Goalkeepers Are Different

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Goalkeepers Are Different

Recent Updates

30 June 2022
The day Everton's Mick Lyons had to take over in goal from Neville Southall is just one of the anecdotes in this month's update, together with the Danish goalkeeper who turned down the opportunity to play for his country because he had a banking exam on the same day. There's also the goalkeeper who won the FA Cup without conceding a goal, some more custodians that excelled at other sports, a couple more nicknames, a few more sporting families and some words of wisdom from the likes of Jordan Pickford, Craig Gordon and David Seaman.

Quirky Facts, Getting Personal, Emergency Measures, Words of Wisdom

31 May 2022
With the Royal Jubilee fast approaching, what better time for an update, even if it is somewhat lacking in royal content, aside from a passing reference to Reading. There is a fanfare, however, with the Colchester United goalkeeper who welcomed teams onto the pitch playing a bugle, and some age milestones too, including the oldest goalkeepers in European Finals and the youngest keeper in an FA Cup final. There's some more goalkeeper debuts, both good and bad, a few goalscoring keepers, including the Irish goalie that fancied himself a striker, plus the Small Heath keeper whose determination to play in an FA Cup replay almost cost him his leg.

Quirky Facts, Goalkeeping Debuts, Quirky Injuries, Goalscoring Goalkeepers

26 April 2022
A cheeky midweek update that lacks post-Easter cheer but does see Edwin van der Sar finally join the ranks of the Goalkeeping Greats. There's also some record clean sheets on both the domestic and international stages, another goalkeeper namechekced by Half Man Half Biscuit, the England international who appeared alongside Jack Cock in a 1920 movie, the eye-catching shirts of Brazil's Émerson Leão and the day Oldham Athletic had to cover the goalposts at one end of their ground in black gaffer tape for better visibility!

Goalkeeping Greats, Quirky Facts, Getting Shirty, In the Net

27 March 2022
An update for Mother's Day that doesn't feature a single mother! However, there are some curios to be found including the Ayr United goalkeeper who was punished for throwing toilet paper into the ground, the Clapton keeper who fell foul of FA rules when he accepted a wedding present gift from his club and the Danish keeper that stuck a piece of chewing gum on his goalpost before facing a penalty. There's also some more quirky middle names, a couple of goalkeepers that faced the long arm of the law and some who joined the boys in blue plus the protester at Everton who decided to chain himself to the goalposts and launched a thousand memes.

Quirky Facts, In the Net, Getting Personal, I Fought the Law

26 February 2022
Gianluigi Buffon's 500th clean sheet of his career is just one of the bits of goalkeeping trivia brought to you in the latest update along with the three goalkeepers who were forced off the field of play through injury during the 1978 World Cup finals (including two on the same day). There's also Eartha Cummings' penalty-saving heroics for Scotland, a couple of less memorable debuts, the two goalkeepers who went on to enjoy politcal careers in Canada and Norway and three defenders who were forced to don the clubs for their respective sides.

Quirky Facts, Goalkeeping Debuts, Politically Speaking, Emergency Measures

About Us

Goalkeepersaredifferent.com came to life in the summer of 1999. A treasure trove of goalkeeper facts, trivia and a whole lot more, it has kept football fans and goalkeepers alike amused and entertained with its collection of goalie titbits ever since. But don't just take our word for it...

"Educational and charming" - Oliver Kahn

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"Excellent" - Guardian Unlimited

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Words of Wisdom
  • "It's disappointing to be dropped from any team - even my mates' fantasy league team"
    Robert Green
  • "I dreamt of playing for a club like Manchester United, and now here I am at Liverpool"
    Sander Westerveld
  • "He had no chance of beating Schmeichel from there, but it was always worth a try"
    Alan Parry
  • "If you're a goalkeeper, it doesn't matter what you save the ball with - if you keep it out, it's not a goal"
    Mark Lawrenson
  • "Goalkeepers aren't born today until they're in their late twenties or thirties"
    Kevin Keegan
  • "And Seaman, just like a falling oak, manages to change direction"
    John Motson
  • "It was like deja vu all over again"
    Shaka Hislop
  • "I still don't buy the idea that I'm a sex symbol"
    Hope Solo
  • "Peter Schmeichel will be like a father figure to Kasper Schmeichel"
    Jamie Redknapp
  • "Casper Ankegren's a bit of a Dracula-type keeper... doesn't like crosses"
    Andy Ritchie
  • "I discovered it's not the gloves but what's in them that counts"
    Neville Southall
  • "You cant have nice goalkeepers. Nice goalkeepers don't win you anything!"
    Alan Hodgkinson
  • What goalkeeper doesn't like a little action?"
    Karen Bardsley

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