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.