NUFC 5 – 0 MUFC: Five goals, fifteen years, two dimensions

NUFC 5 – 0 MUFC: Five goals, fifteen years, two dimensions


Fifteen years ago today, Newcastle United beat Manchester United by five goals to nil. It was class.

My tribute comes in the form of five still images, each showing one of the five goals.

Since my days doodling as a schoolboy I have tried to draw goals. By “goals” I mean acts of scoring in football, not goalposts (I can just about draw those). How do you present action that occurs over three spacial dimensions as well as time in a single two-dimensional image? Which angle do you view from? Which of the players do you include? Which movements do you include? How do you show movement? Why not stop worrying and go back to drawing slightly rubbish pictures of Simpsons characters? These were all good questions.

The five images each use a different scheme to show a goal. Goal three resembles the standardised format I used to representing goals in this post, but otherwise they are intended to be less rigid and precise and more attempts to capture the je ne sais quoi of the goal.

Click images to enlarge.

1. Darren Peacock
2. David Ginola
3. Les Ferdinand
4. Alan Shearer
5. Philippe Albert