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Leighton Baines’ 30-yard swerving rocket of a free-kick lit up the New Year as Everton came from behind to beat Newcastle 2-1 at St James’ Park last night.

But for Ipswich Town fans, they knew all about Baines’ prowess from distance.

Just minutes after Baines’ stunner, Town fans took to Twitter to reminisce about Tuesday, December 21, 2004.

Just over eight years ago, Portman Road was packed for the visit of Paul Jewell’s Wigan as the two promotion rivals went head-to-head.

Town eventually won 2-1, thanks to Darren Bent’s last minute winner, but everyone in the crowd was already buzzing after Baines gave the visitors the lead with a 40-yard shot that flew past Kelvin Davis into the top corner.

Among the tweets last night, @chrismarsh85 wrote: “Remember his goal against us for Wigan? Best goal I’ve even seen. #wand.”

@jones_itfc added: “I remember thinking... “go on then, hit it... you’ll never score from there!!” #oops.”

Comparing the two, @steve_m10 said: “I was right behind that long-ranger he scored for Wigan. Tonight’s a bit closer in but similar swerve and power.”

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3 comments

  • It was one of those very rare moments when I clapped an opposition goal. I was behind that goal and saw the flight perfectly. It was so outstanding that I applauded instinctively despite the fact that it was a vital goal conceded. Thankfully we came back and won the game.

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    55 years a blue

    Thursday, January 3, 2013

  • I was there that night with both my daughter's and we all were amazed by that goal at the time. I still talk about it now as an ' I WAS THERE MOMENT'.

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    bristan

    Thursday, January 3, 2013

  • It's not everyday u can say it against your own team, But the goal for Wigan was the BEST goal I've ever seen!!! Not taking away his goal last night.

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    Blue and true

    Thursday, January 3, 2013

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