Sending Off Goalkeepers: Not As Much Fun As It Used To Be


Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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13 Responses

  1. Steve says:

    The Chelsea/Reading game in October 2006 was a blast from the past, with Cech and Carlo Cudicini both hospitalised and John Terry ending up in goal, in some pretty chaotic scenes.

    It is funny how once an outfield goes in goal he forgets how to kick. I remember watching a non-league game several years ago where the ‘keeper had to go off, and the rest of the team were instructed that they would be fined for each time they passed back to the stand-in.

  2. Jamie says:

    Apparently Wayne Rooney fancies himself as a goal keeper so should this scenario ever (as if!) happen at Old Trafford don’t be surprised to see him take the jersey.

  3. ejh says:

    He could take it, but would it fit?

    I’m pretty sure I can remember an outfielder having to go in goal after Chelsea’s keeper was injured, when Oxford lost 2-1 at Stamford Bridge early in 1987/88. I’m also pretty sure I can remember him not having to make a save despite being in goal for a long time (most of the seond half?). Both sides went down at the end of the season and rightly so.

  4. Paul Blackwell says:

    What about the fun and games when Dean Windass went in goal for Oldham at Leicester last season to face a penalty after Greg Fleming(?) was sent off, Crossley was injured and Oldham had no substitute goalie on the bench. Windass promptly gurnered Fryatt (?) into blasting the kick wide.
    In Oldham’s history nobody compares with the legendary Bob Ledger who played in just about every position for the club – including emergency goalie.

  5. Martin Berry says:

    The thing about Shrewsbury’s 1982 Cup run we played against three different goalkeepers in the Third Round as well. Won 3-0 scoring against each one

  6. I don’t recall the exact circumstances but Rio Ferdinand stepped in at goal a few years back late in a match.

  7. Dave says:

    Stuff like this is why this blog is bloody marvellous. In between the excellent grasp of the politics and economics, there’s a magnificent empathy with football culture.

    What I always loved about the levelling down is that for as long as the stand-in keeper was playing, there was one guy on the pitch who you felt was no better at his job than your would be. You know as a fan you;re not as good at football as those you watch; except when this happens. And that’s a real special moment.

  8. JP says:

    @coachie ballgames
    I think you’re thinking of the game a few years ago between Man United and Tottenham at White Hart Lane. Edwin van der Sar went off injured after United had used all three subs. At first, Ferdinand grabbed the goalkeeper shirt, but instead it was decided that John O’Shea would go into goal. It ended up not being a big deal with United already up 4-0, but O’Shea did make a pretty good save on a charging shot from Robbie Keane.

  9. AR says:

    You are correct about John O’Shea’s goalkeeping moment but Ferdinand also went in goal a couple of season back during a FA Cup match against Portsmouth after Thomaz Kuszczak was sent off and all subs were used.

    Great article by the way.

  10. NottyImp says:

    In a protest against the then Board only allowing him 14 senior players in the squad, our one-time maanger Colin Murphy once played Stuart Naylor, a goal-keeper, as a striker in a league game. A strange kind of reversal to the article above, you might say.

  11. Albert Ross says:

    I recall a good few years ago John MacPhail being the emergency goalie for Hartlepool, and getting in the Team of the Week for the division in Shoot having denied the Brighton forwards for pretty much the whole game. He also played the second half of a home game later in the season and didn’t do so well – though he was still better than several of the alleged specialists that played for us in the late 80s….

    Maybe we should make it a rule that Keepers can only come on as subs for other keepers?

  12. Tim says:

    Jamie: As has been pointed out several times now, that situation has indeed happened to United first away to Spurs when Van Der Sar’s injury after they had used all their subs meant John O’Shea (who minutes earlier had replaced Ryan Giggs) had to play in goal and managed to keep a clean sheet despite a dodgy backpass from Ferdinand finding Robbie Keane.

    The following year against Portsmouth in the FA Cup, Van Der Sar again went off injured but his replacement Tomasz Kuszczak was sent off for bringing down Milan Baros and Rio Ferdinand took his place in goalbut could not save the resulting penalty.

    Your sarcastic mock-indignation looks a bit silly and ill-informed now, doesn’t it?

    As a side-note, I remember a City match in the early 90s when Niall Quinn replaced Tony Coton in goal after he’d been sent off and saved the resultant penalty from Dean Saunders.

  13. Stovies Jennings says:

    I don’t think Jamie said anything out of order. I actually found it quite interesting. This is an awesome subject, wish it happened more!

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