Earnshaw, that was some first touch.

It was made far better by the fact that purse had literally just sliced a bread and butter clearance which looked to be sailing into the stands and greening made it into something
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« Reply #38 on: May 08, 2020, 10:26:47 AM »

You don't remember it that well, it was the first goal...



This didn't happen, he scored a tap in, a 25 yarder low into the bottom corner and a toe poke from just inside the box from a Gera pass.
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« Reply #39 on: May 08, 2020, 10:28:07 AM »
Think this may have been against Scunthorpe to satisfy Jacko or there was one against QPR as well
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« Reply #40 on: May 08, 2020, 10:52:26 AM »
Gera’s sliding back heel to win us a corner against blues in the Great escape season from a nothing ball. Would prove to be a huge result come the end of the season. Magical player.

This one for me as well. Was waiting to see if somebody would put it (glad to have seen it a few times reading through).

It was the fact he bust his gut to get to the ball. It was the technique at the end of his sprint, with his momentum, to do a sliding back heel to keep it in. It was his determination to then get straight up and win the corner. It was the fact it resulted in a goal and a win, all of the back of his bloody mindedness. One of my favourite players ever in the blue and white.
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« Reply #41 on: May 08, 2020, 09:40:18 PM »
8:35 in this video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f60bSXDxm4Y

Gera is my all-time favourite player. Not just for his incredible skill, but that in combination with his endeavour and humility.

Thank you. He's my favourite player too for the same reasons.

For those mentioning Phillips goal vs Scunthorpe, it's worth a watch on Youtube - all the goals we scored that day were incredible, including one from Craig Beattie!
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« Reply #42 on: May 10, 2020, 04:36:27 PM »
Pereira's free kick v Bristol City.....it would have been all over the media if it was Messi. Takes guts as well as skill to even attempt that from the edge of the box.

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« Reply #43 on: May 10, 2020, 06:58:27 PM »
Pereira's free kick v Bristol City.....it would have been all over the media if it was Messi. Takes guts as well as skill to even attempt that from the edge of the box.
I like pereria but honestly don’t see what’s so special about this free kick...thought the one at QPR was more difficult?
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