When goalkeepers take matters into their own hands… or feet?
There are few things more exhilarating in football than watching a goalkeeper sprint over the halfway line in injury time to join his team's last attack. Goalie goals are rare and wondrous things. Here at Icons we have been digging through the archives to bring you five of the best. Click on the names to watch the goals!
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During the 1967 Charity Shield against Manchester United, Spurs' stopper Jennings became the first goalkeeper to score a goal in a televised match in England. Ball in hand in his own six yard box, the Northern Ireland international nonchalantly launched an enormous punt upfield. The ball bounced in front of his opposite number Alex Stepney, over his head and into the net. Cue some oddly subdued celebrations from the Spurs players.
In injury time of their 2006/07 last-16 UEFA Cup tie against Shakhtar Donetsk, Spanish side Sevilla were in desperate need of a goal. With time slowly ticking away, the wonderfully named Andres Palop joined the attack for a last-ditch corner and sent Sevilla fans (and the commentators) bonkers with a header into the corner of the net. The Andalusians went on to win the trophy that year, with Palop the hero again, saving three penalties in the shoot-out in the final against RCD Espanyol.
Jimmy Glass (1.30 for the goal)
Carlisle United v Plymouth Argyle in 1999 was not a game expected to live long in the memory of football fans, but Carlisle's on-loan goalkeeper Jimmy Glass (pictured above) had other ideas. With just 10 seconds remaining and relegation to the Conference looming, Glass, playing his last game for the club, swept a loose ball home to keep Carlisle in the Football League, sending poor old Scarborough down in their place. Fantastic drama.
We have no idea who on earth this man is, but Leo Messi would be proud of this goal.
And finally... Jose Chilavert
You can't talk about goalie goals without a mention of Paraguay's goalkeeping goal-machine Jose Chilavert. This opportunist effort from inside his own half is one of his finest. Our Managing Director, Dan, met the man himself in Buenos Aires recently; here he is looking slightly larger than you may remember him...
(He's the one on the right)