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⚽️ Trust's 1,000th goal countdown: No. 277 Lee Phillips

Goal at Wembley in 2007 not enough to get City promoted back to the EFL

26 July 2018

With just nine days to go until Matt Taylor's side kick-off the season against Carlisle, ‘The 1000th Goal’ project counts you down to the game with a look back at some of the most iconic goals scored under supporters' ownership.

The 1,000th goal project has been set up as the Trust will more than likely be celebrating reaching 1,000 league goals under supporters ownership this coming season. The tally currently stands at 982 league goals, including play-offs.

Today we go back to the heartbreaking May 20, 2007. City started brightly and took the lead just seven minutes into their first ever game at Wembley. A quick free-kick caught the Shrimps off guard, with Jon Challinor cleverly beating Chis Blackburn inside the area before delivering an inch-perfect cross. It was met at the back post by an unmarked Lee Phillips, whose downwards header beat Scott Davies for goal number 277 under The Trust.
 
Paul Jones would then go on to pull off a number of saves in the first half to keep the Grecians in the lead, including saving the first ever penalty at the new Wembley, but was finally beaten by Garry Thomson shortly before half-time following a defensive mistake.
 
A cagey second half ensued, but a late Danny Carlton wondergoal on the counter-attack eight minutes from time condemned City to a fifth, and final, season in the Conference. In the ensuing frustration, Matt Gill was sent off in stoppage time for an altercation with Craig Stanley, in the process becoming the first player to be given his marching orders at the new national stadium.
 
For a match report from the BBC on the game click here

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