Freddy's free-kick still hits the spot five years ago to the day
Feature by exiledessexboy
Updated Monday, 7th November 2011
November 2006: It's Freddy day in Southend and a five year anniversary to boot of former striker Freddy Eastwood's great free-kick that knocked Manchester United out of the Carling Cup, and it still looks good!
Eastwood; as we remember him, in a darker shade of Blue
Unloved & unwanted in the west midlands he may be, www.southendunited-mad.co.uk, but Freddy Eastwood is still a scoring legend down Southend way, and if for nothing else then a certain free-kick on a chilly Autumn evening when Rooney & Ronaldo came to town, and were sent back up the M6 with the name of Eastwood always associated with one of the great cup upsets.
'That' free-kick: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jFysv6je59M
United and the world all supported Southend. (I woke up to an e-mail
from my cousin in Freemantle Western Oz congratulating the team, and he hates "soccer"!)
The night started early at 5pm with drinks in the Last Post. Even
then four rows of chairs had already been out in front of the big
screen and several red shirts were in evidence! ("I saw Rooney at
the airport, won't play", I was told by one Man U supporter with a
strong Essex accent. Think he'd hit the guest ales a little early!)
Off to the Cricketers for more refreshment as a mate texted me,
Ronaldo and Rooney are in! What happened to the kids Alex, thanks a
Got to the match at 7.30pm and Roots Hall was already packed, this was going to be special.
Reports on web sites around the world and the Sky pictures in
hundreds of pubs and homes told the story, we had not only beaten the present best team in the country, we had outplayed them.
Personally I got myself in a zen like trance, I would just enjoy the
game whatever. My mask slipped twice. First when ref Rennie, you
just knew he would make himself centre screen somehow, what a daft
booking for Darryl, let Hooper limp around the pitch for 5 minutes
but blew up as soon as Rooney went down and we were just about to
launch another attack down the right wing.
seat for a touch of silent chanting to get back in the zone.
I said, "I think your find", as I looked at my watch, "Blimey, your
right!" The second half had flown by and now all the old favourites,
nail biting, looking at the south bank clock, ect. ect. came to the
fore......when will it end. And it did.
players faces. Fantastic and well done Tilly and Brush, they all
deserved a break.
Off to the Cricketers for more pints while remembering two of us had
to get back to London, luckily for me the other one had his car! So
after watching the ITV replay, nice words from Sir Alex, we set off
back to the smoke at around 11.30.
Eventually I got back to my flat after 1am and immediatly turned on
the tape of the match. Suprisingly to me Tim Lovejoy was in charge
of Ronnie 'The Blob' Whelan and a scaringly youthful looking Lee
Sharpe. The half hour before the game was all about how many we were going to let in! Though some dick did pop up and give us
to this' cliches.
The commentry team of Alan Parry and Alan Smith were OK and accurate and for once with Sky they didn't have to overhype the
match. "Ohhhhh, what a brilliant goal". Not how many naughts have
been added to Freddie's worth at the end, how many figures UP at the
start. 1, 2, 3 million.........whatever, I hope Freddie stays till, at least, the end of the season or an already tough task might become
impossible. Give him the money, now!
how "not up for it", (though Ronaldo certainly was, credit to him, even if he deserves the booing at times), and "they are giving Southend too much space", the Man U boys were. (Preston will not give Freddie, Mark and JCR so much time on the ball on Saturday be assured! ('How weird is that! - EEB)
on the edge of the area that was not noticed by the ref. Rooney, as
he did all night, fell over all too easily. (What a strange game he
had, played centre half at times!) Nice to see the free kick from
several angles and, yes, Rooney was not fouled by Sodje just before
the free kick, while JCR was by the uncapped Jones, a foolish error
by the boy. Still, they all felt it was only a matter of time.
Well not this time, the worst defence in the championship held out,
Sodje, Prior, oustanding along with little Darryl. A mention to Kevin Maher, our oustanding player this season, how he could do with
some decent support next to him. Francis, when he came on, and the
hard working JCR were also magnificent. (Hell, they all were!)
There was one incident I missed live while I was having a go at Rennie for stopping play. Slow motion showed Efe heading Rooney in the back of the neck with the ball cleared and right in front of Rennie. "Clear penalty" all three shout. I've now looked at it
several times and why did Rennie not give it. Honestly, I would have
given him the benefit of the doubt, non biast as I am, it looked as
he was in the motion of going for the ball but, er, Rooney got in the
way after the ball went clear. Or B), he just fancied man U losing,
more cameras on him when the whistle goes!
I sat and watched Darryls three amazing saves over and over again
from all angles, the second half Ronaldo free kick was the pick for
me, he's been scoring them for fun this season, but I know a lot of
you go for the first half stunner.
Before I knew it it was 4.20am! Luckily I did not have to be up
first thing and some how I have to get in the mood for the Python
musical 'Smamalot' tonight. After November the 7th, for 12 bloody
hours, the knights who say "Ni" might pass me by, the way I feel
typing this it's more, "bring out your dead!"
|Full name||Freddy Eastwood|
|Date of birth||29 October 1983 (1983-10-29)|
|Place of birth||Basildon, Essex, England|
|Height||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Current club||Coventry City|
|1999–2002||West Ham United|
|2002–2003||West Ham United||0||(0)|
|2004||→ Southend United (loan)||4||(4)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 29 April 2011.
† Appearances (Goals).‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 20 August 2008
(Player info supplied by Wikipedia, for the whole article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freddy_Eastwood)