Goalkeepers Are Different

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

Goalkeepers Are Different

Recent Updates

5 October 2019
Wimbledon's Dave Beasant is often mistakenly cited to be the first goalkeeper to captain his side to FA Cup glory, yet it appears that honour should actually fall to a Major William Merriman of the Royal Engineers, a small bit of trivia that forms part of the latest site update. There's also the story of the broken goal when Luton Town visited Nottingham Forest in 1971 and a gaggle of outfield players who were forced to go in goal, including the two Millwall players that did it in the same match.

Quirky Facts, In the Net, Emergency Measures

21 September 2019
Twenty years ago this month, Goalkeepers Are Different went live for the very first time. To celebrate the site's china anniversary, there's a bumper update featuring new facts, trivia and additions to every section, including Bruce Grobbelaar's cameo appearance in a Channel Four comedy, the day Alan Knight lost six pairs of gloves and a reprise of Malcolm Finlayson's career with Millwall and Wolves. There's also some more goalscoring goalkeepers, dodgy debuts and the quirky injuries that have kept the site going over the past two decades. Enjoy!

Goalkeeping Greats, Quirky Facts, Getting Shirty, Hands in Gloves, Goalkeeping Debuts, Quirky Injuries, In the Net, Goalscoring Goalkeepers, Getting Personal, Keepers of the Faith, I Fought the Law, Politically Speaking, Emergency Measures, Words of Wisdom

8 September 2019
An overdue update that doesn't feature a single European Championship fact! There is a collection of goalkeepers who tried their hands at other sports, some more goalkeeping debuts (both good and bad including Steve Ogrizovic's first appearance for Liverpool), some quirky middle names including the goalie who shares his with Rodney Trotter, a few goalkeeper dynasties and some more words of wisdom from a variety of keepers.

Quirky Facts, Goalkeeping Debuts, Getting Personal, Words of Wisdom

12 August 2019
August traditionally sees a few additions to the Goalkeeping Debuts section and this year is no different, but there's also a bumper crop of outfield players who ended up in goal after their teammate was either sent off or had to retire through injury, a couple of shirty tales including one from Third Lanark's 1923 tour of Argentina plus some more quirky facts including Petr Cech's singing debut for charity duetting with Queen drummer Roger Taylor no less...

Quirky Facts, Getting Shirty, Goalkeeping Debuts, Emergency Measures

21 July 2019
A small but almost perfectly formed update that sees the Spanish duo of Iker Casillas and Andoni Zubizarreta join the list of Goalkeeping Greats. There's also the day Leicester City's goalkeepers queried the size of Swansea City's goals, Napoli's embarrassment when UEFA officials found a hole in their net and some more quirky middle names plus the American goalkeeper who decided not to follow in the path of his striking German father!

Goalkeeping Greats, In the Net, Getting Personal

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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