I MEANT to put this quirky tale up after Boro swooped to sign up versatile Paul Smith – the suave suit designer/Billingham-born dancy pointy Maximo Park frontman/indie-punk Teessider and former Toy Dolls drummer and ‘Nellie the Elephant’ merchant – on Tuesday when in passing it was mentioned that he had scored the fastest ever League Cup goal, clocked at 23 seconds.
The goal was a gift from opponents Leicester in what was a highly commended moment of Corinthian spirit. The cup clash at the City Ground was restaged after the first game was abandoned after a player collapsed with a suspected heart attack with Forest a goal up. When it was replayed Leicester offered to restore the advantage and our boy was nominated to sheepishly walk the ball home. Here’s the footage.