Getting Personal

Personal Oddities
Manchester City and England goalkeeper Jim Mitchell is the only man to play for England while wearing spectacles, doing so in 1924 when capped against Ireland. He also played in the 1922 FA Cup Final for West Bromwich Albion wearing his specs.

Sheffield United's first ever goalkeeper was a bespectacled fellow by the name of Howlett

Another keeper who played in his specs was Swiss goalie Markus Schluepp, who played for St. Gallen in the late '70s/early '80s.

Former Millwall and Northern Ireland goalkeeper Ted Hinton used to keep his false teeth at the back of his net.

Banks of EnglandAfter losing the sight of one eye in a car accident, Gordon Banks retired from the professional game but went on to play in the odd charity and exhibition match as well as spending a season in the North American Soccer League.

The oldest player ever to play a competitive game in England was New Brighton's Neil McBain, who turned out against Hartlepool United in a Division Three (North) game in 1947 at the ripe old age of 52. McBain was New Brighton's manager and had to play as an emergency goalkeeper.

In 1964, Sunderland goalkeeper Derek Foster became the youngest person to play in the First Division when he made his debut against Leicester City at the age of 15 years and 185 days.

The oldest player ever to appear in a World Cup Final was Italy's goalkeeper and captain, Dino Zoff, who played in the 1982 final in Spain aged 40 years, 4 months and 13 days.

At the age of 38 years and 232 days, Germany goalkeeper Jens Lehmann became the oldest player ever to appear in the European Championship final when Germany lost to Spain in 2008.

Legendary Baggies Keeper John Osborne apparently had a plastic knuckle - but this didn't prevent him from winning the FA and League Cup with West Brom during the 1960s.

Bulgarian International and former Reading 'keeper Borislav Mihaylov gained notoriety during the 1994 World Cup Finals in the United States when he suddenly appeared with a full head of hair having been completely bald on top only weeks before. It turned out that he had decided to wear a wig to help promote his toupee company back home (During the Quarter Final game against Mexico, the poor man had to adjust his hairpiece under the protection of a towel after the blazing sun had caused him to sweat just a little too profusely…)

Probably the most instantly recognisable international goalkeeper of recent times was Faeroe Islands' goalie Martin Knudsen, who nearly used to always wear a bobble hat when he played.

In a similar vein, Hungarian goalkeeper Gábor Király always wears a pair of grey tracksuit bottoms rather than shorts when he plays.

Peterborough United goalkeeper Fred Barber used to run out onto the pitch wearing a Freddie Kruger mask from the film Nightmare on Elm Street. When The Posh reached Wembley in the play-off finals he was politely told it was not the done thing to do at the home of football but wore it anyway.

Former Glasgow Rangers and Scotland goalkeeper Andy Goram suffered from schizophrenia in the latter part of his career.

US international Tim Howard suffers from Tourette's Syndrome.

Tom Farquharson, Cardiff City's keeper in their 1927 FA Cup triumph, apparently always carried a hand gun with him!

Former Wales international and Stoke City goalkeeper Leigh Richmond Roose was famously superstitious and always wore a lucky shirt beneath his goalkeeping jersey - an old black-and-green Aberystwyth top, was reputedly never washed.

Dutch goalkeeper Edwin Zoetebier used to bring his own lunch with him when he was with Feyenoord, which consisted of smoked fish, a speciality he first savoured when he was living in the seaside town of Volendam.

Former Canadian international and Minnesota Kicks goalkeeper Tino Lettieri used to keep a lucky mascot in the form of a stuffed parrot called 'Ozzie' at the back of his net during games.

Turkish keeper Rüstü Reçber applies a thick layer of black charcoal under his eyes for almost every game, claiming that it helps block out the glare from stadium floodlights.

To celebrate winning his 50th international cap, Wales goalkeeper Paul Jones decided a trip to the barber's was in order and emerged from the players' tunnel sporting a "50" on either side with a Welsh dragon at the back. Unfortunately for Jones, he had a nightmare between the sticks as Slovakia ran out 5-1 winners in Cardiff.

Before the start of each half, Blackburn Rovers keeper Jason Brown performs a ritual that involves resting his head against each of his posts in turn, with his eyes closed and his hands in front of him as if in prayer.

Brazilian goalkeeper Carlos José Castilho was colour-blind and often had trouble picking out white balls during night games.

Something of a superstitious chap, former Scotland international Alan Rough always carried an old tennis ball and a key ring with a thistle motif on it to the ground with him and insisted on having a shave on the morning of every match.

Another keeper with a superstitious streak in him was former Manchester United and England goalie Gary Bailey. The one-time Old Trafford custodian readily admits to using juju - an African form of black magic - during his spell with South African side Kaiser Chiefs. There must have been something in it as they won every domestic trophy while Bailey was in goal.

Having grown tired of continually being overlooked by successive England managers - despite a string of impressive performances - West Ham United's Robert Green decided to make point when the Hammers played Birmingham City in February 2008 by wearing a pair of gloves with "England's number 6" emblazoned across them.

Former American international used to wear an ice hockey-style helmet when he kept goal during the 1970s.

Aberdeen's Bobby Clark attributed his side's victory in the Scottish League Cup during the 1976/77 season to the white tie he wore with his match-day suit before every round, up to and including the final. Clark, a notoriously superstitious keeper, refused to change his tie during the competition, saying that it brough his side luck!

Ted Doig, who kept goal for Aston Villa, Sunderland and Scotland at the end of the 19th Century, always wore a cap when playing to hide his baldness.

When former Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Milija Aleksic began his career, he was so keen that he used to iron his bootlaces before playing.

Steve Ogrizovic was told he had to give up the fags if he wanted one final contract with Coventry City while the club were still in the top flight, which he duly did.

For reasons best known to himself, Saint-Etienne goalkeeper Jeremie Janot decided to don a Spider-man outfit in 2005 for a game against FC Istres and yes, that did include the mask...

Former Aldershot, Tottenham and Southampton keeper Ron Reynolds was reputedly one of the first professional footballers ever to wear contact lenses.

Australia's Mark Schwarzer has worn the same pair of shinpads since he was six years old.

Blackburn Athletic and Bradford Park Avenue goalkeeper Chick Farr was born with syndacyly (webbed fingers).

