Is there anything better in football than a goalkeeper scoring?
With the possible exception of an outfield player going in goal - which is always *very* fun - the answer is obviously no.
There tends to be two different types of goalkeeper goals. The first is when a ‘keeper goes up late for a set-piece when their team is desperately chasing a goal. The second is when they don’t actually mean to score. They simply clear the ball downfield and it ends up going in.
Do you know how many times a goalkeeper has scored a goal during the Premier League era?
If you knew the answer was five then congratulations. Now let’s take a look at the five goals and see what happened afterwards…
Peter Schmeichel (Aston Villa) v Everton | October 20, 2001
It was fitting that Peter Schmeichel, one of the greatest goalkeepers ever, became the first ‘keeper of the Premier League era to get himself on the scoresheet.
The big Dane slammed home a volley at the back post to notch the ninth(!) goal of career.
Schmeichel had previously scored six goals for Hvidovre and another two for Brondby. He also scored for Manchester United in a UEFA Cup match against Rotor Volgograd in 1995.
Despite Schmeichel’s 90th-minute goal, Villa still suffered a 3-2 defeat at Goodison Park.
Brad Friedel (Blackburn) v Charlton | February 21, 2004
This was one of the craziest ends to a Premier League fixture we’ve ever seen.
Brad Friedel thought he’d earned a point for Blackburn by making it 2-2 with a close-range tap-in in stoppage time.
However, Claus Jensen then struck moments later to win the game for the Addicks, sending the home fans at The Valley into raptures and leaving Friedel on the ground with his head in his hands. Pure drama!
Paul Robinson (Tottenham) v Watford | March 17, 2007
Paul Robinson became the third ‘keeper to score a Premier League goal in March 2007.
The England international slammed a free-kick up the pitch and watched on in amazement as the ball bounced over Ben Foster and into the back of the net.
Robinson’s fortuitous second-half goal put Spurs 2-1 up. The north London outfit made sure of the three points thanks to Hossam Ghaly’s 85th-minute strike.
Tim Howard (Everton) v Bolton | January 4, 2012
You have to love Tim Howard’s reaction here.
Despite scoring for the first and only time in his career - thanks largely to the windy conditions - the American immediately felt sorry for his Bolton counterpart Adam Bogdan.
"I'm disappointed from a goalkeeper's standpoint and you never want to see that happen,” he told reporters after the match. "It's ugly, not very nice and can be embarrassing."
Howard’s goal, however, was not enough to earn Everton so much as a point. Goals from David Ngog and Gary Cahill earned Bolton a 2-1 win.
Asmir Begovic (Stoke) v Southampton | November 2, 2013
This is a remarkable goal for a couple of reasons.
First of all, the sheer distance of the kick. Asmir Begovic was just outside his six-yard box when he kicked the ball downfield. The official distance was 91.9m (301ft 6in), which earned the Bosnian a place in the record books.
Yep, Begovic holds the Guinness World Record for scoring the longest goal in competitive football.
Jay Rodriguez’s goal shortly before half-time, though, ensured Southampton left the windswept Britannia Stadium with a deserved point.
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