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Goalkeepers Are Different

Recent Updates

16 October 2018
A cheeky midweek update is full of UEFA Nations League action with Harry Kane's Hot-Shot Hamish impression against Croatia and Terry Butcher's insight into David de Gea not having a save to make despite Spain conceding three goals before half-time. There's also some more superstitious goalkeepers, Arbroath's pipe-smoking custodian and the Belgian international who had an organ installed to keep his fingers supple by tinkling the ivories!

Quirky Facts, In The Net, Getting Personal, Words of Wisdom

29 September 2018
There are a couple of eclectic anecdotes in this week's upddate including Milija Aleksic's professional debut and Pele's unlikely appearance at Plymouth Argyle's Home Park back in 1973 plus the pair of home made goalkeeper gloves that helped Celtic progess in the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup. There's also some more goalscoring goalkeepers, including the Chilean keeper that netted 24 goals in his career and a bunch of cricketing custodians who spent their summers accompanied by the sound of leather on willow.

Quirky Facts, Hands in Gloves, Goalkeeping Debuts, Goalscoring Goalkeepers

22 September 2018
Dutch goalkeeper Jan van Beveren was the popular choice following a recent shout-out on Twitter asking for suggestions on who should be the next goalkeeper to join the list of Goalkeeping Greats and is the main attraction of the latest update. The "election" theme continues with two goalkeepers who have taken political stands in their respective countries plus a couple of keepers who found themselves on the wrong side of the law.

Goalkeeping Greats, I Fought the Law, Politically Speaking

1 September 2018
Former Chelsea, Coventry City and Liverpool striker David Speedie is one of four outfield players who were forced to don the goalkeepers and takeover between the sticks in the latest site update. Elsewhere, you'll find the sorry tale of the teenage goalkeeper who was forced to call time on his career after he fell out of a tree trying to rescue his neighbour's cat and the keeper who managed to fracture his finger fist-pumping while celebrating a goal. There's also some more goalies that excelled in other sports, the Zimbabwean custodian who swapped his gloves for a guitar and some additional soundbites from the great and the good of the game!

Quirky Facts, Quirky Injuries, Emergency Measures, Words of Wisdom

19 August 2018
The day England's Ernie Williamson took to the field in a hooped shirt in Sweden and US Olympian Mary Harvey's number two shirt both feature in a late Summer update, together with some more debuts, both good and bad. There's also a couple of South American goalkeepers with differing political leanings and some more goalkeeping families, including the two brothers who faced each other when Stranraer met Clyde in a Scottish League Cup clash.

Getting Shirty, Goalkeeping Debuts, Getting Personal, Politically Speaking

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

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