Top Ten Goals By Goalkeepers
Goals scored by those paid to stop them are a relatively rare thing, indeed since the inception of the Premier League in 1992, it's happened just three times in a league game, however it's occurred often enough away from the English Prem to warrant a top ten.
10: Brad Friedel (For Blackburn at Charlton): 21 Feb 2004: With his side losing 2-1 and the game into stoppage time, the American keeper came up for a corner and remarkably he tapped in Paul Gallagher's cross. The sting in the tail came almost straight from the restart as Charlton went up the other end and won it 3-2 as Claus Jensen netted past Friedel to win it for Charlton!
9: Jose Luiz Chilavert (For Velez Sarsfield v Ferro Carril Oeste): 1999: The Paraguayan is arguably the best known scoring keeper but to date he remains the only goalkeeper to score a hat trick in a competitive game as he netted three penalties in an Argentine league match. He's credited with scoring an amazing 62 goals during his career!
8: Peter Schmeichel (For Man United at home to Rotor Volgograd): 1995: With United losing 2-1 at Old Trafford, the Great Dane ventured up in the late stages to head home a Ryan Giggs corner. The ball was cleared away before it hit the net but was ruled over the line and therefore counted. United went out of the UEFA Cup on away goals rule despite the equaliser. Schmeichel was also the first keeper to score in the Premier League when he netted for Aston Villa at Everton in 2001. He actually scored an amazing 13 goals in his career.
7: Mart Poom (For Sunderland at Derby): 20 September 2003: With the score goalless, Derby netted a late goal through Ian Taylor in a Division One game, however Sunderland earned a corner from the restart and Estonian keeper Poom thumped in a header from Sean Thornton's corner to equalise! Amazingly Poom had left Derby to join Sunderland at the start of the season!
6: Paul Robinson (For Spurs at home to Watford): 17th March 2007: With his side already 1-0 up, Robinson took a free kick from deep inside his own half with was overhit and subsequently bounced over opposite number Ben Foster and into the net to become the third keeper to score in the Premier League! Spurs eventually won 3-1. Robinson had scored before as he headed a last minute equaliser for Leeds United against Swindon in the league cup in September 2004.
5: Pat Jennings (For Spurs at Man United): 1967 Charity Shield: The daddy of them all as huge Irishman Pat Jennings launched a drop kick from his own area to bounce over United counterpart Alex Stepney. The game ended 3-3. If you listen to the commentator, he seems unsure as to whether the goal is actually legal! I believe this is one of the first goals from goalkeepers caught on film although somewhat ironically the only clip I can find is silent and has no commentary!
4: Alex Stepney (Man United) 1973-74: This was the season which ended with Man United being relegated and in the early stages of the campaign, Stepney netted two penalties for the club at home to Leicester in September and then Birmingham a month later. United's start was so dismal that goalkeeper Stepney remained joint leading scorer for the club that season until December 29th - half way through the season! How times have changed.
3: Sinan Bolat: (For Standard Liege against AZ Alkmaar - Champions League): 9th December 2009: With his team losing 1-0 and into the fifth minute of stoppage time, the Turkish born keeper headed in a free kick to level matters and send Liege into third place - and the Europa League - at the expense of Alkmaar. The night before another keeper, Hans Jorg Butt, had scored a penalty for Bayern Munich against Juventus, also in the Champions League. To date, Butt had netted three goals in the Champions League.
2. Tony Roberts (For Dagenham & Redbridge v Basingstoke): FA Cup 4th Qualifying Round. October 2001: Welsh international Roberts had league experience with QPR and Millwall but possibly his highlight came in stoppage time of a qualifying game for the first round proper of the FA Cup. With his team 2-1 down, Roberts netted deep into injury time to send the game to a replay which they won 3-0. They went on to beat Southport and Exeter before losing 4-1 to top flight Ipswich in the third round proper.
1: Jimmy Glass (For Carlisle against Plymouth(: 1999: Certainly not the best goal ever scored by a stopper, but arguably the most important. Carlisle had to win to remain in the league and within seconds to go, they were only drawing 1-1 having earlier gone behind. Deep into the four minutes of stoppage time, Glass went up for a corner and after an initial header had been saved, Glass thumped in a first time shot to send the crowd absolutely mad! Amazing scenes followed as the fans invaded the pitch in total delight! Scarborough were relegated instead, despite celebrating ahead of time as their game had ended shortly before Glass netted.
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