In the past 13 years, roughly 0.38 goals per year have been scored by goalkeepers in the Premier League. So when a goalkeeper does score, it’s such a rare treat that it’s something you want to embrace and watch over and over again.
Only five goalkeepers are in the folklore of Premier League keepers who have scored in England’s top flight. Here are the five goals from 2001-2013:
After having a mightily successful career at Manchester United, epitomized by the unforgettable 1999 treble, Peter Schmeichel was back in England, after a spell at Portuguese club Sporting CP, when he signed for Aston Villa.
In 2001, he befittingly became the first goalkeeper to score a goal in the English Premier League against Everton. However his record breaking feat was not enough against the Toffees, as Villa went down 3-2 at Goodison Park.
His goal, deep into injury time capped a personal milestone, further etching his name into the echelons of the English Premier League.
However, Schmeichel did leave Manchester on a sour note, having played for United’s city rivals before hanging up his boots, and even managed to muster a clean sheet against his former employees — an action that definitely left a sour taste in the mouths of many United supporters.
The game was as tense as it could get, with Blackburn trailing 2-1 against Charlton in stoppage time back in 2004. Having won a corner, as had become the norm, even the goalkeeper joined in on the last action. Nine Blackburn players flooded the opposition’s penalty area in the hope of salvaging a draw. It was an unlikely source that came to the rescue. Brett Emerton’s corner ended up at the feet of Paul Gallagher, who sent the ball back into the crowded penalty area, and goalkeeper Brad Friedel reacted first to the ball, unleashing a vicious left-footer into the net, much to the merriment of his colleagues and fans alike.
The delighted American had surely rescued a point for his side — at least that was what he thought, only to let in an even later goal from Claus Jensen’s effort. Poor Brad was left licking his wounds, after having gone from hero to villain almost instantly.
We had all grown accustomed to the mammoth kicks by the England international. However, even with such knowledge having resided in our sub-conscious, no one was prepared for his magnificent punt back that led to a goal back in his Tottenham days.
In 2007 at White Hart Lane, Paul Robinson made a mockery of Watford with his uncalculated yet perfectly executed goal against his then English nemesis Ben Foster, who had taken away the number one jersey from him in England’s game against Spain.
Robinson launched the ball forward in a typical goalkeeper style, all the way into the opposition’s penalty area. Then, jaws dropped as the ball took an unexpectedly high bounce that deceived young Ben, bouncing over the Manchester United loaned keeper and settling innocently into the net. Wowzer!
The American international, playing in a windy Merseyside encounter against Bolton in 2012, was yet another goalkeeper to have produced what seemed unthinkable — mostly due to the fact it was unintended. With the score at 0-0, what seemed like a routine clearance 92 yards away from the Bolton goal turned catastrophic for the Trotters when a gust of wind made the ball travel faster than anticipated, and was helped by an enormous bounce. The ball looped over Adam Bogdan and went into an empty net.
Howard was left bemused by the goal, as too was Bogdan — albeit for different reasons. While Howard refused to celebrate, after being on the receiving end of a similar goal years back, Bogdan was left scratching his head, bemused by the sudden gust of winds that left him red faced, despite the cold temperatures.
After the game, much to the consolation of Bogdan, Howard said, “Defenders were missing clearances that normally they would put up the field.”
‘I let [Bogdan] know that I was feeling for him. It’s not a nice place to be. I’ve been there before, a long, long time ago, and that was why I didn’t celebrate.”
In a befitting twist of fate, Everton surrendered their lead, ultimately losing 2-1 at the final whistle.
Perhaps none came as surprising to the league as goalkeeper Asmir Begovic’s goal for Stoke City against Southampton, who scored 13 seconds into the match. Begovic’s long kick forward — approximated at 97.5 yards — cleared the Southampton defense, before devilishly bouncing over Artur Boruc for the opener.
With the aid of strong winds, Begovic, who ironically made his debut in England playing for Portsmouth, punted a long ball forward from his own penalty area. The ball looked destined to be ably collected by Boruc, but took a bounce that caught him off guard, before landing in the net.
And as was the case for Tim Howard, both keepers looked bemused at the series of events that led to that freak goal.
However, Southampton leveled through Jay Rodriguez to salvage a point for the red faced and red home jersey Saints.