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A university student wrote 12,000-word dissertation about Rory Delap's throw-ins

A university student wrote 12,000-word dissertation about Rory Delap's long throw-ins
A university student wrote 12,000-word dissertation about Rory Delap's long throw-ins / Laurence Griffiths/GettyImages

A university student wrote a 12,000-word dissertation on Rory Delap's long throw-ins, and it makes for a great read.

George Innes, a student of the University of Aberdeen, took to Twitter to pose with his MSc Applied Statistics dissertation, the title of which read: "Blissful Ignorance: the Butterfly Effect's place in Chaos Theory."

The description reads: "A theoretical study into how the two goals scored by Stoke City straight from Rory Delap's long throws in their 3-2 loss against Everton on the 14th of September 2008 directly led to Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley ceasing trading as investment banks on the 21st of September 2008."

George told SPORTbible: "Well I had actually chosen the title before having concrete, or should I say extremely tenuous, links between the two events.

"There were a few links I knew I could work from, but there was a bit of blind faith involved. I worked from the two events until I met somewhere in the middle."

He added that he believes the originality of the idea earned him some praise from his university tutors. "Luckily for them most of the content is numbers and theory that they work with daily," George added. "Had the 12,498 words been mainly praise for Delap's technique or about how [Phil] Jagielka's positioning for the own goal was to blame I'm sure they might have kicked up a fuss.

"Even then though, I think they thought of it as quite original. Thankfully we had free reigns of the topic and subject and we've ended up here."

He revealed that he had other ideas for his dissertation but decided that Delap's time in the Premier League had "more of a pull".

"I'm a big football fan so when I had got my choices down to a few options I knew I wanted to write about it. It was also probably the most absurd," he explained.

"Another option was linking Staples opening their first British store in April of 1993 to a hotel in Scarborough getting swept into the sea by a landslide a few months later. In my opinion Rory Delap's long throws bringing the world economy to its knees was more of a pull."