Dirty Tackle

Tony Hibbert finally scores for Everton, sparks congratulatory pitch invasion

Brooks Peck
Dirty Tackle

Right back Tony Hibbert has famously never scored a goal in his 11 years and 308 appearances for Everton. But on Wednesday, August 8, 2012, in a preseason friendly/testimonial against AEK Athens to recognize his decade-plus of service, the 31-year-old actually scored a freaking goal.

As soon as he finally completed this achievement more astonishing than NASA landing a robot cameraman on Mars, there was a mass pitch invasion as fans at Goodison Park wanted to join Hibbert's teammates in a congratulatory mauling before being herded back into the stands by stewards. The goal wasn't exactly a gift, either. Hibbert squirted a free kick under the AEK wall and just inside the near post.

Hibbert first joined Everton's youth academy at the age of 10 and has been with the first team since 2001. After his long-awaited goal, Everton fans sang "Tony Hibbert, he scores when he wants."

And a fan view of the goal...

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