Top 5 Football Underdogs

1 Jimmy Glass

Jimmy Glass is a name you may not recognise. He was a lower league goalkeeper in the late nineties and early 2000’s. Glass played for Bournemouth up until 1998 and several clubs after that. But it was whilst on loan at Carlisle in 1999 that Jimmy Glass wrote his name into football folklore forever.

Carlisle had struggled at the bottom of the fourth division all season and were in real danger of dropping out of the football league. It came down to a simple equation on the final day of the 1998/99 season, Carlisle would be relegated if they failed beat Plymouth at home. The game was tied at 1-1 as it went into injury time when Carlisle won a corner. Glass was sent forward by his manager and made his way into the six yard box.

The cross came over and a header at goal was parried by the Plymouth goalkeeper. The ball fell to Glass who volleyed it home to spark an eruption of noise from the Carlisle fans. A pitch invasion promptly followed and the result was enough to secure Carlisle’s football league status.


That was Glass’s only professional goal and his last game for Carlisle. He struggled to find another club and retired from playing in 2001. He went on to become an IT salesman and then a taxi driver in Dorset.

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