10 years ago today: Rangers right back Kirk Broadfoot injured by exploding egg

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When I suggested recently that we start a regular feature looking back at notable Scottish events from this day in history, I didn’t realise that we were so close to such a significant anniversary.

The back pages were full of opinion, controversy and rumour as the 2008/09 season neared an end. Celtic and Rangers were neck and neck going into the final two games of the campaign, a disallowed goal at Easter Road had Nacho Novo and Jim McLean up in arms and the likes of Michael Stewart, John Hughes and Kevin Kyle were all either offering opinions or the subject of them.

The most significant action, however, was to be found on the front page. “SHELL SHOCK” yelled the front page of the Daily Record, adding “Rangers’ Kirk taken to hospital after egg explodes in face”.

“It may sound funny but it was quite a serious accident”



Kirk Broadfoot and Fernando Torres scrambling for possession

Yes, today is in fact the tenth anniversary of one of the most iconic moments in Scottish football history. The moment a player who had almost exactly a year beforehand been playing in a UEFA Cup Final managed to injure himself while making eggs.

The Record’s story read: “Rangers star Kirk Broadfoot was left nursing a sore face after an exploding EGG landed him in hospital.

“The Scotland full-back was inspecting two eggs he had just poached in the microwave when one of them blew up and squirted scalding-hot water into his face.”

Under the headline “SHEER EGGONY”, the story continued on page 3: “A Rangers insider said ‘It may sound funny but it was quite a serious accident. Kirk’s face was quite badly burned’.

“The shocked star phoned his parents, Marilyn and John, who rushed round to his luxury home in Ballochmyle, Ayrshire from their house in nearby Drongan and took him to hospital.

“Kirk, 25, was treated for scalds to his cheek and allowed home. He told Rangers manager Walter Smith what had happened and he is now being monitored by club doctors. ‘As it happens, it was a close shave,’ the Record’s Ibrox source said. ‘He was a very close to burning his eye, which could have had a serious impact on his career.’

“Kirk was already out of the Rangers team with an injury before the egg incident on Sunday. He is expected to make a full recovery from his scalds. He did not want to comment about the accident.



Kirk Broadfoot reflects on his kitchen nightmare

“Kirk signed for Rangers from St Mirren in 2007 and his whole-hearted style quickly made him a cult hero with the Ibrox fans.

“George Burley called him into the Scotland squad and he scored a vital goal in the World Cup qualifier in Iceland last September.”

At this point you may be asking yourself if there is some kind of British Egg Information Service, and if they have published advice to stop you making Broadfoot’s mistake. The Record’s report contains good news on both counts.

“Kirk is far from the only amateur cook to be injured by an egg. The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents says 500 Britons needed hospital treatment after ‘egg-related incidents’ in 2002, the last year such data was collected.

“A RoSPA spokeswoman said: ‘our advice is always to take care when dealing with boiling water in a microwave’. The British Egg Information Service offer advice to egg-lovers on how to poach them safely in the microwave:

“1. Carefully crack the egg into a large teacup or ramekin dish filled with 1/2 tbsp of water.

“2. Use a cocktail stick to pierce the yolk and white in a couple of places and poach in the microwave on HIGH for 40 seconds in a 750-watt oven, or 60 seconds if you have a 650-watt oven.

“3. Let the egg stand for a minute before serving.”

“Jim McLean – THE COLUMN THAT PACKS A PUNCH”



“Well ye hink ah’m gonnae answer a stupid question like that”

On the same day, the fallout from a feisty encounter between Hibs and Rangers two days previously continued. The sides drew 1-1 thanks to goals from Derek Riordan and Nacho Novo, but the Spanish forward had a goal controversially disallowed.

Hibs midfielder Ross Chisholm claimed he had cleared the ball before it crossed the line, saying: “I can’t remember much about it, and I’ve not see it on TV since, but as far as I’m concerned, the ball was half in and half out.”

His team-mate Lewis Stevenson, however, admitted: “From the angle I was looking at it, from inside the penalty box, I thought it was in. Chis did really well to get it away but I thought it was a goal.”

That draw left Rangers level on points with Celtic, but two goals behind. The momentum seemed to be with Gordon Stachan’s side, but goalless draws against Hibs and Hearts in their final two games and wins for Walter Smith’s Rangers against Aberdeen and Dundee United meant the Premier League trophy returned to Ibrox. Hibs would go on to finish sixth.

The Novo incident inspired the latest column from Dundee United legend Jim ‘Well ye hink ah’m gonnae answer a stupid question like that’ McLean, which was brilliantly billed as “THE COLUMN THAT PACKS A PUNCH”. McLean called for the introduction of television evidence in football, a debate that thankfully has been conclusively settled to everyone’s satisfaction in 2019.



Nacho Novo and Kris Boyd claim for a goal at Easter Road

McLean said: “It is time for FIFA officials to remove the lens caps from their closed minds and allow television evidence in football.Events at Celtic Park and Easter Road this week have pulled the debate over the use of new technology back into public focus.

