The most enigmatic of positions. Usually the maddest man in the squad. When he’s good he’s loved – think Pat Jennings, Sepp Maier, The Goalie, Peter Bonetti – hell, one of my earliest heroes was Felix the Brazil goalkeeper in the 1970 World Cup !
Buy this book – inside it’s laid out fantastically well with superb illustrations and has colour on every page.
As the subject matter is mostly English I know there’s not a lot of Rangers stuff in there – Jock Wallace goalie manager! young Chris Woods as the worst possible top trump card.
Author royalties are being donated to the Willow Foundation, Bob Wilson’s charity for seriously ill young adults.
The book sets out to capture the essence of what it means to be a goalkeeper, shining a light on the concerns and obsessions of everyone who has ever been a member of the Keepers’ Union. We’re talking:
•Exclusive interviews with legendary goalkeepers – memories, tips, stories, plus ‘My First Gloves’
•Games, toys and memorabilia – from Subbuteo and Striker to Tonka and Corinthians
•Features on all the top brands – adidas, uhlsport, reusch, Coffer, Sondico, Sells…
•Secret goalies, from Arthur Conan Doyle and Che Guevara to David Icke
•The evolution of goalkeeping shirts, gloves, boots, training and thinking
•Memories of goalkeeping summer schools
•Fictional, cartoon, stand-in and endorsement-friendly keepers
•The dawn of modern goalkeeping, coaching and development
•The greatest ever saves, quotations, superstitions, blunders and Kids in Kit
•Budgie – and whether Goalkeepers are Crazy, or just Different…
Available via publisher’s own website conkereditions.co.uk