Norwich legend Jeremy Goss cycles to Bayern Munich
It was the iconic goal that still lives long and proud in the memory of every Norwich City fan.
The moment when City midfielder Jeremy Goss hit the perfect 20-yard volley to cause the footballing upset of the year that eventually led to the mighty Bayern Munich being dumped out of the Uefa Cup.
Now Goss is to revive those 1993 Canary glory days by undertaking a 1,300-mile ‘Back to Bayern’ cycle ride to raise funds for the Norfolk charity that helps 20,000 blind and partially sighted people in the county every year.
Since hanging up his boots, Goss is now events fundraiser for the Norfolk and Norwich Association for the Blind, and is embarking on the epic journey back to the Olympic Stadium, scene of City’s famous 2-1 victory next summer.
And he’s inviting all Norwich City fans who remember the moment to sponsor him.
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“Wherever I go, people remind me of that goal and say how much pleasure it’s given them,” Goss said. “Now I’m asking them to do their bit by sponsoring me to bike back to Bayern for a local charity that I’m so passionate about. I’m also looking for corporate sponsorship from some of the main companies around Norwich and Norfolk.”
Bayern Munich were one of the great sides of Europe when City played them in a Eufa Cup tie in, which few people outside Norfolk gave them a chance.
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But 12 minutes into the game, Goss turned sporting wisdom on its head when he hit the perfect volley to put the Canaries 1-0 up. City became the first ever foreign side to beat Bayern on their own ground.
His cycle ride for the NNAB will be a punishing pedal-power trek from Norwich through Germany to Munich. He is already receiving sponsorship from Great Yarmouth-based Simpsons Motor Caravan Centre, which is providing a motor home to follow Goss the length of his ride, and Cycles UK, which is providing a Wilier lightweight racing bike with Campagnolo equipment for Goss to use.
“It’s been in my mind to do this for over a year, and when I began work with the NNAB it all just clicked into place,” said Goss.
NNAB director John Child said: “I vividly recall the buzz across Norfolk and beyond when Jeremy scored that fantastic goal and I’m delighted he’s taking the opportunity to revive that magical moment. I’m even more thrilled that he’s doing it as our fundraiser.
“I know people all across the country who remember that goal, and it would be wonderful if everyone in Norfolk and elsewhere supports him in this venture.”
The NNAB, which was founded in 1805, helps 20,000 people with poor sight in Norfolk, giving encouragement, practical support and opportunities to lead an independent life. The charity receives no state funding, and relies entirely on investment, legacies and donations.
Mr Goss will be cycling up to 60 miles a day and will start his journey at Norwich and then cycle to Harwich. Once abroad he will continue his journey to Vitesse Arnhem, Bayern Munich and finally Inter Milan, where the canaries were kicked out of the Uefa cup.