Sheffield FC midfielder reaches historic milestone

A Sheffield FC player has made history after becoming the first midfielder to score 100 goals in the club’s 162-year existence.

Andrew Gascoigne, who returned to the club in 2017 after coming through its youth system, opened the scoring form the penalty spot in Sheffield’s 2-2 draw against Stamford last Saturday to reach the landmark.

The midfielder also became the fifth player in the club’s history to reach 100 goals.

“People had been going on about me being on 99 goals and it played on my mind! So it was a relief to get it,” Andrew said.

He added: “To do this for a club which has been going for so long, it feels brilliant. I probably would have scored more if I haven’t had an injury-hit season.”

Andrew made his first senior football appearance as a substitute for Sheffield FC, and scored with his first touch after coming off the bench.

He said: “I was only 17, and I remember being really nervous, even when putting my shinpads on.

“I got a chance and thought ‘I’ll just hit it’, it went in off the crossbar and into the corner.”

However, he believes his most memorable goal for the club came at Sheffield Wednesday’s Hillsborough Stadium.

Andrew said: “It was in a cup final, I remember seeing the goalkeeper off his line and I shot from the halfway line.

“I saw it go over the ‘keeper and into the top corner, which made it 2-1 in the last minute.”

Despite an injury-hit season, he aims to reach the 150-goal milestone for the club, who currently sit sixth in the Evo-Stik East Division.

With only eight games left of the season, he hopes he can add to his goal tally to secure the club’s place in the play-offs.

“I really fancy us to secure all nine points from our next three games,” he said.

Andrew added: “The problem is we are really good at home, but struggle to find form in our away games.

“If we keep doing what we do at home, I’m sure we’ll make the play-offs.”

 

 

 

 

Written by Matt Rennie

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