Goalkeepers Are Different

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Goalkeepers Are Different

Recent Updates

24 March 2018
A long-overdue update for March arrives in the middle of the international break and includes a couple of inauspicious debuts from Dutch goalkeepers, some sporting masters, the goalkeeping connection with The Cockney Rejects, and the Moldova international goalkeeper who attempted to win an election but was thwarted by his party's failure to follow the rules. There's also a handful of outfield players who went in goal as an emergency measure including Dani Alves' late effort for PSG and Jackie Blanchflower's FA Cup final heroics against Aston Villa back in 1957.

Quirky Facts, Goalkeeping Debuts, Politically Speaking, Emergency Measures

25 February 2018
An action-packed February draws to a close with yet another update that has something of an Olympic theme thanks in part to the goalkeeper who represent Switzerland at Ice Hockey in both 2006 and 2010. There's also a couple of other goalies who took up other sports in their spare time and another batch of goalkeepers who decided to opt for the double zero shirt rather than the traditional Number One shirt during the North American Soccer League's heyday. Oh, and there's also the unfortunate incident involving Queen of the South goalkeeper Sam Henderson and a runaway cow, but unlike some other websites, we won't milk that one...

Quirky Facts, Getting Shirty, Quirk Injuries, Getting Personal

17 February 2018
West Brom's Boaz Myhill and his teammates' decision to "borrow" a taxi to get back home to their hotel is the catalyst for the third update of the month. Alongside Myhill's indiscretion are a collection of outfield players who saved a penalty, the tale of Gordon West going to the pub at Everton's expense after buying some goalkeeper gloves, the lengths Chelsea's Thibaut Courtois goes to in order not forget his gloves and some fine goalkeeper quotes.

Hand in Gloves, I Fought the Law, Emergency Measures, Words of Wisdom

11 February 2018
The days of goalkeepers always wearing the Number One shirt are long gone but there something not quite right about them wearing numbers 2 or 8. That didn't stop a couple of keepers from doing just that. There's also the tale of Ray Clemence's missing England badge, the goal that collapsed during a Zimbabwe league match and the day Monaco found a hole in their opponent's net. All this plus some goalkeeping family dynasties, the keeper who missed his train and the youngsters who made an impression on their debuts.

Getting Shirty, Goalkeeping Debuts, In The Net, Getting Personal

3 February 2018
Frank Haffey is an infamous name in Scottish football and was the the butt of many a joke after conceding nine against England in his last international appearance. Yet suprisingly, he seemed to enjoy being in the spotlight his performance brought, so much so that he gave up football for a life in entertainment, becoming a caberet singer in Australia. His change of career earns him a place in the Music to their Ears section and he is joined by a couple of goalkeeper thespians. The latest update also includes a handful of goalscoring keepers and some outfield players who were forced to don the gloves when their teammates were forced to leave the field of play.

Quirky Facts, Goalscoring Goalkeepers, I Fought the Law, Emergency Measures

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

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