Freddy Fox looks at sport’s last minute winners

Hey folks, Freddy here!

I’m thinking about searching for some late deals UK for my holiday this year and it got me thinking – sometimes the best things come right at the last minute when they’re not expected.

Last year I didn’t think I was going to go away at all and then I decided to book a last minute caravans UK holiday and it was the best break I’ve ever had!

Also, when I’ve been playing football before the best wins have always been when we’ve come from behind!

So that got me thinking – what are some of the coolest last minute winners ever?

Jimmy Glass keeps Carlisle in the football league

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This one is a bit before my time but I’ve seen the videos and it looks incredible. There’s a pitch invasion and everything!

We’ve all seen last minute goals that win things for clubs, like Sergio Aguero scoring in the last minute at the Ethiad to win the Premiership, or Ole Gunnar Solskjaer winning the Champions League for Man United.

But this goal stopped a team being relegated from the football league and possibly going bankrupt – and it was scored by a goalkeeper!

Jimmy Glass wasn’t even a Carlisle player, he was on loan from Swindon. His third and last game for Carlisle was the last one of the 1998-99 season and with time up they were drawing 1-1 with Plymouth Argyle – and if things stayed like that Carlisle would be relegated.

So Jimmy went up for a corner and with just 10 seconds of extra time left he volleyed the ball into the Argyle net, making him a hero and starting a huge pitch invasion. It was like something you’d see in a comic book!

The All Blacks’ perfect season

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When Ryan Crotty scored try in the corner for New Zealand against Ireland four minutes after the end of regular time in Dublin last year he wasn’t just sealing a test win – but a perfect season.

New Zealand had won 13 out of 13 games in 2013 and the test against Ireland was their last game of the year.

But they didn’t play well in the first half of the game and Ireland played out of their skins. It was so cool to see how much the Irish players wanted to win. They ended up leading 19-0 after 20 minutes and even after the ABs started playing better in the second half it looked like Ireland would hang on.

But then they kept the ball for four minutes before hooker Dane Coles gave a cool back door offload for Crotty to score.

But that wasn’t the end of it. The try levelled things up but Aaron Cruden still had to score the conversion to win the game – and he missed it! But some Irish players tried charging down the kick too early and Cruden got another chance, which he didn’t waste! Amazing!

Partizan Belgrade win the ABA title

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Serbian basketball team Partizan Belgrade won the Adriatic Basketball Association title for a fourth year in a row in 2010 but they left it really late to do it.  

They were playing Cibona, from Croatia in the final and they were winning 72-71 with just a few seconds left. Then they got a foul and two free shots at the net – game over!

But Lawrence Roberts missed them both and Cibona managed to get the ball down the other end and score a three pointer with 0.6 seconds. That meant they were 74-72 up and their players started celebrating.

Which meant they had their backs turned when Partizan re-started play and Dusan Kecman launched the ball the length of the court and into the net to win the game with an amazing buzzer beater!

Lewis Hamilton wins the F1 title

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IN 2008 the Formula One world championship came down to the last race – and it was mega exciting!

Lewis Hamilton or Felipe Massa could win the championship when the race started. Massa needed to win and then hope Hamilton finished lower down than fifth. Hamilton just needed to finish fifth to win the title.

But by the last few laps Hamilton had got stuck behind Seb Vettel in sixth and couldn’t get past him.

Massa was in first and he ended up winning the race. It all looked like Massa would win the title, then on the last lap Hamilton came up behind  Timo Glock and overtook him on the final corner – making him the youngest ever world champion.

It was incredible!

New Zealand break English hearts

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This last one is a bit hard for me to write about.

It was the Rugby League World Cup semi-final in 2013 and England were beating the Kiwis in the last few seconds.

Slammin’ Sam Burgess had scored a try to put England 18-14 up but then, in the final minute his brother George Burgess made a high tackle on a Kiwi, which gave them one last chance to attack.

After three or four plays Shaun Johnson managed to step past Kevin Sinfield and score – then converted his try to win the game.

I was gutted, but it was a great game to watch.