Relive England's European Golden Glory

Ashley Jackson 2009 Euros golden goal

There are eight minutes left on the clock. 22-year-old Ashley Jackson steps up to the penalty spot and fires the ball into the roof of the net beyond the despairing dive of goalkeeper Max Weinhold. England lead 5-3 against Germany. The 2009 EuroHockey title is theirs.

The eight days of golden games for Jason Lee’s team started with a 5-0 win over Austria, with goals from Ashley Jackson, James Tindall, Iain Mackay and a double from Barry Middleton. Despite the win it was a less than convincing performance and the clash with Olympic and World Champions Germany would be England’s next pool game. The Germany game, which turned out to be a dress rehearsal for the final certainly did not disappoint. Middleton came up with a brace once more, and Ashley Jackson also bagged another goal and although Christopher Zeller and Moritz Furste had hit back, Rob Moore’s 52nd minute strike appeared to have won the game until Zeller again and Christopher Wesley rescued an incredible 4-4 draw for Germany.

England secured their semi-final place with a thumping 8-2 win over Belgium. Jackson took centre stage with a superb hat-trick. England were starting to build some real momentum and the prospect of a semi-final against the much-fancied Netherlands was a mouth-watering one.

Against the Dutch, James Tindall gave England the lead. He quickly took a free hit on the right of the circle before passing to Surbiton club mate Rob Moore on the baseline. His ball towards Jonty Clarke bounced into the path of the advancing Tindall and his low reverse stick shot flew across the goal and inside the far post. The Dutch rallied and James Fair, later nominated Goalkeeper of the Tournament produced a string of fine saves to keep out a series of Taeke Taekema penalty corners. The Dutch forced six penalty corners in the opening 14 minutes of the second half but Fair continued to defy them with some incredible goalkeeping. On 49 minutes the Dutch Great finally got the better of the England No1 to level the scores. The game headed into golden goal extra time and with 45 seconds left on the clock until penalties Jackson fired home, winning the match and  securing the team’s progress to a first European Championships final since 1987.

The final, against Germany was just like the pool game, with the two sides trading goals at will. Germany led 3-2 with 16 minutes left but then two penalty corners in two minutes from Richard Mantell turned the game on its head. With the Dutch crowd roaring England on, Jackson stepped up to score the fifth and give England their first European title.

 “Winning the Euros was really special. Not many teams beat Holland in Holland on the way to a final and then to beat the Germans with the support of the Dutch crowd was incredible.” said Richard Alexander. “We all peaked at the right time. We got it right. That’s the trick in big tournaments and hopefully we can repeat that next summer, too.”

Head Coach Jason Lee added: “We learned really quickly throughout the tournament. We grew as it went on.” With his tongue firmly in cheek Lee added “It’s quite easy when you have the player of the tournament and the best goalkeeper in your team.”

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