Goalkeepers Are Different

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Goalkeepers Are Different

Recent Updates

9 June 2019
It's not often you can find a link between not only Queen Victoria but also Winston Churchill and goalkeepers but we've managed to do both in one update! Learn how the son of one Her Majersy's physicians turned his back on the family trade (his grandad and uncle also tended to the Queen) to become an FA Cup winning goalkeeper and how an Old Malvernians goalkeeper was responsible for protecting Churchill's bunker during World War Two. If that's not enough, there's also the collapsing goalposts of the A-League, the painted goalposts of Sudan, some more goalscoring goalkeepers and some footballing dynasties in Getting Personal.

Quirky Facts, In the Net, Goalscoring Goalkeepers, Getting Personal

18 May 2019
A post-FA Cup Final update that celebrates former Middlesbrough goalkeeper Jim Platt's election to the town's Council along with the Irish keeper who helped his mum canvas for votes in Dublin. There's also the goalkeepers that ended up in the treatment room after celebrating a goal, a couple of goalkeeping glove tales and some more of those words of wisdom that goalies are only to keen to impart, even if you didn't ask them...

Hands in Gloves, Quirky Injuries, Politically Speaking, Words of Wisdom

4 May 2019
The best things in life come to those who wait but Plymouth Argyle's James Bittner put that to the test when he waited almost 5,000 days for his first start. Bittner's quirky debut sits alongside two goalkeepers who probably wished they'd waited a bit longer for their debuts. There's also the kitman who tried to help Rafa Benitez out with a clove of garlic, some goalkeeping brothers, a couple of quirky middle names plus some more goalscoring goalkeepers and three international outfield players who donned the gloves in their club's hour of need.

Goalkeeping Debuts, Goalscoring Goalkeepers, Getting Personal, Emergency Measures

12 April 2019
An update for the weekend that features two goalkeepers that found themselves on the wrong side of the law and a third who did rather well for himself during many years of service with the New Jersey police department. There's also the two brothers who were sent off on the same day in the Scottish League, some shirty tales, a few sporting masters and a couple of teams that were denied a clear goal due to some dodgy netting and equipment (and officials that clearly took up the wrong position).

Quirky Facts, Getting Shirty, In the Net, I Fought the Law

23 March 2019
A bumper update packed full of the type of trivia we love - injured goalkeepers playing outfield and scoring, penalty-taking custodians, penalty-saving goalies and a hatful of outfield players who had no choice but to take over in goal. In a quirk of fate, a number of Partick Thistle goalkeepers feature quite prominently but there's also the day Phil Parkes forgot how to tie his bootlaces, the three keepers who found themselves on the wrong end of a hammering and the Lazio keeper who turned his back on the opposition and ended up in hospital.

Quirky Facts, Goalkeeping Debuts, Quirky Injuries, Goalscoring Goalkeepers, Emergency Measures

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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