It was on this day 51 years ago that the first ever penalty shoot out arrived in the English game as Manchester United and Hull city battled it out in a semi-final of the Watney Cup. This meant that the first man to take a penalty in England was George Best, with the dubious distinction of the first miss going to the great Dennis Law.
The game took place two years after an Israeli man, Yosef Dagan, having watching his nation get knocked out of the 1968 Olympics with the drawing of lots, first formally proposed the modern shoot out. From 1970 they took hold and spread all over the world and remains one of the most fiercely debated aspects of the game.
But for all the drama and heartbreak, the psychological battle of the penalty shoot out has given rise to some truly great moments. Moments that condense all that is good about the game into a neat five second segment as a player conquers their nerves to outwit a helpless keeper. And sometimes the hapless striker literally fall flat on their face.
Here’s ten times penalties went about as well and as poorly as can possibly be imagined.