Monthly Archives: August 2012

Wanted: Urgent need U13 Goalkeeper for the up-coming season.


 There is an Urgently need for an U13 Goalkeeper for the up-coming season.

St John’s Colts U13

An Under 13’s boys team promoted to Division 1 Mercian League (Worcester, UK)

Training is on Wednesday evenings at the University of Worcester and matches are played on Sunday afternoons.

So if you are looking to play at a good level, please contact:

David Broster, coach/manager on

The sparkling new season kicks off – So which Goalkeeper will shine?

A new season with new opportunities for Goalkeepers to cement their place in their clubs folklore, to show them self as the new star on the block or just try desperately to deal with all that is thrown at them…

So who do we have to watch this season? Who will we be most excited about and who will excel?

In the English Premier League, we will get chance to see those Goalkeepers again who impressed last season, through their impressive stats, such as Manchester City’s Joe Hart (Awards: and Spotlight: and Manchester United’s David De Gea (Awards: Will they impress again or for De Gea will he be pushed this time for his place in goal by the equally impressive Andres Lindegaard now that he is back from injury? 

Will Arsenal’s Worjciech Szczesny (Spotlight: put his Euro 2012 red card behind him and build on his stats last season to be the Goalkeeper that lives up to the potential Arsene Wenger believes he has to be one of the greatest Goalkeepers?

We have some new Goalkeepers to watch too, where through promotion from the Championship we see two exciting propositions, with equally impressive stats, Reading’s Adam Federici (Awards: and Spotlight: and Southampton’s Kelvin Davis (Awards and Spotlight: Can they continue their impressive form or is the Premiership too big a step up…?

West Ham also promoted lost England Goalkeeper Robert Green to QPR who felt that he has the potential they need to keep it clean at the back and help QPR avoid their dalliance with the drop zone this term… A great Goalkeeper indeed with the potential to be their saviour, however will they be too reliant on him and perhaps will he then be as busy as Wolverhampton Wanderer’s Wayne Henessey was last season if the QPR defence is not there to help him?

West Ham instead bring in a new Goalkeeper but one who is very experienced  in the Premiership, Jussi Jaaskelainen from relegated Bolton Wanderers to work once again with Sam Allardyce. Jussi’s stats were also impressive last term, before he was unfortunately out for the season through injury. However if he rediscovers this form, could he help Big Sam bring back a mean defence like that which they both experienced in the old days at Bolton Wanderers, to keep West Ham in the Premiership? A defensive record similar to that which Martin O’Neill can boast in his time in the premiership, that may also see Sunderland’s Simon Mignolet (Spotlight: shine?

We have already discussed QPR but what about second season syndrome for last terms other Premiership new boys, will the defensive records slip for Swansea’s penalty king Michel Vorm or Norwich’s England new boy John Ruddy?

Will it be these that I have mentioned or the other equally impressive Goalkeepers of Stoke City’s Asmir Begovic, Wigan Athletic’s Ali Al-Habsi or Newcastle United’s Tim Krul that shine?

Perhaps indeed it could be a more experienced Premiership Goalkeeping head that steals the lime light such as Tottenham’s Brad Friedel, Aston Villa’s Shay Given, Fulham’s Mark Schwarzer, Chelsea’s Petr Cech, West Bromwich Albion’s Ben Foster (Spotlight:, Liverpool’s Pepe Reina, or Everton’s Tim Howard, that stand out this season?

It’s early doors in the Premiership with a number of goals scored against some of our hopefuls, whilst some others are already impressing…  However with another 37 games to go I wonder who will stand out from the crowd (and for the right reasons!). Who ever it is, for now I think we should sit back and watch as we are most certainly all in for a treat of some tremendous displays of Goalkeeping – I can’t wait 😉

Lessons Learned: The difference in how a goalkeeper acts is dependent on the team you play in

A sunny Saturday afternoon in Scotland to watch my nephew’s team play a local friendly to hopefully see him score a goal or two ended up with me watching two different games of goalkeeping.

My nephews senior team were run ragged losing 15-0, with one Goalkeeper extremely busy and one called into action only about 3 times during the 90 minutes… Such a contrast in Goalkeeping reminded me of my daughters experiences as a Goalkeeper, previously playing as a Goalkeeper with little action to move to her new team to being run ragged like my nephew’s team…

At 10-0 down his Goalkeeper started to get despondent… Leaning on the goalpost… Showing clearly that he’d had enough. I would say that he was probably at fault for a third of the goals.

At 12-0 I saw him holding his head in his hands on the floor… Where as his opposite number looked on with his hands on hips, looking a little bored.

Lessons learned:
So would you rather have all the action and potentially concede a lot of goals so you get more chance to develop or no action and get bored?

The main reason the action was at this goal and why the score line was so big, in my opinion, was not all down to the Goalkeeper… Yes, he was at fault for some of the goals but mistakes do happen and if there wasn’t such a barrage of shots on goal maybe the mistakes would have been fewer… No, in this match the main reasons for this huge score line was down to tactics and formation.

Lessons learned:
Basically the point I was making with this article to young aspiring Goalkeepers is that Goalkeepers can have it tough, not just at Junior level, but Senior level too; and Goalkeepers should not feel that such a big score line is down to them. So do not beat yourself up or get so despondent (like the Goalkeeper mentioned here), as there are other factors to conceding goals not just your ability! So keep on trying and keep on goalkeeping 😉

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