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August wind lucky for football!

Published on by Dr Paul Beckett

If you have been thinking that the wind has been very strong in August then you are right August can be one of the windiest months.

One of the most famous stories associated with the wind was today in 1967 when a goal in football was scored at an FA Charity Shield Match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United. After 8 minutes, Tottenham goalie Pat ‘Guardian of the Gates’ Jennings, kicked the ball into orbit from his own penalty area. Carried on a favouring gust, the ball carried far over the halfway line. The crowd waited for Alex Stepney, the opposition goalkeeper, to complete the formality of collecting it. Confounded by the way the wind carried the ball and the arc of descent, Stepney was caught far from his goal line.The ball bounced once, high on the very hard turf over his head and straight into the back of the net.

About the author: Dr Paul Beckett

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Dr Paul Beckett is one of the UK’s leading experts in Japanese knotweed and is a member of the Expert Witness Institute. He regularly provides Japanese knotweed expert witness services. He helped produce the RICS knotweed guidance for surveyors and was integral in the formation of the Property Care Association (PCA) Invasive Weed Control Group (IWCG).

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