Goalkeepers Are Different

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Goalkeepers Are Different

Recent Updates

18 January 2021
The FA Cup Third Round provided first team opportunities for a number of goalkeepers, including debuts for some, whose exploits - both good and bad - have been captured in the latest updated (some arguably unfairly so!). In addition, there are some more personal oddities and sporting families, including the goalkeeper who has to apply sunscreen everytime they take to the pitch, the keeper who baptised his teammate in a swimming pool and some more quips and words of wisdoms from the Goalkeepers' Union.

Goalkeeping Debuts, Getting Personal, Keepers of the Faith, Words of Wisdom

6 January 2021
The first update of 2021 features the England goalkeeper who found himself in front of magistrates no less than three times, the keeper who became a DJ after hanging up his gloves and David Hirst's eventful New Year's Day for Sheffield Wednesday that saw him score a goal and keep a clean sheet. There's also some more outfield players who went in goal plus some additions to the Stars of the Silver Screen, Sporting Masters and the Norwegian keeper who carved out a career in local politics, including a spell as mayor of his local district.

Quirky Facts, I Fought the Law, Politically Speaking, Emergency Measures

30 December 2020
The last update of the year is small but perfectly formed, featuring Charlie Cowie's debut for Queen of the South at the tender age of 16, two goalkeepers who became film stars through a quirk of fate and two successful cup runs, some more outfield players who were forced to go in goal plus a few more keepers who proved useful in other sporting arenas. There's also a collection of goalies with equally sporty family members, including the twin who represented Great Britain at two Olympic Games.

Quirky Facts, Goalkeeping Debuts, Getting Personal, Emergency Measures

12 December 2020
Pre-Christmas festivities of sorts with an update that includes the very visible spelling mistake by Liverpool's kitman that was spotted by eagle-eye television viewers, the night Neville Southall kept goal in a Cardiff City shirt and the American goalkeeper who scored three goals in three games against the same side, having been forced to play up front. There's also some more goalkeeper quotes and the very unseasonal tales of two goalkeepers who sadly lost their lives while swimming with their clubs.

Getting Shirty, Quirky Injuries, Goalscoring Goalkeepers, Words of Wisdom

14 November 2020
Long before goalkeeper gloves became widely available in the UK, British custodians used to experiment with whatever they can find, including Millwall's Bryan King and WBA's Tony Godden, who both experimented with alternatives. The latest update also features the Dutch goalkeeper who carved out a carrier between the sticks despite missing a finger, some superstitious keepers, a few goalscoring goalies, a fire extinguisher and the day John Lukic's dreams of Hollywood stardom were left in ruins on the cutting room floor.

Quirky Facts, Hands in Gloves, 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...

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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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