Coduri is proud to lay claim to historic goal
JORDAN CODURI, a 25-year-old midfielder with non-league Penistone Church, wrote himself into White Rose folklore yesterday by scoring Yorkshire’s first goal on their international football debut, against the Isle of Man.
The match, watched by a crowd of around 500 at the home of Hemsworth Miners’ Welfare FC, and recognised by CONIFA, a federation for teams from “nations, de-facto nations, regions, minority peoples and sports-isolated territories”, ended 1-1 after Furo Davies had scored earlier for the visitors.
While some had mocked the ambitions of Yorkshire to enter the international stage, there was no doubting the enthusiasm of the boisterous crowd or the unpaid players, plucked entirely from local non-league outfits, including Coduri, who said the chance to claim the history-making opener had played on his mind.
Coduri said: “When the opportunity to play for Yorkshire came up I jumped at the chance. The lads had all been talking about who might get that first goal, and nothing has made me prouder than to take that opportunity.”
White Rose flags and a couple of desultory light-blue flares blended with the billowing smoke from a burn-up on an adjacent allotment as Yorkshire’s unlikely odyssey began, albeit without the promised pre-match anthem of ‘Ilkley Moor Bah’t Tat’, the anthems cancelled due to a double-booking of the expected brass band.
Pie and peas did a roaring trade in the clubhouse and a tight-fisted raffle prize that seemed oddly suited to the occasion – “10 Stella, four John Smith’s and a box of Yorkshire tea” – was hawked by enthusiastic club officials around the touchlines.
Collectors clamoured for the historic match programme, of which only 200 were printed, and in which Yorkshire chairman Phil Hegarty wrote: “I always knew we’d reach the destination – Yorkshire has a powerful brand – but just never dreamed it would happen so soon.”