Former West Bromwich Albion goalkeeper Jimmy Sanders used to wear his 1954 FA Cup Winners medal around his neck when serving behind the bar of his pub after he retired from football.

The much travelled former England goalkeeper David James has many pre-match superstitious rituals, probably the most disturbing of which is the need to spit on the walls of the changing room urinals before games.

Argentina's Sergio Goycochea developed an equally disturbing superstitious ritual during the 1990 World Cup Finals, namely urinating on the pitch before his side's penalty shoot-outs against Yugoslavia and Italy. It must have worked as Argentina won on both occasions to reach the final.

Airdrieonians keeper John Martin would often swing from the crossbar during games if supporters behind his goal asked him too!

Aberdeen's Harry Blackwell wore a waterproof coat and took to the field with an umbrella borrowed from a spectator in the inclement weather when Aberdeen beat Peterhead 13-0.

One-time Celtic and Portsmouth goalkeeper Dick Beattie was a horse-racing fan and used to wear a jockey's cap when in goal.

Ghana international Robert Mensah was something of a flamboyant goalkeeper who would often mock opponents by reading a newspaper while the game was in full flow. He was also prone to wearing an over-size flat cap during games in attempt to put strikers off and he'd often get into scraps when opposition players tried to remove it, believing it was bringing them bad luck through the use of juju.

