Goalkeepers Are Different

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Goalkeepers Are Different

Recent Updates

13 January 2018
To celebrate the New Year, there's a new(ish) section honouring all those outfield players who have become honorary members of the Goalkeepers' Union down the years by volunteering to take over from their injured colleagues between the sticks. These modern-day heroes have been languishing in the shadows of the many Goalscoring Goalkeepers who have been added to the site since launching back in 1999 and we thought it was about time they enjoyed some of the limelight...

Emergency Measures

30 December 2017
The last update of 2017 celebrates Gordon Banks' 80th Birthday with a collection of quotes about the goalkeeper plus the story of how his career took off after the regular custodian of amateur side Millspaugh failed to turn up for a game. There's also some classic pearls of wisdom from David James and Dean Gerken, some further debuts of the good, bad and quirky variety plus the West German goalkeeper who turned his hand to acting, appearing in a 1981 comedy feature film in his home country.

Quirky Facts, Goalkeeping Debuts, Words of Wisdom

24 December 2017
A Christmas Eve update that features none other than former Olympic Gold medalist Robin Cousins, whose dad was pretty useful between the sticks, plus a couple of keepers who decided that a career preventing crime was a better option than one stopping goals and some more goalscoring goalkeepers. There is also the tale of the Derby County goalie who decided not to stick to his principles and opposed the demands of the Nazis during a pre-Second World tour of Germany.

Goalscoring Goalkeepers, Getting Personal, I Fought the Law, Politically Speaking

9 December 2017
Gianluigi Buffon secured his fifth Goalkeeper of the Year title last week and to celebrate, there's another update, featuring a number of goalkeepers who proved to be talented in other fields, including the keeper who served and volleyed his way to the Wimbledon championships and the custodian who went on to umpire cricket games, plus some forgettable debuts and another collection of goalscoring goalkeepers. There's also a few pearls of goalkeeping-releated wisdom to mull over...

Quirky Facts, Goalkeeping Debuts, Goalscoring Goalkeepers, Words of Wisdom

25 November 2017
An overdue update that features a number of good, bad and quirky debuts including the goalkeeper that made his international debut not once but twice and the Motherwell custodian who was forced to play outfield and found the net not once but twice. There's also a collection of quirky middle games and families where football was clearly in the blood. Finally, there's the story of the two Turkish goalkeepers who were arrested for using a banned mobile phone app. And no, it wasn't Flappy Bird.

Goalkeeping Debuts, Goalscoring Goalkeepers, Getting Personal, I Fought the Law

22 October 2017
Having kept a clean sheet for Tottenham Hotspur in an FA Cup tie against Manchester United, midfielder Glenn Hoddle could have found himself back in goal only this time for England at the 1982 World Cup finals if fate had had its way - find out why in the latest update that also features David Platt's first appearance in an Arsenal jersey, the Celtic keeper bitten by a dog and the unforuntate Kenny Allen, who had a painful encounter with an old aged pensioner.

Getting Shirty, Goalkeeping Debuts, Quirky Injuries

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...

"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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