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  • DEREK W DEREK W Feb 6, 2009 17:34 Flag

    best goalkeepers ever?

    i don't agree ....having seen most of them i think pat jennings should be no.1

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    • Not blonde, despite the Robbie Keane confliction of opinion I reckon you and most can't wait to see him out there with a white shirt on.
      And I've still got this fate instigated feeling that the winner will come from him.

    • Have to agree Essex. Shilton was good but not that good - I think he only remained England goalie for so long because there wasn't anyone else good enough to oust him from between the sticks.

      Dino Zoff was a great goalie for Italy and their captain too. Glad to see Schmeichel up there in the top 3 - despite the fact that he played for Manure he was a top-class stopper and very personable too.

      However, I reckon they've got it right with Gordon Banks at No 1. Even Pele acknowledged him as the best in the world. Apparently he had a brilliant memory and would be able to recall how a certain player would take their penalty - it helped him save more than most goalies. I have this picture in my mind of him mentally flipping through a book until he got to the right page so he was fully prepared :-)

    • Totally agree.
      I saw him come for a corner, catch the ball above his head with one hand and bring it down behind his back - all while under pressure. Brilliant keeper.

      When you look back, we've had some absolultely brilliant players at the Lane..and some of the current bunch have the talent to be counted if they live up to their potential.

      • 1 Reply to Jlock
      • Too true, Pat is a legend.

        Who can forget the 2 penalty saves in the same match at Anfield (and his out of character response after saving the second one!).

        I also remember seeing him play against Wolves at "the Lane" the season we went down. The Wolves players were shaking their heads in disbelief as Pat pulled off one world class save after the other.

        Even when he went to the "other club" he used to get a wonderful response from the Spurs faithful (and it took us years to score a goal against him).

        All that and a kind, quiet gentleman to boot!

    • With hands the size of Pat's he had an unfair advantage. Used to love the way he would sometimes catch the ball in one hand when the time was right.
      Of them all though, for me. The guy who always seemed to be at ease and had the great gift of perception just had to be Gordon Banks. The most difficult of saves he seemed to reduce to par for the course.