Sam on his favourite goal

City striker talks through his strike against Rangers

“It was a horrific day – it was pouring with rain, but when I scored I took my shirt off,” says Exeter City striker Sam Parkin with a smile, reminiscing over a goal he netted a decade ago against Tuesday night’s opponents QPR.  “I’ve never done that before – and I’ve never done it since either!”

Parkin was a Swindon Town player at the time – he had netted a hat-trick on his Robins debut against Barnsley, en route to a 26-goal haul in his maiden campaign with the club.  The Roehampton-born made had weaved through a Hoops defence containing Steve Palmer, Gino Padula, Clarke Carlisle and Danny Shittu before placing his shot beyond goalkeeper Nick Culkin – one of four goals he has scored in his career to date against Rangers. 

“I’ll always remember that goal because afterwards my mates were asking me, ‘what on earth were you thinking?’ – and I’ve got no answer!  It was just spontaneous, because it was probably the favourite goal of my career.”

You can read the full interview with Sam Parkin in Tuesday night’s issue of The Grecian, our matchday programme, which will be on sale around the ground.

Sam discusses growing up as a QPR supporter in a school full of Chelsea fans, his opportunities of joining his boyhood club and about joining the Grecians this season,