Goalkeepers Are Different

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Goalkeepers Are Different

Recent Updates

18 January 2019
The first update of the year brings you the tale of the rabbits that invaded Cambridge United's Abbey Stadium and chewed through the nets. There's also the Irish midfielder who had to start in goal because Ballymena had lost all their first-team goalkeepers and the Scottish club that lost not one but three different keepers in the same match. To round things off, there's a collection of goalscoring goalkeepers, including the goalie that scored for five different clubs, and a couple of shirty stories to conclude with.

Getting Shirty, In the Net, Goalscoring Goalkeepers, Emergency Measures

28 December 2019
The final update of the year focuses on the singing careers of a number of international goalkeepers who really should have known better including West Germany's Sepp Maier and France's Joël Bats. There's also a couple of goalkeepers that also played cricket, Romania's Footballer of the Year award and a collection of outfield players that were forced to go in goal. Happy New Year to you all!

Quirky Facts, Politically Speaking, Emergency Measures

14 December 2019
A pre-Christmas update with a lack of festive spirit sees two youngsters become the youngest ever debutants in their respective leagues and some other keepers whose first starts for their new clubs was less than auspicious. There's also Switzerland's first glove-wearing custodian, Ray Clemence's sartorial elegance when accessorizing, those keepers with an unfortunate name, a couple who earned themselves a nickname and a gaggle of keeperts that managed to find the net, including Brechin City's Lewis McMinn.

Hands in Gloves, Goalkeeping Debuts, Goalscoring Goalkeepers, Getting Personal

1 December 2019
With the UK General Election on the horizon, the latest update features the former Dunfermline and Dundee United goalkeeper who is standing for the Conservatives in Scotland and the Tory party activist who failed his bid to become a councillor in Leeds. Elsewhere, Cameroon goalkeeper Thomas N'Kono becomes the latest inclusion in the Goalkeeping Greats section, there's the goalpost that snapped in an Under-18 game plus some more Sporting Masters and a couple of Players of the Year for good measure.

Goalkeeping Greats, Quirky Facts, In the Net, Politically Speaking

9 November 2019
Defender Kyle Walker's antics in goal during Manchester City's Champions League clash against Atalanta has sparked another update that features not only Walker's heroics but also some additional outfield players who were also forced to don the goalkeeper gloves in order to see a game out. There's also the Spanish keeper who may have to miss a match due to a General Election, Stockport County's unfortunate mishap with a brand new set of crossbars and some Words of Wisdom from pundits, commentators and goalkeepers alike.

In the Net, Politically Speaking, Emergency Measures, 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

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"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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