Football: DONE UP BY THE KIPPER; Jemmo Aims to Put Chelsea to Sleep: SHREWSBURY V CHELSEA BBC1 Today, KO 6.30pm

The People (London, England), January 26, 2003 | Go to article overview
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Football: DONE UP BY THE KIPPER; Jemmo Aims to Put Chelsea to Sleep: SHREWSBURY V CHELSEA BBC1 Today, KO 6.30pm


Byline: Neil MOXLEY

SLEEPING giant Nigel Jemson has just one wish if he scores the winner against Chelsea today - to actually see the ball hit the net.

Shrewsbury's Cup hero led Everton a merry dance as his two goals sensationally dumped David Moyes' men out of the competition in the last round.

But Jemson never saw the one that counted.

The moment it left his head, he saw the look of joy on the fans' faces behind the goal and wheeled away in delight.

And when the veteran striker reached home later that night, he was too tired to watch his heroics on Match of the Day ... and promptly fell asleep.

The 33-year-old knows all about the other side of the coin, of course, in this famous old competition.

He was on the Nottingham Forest team bus the day before the '91 final against Spurs when Stuart Pearce had to tell him his dreams of playing at Wembley had been dashed.

But the striker is loving every second of his time in the limelight once more, although the video will be set well ahead of tonight's eagerly-awaited televised tie against Chelsea.

"I knew instinctively I'd got the winner against Everton," he said. "From our supporters' faces and because it was just too late for them to come back at us.

"Of course, being a footballer, everyone thinks that what happens next is that you go out celebrating.

"After I had done a lot of TV interviews, all I did was travel home and put my two kids - Charlie and Max - to bed.

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