Goalkeepers Are Different

Everything you've ever wanted to know about
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Goalkeepers Are Different

Recent Updates

30 May 2023
An update that features more random goalkeeper facts, including the trio of Coventry City goalkeepers that kept clean sheets in three consecutive games, Celtic's Peter Latchford chasing a fan that tried to steal his gloves, Bruce Grobbelaar getting locked up on his first visit to the UK and some more outfield players who tried their hand in goal including the Wrexham manager who was forced to play himself due to injury. There's also a plethora of Finnish goalies that picked up their Player of the Year trophy, some more words of wisdom and the season Hereford United fielded eight goalkeepers.

Quirky Facts, Hands in Gloves, I Fought the Law, Emergency Measures, Words of Wisdom

11 May 2023
It's a case of buy one, get one free as both Harry Hibbs of England and Sweden's Kalle Svensson join the list of Goalkeeping Greats following last month's month Twitter Poll. In addition to shining a light on these legends of the game, there's also the tale of the keeper who kept his false teeth in a handkerchief in the back of his net, some more sporting families and nicknames, the keeper with the same middle name as Rodney Trotter plus the Germany international who always wore a grey shirt. Finally, there's another batch of outfield players trying their hand at keeping the ball out after their goalkeepers were indisposed.

Goalkeeping Greats, Getting Shirty, Getting Personal, Emergency Measures

23 April 2023
A St. George's Day update that features just the one England international keeper in the form of Gary Bailey but don't let that deter you from indulging in a spot of goalkeeper trivia, be it the goalie that became something of a chess master or the custodians that dabbled in acting. There's also some goalkeeping debuts of the good and the quirky variety, a couple of keepers that found the back of the net including Coventry City's Ben Wilson, and some more outfield players that had to cover for their teammates between the sticks for various reasons.

Quirky Facts, Goalkeeping Debuts, Goalscoring Goalkeepers, Emergency Measures

25 March 2023
This month's update is perfectly timed to keep everyone entertained during the international break and comes with a fair share of anecdotes involving international goalkeepers including Gianluigi Buffon's Subbuteo collection, the dominance of Slovenia's keepers in their country's Player of the Year awards and the part 'Allo 'Allo played in Jim Leighton's rejuvenation as a coach. There's also the day the crossbars suffered at the Goldstone Ground, three more outfield players that were forced to don the goalkeeper gloves and the day Steve Ogrizovic was told he was too tall to be a goalkeeper!

Quirky Facts, In the Net, Emergency Measures, Words of Wisdom

27 February 2023
Loris Karius debut for Newcastle United in the League Cup final is just one of a handful of first appearances in February's update and arguably overshadowed by the 18-year-old Russian who conceded double figures but set a record and saved a penalty in the process, earning himself the Man of the Match of award despite the scoreline. There's also the keeper that decided to focus on his career with the police before being enticed back into the professional game, some goalscoring custodians, including the Argintinean who has found the net with four different clubs and the Swedish goalkeeper that came to unfortunate end while speed skating.

Goalkeeping Debuts, Quirky Injuries, Goalscoring Goalkeepers, I Fought the Law

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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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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