Last yr, Socceroos goalkeeper Andrew Redmayne shot into superstardom together with his penalty shootout heroics towards Peru to ship the Aussies to a fifth-straight World Cup.
Redmayne, who was solely substituted minutes earlier than the shootout in a daring gamble, showcased his trademark dancing strikes to distract Peru’s penalty takers – and earn him the moniker the ‘Grey Wiggle’.
He additionally cheekily tossed apart the Peru goalkeeper’s water bottle which had a ‘cheat sheet’ of the place to dive towards Australia’s penalty makes an attempt.
The 34-year-old’s heroics within the do-or-die qualifying conflict earned him a spot on the aircraft to the World Cup in Qatar final yr, the place the Socceroos surprised the world with their best-ever World Cup displaying.
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Speaking to Fox Sports’ The Back Page program on Tuesday night time, Redmayne opened up on the unimaginable victory over Peru, saying it was: “Surreal. I simply pinch myself on daily basis I believe. Every time I believe again on it or stroll previous (the place) we’ve obtained slightly bookshelf in our home that’s obtained some images and jerseys and whatnot.
“And simply interested by being there and having my household there as properly, and simply sharing that entire second with them was totally surreal.
“If I preserve speaking I’ll most likely begin crying once more.”
Redmayne and Aziz Behich have a good time after qualifying to the FIFA World Cup REUTERS/Mohammed DabbousSource: Reuters
Asked about his resolution to toss the Peruvian water bottle over the promoting hoardings, Redmayne revealed the shoe may simply have been on the opposite foot.
“We really had a drink bottle ready! I’ve obtained it at residence. We mentioned if the Peruvian goalkeeper sees my drink bottle with notes on it it’s gonna get tossed. And which may depart me slightly bit uneasy about the place to go, so we fell again on our confirmed and examined methodology.
“When I noticed he had notes, I simply thought – properly we had a gathering prior to those two qualifying video games. It was really Milos Degenek who spoke about: ‘It’s us or them, it’s our households or their households.’
“That sort of resonated with me in that second. I simply thought: ‘Now’s my time. I have to do one thing that goes towards my ethical fibre nevertheless it’s going to assist higher the crew.’
“You really noticed after the following penalty he was signalling to the bench he didn’t know which method to dive.”
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Since his heroics in that shootout, Redmayne has develop into a phenomenon in Peru, with folks dressing as much as recreate his dancing shows in parades and even one unimaginable bullfighting scene.
Redmayne’s social media has additionally been flooded by the Peru devoted – sending messages each pleasant and in any other case.
He mentioned: “When you speak about social media critics, I’m glad I can’t converse Spanish! My social media is all Spanish and plenty of Peruvian flags!”
In the aftermath of that well-known victory, Redmayne additionally linked up with The Wiggles – sure, actually – to make his ‘Grey Wiggle’ nickname a actuality.
Netball legend Caitlin Bassett requested Redmayne whether or not saving a purpose in a penalty shootout or dancing with the Wiggles was extra traumatic.
He joked: “Probably dancing with the Wiggles!”
Why? The gloveman mentioned of penalty shootouts: “That’s sort of your bread and butter.”
But Redmayne’s Socceroos heroics nearly didn’t occur, because the keeper’s up-and-down profession had practically ended years earlier.
After taking part in a handful of video games in his early profession with the Central Coast Mariners and Brisbane Roar, Redmayne joined Melbourne City (then referred to as Melbourne Heart) in 2012, earlier than one other swap to Western Sydney Wanderers in 2015.
But two seasons later, his profession appeared completed – just for present Socceroos coach Graham Arnold and goalkeeper specialist John Crawley (who first labored with Crawley on the Mariners again in 2008) at hand him a lifeline and convey him to Sydney FC.
Redmayne saves the successful penalty within the shoot out.Source: Getty Images
Redmayne mentioned: “I imply I’d put in place plans for my retirement. I’ve solely simply graduated my major college educating diploma (one thing he completed in the course of the Qatar 2022 World Cup) however I used to be going to sort of fall again on that.
“I used to be simply very fortunate that there have been some folks nonetheless in soccer, John Crawley and Graham Arnold at Sydney FC on the time, who believed in me greater than I believed in myself on the time. I wouldn’t be sitting right here immediately if it wasn’t for them.”
Now, he’s racked up 150 video games for the Sky Blues (and loads of trophies besides) – not that he realised he’d hit the milestone till after the weekend’s win.
Asked if he’s comfy being labelled a Sydney legend, he mentioned: “No, in no way. Doesn’t sit properly with me in any respect.
“I really didn’t even know in regards to the a hundred and fiftieth till after the sport when my father-in-law texted me! I came upon from my father-in-law.”
“He simply mentioned: ‘Congratulations, good win on the milestone’. I simply replied: ‘milestone?’”
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