A dad who became fed up with his garden being damaged by wayward footballs has invented an innovative new goal.
Jonathan Cowan, 47, despaired after kickabouts in his garden led to broken greenhouses, plants and annoyed neighbours.
And research reveals that youngsters pretending to be Wayne Rooney on the lawn cause a staggering 94 million pounds worth of damage each year.
Now Mr Cowan has come up with a solution - a goal with a vast backstop net that prevents stray balls from going over and wide.
The net of the 'Open Goaaal' stretches between two poles and can be tailored depending on size of the garden.
The study, carried out by Open Goaaal, found the average family spends 71 pounds a year fixing household items damaged by stray footballs.
And over a fifth (22 per cent) of people have been forced to fix damaged goods in the last year. SEE OUR COPY FOR MORE DETAILS.
Pictured: Jonathan Cowan and his daughter Tabitha Cowan using the net.