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Danny Williams goal shortlisted for English Football League award


Danny Williams may be known as a defensive midfielder, but one of his goals scored in 2015 is being considered as the best in the English Football League.

Williams’ sensational strike from the top-right corner of the penalty area on Dec. 20 has made the shortlist for the Football League’s Goal of the Year 2015 award. Each team was allowed to submit their best goal from the year, and the nominees were recently narrowed to 10.

After teammate Hal Robson-Kanu headed the ball on down the right wing, Williams ran onto it and smashed the bouncing ball into the top-left corner of the net. The goal also proved to the be the game-winner in a 1-0 victory against Blackburn Rovers.

Fans can vote for the best goal by following the link here.

Here is Williams’ goal for Reading, and all 10 goals named to the shortlist:

What do you think of the goal? Think Williams’ goal should win the award?

Share your thoughts below.


  1. He had some very good goals for the USMNT last year, too. So why isn’t he with the team in Guatemala? Big mistake. And how many goals has Beckerman scored for the nats? (Answer is 1 for Beckerman, 2 for Williams, in a lot fewer games, 51 vs. 19). Also, Williams is 7 years younger.

  2. Honestly, I’m not sure either. I noticed that the first few goals all looked the same, so I rewatched it and logged all of the shots. Had to stay awake during a conference call.

  3. Some thoughts about the nominees. Four (A,B,H,I) are shots that came from the keeper’s left and went across goal to the keeper’s right. Three more came from the central area and went to the keeper’s right (C, E,F) One more (D) was both taken and scored on the keeper’s left, and similarly only one (G) was taken and scored on the keeper’s right. Naturally, the winner should be J, which was taken from the keeper’s right and scored on the left because it was so unusual.

    As a personal bias, all of these goals have a huge element of luck. There are no nominees where some skillful passing in and around the box unlocked the defense and led to a simple tap-in. That’s my type of goal.


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