This month Four Four Two features Shaun Bartlett's goal for Charlton against Leicester City in the Premier League in 2001. I still have the t-shirt. It was the 2000-01 BBC Goal of the Season.
Bartlett recalls, 'The moment I hit the ball and it stayed low, I knew that something was going to happen.' The magazine notes, 'After escaping his marker and running behind the defence, Bartlett allowed Graham Stuart's long diagonal ball to drop over his shoulder before smashing home a beautiful left-footed volley from the corner of the penalty area.'
The goal persuaded the Addicks to shell out £2m and turn his loan move from FC Zurich into a permanent deal. 'At that time I was still playing for a contract at Charlton,' Bartlett told FFT. 'Scoring two goals against Manchester United on my debut and then that goal pretty much secured me my three year contract.'
Bartlett admitted that seven time out of 10, that shot would hit somebody in the stand, but the connection was great. His team mates were less convinced, asking for pictures to see if his eyes were actually open. 'Even the manager [Alan Curbishley] himself couldn't believe the strike. I think he was actually more ecstatic than me.'