Nicknames
The Black Octopus - Lev Yashin
Tim- Reg Williamson (England & Middlesbrough)
Tim - Ernest Williamson (England & Arsenal) - Ernest was named after Reg
The Cat - Peter Bonetti, Tim Flowers, Reg Davies
Bert - Bernhard Trautmann (Manchester City)
Big Norm - Mark Crossley (Nottingham Forest, Fulham & Wales)
Banks of England - Gordon Banks
Lurch - Dave Beasant (Wimbledon, Newcastle United, Chelsea & England)
The Clutch - Gil Merrick (Birmingham City & England)
H - David Seaman (Arsenal, Manchester City & England)
The Marx Brothers - Gordon Banks, Peter Bonetti and Ron Springett
Colonel Mustard - Tony Coton (Manchester City)
El Loco - Ramon Quiroga (Peru), René Higuita (Columbia)
Tarzan - Peter Shilton
Dai the Drop - Dai Davies (Everton, Swansea City & Wales)
Prince of Goalkeepers - James McAulay (Dumbarton & Scotland)
Big Swifty - Frank Swift (Manchester City & England)
Tiger - Alexi Khomich (Dynamo Moscow & USSR)
Stonewall Jackson - John Jackson (Crystal Palace, Leyton Orient & Millwall)
The Archdeacon - Leigh Richmond Roose (Sunderland, Aston Villa & Wales)
Budgie - John Burridge
Calamity James - David James (Watford, Liverpool, Aston Villa, Manchester City & England)
Little Willie - William Foulke
Mister Magoo - Kasey Keller (Millwall, Leicester City, Tottenham & USA)
The Flying Pig - Tommy Lawrence (Liverpool)
Happy Jack - Jack Hillman (Burnley & Manchester City)
The Freak - Mark Bosnich (Aston Villa, Manchester United & Australia)
Monty - Jim Montgomery (Sunderland), Morton Betts (Wanderers & England)
Elastic - Milija Aleksic (Luton Town, Tottenham Hotspur)
Denzil (from 'Only Fools & Horses') - Tony Warner (Millwall)
The Duck - Ubaldo Fillol (Racing Club, River Plate & Argentina)
Lettuce - Carlos Roa (Argentina)
The Rabbit - Oscar Peréz (Cruz Arul & Mexico)
The Panther - Boukar Alioum (Samsunspor & Cameroon)
Ding Dong - Andy Bell (AFC Wimbledon)
Pagliaccio (Clown) - Gianluca Pagliuca (Sampdoria, Bologna & Italy)
Spinky Winky - Nigel Spink (Aston Villa, Millwall)*
Laa-Laa - Tim Carter (Oxford United, Sunderland, Millwall, Halifax Town)*
Saint Marcos - Marcos (Palmeiras, Brazil)
Jonah - Paul Jones (Southampton, Wolves & Wales)
El Condor - Roberto Rojas (Colo Colo & Chile)
Willow - Bob Wilson (Arsenal & Scotland)
Peter the Great - Peter Schmeichel
Scruff - Alan Rough (Celtic, Partick Thistle & Scotland)
Rolls - Simon Royce (Southend United, Leicester City & QPR)
Pigskin - Angelo Peruzzi (Juventus, Italy)
Dumbo - Edwin van der Sar (Ajax, Holland)
Walks - Ian Walker (Tottenham, Leicester City & England)
Bullneck - Andy Goram (Oldham Athletic, Rangers, Manchester United & Scotland)
Meteor - Pablo Cavallero (Celta de Vigo, Espanyol & Argentina)
Woody - Andy Woodman (Brentford, Oxford United)
Aunty - Anti Niemi (Hearts, Southampton & Finland)
Baggy - Neville Southall (Everton & Wales)
The Beast - Brian Jensen (Burnley)
The Bomb - Sander Westerveld (Vitesse Arnhem, Liverpool & Holland)
T-Ho - Tim Howard (Manchester United & United States)
Little Edwin - Ross Flitney (Fulham, Barnet)
John - Jovan Lukic (Arsenal, Leeds United)
Shaka - Neil Hislop (Reading, Newcastle United, West Ham & Portsmouth)
Spiderman - Walter Zenga (Inter, Sampdoria & Italy)
Jaguar - Luciano Castellini (Torino, Napoli)
Giddeon - Pietro Carmignani (Juventus, Fiorentina)
Sumo - Gary Phillips (Barnet)
El Brody - Jorge Campos (Cruz Azul, LA Galaxy & Mexico)
De Beer (The Bear) - Piet Schrijvers (Ajax & Holland)
Hitchy - Kevin Hitchcock (Chelsea)
Dingle - Mark Westhead (Oldham Athletic, Wycombe Wanderers)
Celeste - Sebastián Viera (Nacional de Montevideo & Uruguay)
Titan - Oliver Kahn (Bayern Munich & Germany)
Toni - Harald Schumacher (1.FC Koln & West Germany)
Monkey - Germán Burgos (River Plate, Athletico Madrid & Argentina)
Goyco - Sergio Goycochea (River Plate, Vélez Sarsfield, Newell´s Old Boys & Argentina)
Black Panther - Gyula Grosics (Honved & Hungary)
Lonners - Andy Lonergan (Preston North End)
Boaz - Glyn Myhill (Aston Villa, Bradford City, Bristol City & Hull City)
Zubi - Pascal Zuberbuhler (Grasshopper, FC Basel, & Switzerland)
Spider - Zeljko Kalac (Sydney United, Roda, Perugia, AC Milan & Australia)
The Girvan Lighthouse - Peter McCloy (Kilmarnock, Rangers & Scotland)
Sammy - Paul Sansome (Crystal Palace, Millwall & Southend United)
Erik the Viking - Erik Thorstvedt (IFK Göteborg, Tottenham Hotspur & Norway)
Frank Spencer - Richard Wright (Ipswich Town, Arsenal, Everton & England)
Gez - Paul Gerrard (Oldham Athletic, Everton & Nottingham Forest)
Der Goalie - Stefan Klos (Glasgow Rangers)
El Koke - Pedro Contreras (Real Betis)
The Poominator - Mart Poom (Derby County, Sunderland & Estonia)
Ludo - Ludek Miklosko (West Ham United & Czechoslovakia)
God's Goalkeeper - João Leite (Atlético Mineiro, Vitória de Guimarães & Brazil)
Dino Zoff - Boye Cooper (Cedar United, Mighty Barrolle a& Liberia)
Umbro - Gift Muzadzi (Dynamos, Celtics Bloemfontein, BSV Stuttgart & Zimbabwe)
Vítor Baliza (Goalmouth) - Vítor Baía (FC Porto & Portugal)
The Flying Dutchman - Gerrit Keizer (Arsenal, Charlton Athletic, Ajax & Holland)
Fawlty Manuel - Manuel Almunia (Arsenal)
Black Spider - Fabio Cudicini (Udinese, Roma & AC Milan)
Pepe - José Manuel Reina Páez (Villarreal, Liverpool & Spain)
Piggy - Fan Chun Yip (Buler Rangers, Happy Valley & Hong Kong)
Zibi the Hibby - Zbigniew Malkowski (Hibernian)
Wacka - James Walker (Walsall & West Ham United)
El Pato - Roberto Abbondanzieri (Rosario Central, Boca Juniors & Argentina)
Zé Gato - José Henrique (Benfica & Portugal)
Dida - Nelson de Jesus Silva (Corinthians, AC Milan & Brazil)
The Beast - Zach Thornton (Chicago Fire & USA)
De Muur (The Wall) - Dany Verlinden (Club Brugge & Belgium)
Eagle of Asia - Ahmad Reza Abedzadeh (Esteghlal FC, Persepolis & Iran)
The Octopus - Nir Davidovich (Maccabi Haifa & Israel)
Butterfingers - Rab Douglas (Celtic, Dundee & Scotland)
Börni - Bernd Dreher (Bayern Munich, KFC Uerdingen)
The Eagle - Dimitrios Eleftheropoulos (Olympiakos, AS Roma & Greece)
Shay - Seamus Given (Newcastle United & Republic of Ireland)
Neco - Luis Enrique Martínez (Independiente Santa Fe & Colombia)
Tarzan - Antonio Roma (Boca Juniors & Argentina)
Smiler - Jack Smith (Sheffield United)
La Tota - Antonio Carbajal (León & Mexico)
Len the Cat - Len Davies (Bangor City)
Elvis - Phil Priestley (Bangor City)
El Pulpo - Luis Arconada (Real Sociedad, Real Madrid & Spain)
The Cat of Maracaná - Antoni Ramallets (Real Valladolid, Barcelona & Spain)
Chocolate - Héctor Baley (Huracán, Independiente & Argentina)
Big Vlad - Vladimir Beara (Hajduk Split, Red Star Belgrade & Yugoslavia)
Chiquito - Carlos Bossio (Estudiantes, Benfica, Vitória & Argentina)
Saint Castilho - Carlos José Castilho (Fluminense & Brazil)
The Dude - Jerzy Dudek (Liverpool & Poland)
Edgie - Lewis Edge (Blackpool)
Kamikaze - Giorgio Ghezzi (Inter, Genoa & AC Milan)
Red Bird - Marcus Hahnemann (Reading & USA)
Slim Kat - Moeneeb Josephs (Cape Town Spurs, Bidvest Wits & South Africa)
El Divino - Ricardo Zamora (Espanyol, Barcelona & Spain)
The Cat of Prague - František Plánicka (SK Slavia Praha & Czechoslovakia)
Topsham Fisherman - Dick Pym (Bolton Wanderers & England)
Clooney - Antonios Nikopolidis (Panathinaikos, Olympiakos & Greece)
Oggy - Steve Ogrizovic (Liverpool & Coventry City)
The Blind Venetian - Massimo Taibi (Piacenza, Manchester United, Reggina & Atalanta)
The Ear - Daniel Örlund (AIK)
Wild Boy - Aaron Lawrence (Violet Kickers & Jamaica)
Boopie - Warren Barrett (Violet Kickers & Jamaica)
King Artur - Artur Boruc (Legia Warsaw, Celtic & Poland)
Tati - José María Buljubasich (Real Oviedo, River Plate & Universidad Catolica)
Bubu - André-Joël Eboué (Tonnerre Yaoundé & Seville)
Lasse - Lars Eriksson (Hammarby, IFK Norrköping, Porto & Sweden)
Spider - Rowen Fernandez (Kaiser Chiefs & South Africa)
Pim - Willem Doesburg (Sparta Rotterdam, PSV Eindhoven & Holland)
Kamikaze - Giorgio Ghezzi (Inter & AC Milan)
Norrie - Neil Martin (Rangers, East Fife & Queen of the South)
Killer Miller - Markus Miller (Karlsruher SC)
McKnightmare - Alan McKnight (West Ham United)
Pepín - José Casas Gris (Las Palmas, Real Betis & Spain)
El Gato - Abel Resino González (Atlético Madrid & Spain)
El Gato - Mario Osbén (Unión Española, Colo-Colo & Chile)
Sheila - Eamon Darcy (Shamrock Rovers)
The Iron Curtain - Rinat Dasayev (Spartak Moscow & USSR)
Zetti - Armelino Donizetti Quagliato (São Paulo, Santos & Brazil)
Biscuits - Phil Harrington (Chester City & Cork City)
Vouno (Mountain) - Józef Wandzik (Gornik Zabrze, Panathinaikos, Apollon Smyrnis & Poland)
Dirty Jack - John Jones (Druids & Wales)
Slim Kat - Moeneeb Josephs (Ajax Cape Town, Orlando Pirates & South Africa)
Long Bob - Bob Roberts (West Brom & England)
The Legend - Nasser Hejazi (Taj, Shabaz & Iran)
The Flying Fish - Juan Yustrich (Boca Juniors & Argentina)
Big Ox - Qiu Shengjiong (Shanghai Shenhua)
The Bird - Takis Ikonomopoulos (Panathinaikos)
El Chopo (The Poplar) - José Ángel Iribar (Athletic Bilbao & Spain)
The Penalty King - Tom Farquharson (Cardiff City & Ireland)
Sheila - Eamonn Darcy (Oldham Athletic & Shamrock Rovers)
The Iceman - John Ruddy (Norwich City & England)
Shorty - Bert Slater (Falkirk, Liverpool & Dundee)
Smiler - Jack Smith (Sheffield United)
The Chariot - Kim Myong-Won (Amrokgang & North Korea)
Superman - Sergio Vargas (Independiente & Chile)
Saint Michel - Michel Preud'homme (Mechelen, Benfica & Belgium)
Berry - Robert Beresford Brown (Manchester United, Doncaster & Hartlepools United)
The Flying Pig - Jim Eadie (Cardiff City & Bristol Rovers)
Gunner Reilly - Matthew Reilly (Portsmouth & Ireland)

