Goalkeepers Are Different

Everything you've ever wanted to know about
goalkeepers and a little bit more

Goalkeepers Are Different

Recent Updates

12 April 2019
An update for the weekend that features two goalkeepers that found themselves on the wrong side of the law and a third who did rather well for himself during many years of service with the New Jersey police department. There's also the two brothers who were sent off on the same day in the Scottish League, some shirty tales, a few sporting masters and a couple of teams that were denied a clear goal due to some dodgy netting and equipment (and officials that clearly took up the wrong position).

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

23 March 2019
A bumper update packed full of the type of trivia we love - injured goalkeepers playing outfield and scoring, penalty-taking custodians, penalty-saving goalies and a hatful of outfield players who had no choice but to take over in goal. In a quirk of fate, a number of Partick Thistle goalkeepers feature quite prominently but there's also the day Phil Parkes forgot how to tie his bootlaces, the three keepers who found themselves on the wrong end of a hammering and the Lazio keeper who turned his back on the opposition and ended up in hospital.

Quirky Facts, Goalkeeping Debuts, Quirky Injuries, Goalscoring Goalkeepers, Emergency Measures

2 March 2019
The goalposts of Hampden Park and Malta's Empire Stadium come under scrutiny in the latest update, with St. Etienne in particular arguably pleased to see the back of the square posts in Glasgow. There's also the Arsenal striker who had to don the goalkeeper shirt during an FA Cup semi-final and the Rangers defender who kept the opposition at bay plus some more goalkeeper quotes including the evaluation of Joe Hart by Roma's president during his spell with the club.

In the Net, Emergency Measures, Words of Wisdom

15 February 2019
Manchester United and Northern Ireland goalkeeper Harry Gregg is the latest addition to the Goalkeeping Greats Hall of Fame but the former World Cup Golden Glove winner also makes an appearance in Quirky Debuts alongside the Russian goalkeeper who conceded NINE in his first professional match and the Croatian 16-year-old who saved a penalty. There's also some more outfield players who had to take over the goalkeeper jersey for varying reasons and the Norwegian who almost had a chunck taken out of him by an opposition defender with a little bite...

Goalkeeping Greats, Goalkeeping Debuts, Quirky Injuries, Emergency Measures

12 February 2019
Goalkeepers Are Different is saddened to learn of the passing of legendary England goalkeeper Gordon Banks. Banks features throughout the site, with tales of his early glove purchases and his debut in non-league football to the many quotes by and about him. When we put together our initial list of Goalkeeping Greats, Banks was the first keeper listed. A true great and a gentleman to boot.

Goalkeeping Greats, Hands In Gloves, Goalkeeping Debuts, Words of Wisdom

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

"Excellent and well-written" - When Saturday Comes

"Excellent" - Guardian Unlimited

"Goalkeepers are the drummers of football... Great quirky facts, a great website" - Website Wasteland, The Gideon Coe Show, BBC Radio6 Music

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

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