You’ll have your own list of iconic Fulham goals. Gera against Hamburg, Dempsey to see off Juve, Louis Saha or Junichi Inamoto at Old Trafford and Rodney McAree at Carlisle would all be up there, but for moments of absolute astonishment it is hard to beat Mike Conroy at Wycombe Wanderers in the Coca Cola Cup first leg on this day in 1997.
Why? Well, the video tells it better than I can. But Conroy, fresh from a 23 goal season as Micky Adams’ men surprised everyone by winning promotion from the Third Division on a shoestring budget, was in form. Transformed from the Hammersmith End’s boo boy to ‘Super Mick,’ the enigmatic Scottish forward was more famed for close range finishes like the one that had launched Fulham’s season at home to Wrexham a few days earlier, but this strike was as extravagant as our new Egyptian owner.
The penalty box poached had scored a stunner to rival David Beckham’s at Selhurst Park a year earlier. Talk about incredible. It secured a first leg lead following Aiden Newhouse’s first Fulham goal in the first half – and still lives long in the memory.