Goalkeepers Are Different

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

Recent Updates

27 November 2021
Goalkeepers can be suspended for many reasons but back in 1924 one Sheffield United custodian spent six months on the sidelines after the club took offence at his decision to become a publican. Alongside this little titbit there's the Polish keeper than became a magazine editor, the Greek goalkeeper who kept goal in a European Cup Final in a Spain shirt and the Irishman who liked nothing more than keeping goal in one of Dino Zoff's old shirt. There's also some quirky middle names, the Belgian striker who often found himself between the sticks and the sugar merchant who started life as goalkeeper and played the odd game of cricket.

Quirky Facts, Getting Shirty, Getting Personal, Emergency Measures

29 October 2021
Something for the weekend? How about some more goalkeeper trivia, including the Danish goalie who became editor of a national newspaper, the keeper who kept out a Memphis Depay penalty on his international debut and David de Gea's crossbar ritual. There's also the keeper whose career was all but ended by a goalkick, some more nicknames, the family affair that saw three generations of the same family play for Port Vale plus a couple of keepers who turned their hand a cricket.

Quirky Facts, Goalkeeping Debuts, Quirky Injuries, Getting Personal

30 September 2021
Not many goalkeepers can claim to have managed a pop group but a certain West Brom goalkeeper can, which just one of the pieces of trivia featured in September's small but perfectly formed update. There's also the record breaking feats of great rivals Peter Shilton and Ray Clemence, Joe Hart's tribute to a Celtic legend, the AC Milan goalkeeper who refused to wear the number one shirt and the two Leeds United players that found themselves in goal following injuries to their respective keepers.

Quirky Facts, Getting Shirty, Emergency Measures

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

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
  • "You cant have nice goalkeepers. Nice goalkeepers don't win you anything!"
    Alan Hodgkinson
  • What goalkeeper doesn't like a little action?"
    Karen Bardsley

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