Top 10: Goalscoring goalkeepers

When all hope is lost and you're down by a goal, anything goes - not least chucking your goalkeeper up for one last throw of the dice. And, as Dan Ross discovered after scurrying to the archives, there's plenty of success stories to behold. 

Hans-Jörg Butt

No relation to midfield minesweeper Nicky, German goalkeeper Butt scored one of the four Bayern Munich goals that kept Juventus out of the Champions League knockouts for the first time since the 2000/01 season.

The media went mad, but his superbly-struck penalty was nothing out of the ordinary. Butt has a fine penalty record, and has scored more than 30 goals in his career -“ 19 in an impressive four-year spell at Hamburg, including nine in one season.

In case you were wondering, that'™s as many goals as England striker Emile Heskey has managed in the last two years.

Hans-Jorg Butt

Sinan Bolat

Standard Liege stopper Sinan Bolat made himself a hero last week, and proved that, like buses, goalscoring goalies come in twos.

After Tuesday night saw Bayern'™s Butt fire one in from the spot, Bolat went one better.

Sinan Bolat

Losing to AZ Alkmaar in the fifth minute of stoppage-time, the Standard faithful had all but given up hope of a third-place finish and that Europa Cup parachute. But Bolat refused to admit defeat and arrowed a sublime header from a free-kick to level the game to send the Belgian outfit into the Europa League at the expense of their opponents.

He also showed the world how to celebrate a goal properly.

Rogerio Ceni

The king of goal-grabbing goalies, São Paulo's Rogério Ceni is officially recognised by FIFA as being the highest-scoring goalkeeper in the history of the game.

Rogerio Ceni

But unlike many fellow glory-seeking glove-botherers, he hasn't just collected easy goals from 12 yards. Ceni has an uncanny ability to put the ball in the back of the net from outside the box too, notching almost 50 strikes from free-kicks in a remarkable career -“ see this clipreel for evidence.

His combination of balding pate and leggings may not make him as marketable as Becks, but his dead-ball prowess makes him just as dangerous -“ and, to São Paolo fans, just as iconic.

Jose Chilavert

A legend on computer games and YouTube alike, the Paraguayan was a terrific shot-stopper and a terrifying dead-ball marksman.

Jose Chilavert

As he jogged up from his box to take a crucial free-kick, he struck fear into defences with an impressive aura (and terrifying pitbull mush).

He knocked in more than 60 goals in his career, and, like Sinon Bolat, revelled in the celebration of every one of them. Though Rogerio Ceni is top of the scoring keepers, Chilavert managed something Ceni could not by scoring for his country -“ eight in total, half of which ensured their qualification for the 2002 World Cup.

He was also the first goalkeeper in history to bag a hat-trick when he fired a treble past his Ferro Carril Oeste counterpart for Velez Sarsfield in 1999.

Pat Jennings

The 1967 Charity Shield was the birthplace of goalkeepers getting ideas above their station -“ because this was the game in which Spurs goalkeeper Pat Jennings scored against Manchester United.

Pat Jennings

The Northern Ireland international quite lazily hammered a giant clearance that flew past his unfortunate opposite number Alex Stepney. Note the total lack of celebration from Spurs players and low-level remonstrations from United.

Stepney was unfortunate not purely for the manner in which the goal was scored, but that the action was filmed by Match of the Day, and people like us still talk about it 40-odd-years on.

Any keeper in the 2003/04 season

There must have been something in the water six years ago -“ keepers couldn't stop scoring. Sort of.

Sunderland's Mart Poom bagged the first in September 2003 at the end of a Division One game between Sunderland and his former side Derby, heading in an equaliser with seconds to spare.

Four days later Leeds goalkeeper Paul Robinson scored a stunning last-minute header against Swindon Town in the Carling Cup. (He would later bag a famous 80-odd-yard free-kick for Spurs that bounced over the head of Watford's Ben Foster).

Not to be outdone, Blackburn's Brad Friedel grabbed a goal in a game at Charlton. With the match nearing injury time, the big American went up for a corner and duly equalised -“ alhough a spectacular goal from Claus Jensen moments later somewhat stole Big Brad'™s thunder.

Brad Friedel

Peter Schmeichel

The Great Dane netted an impressive 13 goals in his long and distinguished career, but by far his most famous strike was his equaliser for Manchester United against Rotor Volgograd in 1996.

Peter Schmeichel

On the cusp of elimination from the UEFA Cup, Schmeichel took matters into his own hands. Charging ominously up the field, he took his place in the box for a United corner. His presence in the Russian outfit'™s penalty area caused panic -“ and rightly so, as he proceeded to thump home a header to give some hope to his fans and shame his team-mates.

Unfortunately Big Pete's heroics were to be in vain, as United were still knocked out on away goals.

Scott Barrett

How about a goalkeeper'™s strike winning the league? Colchester stopper Scott Barrett basically did just that with a goal in injury time against Wycombe in 1992.

The match was level when a mammoth Barrett punt downfield took an equally mammoth bounce and ended up in the back of the Chairboys'™ net. Not only did that goal win the game, it also won them promotion to the Football League as Colchester went on to lift the Conference title. On goal difference. Over Wycombe. You couldn'™t make this stuff up...

Andres Palop

The keeper with the wonderfully onomatopoeic name wrote himself into Sevilla folklore with his performances in the 2006/07 UEFA Cup. With the Andalusians trailing in injury-time of a last-16 tie against Shakhtar Donetsk, something special was urgently needed.

Andres Palop

Up popped Palop to score a dramatic equaliser from a 94th-minute corner. The marking was shocking but the header flawless, and the commentary team brilliantly sum up the excitement buzzing around the ground as the game moved into extra-time.

The Rojiblancos won the tie 3-2 and eventually lifted the trophy. Palop played the hero again in the final, saving three penalties against Espanyol as his side became only the second team to successfully defend their title.

Jimmy Glass

Carlisle United vs Plymouth Argyle 1999: a match that will forever be remembered by football fans across the nation.

Jimmy Glass

With 10 seconds left, a corner is awarded. The two sides are drawing 1-1 in the last game of the season. An on-loan goalkeeper, playing his final game at his temporary club, shrugs his shoulders and jogs up to join the desperate attack.

A header is parried his way and he sweeps it into the net, preserving the Football League status of his club at the expense of Scarborough. One of the most dramatic goals ever scored - Roy of the Rovers stuff -“ and watching it years later, you still get goosebumps.

Especially if you support Scarborough.


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