Goalkeepers Are Different

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Goalkeepers Are Different

Recent Updates

19 January 2019
A small, cheeky update that focuses on a couple of goalkeepers who decided to uphold the law, one of whom during a career break, Perry Suckling's winning debut at the tender age of sixteen for Coventry City and some other less fortunate keepers whose debuts didn't go quite so well. There's also a couple more superstitious keepers, some more quirky middle names and the Congolese goalkeeper enjoying the political life in Africa.

Goalkeeping Debuts, Getting Personal, I Fought the Law, Politically Speaking

5 January 2019
The first update of the year features the remarkable footballing dynasty of Barbados that could easily have fielded a five-a-side team and still have three substitutes plus some more quirky middle names and nicknames. There's also the former Leyton Orient goalkeeper who was arrested in the team dressing room after a game for punching a fan, three goalkeepers with lenghty international careers, some cricketeers who excelled in goal and a trio of keepers that got their names onto the scoresheet.

Quirky Facts, Goalscoring Goalkeepers, Getting Personal, I Fought the Law

27 December 2018
A belated Christmas present in the shape of probably the last update of 2018 is a distinctly non-festive mix of quirky goalkeeping injuries including the keeper that lost an eye down a coal pit, some unfortunate goalkeeping debuts and a collection of keepers who were also a dab hand at other sports. There's also the Scottish keeper that licked to keep a radio in the back of his net and the strange tale of the goalposts that were given a touch of paint in order to appeal to female spectators.

Quirky Facts, Goalkeeping Debuts, Quirky Injuries, In The Net, Getting Personal

24 November 2018
There's a trio of outfield players who deputised for their goalkeepers in this week's update, including the Newton Heath keeper who missed a game after missing his train, the Millwall keeper who couldn't get back into Walsall's ground after a visit to the hospital and the Arsenal keeper that went up front and scored. There's also the much-decorated Heinz Stuy, who features twice, some more goalies who excelled at other sports and a couple of keepers who found themselves on the wrong side of the law.

Quirky Facts, Getting Personal, I Fought the Law, Emergency Measures

3 November 2018
Preston North End striker Paul Gallagher's stint in goal has sparked the first update in November and also features cameos between the sticks from Partick Thistle's Jackie Campbell and Wolverhampton Wanderers duo Bobby Gould and Dave Wagstaffe. There's also some more goalscoring goalkeepers including the amateur custodian who was denied a hattrick by a disputable offside decision and the rather strange goalkeeper jersey once worn by Sweden's Thomas Ravelli during a World Cup qualifier against Scotland.

Getting Shirty, Goalscoring Goalkeepers, Emergency Measures

16 October 2018
A cheeky midweek update is full of UEFA Nations League action with Harry Kane's Hot-Shot Hamish impression against Croatia and Terry Butcher's insight into David de Gea not having a save to make despite Spain conceding three goals before half-time. There's also some more superstitious goalkeepers, Arbroath's pipe-smoking custodian and the Belgian international who had an organ installed to keep his fingers supple by tinkling the ivories!

Quirky Facts, In The Net, Getting Personal, 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...

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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

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