*Tim Carter and Nigel Spink picked up their nicknames while playing for Millwall at the height of Teletubbie-mania in 1997. Their choice of goalkeeping kit (lurid green and yellow) probably had something to do with it...

Quirky Middle Names
Primrose - Bob Wilson (Arsenal & Scotland)
Boleslaw - Peter Schmeichel
Agnew - Colin McDonald (Burnley & England)
Hewitt - Leslie Gay (Old Brightonians, Corinthians & England)
Purvis - John Hawtry (Old Etonians & England)
Dallas Fyfe - Bill Brown (Tottenham Hotspur & Scotland)
Barkley - George Raikes (Oxford University & England)
Peel - John Rawlinson (Cambridge Univeristy & England)
Oak - Ernie Scattergood (Derby County & England)
Albermarle - Harry Swepstone (Corinthians & England)
Rodwell - Leonard Wilkinson (Oxford University & England)
Garnet - Reg Williamson (Middlesbrough & England)
Darnley - Rupert Anderson (Old Etonians & England)
Peto - Morton Betts (Wanderers & England)
Hallows - Teddy Taylor (Huddersfield Town & England)
De Courtenay - Reginald Welch (Harrow Chequers & England)
Fane - Charlie Preedy (Arsenal & Bristol Rovers)
Winter - Jesse Whatley (Bristol Rovers)
Diamond - Jack Harkness (Hearts & Scotland)
Hardy - Jock Robson (Arsenal & Bournemouth)
Henderson - Ian Black (Southampton, Fulham & Scotland)
Sandilands - Sandy Kennon (Norwich City & Colchester United)
Fairclough - Ted Adams (Wrexham, Southport & Burnley)
Sandlands - Thomson Allen (Dundee & Scotland)

Unfortunate Monikers
When Australia were beaten 17-0 by a touring English FA XI in 1951, their goalkeeper was one Norman Conquest.

In 1958, Danish side Frem Copenhagen had a goalkeeper called Bent Koch on their books.

In 2005, Nottingham Forest signed a young goalkeeper by the name of Paddy Gamble.

Has there ever been a more apt name for a Scottish goalkeeper than Dundee United's Hamish McAlpine?

Shrewsbury Town once had a goalkeeper by the name of Dick Brush.

French side Bordeaux have the unique distinction of having not one but two goalkeepers called Dropsy on their books - former French international Dominique Dropsy and his son Damien.

Keeping it in the Family
Spurs and England goalie Ian Walker's Dad Mike used to keep goal for Colchester United back in the Seventies. Mike tried to buy his son during his first spell in charge of Norwich City.

Midfielders Stephen Clemence and Sam Shilton decided not to follow in their fathers' footsteps and battle it out for the England No1 spot like their dads, Ray and Peter, did in the late 70s/early 80s. They both opted for a career in the middle of the park instead, although Stephen was once forced to play in goal for Birmingham City after Nico Vassen was sent off.

Peter Schmeichel's son Kasper has followed in his father's footsteps, signing pro-forms with Manchester City

Dad Bobby may have played for Wales and been manager of the Welsh side at the time but when it came to his own International career Celtic keeper Jonathon Gould opted to play for Scotland instead, receiving a call-up to the Scottish World Cup Squad in 1998 following Andy Goram's departure.

Birmingham City once boasted brothers Bob and Dave Latchford in their line-up. Centre forward Bob later found fame and fortune with Everton and England while their brother, Peter, who also happened to be a goalkeeper like Dave, went to Scotland and won an awful lot of trophies with Celtic.

Former Glasgow Rangers and England goalkeeper Chris Woods' great uncle was none other than Eric Houghton, one of the first stars of the modern game between the wars.

Only one set of goalkeeping brothers have ever been part of the same World Cup squad. Victor and Vyacheslav Chanov went to the 1982 World Cup Finals with the Soviet Union as understudies to Rinat Dassajev but neither played a game.

Irish goalie Tommy Gordon let in nine goals when he won his last International cap against England in 1895. His brother Hugh just happened to be making his International debut in the very same game. A third brother, Willie, also later played for the Irish national team.

Chelsea legend and former England international John Hollins' brother Dave played in goal for Wales.

Brothers Willie and Elisha Scott both played in goal at full international level for Ireland.

Goalkeeper Jimmy Trainer and his brother Harry both played for Wales towards the end of the 19th Century. Jimmy even captained his country when Wales played England between the years 1895-97.

Goalkeeping ran strong in the Springett family. Ron was capped thirty-three times by England, keeping seven clean sheets along the way, and was part of the 1966 World Cup winning squad while brother Peter was an England Under-23 International.

