Goalkeepers Are Different

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

Goalkeepers Are Different

Recent Updates

23 February 2020
A cheeky update that features another eclectic mix of goalkeeping trivia including the cinematic debut of former Luton Town and USA goalkeeper Ian Feuer, the Aston Villa keeper that ended up on a US quiz show and the Clyde goalie who conceded just one goal during his team's triumphant run in the Scottish Cup back in 1939. There's also some more quirky middle names and nicknames, family connections and the poor goalkeeper who ended up in hospital while under the spellbinding influence of a hypnotist. If that's not enough, there's also the tale of the former Fulham keeper who won an Olympic Silver medal playing cricket for France...

Quirky Facts, Quirky Injuries, Getting Personal, I Fought the Law

8 February 2019
An eclectic mix of trivia forms the basis of the latest update and includes the goalkeeper who asked for a trial with Halifax Town and ended up keeping goal for the first team, the Millwall goalkeeper who made a citizen's arrest during a pitch invasion and the goalkeeper who missed the start of the season after stepping on a rock. There's also the tail of how Bruce Grobbelaar is responsible for Liverpool's title charge after peeing on the Anfield goalposts plus a few more words of wisdom...

Goalkeeping Debuts, Quirky Injuries, In the Net, I Fought the Law, Words of Wisdom

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

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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