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Nigel Martyn against Huddersfield in a 0-0 draw at Selhurst in 96 I think. They attacked down our left, the winger cut into the box and Nigel went near post ready for the shot. But the winger then pulled it across goal to Ronnie Jepson(?) at the far post, completely unmarked. Nigel somehow managed to get all the way across the goal and block it at point blank range. We all gave him a standing ovation for it in the Holmesdale. Any others?
08-10-1999, 05:01 PM
Spotted your topic and thought immediately of the same save. You remember it more clearly than I do.
It was seriously impossible for a mortal to have kept that ball out.
08-10-1999, 06:22 PM
That's the one I thought of too. I can't remember seeing a better one since Gordon Banks' famous one. I'd love to be able to say Nigel's most memorable save was whe he rushed out and blocked Hughes' shot 7 minutes from time in the cup final. B*gger it.
What about any others? None I can think of come close. Though Perry Suckling's tip-over from Simon Garner in the play-off second leg was very important bearing in mind the circumstances, it was still no more than a very good save, rather than the sheer brilliance of Nige at his best. I wonder if he would consider it his best if he was asked?
08-10-1999, 06:48 PM
My mate was at the QPR Barnesley match when Sinclair did his kick and says that was the greatest bit of skill he's seen. I'd put Nige's save up there with it; I was amazed for the rest of the game. What really annoyed me though was that they didn't even put it on the end of season video! Has anyone got the save on tape?
You're right Boyandy - I was looking forward to seeing that save on the vid and was gutted when they left it out.
09-10-1999, 01:46 AM
I missed it!.I wasn't at this game,but i have heard more people talk about this save than any other.My own personal favourite was from my first ever Palace game versus Arsenal in 1970.John Jackson made a brilliant double save,he parried a header from Radford and then dived at the feet of (i think) Charlie George to prevent him getting a shot in from the rebound.It wasn't spectacular,but it was very brave.This was the era of the kamikazi goalkeeper, diving head first at the strikers feet.You don't see it so much anymore,but i must admit Kevin Miller is one of the few current keepers i've seen who still practice this art,and a few of his saves during 97/98 (especially against Chelsea at Selhurst) also stick in my mind.As for Nigel Martyn,you could write a book dedicated to his brilliant keeping.
Yes that is the best save I've ever seen , it reminded me of Banks from Pele.
Jimmy The Lips
09-10-1999, 07:33 PM
If I remember correctly that save happened just a week after a similar save away at Birmingham. I agree it was the best save I've ever seen (even better than Paul Jones' effort at Old Trafford, which was pretty spectacular)
Jimmy - I don't think I was at that Birmingham game, so I don't know about that save. However, when Chris Day made his debut away at Birmingham a couple of years ago, he produced a stunning point blank save from a header after about 20 seconds. It was amazing bearing in mind that it was his league debut. Still not as good as Nige though...
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11-10-1999, 02:39 PM
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16-10-1999, 04:45 AM
I recall Paul Barron making a point blank save in a game v Charltion (circa early 80's). A Charlton forward merely had to tap into an open goal and Barron flew across the goal and blocked the shot from nowhere.
playing for afc shirley town last year... low cross comes in from the left, striker brings it down and smacks it hard to my bottom right from 4 yards. how the hell i ever got down to it i'll never know :e
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25-10-1999, 03:27 AM
George Wood v Millwall. Gordon Banks would've been proud!
29-10-1999, 03:34 PM
Play-Off Semi Vs Charlton (a)
One minute in, Leif Andersen diving header from point blank range, how Nigel kept that out I will never know. Shame they scored from the rebound, but it doesn't take anything away from the save.
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