Goalkeepers Are Different

Everything you've ever wanted to know about
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Goalkeepers Are Different

Recent Updates

1 December 2019
With the UK General Election on the horizon, the latest update features the former Dunfermline and Dundee United goalkeeper who is standing for the Conservatives in Scotland and the Tory party activist who failed his bid to become a councillor in Leeds. Elsewhere, Cameroon goalkeeper Thomas N'Kono becomes the latest inclusion in the Goalkeeping Greats section, there's the goalpost that snapped in an Under-18 game plus some more Sporting Masters and a couple of Players of the Year for good measure.

Goalkeeping Greats, Quirky Facts, In the Net, Politically Speaking

9 November 2019
Defender Kyle Walker's antics in goal during Manchester City's Champions League clash against Atalanta has sparked another update that features not only Walker's heroics but also some additional outfield players who were also forced to don the goalkeeper gloves in order to see a game out. There's also the Spanish keeper who may have to miss a match due to a General Election, Stockport County's unfortunate mishap with a brand new set of crossbars and some Words of Wisdom from pundits, commentators and goalkeepers alike.

In the Net, Politically Speaking, Emergency Measures, Words of Wisdom

21 October 2019
A cheeky half-term update as something of an international feel to it, including Pat Jennings' record of appearances against the same international opposition that may never be beaten, the Australian keeper who missed a World Cup because he had to look after his guard dogs, the Ghana goalkeeper who found himself in a spot of bother after ignoring some road markings and the goalies that found the net while playing for their country. On the domestic front, there's the tale of the goalkeeper that was presented with a turkey just before Christmas after conceding five goals...

Quirky Facts, Goalscoring Goalkeepers, I Fought the Law, Words of Wisdom

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

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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