I know, I know. Congratulations to me for not only coming up with the best pun this side of “Wake Up Little Sisu”, but for also blowing my load with a blog and crude photoshop on the opening day of the season. I’m going to regret it when he scores a hat-trick next week.
What about this Réda Johnson though??
I don’t want to seem too flippant about the result – losing in that manner is a wounder in any money – but there’s so much of the season to go it’s probably not worth getting too overwrought about it. Two goals on a debut however is certainly nod-worthy. Before yesterday only seven players had managed it before in a City shirt, so it’s a pretty rare event.
That’s not all though. Don’t tell Kriss Akabusi, but Réda Johnson is already a Sky Blues record breaker ladies and gents. It’s nothing too exciting, but Bradford was also the first time a Sky Blues defender has scored a brace on his debut, if you can believe that stat even exists.
Based mainly on some hard work done by club historian Jim Brown last season when Chris Maguire sent us bandy with his debut double at MK Dons, the list of players who have scored a brace on their City bow goes like this:
1928: Tommy Bowen v Norwich (h) 2
1954: Jack Lee v Crystal Palace (h) 2
1963: George Hudson v Halifax (h) 3
1992: Mick Quinn v Man City. (h) 2
1999: Robbie Keane v Derby County (h) 2
2013: Chris Maguire v MK Dons (a) 2
2014: Réda Johnson v Bradford (a) 2
Information on Tommy Bowen and Jack Lee may be sparse, but their positions are documented reasonably well online, and even with my tame knowledge of ambiguous olden days formations it’d be hard to claim either of those to be a defender.
So the crown’s all yours Réda. Marvellous effort with all the goals, there.
I get the feeling we’re going to need them.