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25th Jul 2022

Scottish football club lay claim to the greatest picture ever taken at a football match

Jack Peat

The image was captured during a match against Queen of the South this weekend 

Elgin City has laid claim to the greatest picture ever taken at a football match following their game against Queen of the South this weekend.

Two goals in quick succession condemned the Scottish League Two outfit to a disappointing loss in the League Cup on Saturday, but it was one slightly wayward shot that has been grabbing people’s attention.

A cameraman managed to capture the moment a ball flew into the terrace, knocking a man’s cup of tea out of his hands and also hitting his food as he was mid-bite.

A woman dressed in a yellow coat was also snapped as she threw her arms up to stop the ball’s flight.

It created what is arguably the best picture ever taken at a football match – and we’d be hard pressed to disagree.

Commenting on the photo, one person compared it to Drake’s ‘Hotline Bling’ video, while others shared their own contenders.

A few other memorable moments were thrown into the mix as the picture was discussed on Sky Sports. 

Among them, the moment Zinadine Zidane walked off past the Jules Rimet trophy during the 2006 World Cup after headbutting Marco Materazzi and a worthy contender from the Milan derby featuring Materazzi and Rui Costa as they watched flares on the pitch being cleared up wearing the opposing iconic home shirts.

Diego Maradona’s infamous Hand of God photo also deserves a nod, but I think you’ll agree that none of them come close to the Elgin City snap, which deserves a permanent place in the annals of football photography.

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