Every striker yearns to be a 20-goal-a-season man.
According to the record books, former Dundee United hitman Paddy Connolly bagged 19 goals in the 1992/93 campaign.
But to everyone who was at Firhill in February 1993, the frontman netted 20 times that year.
The goal that never was, a phantom goal, the ghost goal whatever you want to call it, the decision to disallow Connolly’s strike in the 4-0 win has gone down as one of the worst refereeing decisions in Scottish football history.
United, managed by Jim McLean, were 1-0 up at Partick Thistle.
Michael O’Neill’s floated corner from the right was flicked on at the front post by John Clark.
Connolly, like a true poacher, tucked home what looked to be the Tangerines’ second from close range.
The United boys reeled away to celebrate.
Meanwhile, the ball bounced back off the stanchion and into Thistle defender Martin Clark’s hands and instinct told him to hand the ball to keeper Andy Murdoch.
But to everyone’s surprise, ref Les Mottram waved play on.
The man in the middle, who was an official at the World Cup in the USA a year later, had missed the ball crossing the line.
Not only that, he missed the hand ball that followed it, too.
Connolly, currently in temporary charge of Championship side Alloa Athletic, admits he couldn’t believe what he was saw.
“I was in shock,” said Connolly, who made 144 appearances for United, scoring 40 goals.
“It is one of those moments you never forget.
“I have to say it was a long time ago and your memories get blurred.
“But I do remember being angry that it was missed.
“It wasn’t even that it had been disallowed, he just missed the ball going in.
“The ball came in from a corner, I remember just getting on the end of a flick on then celebrating.
“We were all on our way back for the restart when we realised the ref was telling everyone to play on.
“We just couldn’t believe it.”
The decision wasn’t taken lightly by then boss McLean, who confronted the referee.
Connolly added: “I suppose in the end it didn’t make any difference to the result.
“It was just one of those things you have to accept as a footballer.
“I might have been a bit more angry if it had been tight and we’d have dropped points.”
United travel to Firhill again this weekend looking to get back to winning ways.
Connolly is expecting a tight affair.
“We say this about most games but I think the first goal really could be key in this one.
“Thistle have struggled at home but United have been through a sticky patch, too.
“But I expect Jackie McNamara’s men to come out of that one on top.”
Carrying on the family tradition, Paddy’s son Aidan signed for the Tangerines.
The striker made the switch from Queen’s Park to United at the same time as full-back Andrew Robertson.
Also a Scottish youth international, Connolly is desperate for his young lad to follow in the footsteps of Robertson and make an impact in the Tangerines first-team.
“He is in great hands at United. There aren’t many better places for a young player to be at.
“Jackie gives youngsters their chance I hope Aidan isn’t too far away.
“It would be nice to see him get some game time between now and the end of the season.”