It was always an added entertainment when an outfield player had to go in goal following injury or the dismissal of the regular custodian. Yet it seemed to be a thing of the past with a second goalkeeper currently on the bench.
Then Harry Kane showed in October that all players still have to stay on their toes. Because, after he scored a hat-trick against Asteras Tripolis, he finished the game between the sticks following Hugo Lloris’ sending off!
But it is a rare sight these days although, when there was just one substitute allowed, it wasn’t that unusual – and quite a number of players fancied themselves in goal anyway! Clubs would have a nominated stand-by goalkeeper who would often don the gloves for a midweek practice and the likes of Glenn Hoddle and Graham Roberts are among players to have done the job for us in those pre Premier League times.
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