Goalie goals: Six keepers who scored
Morecambe goalkeeper Barry Roche joined an exclusive club on Tuesday when his 94th-minute equaliser salvaged a point for his side against Portsmouth.
The keeper can now count himself among the likes of Peter Schmeichel and Pat Jennings as goalies who have got onto the score sheet. Do you remember these unlikely scorers?
The evergreen Northern Irish keeper got his big moment playing for Spurs in the 1967 Charity Shield match against Manchester United. His long hoof downfield just kept going and going before bouncing over the head of United keeper Alex Stepney. Ironically, Stepney was himself no slouch in the goalscoring stakes - incredibly in United disastrous relegation season in the early 1970s he was joint top scorer at Christmas, thanks to two penalties he tucked away.
England’s most-capped goalkeeper got on the score sheet early in his career - in a match against Southampton. Playing for Leicester City at The Dell in October 1967, he netted direct from a clearance at the opposite end of the pitch. Southampton goalkeeper Campbell Forsyth misjudged Shilton’s long punt upfield in a match to forget for Saints - they lost 5-1.
Manchester United were usually winning rather than losing towards the end of games, but when defeat loomed, Schmeichel loved to cause havoc in the opposition’s area, racing into the attack at corner kicks. But his spectacular goal for United in a 1995 UEFA Cup match against Rotor Volgograd was in vain - the Red Devils were eliminated from the tournament on the away goals rule.
Begovic’s goal was the quickest ever scored by a keeper (13 seconds into the match) and the longest ‘shot’ (97.5 yards) but, just like Shilton’s moment of magic, it was scored against Southampton. Begovic’s 2013 effort for Stoke City earned him a place in the 2015 Guinness World Records for the ‘longest goal scored in football’.
Arguably the most dramatic ever. Glass gained his moment of fame in May 1999. His team, Carlisle United, needed to beat Plymouth Argyle to avoid relegation from the Football League. With the score at 1–1 and just ten seconds remaining, Glass raced upfield to volley home from a corner. Carlisle got the win they needed and instead Scarborough were relegated to the Football Conference.
Surprisingly, the normally-effusive Howard didn’t do much celebrating when he scored with a long kick against Bolton in 2012. He explained afterwards that he knew how cruel it felt on the opposing keeper, having been on the wrong end of a ‘goalie’s goal’ playing for Manchester United reserves in 2005.
* The record number of career goals scored by a keeper is an incredible 131 by Brazilian Rogério Ceni, Mind you, he was a bit of a dab hand at penalties and free kicks.