29 August 2021
The last update of the Summer naturally features the usual fayre of woeful debuts from the new football season, but on this occasion we have three debut disasters from the League Cup competitions in both England and Scotland and to balance things out, the tale of the keeper who saved two penatlies in the same competition for Oldham. There's also the Newcastle goalkeeper who was forced to borrow a pair of clubs from a policeman, Gianluigi Donnarumma's spiked mitts, the traumatised Brazilian who burned the goalposts from the 1950 World Cup and a couple of protesting goalkeepers who decided to take a political stand.
Hands in Gloves, Goalkeeping Debuts, In the Net, Politically Speaking
24 July 2021
Gianluigi Donnarumma's exploits during Euro 2020 take centre stage in the latest update as made history by becoming the first goalkeeper to officially win Player of the Tournament but it woudn't be a site update without the goalkeeping oddities that you've come to known and love. So alongside Donnarumma there's the day Alan Rough came off worse against his wife's horse, the netting malfunction that held up AFC Wimbledon's first league clash against Barnet and Peter Bonetti's run-in with slate tile. To round things up, there's some more quotes and the ode to "Fatty" Foulke written by a progressive rock band.
Quirky Facts, In the Net, Quirky Injuries, Words of Wisdom
26 June 2021
Having been distracted by the European Championships, it would be rude not to have a site update without a Euro anecdote or two. So the net malfunction ahead of the Spain vs Sweden game features, as does the day Andy Goram was left without a shirt for a Scotland qualifier against Romania. There's also the reason why Neville Southall wore black, the goalie who wore the 99 shirt and some more goalscoring goalkeepers. Finally there's the tale of the priest who turned down the chance to join AS Roma in favour of joining the Church of Rome.
Getting Shirty, In the Net, Goalscoring Goalkeepers, Keepers of the Faith
29 May 2021
A cheeky update ahead of the 2021 Champions League final that doesn't feature a single Manchester City or Chelsea goalkeeper! Instead there's the Latvian keeper who proved to be something of an all-round sportsman, winning titles in four different sports, Allison's goalscoring exploits against West Bromwich Albion and the Welsh international keeper who started his career as a defender. There's also the Colchester United player who was forced to don the gloves for a League Cup tie, a vinyl dedication to Shaka Hislop and the former Wolverhampton Wanderers goalkeeper who hung up his gloves to become an Ed Sheeran tribute act.
Quirky Facts, Goalscoring Goalkeepers, Emergency Measures
9 May 2021
A referee taking exception to Paddy Roche's shirt number ahead of a World Cup qualifier is just one of the treats featured in the latest update to mark the end of the Football League season. There's also a mixed back of debuts, including the goalkeeper who made his debut for the same club twice in his only two League appearances, the former Wanderers keeper who later served on Sheffield's city council and a collection of goalkeeping families, nicknames and quirky middle names.
Getting Shirty, Goalkeeping Debuts, Getting Personal, Politically Speaking
18 April 2021
A mixed glove bag of an update that features, among other things, Manuel Neuer's attempt to the fix his net with a towel, the Brighton goalkeeper who saved seven out of nine penalties in single season and the Chelsea keeper who appeared on screen with Rex Harrison, no less. There's also some more knowledgeable words of wisdom, Chile's Footballer of the Year winners and a throwback to the time when goalkeepers were allowed to wear shirts from other companies rather than from their club's official kit suppliers.
Quirky Facts, Getting Shirty, In the Net, Words of Wisdom
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