Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation

Roy Of The Rovers Boss Subs Himself On, Scores Equaliser, Saves Penalty


We've all had those wonderful dreams. Stepping out onto the Wembley pitch proudly wearing our club's colours, lining up at the apex of a fearsome attack, toiling against the odds for 89 minutes before firing in a last minute 35 yard thunderbolt to win the Cup, before climbing the steps to gratefully receive the trophy, lifting it to the adoring cheers of an 80,000-strong crowd..

Unfortunately, for us, it will only ever be a dream.

But one man who now knows exactly what it's like to lead his team in the style of Roy Of The Rovers is Grays Athletic player-manager Mark Bentley. Watching from the sidelines as his team trailed 2-1 to Hampton and Richmond Borough in the Isthmian League Premier Division, he decided the only man who could rescue the situation was... himself.

And what an impact he made: rising like a salmon minutes later to score the equaliser from a corner, being mobbed by his team-mates. However, shortly afterwards, disaster struck: the Grays goalkeeper had to leave the pitch with an injury and no substitutes were left. Naturally, Bentley grasped the nettle and went in goal himself.

Miraculously, he managed to keep the ball out for the rest of the match, including saving a penalty, heroically leading Athletic to a creditable 2-2 draw.

Get Roy Hodgson on the phone, we've found our new Gerrard.

Watch clips of his career-best performance below and keep believing: one day that dream will (might) come true.


Pearce rexfeatures_3071685a.jpg

The Greatest Goal Celebrations Of All Time


Best Football Virals of 2014


World's Calmest Own Goal


Football's 10 Most Spectacular Own Goals


10 greatest goalkeeping goals


10 Biggest Football Tantrums



Luis Suarez talks English football and the toughest PL defenders

He's a lover, not a biter

19 Oct 2016

Gary Lineker talks crisps, Rooney and "Sh*t on pitch"

Crisp don Gary Lineker reminisces about the time Diego Maradona nearly fell off a balcony

by Alex Christian
19 Oct 2016

Park Ji-sung now plays for De Montfort University's student side

And can't even prevent them from getting utterly drubbed

by Tristan Cross
14 Oct 2016

Watch San Marino players celebrate first WCQ away goal in 15 years

Ecstasy in Oslo

by Dave Fawbert
12 Oct 2016

The first-ever green card has been awarded in a football match

But how do you get one?

by Dave Fawbert
10 Oct 2016

Football's wonderkids that never made it

The prodigal youngsters that left us boy wondering

by Tristan Cross
05 Oct 2016

Celtic’s 13 year old wonderkid is already better than you'll ever be

Karamoko Dembele made his debut for the U20s last night

04 Oct 2016

The new FIFA president wants to ruin the World Cup

He might have just f*cked up massively

by David Cornish
04 Oct 2016

Sam Allardyce was foolish but he shouldn’t have been sacked

The England mess leaves more questions than answers

by Dave Fawbert
28 Sep 2016

England manager Sam Allardyce leaves after one game in charge

Farewell, Big Sam, we hardly knew ye

27 Sep 2016