Paying the Penalty

The Tigers sadly bowed out of the Manchester Premier Cup on Tuesday, losing to Salford City 3-1 on penalties after a cracking 3-3 draw. As soon as Salford equalised in the last minute, I got that sinking feeling as we approached the dreaded penalty shootout. I know, that’s my natural pessimistic response, you may be thinking, but the facts are we just aren’t very good when it comes down to a penalty shootout.

For starters, Ill throw in the fact that, after last night, we have now been knocked out of the Manchester Premier Cup on penalties for the last four seasons! We are actually on a ten game (90 minute) unbeaten run in the competition stretching back to when Maine Road knocked us out in November 2012.

In all competitions we have now lost our last six penalty shootouts, hopefully this is something that can be turned round at some point!

Overall we have been involved in 14 shootouts, the first being back in 1984 in the Northern Premier League Challenge Cup Final at Maine Road. We lost that one 7-6 to South Liverpool. Of the 14, we have won just four, losing the other ten.

Two of our wins (against Leek Town and Curzon Ashton) came within four days of each other, in a period that saw the club play four games in five days, three of them cup finals, all of which went to extra time and two of them to penalties! That was a Mike McKenzie side at the top of it’s game.

I also notice that we have never been involved in penalties in the FA Cup or FA Trophy, indeed the only national competition that has gone to penalties was the Premier Inter League Cup Final against Barnet which we lost 5-3 after a 3-3 draw. I seem to remember John Bishop acting the fool in his run up and promptly failing to score.

Of the 14 shootouts, 7 have been at home (Won 2, lost 5), only 2 have been away (won 0, lost 2) and five have been at Neutral venues (won 2, lost 3).

So there we are, a brief but hopefully informative look back at our penalty shoot out record. I’m hoping for a change that will give me a feeling of hope going into 12 yard death strikes (Copyight @AmericanSoccerGuy) in future!