One of the rarest sights in our Football League history
has been a goalkeeper being replaced, either through injury or
dismissal, by an outfield player and throughout the Club's
4376 Football League games only 10
occasions have been found of an outfield player having to take over
from the goalkeeper (this excludes occasions when a goalkeeper has
left the field for treatment but returned shortly afterwards).
In addition two recognised outfield players have played
the whole 90 minutes in goal whilst one goalkeeper has played as an
outfield player - namely Stuart
Naylor who played 90 minutes as centre forward at Newport
County in October 1982. We lost 1-0!
Our second League season in 1893/94
Jones play the first four games in goal. He then played two
games at right back before a final appearance in goal. The previous
season Jones had played full back for Small
Heath (now Birmingham City) in the Second Division and
represented Wales versus Scotland also at full back so goalkeeper
wasn't his normal position. He shared goalkeeping duties in the early
part of the season with W.
Tice who was a Lincoln based soldier and presumably not always
available for selection.
The following season saw John
Broadbent become the first Imps' keeper to leave the field with
a serious injury as he broke a small bone in his shoulder in only his
second match for us. The match was at Darwen
and the injury occurred after about 20 minutes' play with City losing
1-0. Centre half Joe Simpson, himself making his debut, took over and
we eventually lost the game 6-0.
New Year's Day 1895 saw our first goalkeeper to be sent
off when Evan
Roberts was dismissed for foul and abusive language near the end
of the game at Newcastle
United. Again it was the centre half who took over as Mick
Richardson went in goal and let one goal in as we lost 4-2.
Despite the rough treatment goalkeepers undoubtedly got
it wasn't until January 2nd 1922 that a non-specialist next found
himself between the posts. Jack
Bryan played the full 90 minutes in a 2-0
defeat at Durham
City after Robert
Bainbridge had missed his train to the north east.
The record books say we lost 9-1
Borough on March 3rd 1923 but the fact that Jack
Kendall had to be carried off in the 13th minute after being hit
in the face by the ball and knocked out didn't help. We were already
two down but right back George
Greaves let a further seven in.
McPhail is the next goalkeeper on the list to fail to complete
90 minutes and he had a Christmas to forget in 1933. Away at Port
Vale on Boxing
Day, City were trailing 1-0 with 83 minutes gone when McPhail
was sent off for an off the ball incident with Nolan of the home
side. As McPhail was standing over the Port Vale player the referee
assumed he had hit him so sent the City keeper off. It was revealed
much later that City centre half Alf
Young had been the culprit, punching Nolan whilst City had a
corner. McPhail was just checking to see if the Port Vale player was
okay. No record has been found as to who went in goal for the final
seven minutes but the score remained the same.
McPhail's festive period got worse four days later at Millwall
as he got injured after 27 minutes and had to leave the field. There
were no goals at the time and this time it is reported that forward Tom
Feeney took over in goal. As he also played in the Port Vale
match it is probable he took over then as well. On this occasion he
conceded four in a 4-1
defeat. It was Feeney's last game for City.
Graver is better known for his goalscoring rather than
goalkeeping but he replaced Bill
Heath when Heath suffered a badly cut head at Charlton
in November 1959. A 2-1 lead for us at the time finished as 2-2
draw, Graver conceding once in his 30 minutes in goal.
Boulton had only started four League games for us before a
broken leg at Crewe in August 1980 ended his career. Steve
Thompson took over in the 22nd minute, kept a clean sheet and we
despite also having David
Hughes sent off.
Schofield managed 12 minutes in the Imps' goal at Cardiff
City in April 1993 after Mike
Pollitt was sent off for conceding a penalty. The penalty was
duly dispatched past Schofield to complete the scoring in a 3-1
defeat. Word has it that Schofield produced a superb tip over the bar
in the closing stages but we seem to be having trouble finding video
evidence to back up this claim!
Richardson's dismissal at Macclesfield
Town in April
1998 saw Jon
Whitney don the keeper's jersey and it was a poor kick by
Whitney that resulted in Macclesfield scoring the only goal of the
game. Finally, and to complete the list, Colin
Cryan played the final two minutes at Torquay
United in the 2005/06 season after Alan
Marriott's dismissal in a 2-1 defeat.
Away from the League and second generation City player Jim
Grummett not only has the rare distintcion of having played in
every outfield position for City but he also played in goal when he
replaced the John
Kennedy who suffered a fractured elbow in a 2-1 FA Cup Second
Round Replay win over Chester
If anybody knows of any more instances or can confirm
the goalkeeper at Port Vale please let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
or by calling the Club's media office on 01522 563790.
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