You remember the premise to the original Terminator movie? Scientists designed an artificial intelligence network, Skynet. It was slick. It was new. It was but the latest in a long history of artificial network design. But Skynet was different. Skynet was smart, so smart that nearly 40 years later, it'd exterminated most of the human race.
So it was at the 1974 World Cup. The West German organising committee designed a new free-hanging box goalnet. It was slick. It was new. It was but the latest in a long history of goalnet design.
But the box goalnet was different. The box goalnet was smart, so smart that 35 years later it's taken over the first-class football world.
This blog tips its hat to the old days, to all those Terminated goalnet designs, to all those forgotten examples of ignored football architecture.
Which were your favourite old goalnets?