England also capped goalkeeping cousins Harold Pearson and Harry Hibbs. Pearson's father Hubert was also a goalkeeper and was picked to play for England against France in 1923 but missed the match through injury and was never selected again.

England and Nottingham Forest liked to keep it in the family at the turn of the century. Goalkeeper Harry Linacre played alongside his brothers-in-law Frank and Frederick Forman while at Forest and all three were capped by England, albeit in separate games.

The Republic of Ireland also like to keep it in the family. When keeper Alan Kelly was injured against Turkey in the recent Euro 2000 play-offs manager Mick McCarthy called up his older brother Gary to the squad to replace him for the second leg. Their father, Alan Snr, was also a goalkeeper and played for Preston North End.

England goalkeepers Billy Moon and Teddy Taylor both had relatives who played Test cricket for England. In Moon's case it was his brother Leonard while Charlie Hallows was Taylor's cousin.

Former England and Nottingham Forest full back Jim Iremonger was a tall bloke but his brother Albert, who played for Notts County, was taller. At 6' 5", Albert was one of the tallest goalkeepers ever to play League football. He also scored an own goal after taking a penalty at the opposite end of the pitch...

Former Spurs and England keeper Ted Ditchburn's father was once a champion boxer.

Reg Birkett, the first football international to play rugby union for England, came from a strong rugby playing family. Both his son and his brother were also rugby union internationals.

Balding Bulgarian goalie and former Reading 'keeper Borislav Mihaylov followed in his father's footsteps when he went between the sticks. His Dad kept goal for the national side during the 1960s while his son, Nikolay, made it a hattrick of international keepers when he made his debut for Bulgaria in 2006.

Wolves' Michael Oakes father is former Manchester City defender Alan Oakes. Michael's cousin, Andy Oakes, played for Derby County.

Spanish giants Barcelona can boast another father and son goalkeeping dynasty with current shot-stopper Jose Reina following in his father's footsteps. Miguel Reina played for the Catalan side in the 1970s as well as keeping goal for Athletico Madrid later in his career.

Aston Villa's Peter Enckelman's father, Göran, played for Finland against England at Wembley in 1976.

Former Manchester United and England goalie Gary Bailey had a lot to live up to. His dad, Roy, was Ipswich Town's Championship-winning custodian in 1962.

Another player with a lot to live up to is Chelsea's Carlo Cudicini. Father Fabio was capped by the Italian national side and is a legend at AC Milan.

Italian keeper Gianluigi Buffon comes from a very sporting family - his dad was a shot-putter, his mother used to throw the discus while his two sisters play in Italy's top volleyball league! What's more, former AC Milan and Inter goalkeeper Lorenzo Buffon is a distant cousin.

The first pair of brothers to play together at international level were James and Robert Smith of South Norwood Football Club, who played for Scotland in the first ever internatial against England way back in 1872. Robert Smith started the game outfield but replaced captain Bob Gardner in goal at the start of the Second Half. Both he and Gardner kept a clean sheet in a 0-0 draw.

Former Spurs player David Howells played alongside his goalkeeping brother Gareth in the Tottenham youth team. Gareth later went on to play for Torquay United and currently turns out for non-league Aldershot.

It has often been said that there is nothing harder than following in your father's footsteps. Thankfully, Pele's son, Edinho, saw sense and decided to become a goalkeeper, playing for the same team as his dad, Santos.

Saudi Arabia's long-serving keeper Mohammad Al-Deayea replaced his brother in the Saudi National team before going on to play in two World Cup finals.

Southampton and Wales goalkeeper Paul Jones followed his eldest brother Mark into League football. His brother once had a spell with Hereford United.

The Dunne brothers both played for Manchester United during the 1960s. Goalkeeper Pat made several appearances during United's Championship winning season of 1964/65 before being replaced by Alex Stepney. He went on to play for the Plymouth Argyle and the Republic of Ireland while fullback Tony stay behind at Old Trafford and was part of the team that won the European cup in 1968.

Born in Southampton, both Aaron and Darryl Flahaven played for the Saints youth team before finding first team success at Portsmouth and Southend United respectively.

Kasey Keller's dad was a semi-pro softball pitcher in the States.

Celtic's Ronnie Simpson, who was first capped by Scotland in 1967, followed his father Jimmy, who played for Rangers, into the national side, although Jimmy had more sense than to go in goal...

One the most talented players ever to play for Bulgaria, Georgi Sokolov, was the son of a goalkeeper, the legendary - in Bulgarian football at least! - Apostol Sokolov.

Joe and George Sealey, have both followed the example set by their late father Les, the ex-Manchester United, Aston villa and Luton Town custodian, and are trainee goalkeepers at one of their father's former clubs, West Ham United. It's also worth noting that Les Sealey's uncle was former West Ham United striker Alan Sealey.

Manchester City legend Tony Book's brother, Kim, also played professional football and was the unfortunate goalkeeper between the sticks for Northampton Town when George Best ran riot for Manchester United in an 8-2 victory. Kim's son Steve followed him into goal, playing for the likes of Cheltenham and Swindon Town.

Goalkeeper Hans Klodt played alongside his brother, winger Bernhard, in the FC Schalke 04 side that dominated German football in the 1930s.

French international goalkeeper Fabien Barthez's father was a top-class Rugby Union player. Fabien himself used to play rugby before taking up football.

Former Bolton Wanderers and England goalkeeper John Sutcliffe's brother Charles was also a keeper, turning out for Sheffield United in the 1925 F.A. Cup Final.

Ipswich Town youngster Carl Pentney hopes to go one better than his dad, Lloyd, by making his League debut before too long. Despite playing non-league football with the likes of Clacton Town, Harwich & Parkeston and Wivenhoe Town, the nearest Lloyd came to the Coca-Cola Championship was the Rymans League.

Dynamo Kiev keeper Nikolai Trusevich played in the same all-conquering Kiev side as his brother-in-law, Iosif Livshitz. Trusevich later played for FC Start against the German military, including the infamous 'Death Match', during the Second World War after he was taken prisoner.

There's only two John Lukics... Former Arsenal and Leeds United goalkeeper John Lukic's son, also called John, was signed by Grimsby Town in the summer of 2005. John is also a goalkeeper like his father, er, John.

