12 hilarious times outfielders went in goal (including the chairman's son)
Cosmin Moti (Ludogrets Razgrad vs Steaua Bucharest, 2014)
Defender Moti scored one and saved two shootout penalties as Bulgarian 'minnows' Ludogorets made the Champions League group stage by beating 1986 champions Steaua Bucharest.
The Romanian was forced to take the gloves when keeper Vladislav Stoyanov was sent off two minutes from the end of extra-time, after bringing down Fernando Varela. “They didn’t know what I was going to do because I didn’t know what I was going to do,” said Moti.
Sure enough, adulation followed. Team owner Kiril Domuschiev promised to name a stand at the club's new stadium in Moti's honour, while local restaurants started naming dishes after him.
Lucas Radebe (Manchester United vs Leeds, 1996)
Known as 'The Chief' in his native Johannesburg, Radebe started his career in goal for the ICL Birds. This came in handy for the Premier League clash at Old Trafford in April 1996 that was notorious for the beginning of the Fergie-Keegan mind games. John Lukic had been dropped from Leeds' squad after six defeats in seven matches, so when Mark Beeney was sent off for handling outside the area after 17 minutes, Radebe was summoned from central defence.
He'd done it only a month earlier against Middlesbrough and excelled here too, repelling efforts by Andy Cole, Brian McClair and Ryan Giggs. Only Roy Keane managed to get one past him. Post-match, Fergie bellowed: "I can't understand Leeds United. Their manager doesn't deserve to have his players playing like that only when they come to Manchester United.”
Manchester United fans applauded the ex-Kaizer Chiefs stopper off the pitch. “Quite something for a Leeds player!” he reflected with FFT later. "I made two great saves."
Kevin Keegan’s infamous rant soon followed….
Harry Kane (Tottenham vs Asteras Tripoli)
Where to even begin with this game? Tottenham won 5-1 on an evening stroll at White Hart Lane, with Kane smacking a hat-trick and Erik Lamela stealing the show with his glorious rabona goal.
But then something weird happened. Hugo Lloris was shown his marching orders in the 87th minute, and with no subs left, Kane took the Frenchman’s place in goal. But he shouldn’t have bothered: his first act was to let Jeronimo Barrales's feeble free-kick squirm under his body and in.
Maybe let Jan Vertonghen do it next time, Harry.
Steve Lynex and Andy Young (Leicester vs Shrewsbury, 1982)
In the days before substitute goalkeepers, Leicester’s No.1 Mark Wallington was taken off midway through the first half of this FA Cup quarter-final after a savaging by Shrewsbury legend Chic Bates. "Mark had a huge hole in his thigh from that and it was amazing Chic wasn't sent off,” said centre-forward Alan Young, who took over green jersey duties. “Mark tried to limp on but we conceded two goals as he couldn't move.”
Young was then knocked unconscious early in the second half after a collision with Bernard McNally. Enter Steve Lynex, a right-winger who looked like the second coming of Frank Worthington.
Young eventually came back on an as an outfield player and Foxes manager Jock Wallace put him back in goal (still with us?), while Lynex returned to the right wing. Leicester ran away with it 5-2 and celebrated the 30th anniversary of the game in 2012 with many of the alumni.
Gary Plumley (Watford vs Tottenham, 1987)
Graham Taylor’s Watford were dealt a double blow when moustachioed custodians Tony Coton and Steve Sherwood were both declared unfit before the FA Cup semi-final against Tottenham at Villa Park in 1987. An 18-year-old David James was deemed too young so it was Gary Plumley, the chief executive’s son and Welsh wine-bar owner, who got the nod.
Plumley had only played once as an emergency keeper for Ebbw Vale in the previous two years. He was beaten three times in the first half-hour as Clive Allen continued his scoring rampage. After the 4-1 loss, Plumley immediately drove back to the bar in Newport where his first customers were a pair of Spurs fans who insisted on buying him a drink.
He did get renumerated by the Hornets. "They sent me a cheque and we went straight out and bought a fridge with it. It still works. We call it the Watford fridge." Cool!
Barry Richardson (Wycombe vs Plymouth, 2016)
Funnily enough, Richardson wasn't expecting to don the gloves in a Football League match at the age of 46.
"You don't think it's going to happen, but you just prepare yourself," he said. "If I'd gone out there and had an absolute stinker, it's not going to bother me. I'm 46, my career's done."
Luckily for him, though, he didn't: in fact, Richardson kept a clean sheet in Wycombe's 1-0 win after replacing the injured Alex Lynch 15 minutes into the game. The Chairboys were already 1-0 up but Richardson helped keep it that way, in what was his first game in over a decade.
"In an ideal world we'd have a couple of young development goalkeepers, but when I first came in the gaffer said to me 'will you sit on the bench?'... which I've done at most clubs when needed," he chirped.
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