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GOALKEEPERS

In total 118 players (excluding Fred Jones and Jack Bryan who were stand-in outfield players) have started a Football League game for us in goal whilst two others have made an appearance as a substitute but never started a game.

A total of 17 players only played one game in goal and they met with varying fortunes from Joseph Dixon and Ray Bell who kept a clean sheet to John Hart, John Hammond, Pat Jeavons and Simon Brown who all conceded five and poor Brian Burden whose one appearance saw us lose 7-0 at Leeds United in April 1961, our last away game to date in the top half of the Football League.

The two who appeared as a substitute without starting a game were Matthew Ghent who replaced Alan Marriott at Carlisle United on December 2nd 2000 (Ghent did start an FA Cup tie the following week) and Darren Horrigan who also replaced Marriott at half-time in the home game with Southend United on March 16th 2002. Both replacements kept clean sheets.

In total, 53 'keepers have played less than 10 Football League games for us whilst to date only 10 have kept goal in more than 100 League games.

Those 10 are as follows:

Player's Name

Apps

GC

CS

Alan Marriott

351

414

106

Dan McPhail

309

446

97

John Kennedy

251

329

76

Peter Grotier

233

302

67

David Felgate

198

197

72

Mitchell Downie

157

281

27

Alfred Webb

131

166

55

Barry Richardson

131

179

32

Tommy Fern

127

213

37

Jack Kendall

117

151

31

* GC - Goals Conceded ; CS - Clean Sheets

Of the 'keepers who have played more than 10 League games only Eric McManus (13 goals conceded in 21 games at an average of one goal every 145.38 minutes) and Ian Bowling (58 goals conceded in 59 games at an average of one goal every 91.55 minutes) have a better record than David Felgate's one goal every 90.21 minutes. On average we have let a goal in every 70 minutes in Football League games.

The worst records of those who have played 10 or more League games belong to Evan Roberts (70 goals in 23 games at an average of one every 29.43 minutes), who was our 'keeper in the 11-3 record defeat at Manchester City on March 23rd 1895 and Charles Blakey who let in 80 goals in 30 games, one every 33.75 minutes.

A total of 34 'keepers, meanwhile, have failed to keep at least one Football League clean sheet - the following are the only ones to have played more than five matches, though:

Player's Name

Apps

Goals

Colin Treharne

20

41

W Tice

10

23

Ben Smith

9

15

Elliott Parrish

9

23

Wainwright Shaw

8

26

John Mann

8

27

Richardson Shaw

7

14

Reuben Chambers

7

21

Although no player has yet to score for the Imps in the Football League whilst playing in goal, Peter Grotier got his name on the scoresheet on three occasions in Lincolnshire Senior Cup matches. Grotier scored penalties against Grimsby Town and Scunthorpe United in 1976/77 whilst he was also on target the following season in a 1-1 draw with Scunthorpe.

The most goalkeepers featuring in the League during the same season for City has been four, which has occurred on eight occasions. The most recent of these came in 2000/01 when Alan Marriott (30 apps), Chris Day (14), Tony Bullock (two) and Matthew Ghent (one as sub), donned the keeper's jersey. The last time four different players started the same season was in 1985/86 - the quartet being Stuart Naylor (20 apps), Trevor Swinburne (18), Dean Greygoose (six) and Alan Judge (two).

Finally, Steve Sherwood was the first substitute goalkeeper to be used when he replaced the injured Andy Leaning in a 1-0 win at Wigan Athletic on April 1st 1995.

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