Uruguayan international and Nacional de Montevideo goalkeeper Sebastián Viera also followed in his father's footsteps. Mario Viera was also a goalkeeper for some note and played for his country in the 1979 FIFA World Youth Championship in Japan.

Crawley Town goalkeeper Scott Ward, on the other hand, decided not to following in the footsteps of his brothers, Darren and Elliot, both of whom are centre halves for Crystal Palace and West Ham United respectively.

When New Youngs met Air Force in a Sri Lankan FA Cup tie in June 2006, there was a bit of sibling rivalry involved. New Youngs lined-up with Damith Dayawansa between the posts while Air Force had his brother Saman as their goalkeeper. The game was eventually abandoned after Damith was arrested for going AWOL from his military unit. His unit? The Air Force, of course!

Football was in the blood of Icelandic brothers Johannes and Alti Edvaldsson. Johannes turned out for Celtic and Motherwell while Alti plied his trade in Germany with Borussia Dortmund and Fortuna Dusseldorf. Both were capped at international level. Their father, Evald Mikson, was also a footballer and played in goal for Estonia. He fled to Iceland at the end of the Second World War after collaborating with the Nazis.

Manchester City legend Frank Swift's brother, Fred, was also a goalkeeper and turned out for Oldham Athletic. During the summer months they ran a pleasure boat together on Blackpool seafront!

Rosenborg goalkeeper Espen Johnsen's younger brother, Marius, plays in defence for Start and Norway.

Malcolm Webster, who had spells with Arsenal, Fulham, Southend United and Cambridge, was goalkeeping coach at Norwich City when his son, Ben, had a trial with The Canaries in 1999. He now plays for Soham Town Rangers.

Jose Mourinho may not have played football professionally but his father, Felix, kept goal for Portugal, and gave "The Chosen One" his first job as a scout at Rio Ave.

Thomas Ravelli's twin brother, Andreas, was also a professional footballer, playing alongside his brother at IFK Göteborg. Both were capped by Sweden, although goalkeeper Thomas won 143 caps to his brother's 41.

Welsh international Leigh Richmond Roose was the brother-in-law of Jack Jenkins, a Welsh rugby union international.

Pat Jenning's son, also called Pat, has played professionally with Eircom League clubs UCD and Derry City.

Former Spanish international Luis Arconada's brother, Gonzalo, is now manager of Real Sociedad.

The much-travelled Andy Dibble, who kept goal for seventeen different clubs during his career including Middlesbrough and Manchester City, followed his father Alan into goals after initially playing as a left back at school.

Franck Songo'o, the son of former Cameroon international Jacques Songo'o - who played in every World Cup between 1990-2002, can be seen strutting his stuff as a midfielder with Portsmouth at Fratton Park.

Josh Lillis followed his father's footsteps by signing professional forms with Scunthorpe United. However Josh decided to be a goalkeeper rather than centre forward like his dad, Iron's legend Mark Lillis.

The Brazilian Football Federation obviously like to keep it in the family. When former international goalkeeper Aymoré Moreira became coach of the national side, eventually leading them to World Cup glory in 1962, one of his predecessors was his brother Zezé. A third brother, Ayrton, was alos a respected coach in Brazil.

Dutch brothers, Ruud, who kept goal for Barcelona and Roda JC, and Danny, who played for NEC, Roda and AZ Alkmaar amongst others, both carved out respectable professional careers during the 1990s.

American internationl Nick Rimando is married to female soccer star Jacqui Little, who plays for Washington Freedom.

When former Manchester United Youth team midfielder David Fox joined Blackpool in January 2006, he teamed up with his dad Peter, The Seasiders' goalkeeping coach who used to keep goal for Stoke City in the 1980s.

Some might say Liverpool have got it in for this family, but having dispensed with the services of goalkeeper David James some years ago, the Merseyside club saw fit to release his nephew, striker James Frayne, in the summer of 2006.

During the 1950 and 60s, the Unity Club of Belize benefited from the footballing talents of Keith Gardiner and his goalkeeping brother, Charlie.

Liverpool and England goalkeeper Scott Carson's brother, Grant, is also a keeper and currently on the books of Carlisle United.

The Cooper family have strong links with Dallas football. Having played for Blackburn Rovers, Kenny Cooper Senior joined the Dallas Tornado in the North American Soccer League and became an NASL All-Star. His son, also called Kenny, is now a centre forward for FC Dallas in the MLS.

Croatian international Joey Didulica's brother, John, is a former player and the current CEO of the Australian Professional Footballers' Association.

Donald Farquharson, son of Tom Farquharson who played in goal for Cardiff City when they won the FA Cup in 1927, emigrated to Canada and become one of the leading exponents of Masters Athletics in the 1970s. His son, Steve, became a Minor League Hockey player.

French footballing brothers Sébastien and Nicholas Frey both ply their trade in Italy. Sébastien keeps goal for Fiorentina while Nicholas plays for Modena in Serie B. Their father, Raymond, and grandfather, André, also played professionally.

The Late Niccolò Galli, who played for Arsenal and Bologna, was the son of former Italian international goalkeeper Giovanni Galli.

Goalkeeping is in the blood of the Henderson family. Wayne Henderson currently plays for Brighton & Hove Albion and is a Republic of Ireland international while his nephew Stephen is on Aston Villa's books. Wayne's father Paddy kept goal for Shamrock Rovers in the 1960s while his older brothers, Dave and Stephen, both played with some success in the League of Ireland.

China have benefitted from the goalkeeping expertise of the Jiang family with brothers Jin and Hong both turning out for the national side.

Australian brothers Jason and Michael Petkovic have both been capped by the Socceroos, having played for the same junior club, Spearwood, in Western Australia. Jason later turned out for Perth Glory while Michael kept goal for South Melbourne.

Celestine Babayaro's goalkeeping brother, Emmanuel was part of the Nigeria squad that won gold at the 1996 Olympic Games.

Maccabi Haifa's Nir Davidovich followed in the footsteps of his father, Benjamin, who also played in goal for Haifa after the Second World War.

Dynamo Moscow goalkeeper Vasily Frolov has a lot to live up to. His grandfather was Lev Yashin.

Norwich City and Scotland keeper Paul Gallacher is the son of Jim Gallacher, a goalkeeper who played Scottish League Football for 22 years between 1968 and 1990, firstly with Arbroath and more famously with Clydebank.

