Goalkeepers are meant to keep the ball out of the net, save the team by not out-conceding the opponents. Most of the time, they are deprived the praise and adulations worthy of their heroics in between the sticks, especially in a striker centric fanbase.
The goal scorers are the most recognized and adored for their performances in front of goals and the Midfielders in the middle of the park. However, recently, Goalkeepers have earned accolades for their abilities and performances especially with their style evolving into more of use their legs.
With that been said, there has been instances of net-minders becoming net-busters as Goalkeepers move up the pitch in a last ditch attempt to help the team in another dimension.
The Six Goalkeepers To Have Scored a Premier League Goal
One of the few who have easily developed and adapted into the demands of modern Goalkeepers to use their feet more and be sweeper-keepers is Alisson Becker who is in the same league of Manuel Neuer.
The Brazilian and Liverpool goalkeeper Allison Becker became just the sixth goalkeeper who have been a hero at both ends of the pitch, saving and scoring goals in the Premier League with his late winner against West Brom at the weekend.
However, asides Allison, Five other goalkeepers have scored in the history of the Premier League, today we take a look at the Net-busting Net-minders in the Premier League.
◎ Peter Schmeichel
Aston Villa (vs Everton)
Date: October 2001
The Manchester United legend was a beast of a goalkeeper during his days and he managed to add one of the best goals scored by a goalkeeper in the Premier League to his CV.
Villa were trailing at the Villa park against Everton 3-1 when Peter Schmeichel went far into the opposition box for a corner kick and a smashed in a volley which came off the post in a 3-2 loss against Everton at the villa park in October 2001.
◎ Brad Friedel
Blackburn (vs Charlton)
Date: February 2004
Here is a goalkeeper who did not score from long range but took the courage to go as far as the opposition box and poking the ball from a scrambled shot from a corner kick.
Brad Friedel is known for his brilliance with his goalkeeping skills, however he also showed that he can be a good fox-in-the-box striker with his goal in Blackburn’s 3-2 loss to Charlton in February 2004.
he thought he had snatched a point for Blackburn Rovers with his 89th minute goal but maybe if he had been more concerned about his goalkeeping duties other than scoring, the Rovers wouldn’t have conceded three.
◎ Paul Robinson
Spurs (vs Watford)
Date: March 2007
Goalkeepers can score from a free kick but this is no Jose Chilavert but Paul Robinson did score from a long-range free-kick against Watford in Tottenham’s 3-1 win in 2007.
The intention of the English goalkeeper was not to score a direct free-kick from just close to his own box but as luck would have it the ball hit the surface of the pitch once in the opposition box and flew over the Watford goalkeeper to give Paul Robinson is one and only goal in the Premier League.
◎ Tim Howard
Everton (vs Bolton)
Date: January 2012
Sometimes you need not just only energy and talent to score a goal or even win a football game, mother luck and mother nature can also be very crucial in getting a goal.
Tim Howard is a testament to this fact after he was truly fortunate to have scored in a Premier League game at the Goodison Park against Bolton in 2012.
The goalkeeper hit a back pass very long and it bounced on the pitch just once before going past the Bolton goalkeeper into the back of the net in the defense of the Bolton’s goalkeeper Adam Bogdan, it was windy on the match day and so maybe Tim Howard got a bit of help from the wind.
Sadly, luck was not on Everton’s side as they lost 1-2 to the visitors.
◎ Asmir Begović
Stoke (vs Southampton)
Date: November 2013
Ever wondered if a goal can be scored at the other end from right inside your own box, well the answer can be gotten from November 2013 when Stoke City hosted Southampton.
Goalkeeper Asmir Begovic scored the longest goal in the Premier League history after his kick from a back pass inside his box ended in the opposition net after landing just twice over the length of the pitch and over Saints goalkeeper Arthur Boric.
The goal is not only the longest in football history but also one of the fastest goal in the Premier League as it came just 30 seconds into the game. Sadly, the Potters didn’t hold on to get all three points.
◉ Alisson Becker
Liverpool (vs West Brom)
Date: May 2021
Coming 8 years after the last goal from a goalkeeper in the Premier League, the Brazilian goalkeeper scored arguably the most important of all the goals on the list as the goal came in the final minute of the game against relegated West Brom.
Liverpool continued to fight for a place in next season’s UEFA Champions League, but the Reds had fallen behind to a Hal Robson-Keanu’s early goal.
Mohamed Salah equalized for the Reds in the first half but Allison’s goal was a perfectly placed header after he got high into the West Bromwich box and scored the winner that may just be the launch pad for Jurgen Klopp’s side to make the top four at the end of the season.