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One and only: Gary Bull

28 Jun 2018
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Former Nottingham Forest striker recalls his winning header in his single PL appearance

It's a select group; those who have only played in one Premier League match and scored. This week we remember the four "one-hit wonders".

Gary Bull

When Stan Collymore pulled out of Nottingham Forest's line-up on the day of a match in January 1995 due to illness, the news was a blow for manager Frank Clark.

But Clark's loss was Gary Bull's gain. Given his chance to shine the striker didn't disappoint, becoming only the second of four players to score on their single Premier League appearance.

Indeed, Bull headed in the winner, securing a 1-0 home win over Crystal Palace that took Forest up to fourth place in the table.

'It was fate'

"It was fate, I would imagine," says Bull. "I was in the right place at the right time.

"It was an inswinging corner. A couple of people missed it and I was about three yards out. It was unmissable really, although I tell my kids it was a screamer."

Bull, who had been a trainee at Southampton, also played for Birmingham City and Brighton & Hove Albion during his playing career. 

And the fitness he developed as a player serves him well in his current job. He is now a postman.

"I've been doing this job for about 14 years now," he says. "I'm one of those people who gets up and actually enjoys going to work, and getting the physical aspect of it.

"We probably do between 10 and 12 miles a day. Some would say I do more now than I did on the pitch."

Also in this series

Part 1: One and only: Aidan Newhouse
Part 3: One and only: Chris David
Part 4: One and only: Josh Harrop

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