Carl Veart made history by scoring Adelaide United’s inaugural goal in their first-ever match after the Club’s hasty formation in 2003 ahead of the National Soccer League 2003/04 season.
The Reds hosted Brisbane Strikers on Friday 17, October in front of a sell-out crowd of 15,568 with the kick-off also delayed due to the long line of spectators still trying to get into the venue.
It was unprecedented as the anticipation grew and after a cagey start to the contest Veart stepped up to break the deadlock.
The then 33-year-old got in front of his defender to volley in Richie Alagich’s deflected cross in the 38th minute.
It was a poacher’s goal from an opportunistic striker, which perfectly encapsulated Veart’s best attributes in that finish.
His effort ultimately decided the contest to give Adelaide a famous 1-0 victory.
“It was all unknown because it happened fairly quickly, how the Club got put together,” Veart reminisced.
“And we didn’t really know what to expect, and going out for the warm-up you could actually sense this was going to be a special night.
“To get a win on that first night and to score the goal it was one of the happiest nights in football for me.
“It means a lot to me being a South Australian, I’m a very proud South Australian.”