Casting the net: the invention of the goal net

Written for When Saturday Comes, a piece on the 125th anniversary of the invention of the goal net, football’s original version of goal-line technology.

John Alexander Brodie was one of the most prominent civil engineers to come out of the Victorian era. Based in Liverpool, he helped shape the city and its roads, and oversaw the construction of the Queensway Tunnel under the Mersey. He worked on the city plans for New Delhi in India, and was a pioneer in areas as diverse as motoring, prefab housing and refuse compacting. Yet his greatest achievement – by his own reckoning – was the invention, 125 years ago, of the football goal net.

Published in the October 2014 issue of When Saturday Comes.

Published by Paul Brown

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