Goalkeepers Are Different

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Goalkeepers Are Different

Recent Updates

12 August 2019
August traditionally sees a few additions to the Goalkeeping Debuts section and this year is no different, but there's also a bumper crop of outfield players who ended up in goal after their teammate was either sent off or had to retire through injury, a couple of shirty tales including one from Third Lanark's 1923 tour of Argentina plus some more quirky facts including Petr Cech's singing debut for charity duetting with Queen drummer Roger Taylor no less...

Quirky Facts, Getting Shirty, Goalkeeping Debuts, Emergency Measures

21 July 2019
A small but almost perfectly formed update that sees the Spanish duo of Iker Casillas and Andoni Zubizarreta join the list of Goalkeeping Greats. There's also the day Leicester City's goalkeepers queried the size of Swansea City's goals, Napoli's embarrassment when UEFA officials found a hole in their net and some more quirky middle names plus the American goalkeeper who decided not to follow in the path of his striking German father!

Goalkeeping Greats, In the Net, Getting Personal

13 July 2019
It's rare to come across a goalkeeper who saved a penalty on their debut but Australian keeper Danny Vukovic managed to do it twice - once at club level and again when making his international debut. It's a unique distinction, unlikely to be matched but the latest update also featrues the son of a famous striker who kept a spot kick out in his first senior start and two keepers who saved a penalty on their international debuts. There's also a couple of goalies who were also handy at cricket, including the keeper who kept goal for Oxford University in 1880 who later became a barrister before turning his hand to publishing.

Quirky Facts, Goalkeeping Debuts, Keepers of the Faith, I Fought the Law

9 June 2019
It's not often you can find a link between not only Queen Victoria but also Winston Churchill and goalkeepers but we've managed to do both in one update! Learn how the son of one Her Majersy's physicians turned his back on the family trade (his grandad and uncle also tended to the Queen) to become an FA Cup winning goalkeeper and how an Old Malvernians goalkeeper was responsible for protecting Churchill's bunker during World War Two. If that's not enough, there's also the collapsing goalposts of the A-League, the painted goalposts of Sudan, some more goalscoring goalkeepers and some footballing dynasties in Getting Personal.

Quirky Facts, In the Net, Goalscoring Goalkeepers, Getting Personal

18 May 2019
A post-FA Cup Final update that celebrates former Middlesbrough goalkeeper Jim Platt's election to the town's Council along with the Irish keeper who helped his mum canvas for votes in Dublin. There's also the goalkeepers that ended up in the treatment room after celebrating a goal, a couple of goalkeeping glove tales and some more of those words of wisdom that goalies are only to keen to impart, even if you didn't ask them...

Hands in Gloves, Quirky Injuries, Politically Speaking, 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

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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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