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20 Beautiful Vintage Photos Of Goalkeepers In Flight

By Chris Wright

Brought to you in no particular order, 20(ish) beautiful vintage photos of goalkeepers captured elegantly in mid-flight, plucked straight from Pies’ archives…

Pat Jennings and his handsome sideburns in action during a Tottenham training session, 1973

Barnsley goalkeeper Pat Kelly dives to claim the ball as it’s played across his penalty area during a Division Two match against West Ham, 1949

Millwall goalkeeper Brian King reaches for a ball thrown by the cameraman’s assistant during a pre-season photocall, 1969

Chelsea goalkeeper Peter ‘The Cat’ Bonetti makes a flying save as teammate Eddie McCreadie watches on during the FA Cup semi-final against Liverpool, 1965

Racing Club goalkeeper Landi almost poleaxes himself while making a save against Arsenal in a pre-season friendly, 1948

Stoke goalkeeper Gordon Banks saves a penalty from West Ham’s Geoff Hurst in the last minute of extra time to earn his team a replay in the semi-final of the League Cup, 1971

Legendary Russian goalkeeper Lev ‘The Black Spider’ Yashin makes an iconic save from Italy’s Sandro Mazzola at Sunderland’s Roker Park during the 1966 World Cup

Sunderland goalkeeper Willie Fraser springs full-length in vain as Charlton score on a barren pitch at The Valley, 1956

England centre-forward Jimmy Greaves makes a leaping save as he fools around in goal, watched by a small group of fans and goalkeeper Peter Bonetti, 1966

Gordon Banks puffs out his cheeks and leaps to make a save during England’s 1-0 win over Hungary at Wembley, 1965

Despite his dapper cap, Peru goalkeeper Juan Valdivieso is beaten by one of Romania’s three goals in a World Cup group game in Uruguay, 1930

Spanish goalkeeper Carmelo Cedrun arches his back to save a high shot in the closing minutes of a game against England at Wembley, 1955

The Korean goalkeeper rises to punch clear and thwart a Mexico attack during the 1948 Olympic Games in London

Southampton goalkeeper Eric Martin swings on the crossbar as the ball flies over the bar during a game against Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsbrough, 1969

Manchester United goalkeeper Harry Gregg pushes a shot safely outside the post during an FA Cup semi-final match against Aston Villa, 1958

Luton’s Roy Baynham saves a ball during England practice at Stamford Bridge, 1955

Bishop Auckland goalkeeper Harry Sharratt stops Crook Town from scoring during the FA Amateur Cup Final at Newcastle’s St James’ Park, 1954

Tottenham goalkeeper Ted Ditchburn takes to the air to make a brilliant clearance against Hull City in the fifth round of the FA Cup, 1954

Charlton goalkeeper Willie Duff makes an acrobatic save during a training session at The Valley, 1961

A graceful dive by Watford goalkeeper Dave Underwood fails to stop a penalty taken by Carlisle left half Peter McConnell during a snow-bound Division Three game at Vicarage Road, 1962

Blackpool goalkeeper Gordon West is rendered agog by his own miraculous save during a match against Arsenal at Highbury, 1961. This photo (taken by Ron Bell) won first prize in the ‘Sports Pictures in the British Press, Pictures of the Year Competition’ in the same year.

(Photos: PA)

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By Chris on February 23rd, 2012 in Featured, Photos, Retro, Top 10s & lists. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.

9 Responses to “20 Beautiful Vintage Photos Of Goalkeepers In Flight”

  1. Abe Froman says:

    The first soccer cover for SI in America. Bobby Rigby going up for a high ball

  2. soban says:

    gordon west looks like steven gerrard.

  3. Fnarf says:

    Interesting that the stands at the 1930 World Cup are completely empty. Training session, or a real game?

  4. KingEric7 says:

    Well good that they used to do it in bare hands, not all that neoprene bollix nowdays.

  5. krak says:

    bonetti’s pic is so vivid and dynamic. you can feel the tension and the agony of the situation as if it is just happening.

  6. lordrt says:

    someone needs to show them to de gea, he’ll may be get inspired by them and turn out to be a world class keeper :)

  7. Del says:

    Sometimes amid all the hype of strikers and goals the amazing job goalkeepers do is overlooked. Thank you ‘keepers. ;)

  8. Yute says:

    The Korean Goalkeeper? Whats that about?

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