Happy Colin Cameron Day: 12 years since his winner against Manchester City

  Happy Colin Cameron Day

On October 4th 2003 Scottish playmaker Colin Cameron scored a headed goal against Manchester City to help Wolves to their first ever Premier League victory.

Dave Jones’ Wolves were languishing in lower reaches of the top division (a place we’re only to familiar with) and had received a couple of good hidings from Blackburn Rovers, Charlton Athletic and Chelsea – how times have changed.

Hopes were low for victory as Wolves hadn’t won in the seven previous league games and had been denied 3 points the week before following a late equaliser by Kevin Davies at Bolton’s Reebok Stadium.

Wanderers faced a ‘before Arab money’ City who boasted the likes of Antoine Sibierski, David Sommeil and Paul Bosvelt in their starting line-up.

But even with such Galaticos in the away side’s first XI it was Wolves who were to steal the points.

Wanderers played the better of the football on the day on what was a rain-soaked Molineux with Senegalese forward Henri Camara (who would later turn into a snake and be banished from Wolverhampton in what sounds like tale from Greek mythology) proving the thorn in the side of the City defence.

Wolvesfsns had yet to see their team score at home in the Premier League and other than an Alex Rae wonder strike in Bolton and a couple of consolation goals there had been very few moments to cheer.

However in the 75th minute City ‘keeper 40-year-old David Seamam spilled a cross allowing Camara a second chance for delivery. Into the box it went for pint-sized Cameron to rise highest and nod beyond the ponytail of Seaman, sending those in Molineux delirious.

Delirious they had witnessed a goal, delirious Camara had delivered a decent cross but more delirious that 5ft 8 Cameron had beat the collosus Sylvain Distin to a header.

Fifteen minutes of torture for fans followed but when Jeff Winter blew the final whistle, arms and relief rose into the Wolverhampton evening sky with Kirkcaldy-born Cameron the hero.

It was to be the beginning of a three month unbeaten run in the league at Molineux for Wolves, who in their next game battled back from 3-0 down to beat Leicester City 4-3 (where Cameron scored a second half penalty) and in January famously beat a Manchester United team that contained a certain Cristiano Ronaldo. 

But they couldn’t replicate their home form on the road and it was to cost Wolves who were relegated on 33 points along with Leicester and Leeds United. 

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