The Real Madrid defender has waited for over a year to play for his new club since his £13 million transfer from Newcastle. On the morning before his long-awaited competitive debut against Athletic Bilbao, he was reported to have said:
“I’ve dreamt about this every day and night since I came here. It’s become my obsession, now it can become reality.”
He even had a plan for helping his team to win:
“Rather than dream about scoring, I dream my team can keep a clean sheet, because if we do that we will be a step closer to winning,” he said.
And then the match began – and everything just fell apart.
In what is quite possibly one of the worst top-flight competitive debuts ever made in club football by a former England-international, Woodgate not only scored an own-goal, but managed to get sent off after receiving two yellow cards.
Somewhere in Newcastle, Freddie Shepherd is laughing his head off…
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