14 November 2020
Long before goalkeeper gloves became widely available in the UK, British custodians used to experiment with whatever they can find, including Millwall's Bryan King and WBA's Tony Godden, who both experimented with alternatives. The latest update also features the Dutch goalkeeper who carved out a carrier between the sticks despite missing a finger, some superstitious keepers, a few goalscoring goalies, a fire extinguisher and the day John Lukic's dreams of Hollywood stardom were left in ruins on the cutting room floor.
Quirky Facts, Hands in Gloves, Goalscoring Goalkeepers, Getting Personal
24 October 2020
Another long overdue update that features Wycombe Wanderers' goal malfuncition following a freekick from Millwall's Jake Cooper, three forgettable debuts and some more outfield players who ended up between the sticks, including the England striker who had to start an international in goal because their goalkeeper's train was delayed. There's also the Albanian keeper who turned out for a World Cup qualifier in a poorly disguised Sweden shirt and the Broxburn Athletic stopper who was left disappointed when he tried to swap jerseys with his opposite number.
Getting Shirty, Goalkeeping Debuts, In the Net, Emergency Measures
27 September 2020
A cheeky end of month update that features a number of quirky facts, including Brazil's first goalkeeping captain, the Hollywood actor who kept goal in the Australian League, the former keeper who gave Pink Floyd and Jimi Hendrix a break and a collection of sporting masters from around the World. There's also the tail of the Estonian goalkeeper deported to Siberia, the Serbian who gave up football for politics, some more debuts and a couple of goalscoring custodians. As if that's wasn't enough, there's the Millwall Athletic goalkeeper who almost conceded a goal after deciding to put a jumper on in the middle of a game...
Quirky Facts, Getting Shirty, Goalkeeping Debuts, Goalscoring Goalkeepers, Politically Speaking
18 September 2020
A long overdue update that features the usual round of goalkeeping mishaps from the first few days of the new football season. There's the traditional collection of goalkeeping debuts - the good, the bad and the quirky - plus the tale of the keeper who was reprimanded on the pitch by an officer of the law and the son of missionaries who was born in Mexico but keeps goal for the United States. Last but not least, the update also includes the Manchester United defender who made his debut as a goalkeeper and the Ghana captain who was forced to keep goal after crazy first half againt Nigeria.
Goalkeeping Debuts, Keepers of the Faith, I Fought the Law, Emergency Measures
9 August 2020
Another cheeky update that may be small but still packs a punch! Alongside some more goalkeeper quotes, there's a trio of keepers who had to scramble around before kick-off to find a suitable jersey that didn't clash with their opponent's shirts including England goalkeeper David James and Manchester United's Mark Bosnich. If that wasn't enough, there's also some more quirky coincidences including the collection of goalkeepers called Ross on Ross County's books, a few sporting masters and the Danish goalkeeper who built up one of the world's biggest manufacturers of footballs and invented the 32-panel ball.
Quirky Facts, Getting Shirty, Words of Wisdom
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