An article for Goalkeeper Magazine about the origin of the goalkeeper in Victorian times, it also profiles some of the best Victorian keepers.
It’s difficult to imagine football without goalkeepers, but in football’s formative years the position didn’t exist. In the mid-19th century, before association football had been codified, there were numerous variations and sets of rules, but none of them accounted for a goalkeeper.
Read the story in issue 5 of Goalkeeper Magazine.
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