Sparta Prague's Zdenek Zlámal's followed his uncle František between the sticks and it was his uncle, who kept SK Slavia Prague in the 1970s, who bought him his first pair of gloves.

Another Sparta Prague keeper who followed the family tradition is Zlámal's teammate Milan Švenger, who's father was also a professional goalkeeper, donning the gloves for FK Jablonec 97 and FC Bohemians 1905.

Israeli Under-21 goalkeeper Ohad Levita Hapoel and his grandfather, Yair Levita, both kept goal for Kfar-Saba FC.

Hartlepool United's Danish keeper Jan Budtz, who has also kept goal for Doncaster Rovers, has a twin brother, Ole, who is a defender with Aarhus.

Former Celtic and Motherwell goalkeeper Gordon Marshall followed his father, also a goalkeeper called Gordon, into the game. But while Gordon Senior was capped by England at under-23 level, Gordon junior elected to play for Scotland, winning one full cap against the United Stated in May 1992. His brother Scott also became a professional footballer and went on to play for Southampton and Celtic, but elected not to become a keeper like the rest of his family.

Liverpool's David Martin is the son of former West Ham defender Alvin Martin.

Paraguay goalkeeper José Luís Chilavert was selected alongside his brother, Rolando - a midfielder, for the 1986 World Cup Finals in Mexico.

The much travelled Nathan Abbey also has a brother who is also a professional footballer. However, unlike the former Luton Town, Chesterfield and Boston United goalkeeper his brother Zema prefers to play up front.

For the Wallace family, it was like father like son. Jock Wallace senior kept goal for Raith Rovers, Derby County and Blackpool while Jock Wallace junior carved out a modest career with Berwick Rangers, Airdrieonians and West Bromwich Albion before tasting success as a manager with Glasgow Rangers and Leicester City, famously scaring future tv presenter Gary Lineker in the process!

Uruguayan international Walter Corbo played alongside his brother Ruben Romeo, a left winger, in the Penarol side of the 1970s.

Tottenham's Ben Alnwick has a brother Jak who is also a goalkeeper and currently in the youth set-up at Newcastle United.

Football played a big part in the Behan family. Keeper Billy played for Shelbourne and Shamrock Rovers and had a spell with Manchester United in the 1930s while his brothers John and Paddy also played for Shamrock. His son, William junior, followed in the family footsteps and also kept goal for the Rovers side.

French goalkeeper Damien Dropsy kept it in the family when he signed his first professional contract with Girondins Bordeaux in 2006. His father Dominique played over 200 times for the club before retiring after a successful career that included stints with RC Strasbourg and the French National Side.

Former Spainish international Juan Carlos Ablanedo playerd alongside his elder brother José Luis, who was a centre half, in the Sporting Gijón side of the 1980s.

FC Twente's Cees Paauwe followed his older brother Patrick into the world of Professional football. However, while Cees chose a career between the sticks, Patrick preferred to play in midfield, carving out a career with Fortuna Sittard, Feyenoord and Borussia Mönchengladbach amongst others.

Juan Valdivieso, who played for Peru in the 1930 World Cup Finals, later watched his grandson, also called Juan, compete in the swimming events at the 2000 and 2004 Olympic Games.

Sunderland goalkeeper Trevor Carson is the nephew of comedian Frank Carson.

FC St. Pauli's Mathias Hain is the younger brother of Eintracht Braunschweig's goalkeeping coach Uwe Hain.

Another pair of goalkeeping brothers were the Hancocks - Ken and Ray. Ken, the younger of the two siblings, had the more impressive career, playing for Ipswich Town, Tottenham Hotspur and Bury after following his brother into the first team at Port Vale.

Cousins Jasmin and Samir Handanovic have both kept goal for the Slovenian national side.

Liverpool legend Sam Hardy's nephew, Eddie, and grandson, also called Sam, both played professionally for Chesterfield. Hardy's cousins, brothers Ernest and Harry Blackwell kept goal for Sheffield United and Aberdeen respectively.

The Brown family of Troon could boast of three brothers who played professionally. The eldest, Jim, carved out a career in the United States and despite being born in Scotland went on to be part of the USA team that reached the semi-finals of the 1930 FIFA World Cup while his brother John kept goal for Hibs and Clyde and was capped by Scotland. The third and youngest brother, Tom, kept goal for Ipswich Town but lost much of his career to World War Two, when he served as a commando in the armed forces.

Former Scottish international Andy Goram's Dad, Lewis, also played in goal, turning out for Third Lanark and Bury after the Second World War.

Ghana international keeper Richard Kingson has played alongside his brother Laryea Kingston in the national side. The difference in spelling is apparently due to "irregularity on their identity documents" although the Ghanaian FA list both players as 'Kingston'.

New Zealand goalkeeper Frank van Hattum, who went to Spain in 1982 with the All-Whites for the World Cup, came from a sporting family. Two of his sisters - Marie-Jose Griffith and Grazia MacIntosh (née van Hattum) - also represented New Zealand at international level in the women's game while a third - Stella - was a member of the Kiwis' karate squad.

Shamrock Rovers had keeper Tony O'Dowd and his brother Greg on their books in the late 1990s.

Although Colin Stewart followed in his fathers footsteps - former Scotland international Jim Stewart - by breaking into the Kilmarnock first team he could emulate his dad's impact, playing only once for Killie compared to Stewart Senior's 136 appearances. He later married Julie Fleeting, star of the Women's game in Scotland.

It's often said that goalkeepers are mad but there are two who could safely call themselves Mentel - former Inter Bratislava keep Miroslav and his son Filip, who plays for Dundee United.

Former Israeli Under-21 goalkeeper Danny Amos' brother Nathan is a notable rugby union player.

Former Chester City and Carlisle United goalkeeper Jim MacLaren led the way for his three younger brothers, who were all on the books of at least one football league side. Roy played for St. Johnston, Bury and Sheffield Wednesday, Dave for Dundee, Leicester City and Plymouth Argyle and finally Monty, who was signed by Liverpool

Willie White, who played in goal with distinction for Hearts and Southampton, was also one of four brothers who played top-class football — John was an inside-forward with Heart of Midlothian and Leeds United, Thomas played for Motherwell while James had a spell with Alloa Athletic

Norwich City legend Bryan Gunn's son, Angus, followed in his father's footsteps and signed for The Canaries as a schoolboy before earning a move to Manchester City in the summer of 2011. However, unlike his father and despite his name, Angus has no intention of playing for Scotland and declared himself available for England, earning several Under-16 caps.

