One outstanding debut and top four nightmare debuts
Johann Voskamp’s superb debut got me thinking about debut nightmares
The second tier of the Dutch league rarely makes the news in these parts, but new Sparta Rotterdam striker Johan Voskamp scored a stunning eight goals on his debut last week as Sparta beat Almere 12-1.
A few notable contenders for worst debut are:
1. Graeme Souness for Rangers at Hibs’ Easter Road in 1986. Souey was red-carded on his debut for what could euphemistically be called an overzealous challenge.
2. Glenn Keeley for Everton against Liverpool in the 1982 Merseyside derby at Woodison. Liverpool won 5-0 in a game that is still sung about every other week on the Kop. Keeley lasted half an hour before getting a red card and never appeared for Everton again.
3. Jonathan Woodgate for Real Madrid v Athletic Bilbao in 2005. Woody topped the previous two by adding an own goal to his debut red card.
4. The undisputed granddaddy of them all was Ali Dia (George Weah’s alleged cousin) for Southampton against Leeds in 1996. His signing was an inspired bit of business by none other than Champagne Charlie, Graeme Souness himself. He suffered the ultimate ignominy being subbed just twenty minutes after coming on as a sub. Dia went on to play for Gateshead before disappearing off the football radar.
Any other contenders?