This season, Prostate Cancer UK is the official charity of the
Football League. To celebrate, each week
footballer-turned-journalist Adrian Clarke - who played for
Arsenal, Rotherham, Southend, Carlisle and Stevenage - is rounding
up the best performances by No9s in the Football League, in
recognition of the fact that prostate
cancer affects one in nine men. In week nine (Saturday 13
October), he highlights a player who may not be too welcome in his
home city for a while and a striker looking to impress his new
Town flyer: Swindon striker James Collins earned his team a point. Photo courtesy of Action Images
League One star No9
James Collins -
Scoring a crucial goal against the club you supported as a boy
tends to bring out contrasting emotions in footballers. Some choose
not to celebrate out of respect, while others go absolutely crazy.
It's fair to say Collins chose the latter option after netting
against his beloved Sky Blues, removing his No9 shirt, swinging it
round his head and throwing it into the air before being bundled to
the ground by his delighted team-mates.
It's little wonder they were happy, as Paolo Di Canio's men had
retrieved a two-goal deficit to snatch a point thanks to Collins'
80th-minute equaliser. It was a fabulous strike - a bullet
right-foot volley from 11 yards that gave the keeper no chance. The
silly yellow card Collins picked up for removing his shirt will
probably have felt worth it.
Did you know?
As a youth team player at Aston Villa, Collins was known as Jim or
James Collins Jnr to avoid being confused with the other James
Collins at Villa - the Welsh international centre-half who is now
at West Ham.
No9s bagged 4 of the 30 League One goals this week, which
was just over 13 per cent of the weekend's total
League Two star No9
Byron Harrison -
The club record signing hasn't quite lived up to his star billing
since joining AFC Wimbledon for a five-figure fee in January, but
with three goals in successive matches, and six in total this term,
he's fast becoming the main man at Kingsmeadow. On Saturday, in
front of new boss Neal Ardley, Harrison couldn't prevent the Dons
from slipping to a 2-1 defeat at home to Cheltenham, but he was in
the thick of the action throughout the match.
First, he blasted over when it was still 0-0, then, with the Dons
2-0 down late on, he angled a powerful header into the top corner
from eight yards. It was a mixed bag from the tall 25-year-old
Londoner, but you can't do much more than score in your new
manager's first match in charge.
Did you know?
With a tasty record of 13 goals in 18 appearances, the Dons No9
loves the FA Cup and scored back-to-back hat-tricks for Carshalton
Athletic in the 2010-11 competition.
It wasn't a vintage weekend for League Two No9s, who scored
just four goals - including two penalties - amounting to 12 per
cent of the division's goals
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