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Sport The inventor of football's penalty kick

09:35  07 july  2018
09:35  07 july  2018 Source:   news.sky.com

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William McCrum invented football's penalty kick© Sky News Screen Grab William McCrum invented football's penalty kick

Football might be coming home but the penalty kick won't be because Northern Ireland didn't qualify for the World Cup finals.

It was an amateur goalkeeper from County Armagh who invented the forfeit for foul play that became the source of highest drama on the pitch.

You can point to the spot where the very first penalty was taken - it's marked with a bust of William McCrum on the village green at Milford.

A statue of William McCrum who invented football's penalty kick© Sky News Screen Grab A statue of William McCrum who invented football's penalty kick

His great-grandson, Robert McCrum, told Sky News: "Only a goalkeeper could invent the penalty kick because it makes the goalkeeper centre stage.

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Football might be coming home but the penalty kick won't be because Northern Ireland didn't qualify for the World Cup finals. His great-grandson, Robert McCrum, told Sky News: "Only a goalkeeper could invent the penalty kick because it makes the goalkeeper centre stage.

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"The penalty kick's been in my family for a long time. All I can say is I wish that every time there was a penalty given, we got a royalty."

William McCrum - who proposed the idea of the penalty kick in 1890 - has been the curse of the likes of Chris Waddle, Stuart Pearce and England boss Gareth Southgate.

Roy Carroll, who was Manchester United's keeper when Arsenal won the 2005 FA Cup on penalties, says the pressure is always on the player.

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After finding the football pitch where penalty kick inventor William McCrum played his football at Miilford Co Armagh I decided to track down his family

Grave of Will McCrum Inventor of Penalty Kick Armagh 1890 - Duration: 3:37. Tom McClean 63 views. freekickerz vs Sergio Ramos - Penalty Football Challenge - Duration: 4:28. freekickerz 5,108,736 views.

Robert McCrum, whose great-grandfather William McCrum invented football's penalty kick© Sky News Screen Grab Robert McCrum, whose great-grandfather William McCrum invented football's penalty kick

"There's no pressure on the keeper. It's the pressure on the players coming up to take that penalty," Carroll said.

"They've got a long walk to come, especially for a penalty shoot-out, they've got a long way from the halfway line to the penalty spot.

"But the keepers, if they save a penalty, they're a hero. If they let one in, nothing happens."

Former Manchester United goalkeeper Roy Carroll© Sky News Screen Grab Former Manchester United goalkeeper Roy Carroll

With no shortage of penalties in the knock-out stages of the World Cup, the 12 yards from triumph or despair have become the talking point.

"When kids come here, they're asking can they take penalties," said Aaron Burns, an Irish League footballer who runs his own soccer skills school.

"Sometimes a game can seem a wee bit stale but when it comes to penalty kicks, everybody wants to watch them, nobody will leave the room.

"You want to see every penalty kick, to see who's taking them, the way they're taking them, the run-ups, so penalties are a fantastic part of the game," he added.

But Northern Ireland haven't had the opportunity to score any penalties in Russia - they narrowly missed out on a place in the finals.

Ironically, Michael O'Neill's side were eliminated on the basis of a highly controversial penalty. The late William McCrum has a lot to answer for.

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