20 More Beautiful Vintage Photos Of Goalkeepers In Flight

Chris Wright

18th, March 2014


By Chris Wright

Given that it’s been a bit of a slow, pre-Champions League kind of day in the football world today, we’ve had a troll back through the Pies archives in search of a bit of inspiration and, seeing as these seemed to be very popular last time, we thought we’d bring you 20 (again, don’t count them!) more beautiful vintage photos of goalkeepers captured elegantly in mid-flight – as plucked straight from our archives…

Soccer - Home International Championship - England v Scotland

Despite his best efforts, Scotland keeper Tom Cowan is rendered powerless as England score their first goal at Wembley during a Home International Championship game, 1951

Soccer - League Division One - West Ham United v Notts County - Upton Park

Notts County keeper James Linton arches his back to make a fine one-handed save against West Ham at Upton Park, 1955

WWII Ships

Royal Navy goalkeeper William Leggett leaps to claim a high ball during a game between British sailors and a team representing the Metters, Ltd. stove manufacturers in Sydney, Australia, 1945

Soccer -  Sheffield Wednesday v Everton - FA Cup Final  - Wembley

Everton keeper Gordon West scrambles to keep the ball from going over the line as Sheffield Wednesday’s Graham Pugh (in white) watches on during the FA Cup Final at Wembley, 1966

Soccer - Football League Division One - Manchester United v Arsenal

Arsenal goalkeeper Jim Furnell flings himself the goal in a futile attempt to stop Denis Law scoring Manchester United’s third goal of the evening during the Division One meeting between the two sides, 1965

Soccer - Dynamo Moscow's Tour of Britain - Dynamo Moscow Training

Dynamo Moscow goalkeeper Alexei “Tiger” Khomich goes through his paces during a training session at Ibrox, the day before Dynamo’s exhibition game against Rangers on the Russian side’s 1945 Tour of Britain

Soccer England V Italy 1934

Italian goalkeeper Carlo Ceresoli makes an unsuccessful attempt to keep out a shot during an international friendly between England and the reigning World Cup champions at Highbury, 1934

Soccer - England Training - Roehampton

England goalkeeper Peter Shilton pushes one over the crossbar during a training session at Roehampton ahead of a friendly match against West Germany, 1970

Soccer - International Friendly - England v Sweden - Wembley Stadium

Sweden keeper Sven-Gunnar Larsson goes full-length only to see the shot fly wide of his left-hand post during an international friendly against England at Wembley, 1968

Soccer - League Division One - Tottenham Hotspur v Middlesbrough - White Hart Lane

Middlesbrough goalkeeper Rolando Ugolini, seen shortly before getting his pristine shorts ditched while making an heroic save against Tottenham, 1950

Soccer - League Division One - West Ham United Pre-Season Training - Chadwell Heath Sports Ground

Lawrie Leslie apparently surprises himself by making the save during a West Ham pre-season practice session at Chadwell Heath, 1962

Soccer - Home International - Wales v England - Cardiff

The epitome of post-war goalkeeping chic, England keeper Bert Williams dives to claim the ball during a friendly against Wales in Cardiff, 1949

Soccer - World Cup England 1966 - Portugal Training - Cheadle

Portugal goalkeeper Americo Lopes makes a textbook save for the cameras during a World Cup training session in Cheadle, 1966

Soccer - League Division One - Manchester City v Crystal Palace - Maine Road

Crystal Palace goalkeeper John Jackson dives low to save brilliantly from Man City’s Francis Lee (not pictured) at a sodden Maine Road, 1970

Soccer - Football League Division One - Arsenal v Sunderland - Highbury

Sunderland goalkeeper Johnny Mapson watches forlornly as an Arsenal shot is buried into his top corner, 1949

Soccer - FA Cup - Third Round - West Ham United v Plymouth Argyle - West Ham Training

Lawrie Leslie in action here again, preparing for a heavy landing after making a spectacular one-handed save during a practice match while the Hammers limber up for a freezing FA Cup tie against Plymouth Argyle, 1962 

Soccer - World Cup England 1966 - Brazil Training - Bolton

The anguish is tangible as Brazil goalkeeper Manga is beaten by a shot during a World Cup training session in Bolton, 1966

Soccer - World Cup England 1966 - Mexico Training - Wembley Stadium

Mexico goalkeeper Ignacio Calderon puts on a masterclass during a World Cup photocall at Wembley, 1966

Soccer - World Cup West Germany 74 - Group Three - Sweden v Bulgaria

A Bulgarian shot flies past the fingertips of Sweden goalkeeper Ronnie Hellstrom, 1974

Soccer - Dynamo Moscow's Tour of Britain - Cardiff City v Dynamo Moscow

Another great action shot of Dynamo Moscow’s Alexei ‘Tiger’ Khomich as the Russian keeper braves a shoulder charge from a Cardiff City forward, 1945

Soccer - Football League Division One - Sheffield Wednesday Photocall - Hillsbrough

Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeper Peter Springett is captured mid-air making a smart save in glorious sunshine at Hillsborough during a Division One photocall, 1967

Soccer - World Cup England 1966 - Uruguay Training - Hillsborough

Once again at Hillsborough, Uruguay goalkeeper Ladislao Mazurkiewicz flings himself the goal to pluck a shot out of the air, 1966

(Photos: PA)

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  1. fnarf bag says:

    Legend has it that they modeled the Subbuteo goalkeeper on that Peter Springett photo.

  2. Eastman Kodak says:

    You should include only match photos and remove the photocalls.

    While impressive, photocalls are essentially staged, although I don’t think anyone would want to smash into the ground any more than necessary.

  3. Sjakie Meulemans says:

    The photocalls are awesome, definitely a keeper (ha!).

  4. Cris Freddi says:

    ‘Tom Cowan’ was Jim Cowan, guys. Also known as Jimmy.

    All the best,

    Cis freddi

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