Walsall's Dávid Gróf's father Attila also played professionally as a goalkeeper turning out for Ujpest Dozsa, Videoton, Honved and Hungary during his career.

Northern Ireland goalkeeping legend Pat Jenning's son, also called Pat, has made his own mark in the game, turning out for UCD, Derry City and Glenavon in an eleven-year career.

Goalkeeper Eddie Edgar and his son David both played professionally for Newcastle United. Eddie enjoyed some success with Hartlepool United before joining the NASL while David joined Burnley and has been capped by Canada.

George Raikes, who made four appearance for England in the later 1890s, also enjoyed a successful County Cricket career, as did his brother Ernest and his nephew Thomas.

Conor Ripley, son of former Middlesbrough and England winger Stuart, followed his dad into the Boro side, albeit between the sticks.

Former Southampton and York City goalkeeper George Thompson had the privilege of seeing both his sons following in his footsteps. George Jnr played with distinction for Scunthorpe United, Preston North End, Manchester City and Carlisle United and was a losing FA Cup finalist in 1954 with North End while Des enjoyed a career with York City, Burnley and Sheffield United.

There was plenty of football talent in the Milburn family - with Jackie, Jack, Jim, Stan and George all playing professionally, not to mention their World Cup Winning nephews, Jack and Bobby Charlton. However, it's Jack, Jim, Stan and George's brother-in-law, Jim Potts, who is of most interest, having kept goal for Leeds United!

Francisco Quintero Nava, who represented Mexico during the 1948 Olympic Games in London, is the grandfather of Atlanta Silverbacks keeper Felipe Quintero Monsivais.

Northern Ireland enjoyed the services of the Irvine brothers during the 1960s while Burnley striker Willie Irvine was scoring at one end, Stoke City and Linfield keeper Bobby Irvine was keeping them out at the other end.

Arsenal's Wojciech Szczesny followed in his father, Maciej, into both the Legia Warsaw side and the Polish National team. His brother Jan is also a goalkeeper and currently plies his trade with Gwardia Warsaw.

Brothers Ralf and Falk Fährmann both ply their trade between the sticks in Germany. Ralf, a former U-21 international, currently plays for Schalke 04 while Falk was on the books of FSV Zwickau.

Former Scunthorpe United, Wrexham and Halifax Town goalkeeper Darren Heyes is the son of George Heyes, who kept goal for Leicester City and Swansea.

Ex-Russia international and Chelsea goalkeeper Dmitri Kharine's younger brother, Mikhail, was also a professional keeper but failed to reach the heights his brother attained and was restricted to Torpedo Moscow's reserve team for most of his career.

Dale Belford may have only managed one league appearance in his career - for Notts County in 1987 - but son Cameron has already over 100 appearances to his name after spells with Bury and Southend United while Cameron's brother Tyrell is currently on Liverpool's books.

Another player with a pair of goalkeeping sons is former Shelbourne United player Robert O'Neill. Eldest son Alan enjoyed spells with Shamrock Rovers and Dundalk while his younger brother Dermot made over 400 appearances for Bohemians and Glenavon.

St. Mirren goalkeeper Grant Adam is the younger brother of Scotland midfielder Charlie Adam.

San Marino's Aldo Simoncini often plays in the national side alongside his twin brother Davide. In September 2010, the brothers set an unfortunate record when they became the first twins to score an own goal in the same game in international competition, with Sweden being the fortunate beneficiaries of such generosity!

Former Watford and Grimsby Town goalkeeper Steve Sherwood's older brother, John, won a bronze medal in the Men's Hurdles at the 1968 Olympic Games.

Tony Macedo, Fulham's Gibaltarian goalkeeper in the 1950s/60s, was the son of a former Spanish international footballer who played for Real Madrid.

Not wishing to compete with his father, Ulf Kirsten, who was a German international and finished as the leading goalscorer in the Bundesligh three times, son Benjamin decided to become a goalkeeper rather than a striker, carving out a career with Dynamo Dresden.

Former Charlton Athletic and Republic of Ireland keeper Dean Kiely's son Chris was once on Gillingham's books.

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The Football League boasted a trio of footballing brothers either side of the Second World War in Frank, Ray and George King. Frank kept goal for Everton and Derby before injury cut his career short while Ray made over 250 appearances for Port Vale. George was the black sheep of the family and became a centre forward.

South Africa's Kaiser Chiefs once boasted goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune and his younger brother Lucky on their roster.

Double Olympic swimming gold medalist Rebecca Adlington is the grandniece of former Derby County and Torquay United goalkeeper Terry Adlington.

Swedish legend Ronnie Hellström's son, Erland, followed in his father's footsteps, keeping goal for Assyriska Föreningen and Hammarby amongst others.

Kyle Letheren is another goalkeeper who followed his father's career path. The much travelled former Wales Under-21 keeper, who has been on Swansea City and Kilmarnock's books amongst others, his the son of one-time Leeds United and Swansea City stopper Glan.

Between the wars, Bristol City had three brothers on their books - Jack, Arthur and Frank Vallis. Frank played over 200 times on goal for the Robins.

Not only were brothers Elias and William Owen capped by Wales in the late 19th Century, but their cousins Morgan and Hugh Morgan-Owen also represented the principality.

Stoke City had all four Baddeley brothers - Amos, George, Sam and Tom - on their books at one time or another during their careers. Only Tom was a goalkeeper.

Former Millwall, Bolton and Republic of Ireland goalkeeper Keith Branagan's son Ritchie made two appearances for Bury before joining Salford City in 2012.

Belgium international and Liverpool keeper Simon Mignolet followed in his father Stefan's footsteps when he abandoned a career in midfield to go in goal.

Rene Higuita, the Colombian madcap goalkeeper, had the pleasure of seeing his son Cristian Andrés Higuita also become a professional footballer with Asociación Deportivo Cali. He was also capped by Colombia's U-20 side although he opted to play in midfield rather than go in goal.

Stoke City's Asmir Begovic is another goalkeeper who followed in his father's footsteps. His dad, Amir, kept goal for FK Leotar FK Iskra in his native Yugoslavia.