Goalkeepers Are Different

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Goalkeepers Are Different

Recent Updates

25 September 2022
Scotland international James Connor's place in football history as the first goalkeeper to reputedly face a penalty kick is one of the additions in the latest update alongside the West German goalkeeper who won a European Championship but was never capped at international level and the German international who wrote a book on politics. If that's not enough, there's also the Scottish international who appeared in a TV drama, some sporting masters and a couple of goalkeepers who saved a penalty on their debut. Finally, there's the reason why Iran's goalkeepers wore Cardiff City shirts back in the Seventies.

Quirky Facts, Getting Shirty, Goalkeeping Debuts, Words of Wisdom

20 August 2022
An eclectic smorgasbord of an update featuring the unfortunate goalkeeper who was put out of action after injuring himself while cooking a steak, the injury time goalscoring antics of QPR's keeper and the goalie who thought he was a dead cert for a political career right up until the moment they started counting the votes. There's also a plethora of quirky middle names, the first goalkeepeer to keep a clean sheet at the World Cup and some more sporting masters including the cricketing prowess of the aptly named Edwin Diver.

Quirky Facts, Quirky Injuries, Goalscoring Goalkeepers, Getting Personal, Politically Speaking

31 July 2022
A small but almost perfectly formed update focuses on the now traditional yearly blitz of goalkeeper debuts as the new season gets under way, including the veteran Peterhead goalkeeper who was beaten for six in his first senior game for six years and a penalty save from a Liverpool loanee. There's also the strange tale of Manchester City's Joe Corrigan being forced to wear a Queens Park jersey and Phil Parkes mistakenly believing he had been sold to the same Scottish side by Walsall. There's also some words of wisdom, including Keylor Navas' views on the Ballon d'Or.

Getting Shirty, Goalkeeping Debuts, Words of Wisdom

30 June 2022
The day Everton's Mick Lyons had to take over in goal from Neville Southall is just one of the anecdotes in this month's update, together with the Danish goalkeeper who turned down the opportunity to play for his country because he had a banking exam on the same day. There's also the goalkeeper who won the FA Cup without conceding a goal, some more custodians that excelled at other sports, a couple more nicknames, a few more sporting families and some words of wisdom from the likes of Jordan Pickford, Craig Gordon and David Seaman.

Quirky Facts, Getting Personal, Emergency Measures, Words of Wisdom

31 May 2022
With the Royal Jubilee fast approaching, what better time for an update, even if it is somewhat lacking in royal content, aside from a passing reference to Reading. There is a fanfare, however, with the Colchester United goalkeeper who welcomed teams onto the pitch playing a bugle, and some age milestones too, including the oldest goalkeepers in European Finals and the youngest keeper in an FA Cup final. There's some more goalkeeper debuts, both good and bad, a few goalscoring keepers, including the Irish goalie that fancied himself a striker, plus the Small Heath keeper whose determination to play in an FA Cup replay almost cost him his leg.

Quirky Facts, Goalkeeping Debuts, Quirky Injuries, Goalscoring Goalkeepers

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

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"Excellent" - Guardian Unlimited

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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
  • "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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