“It must be introduced in top flight football soon to ease pressure on under-fire officials and help foster better relationships between coaches and our men in black, which is at an all-time low.”

The controversy at Celtic Park that McLean referred to was down to Celtic’s Scott McDonald angering Dundee United boss Craig Levein with a tackle on Lee Wilkie and an obstruction on United keeper Łukasz Zaluska at Glenn Loovens’ goal.

“(Referee Stuart) Dougal should have had the opportunity to take a look if Levein felt so strongly” said McLean, adding: “Instead, we had a manager and ref at war again and I found Dougal’s conduct entirely unacceptable.

 

“He was never one of my favourites when I was involved in the game and I haven’t changed my opinion after seeing the way he addressed Levein.

“It’s just a pity Dougal didn’t show the other side of his character many in the game know and like. Referees such as him, Willie Young and Mike McCurry frequently called me into their room at Tannadice before games for a blether when I wasn’t involved at the club but still allowed to attend matches and the patter was always flying.

“He has a sense of humour – it would have been nice for him to have shown it the other night. Referees must understand the pressure managers are under – United are trying to get into Europe and were attempting to get a result at a venue where 50,000 home voices drown out the noise made by a couple of busloads from Tayside.

“Dougal’s demeanour was dismissive, he looked down on Levein and all that does is further alienate managers and referees from one another, which helps no-one in the long run.”

“I found that allegation quite funny”



Michael Stewart unimpressed with Jimmy Calderwood and Craig Levein

Modern readers will find this difficult to believe, but on May 15th 2009 Michael Stewart was not a big Craig Levein fan. The United boss and Aberdeen manager Jimmy Calderwood had both criticised Hearts’ approach, with the Record saying: “Michael Stewart reckons his Euro rivals are green with envy at the rehab of Hearts under Csaba László.

“The Scotland midfielder is sick and tired of hearing his team described as time-wasting cheats as they close in on third in the SPL.”

Calderwood had suggested Hearts were wasting time as early as two minutes into their goalless draw at Pittodrie, to which Stewart responded: “I found that allegation quite funny as a lot of the time the Aberdeen players were shouting at us to hurry up before we even had the ball in our hands at a throw-in, for example.

“I really don’t know what they expected – you’ll never see someone sprint to get the ball then run to the touchline and simply chuck it into play, will you? That baffles me. It’s nonsense.

“It was a game of huge importance to both clubs and a draw wasn’t good enough for them. When that’s the case your perspective of the game often takes on a warped reality. They were complaining about every single incident and it worked to our advantage as they were wasting their energy on things that were pointless, really.



Dundee United manager Craig Levein in March 2009

“I don’t think it’s coincidence these allegations have come from the two clubs who have been challenging us to finish third all season, Craig Levein was also bitterly disappointed when we went to Tannadice and took three points.

“Your closest rivals can become frustrated when they don’t get the results they want against you. Envy? That’s exactly what I think. There’s an envious side, especially as we’ve come full circle from our position last season to challenge for third.

“We haven’t been out the top six since five or six games into the season and we’ve focused only on ourselves, and that has worked well so far.

“We’ve been third for the past couple of months and hats off to whoever finally finishes in that position. I firmly believe it will be us, and we will have deserved it.”

Hearts did indeed go on to finish third, with Aberdeen six points behind them in fourth and Dundee United in fifth on the same points tally as the Dons but with an inferior goal difference.

“The gaffer is all about fighting”



Scott Arfield celebrates his winner against Hamilton Accies

Falkirk youngster Scott Arfield praised manager John Hughes as the Bairns fought to stay in the top flight, saying: “I wouldn’t want to have any other manager in this situation. It’s in his make-up, he was born for this.

“He shouldn’t be in the top six because he was really born for this. The gaffer is all about fighting, he is a warrior. He and Brian Rice know what this means to the club.

“It means more to me because I’ve come through the ranks here. We shouldn’t even be in this position in the first place. I felt that we were too good to go down, but we obviously weren’t because look where we still are.

“We have been bottom of the league for almost three months and it’s great for us to get off that position.”

It was 20-year-old Arfield’s shot from outside the box which made the difference in a 1-0 win over Hamilton, a result which lifted Falkirk into 11th spot. Hughes’ men ultimately avoided relegation, finishing 10th in the table.

“I just want the best for James McCarthy”



James McCarthy celebrates Premier League survival with Hamilton fans in May 2009

. In what would become a regular occurrence in future transfer windows, James McCarthy was linked with Celtic. With Strachan’s side reportedly willing to pay the 18-year-old close to £10,000 a week, Hamilton Accies boss Billy Reid said: “I would love to work with James as long as I can but I would never stand in his way or try to hinder his development.

“The development and progress he has made at Hamilton has been staggering. I think we could develop him more but there will come a time when he wants to leave.

“He is learning all the time with us so I would be delighted if he stays but I just want the best for James McCarthy.”

The best for McCarthy turned out to be another year with Hamilton, before a move to Wigan Athletic in 2009. The midfielder went on to make 41 Republic of Ireland appearances and has spent the last six years at Everton.

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