Football: Top 10 memorable debuts

Football: Top 10 memorable debuts

10: ALEX DURIC

SINGAPORE vs Tajikistan, 2007

At an age (37) when most players are winding down their careers, Duric belatedly entered the international arena.

the night before Singapore's crunch World Cup qualifier against Tajikistan, Duric was told he would be starting because of an injury to Radojko Avramovic's first-choice striker.

The veteran, who had competed for Bosnia at the 1992 Olympics in kayaking, made the most of his fairytale opportunity, scoring both goals in a 2-0 win.

"I was so proud. I could have scored 10 that night - I was flying, nobody could catch me," he said.

 

9: ASHLEY VICKERS

PETERBOROUGH vs Brighton, 1997

At the advanced age of 25, Vickers swapped a secure life as a full-time teacher and well-paid non-league footballer to follow his dream of becoming a professional after an approach from smooth-talking Peterborough boss Barry Fry.

However, on debut, the tough-tackling left-back was dismissed for breaking the leg of Brighton substitute Darragh Ryan.

Following a drink-drive conviction and an almighty bust-up with Fry, Vickers was turfed out of Peterborough after that one, solitary appearance. he never played professionally again.

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