The Donkey Kick

Coventry scored one of the most beautiful free kicks in the history of the game, they called it the “Donkey kick”. No, it doesn’t involve an actual donkey; but it’s the action of kicking the ball donkey style. By donkey style I mean backwards and with both feet.

Willie Carr held the ball between his ankles and flicked it up behind him only to see his team mate, Ernie Hunt, volley a missile into the top right corner. The goalkeeper had absolutely no chance but at least he tried.
Here is the shot in all its glory:

What is interesting here is that the FA later banned the “Donkey kick” technique. People believed that it was banned because the ball didn’t travel its full diameter, that was incorrect. The real reason was because the flicker double-touched the ball in order to lift it in the air. Good thing is, the goal stood.

Here is a bonus video of another excellent free kick where the player flicks the ball behind him:

 

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