They’re often eccentric, their mistakes are always under the spotlight and their best efforts can all be in vain if the defenders are not up to scratch.
We’ve been blessed with some great keepers at Lincoln, several moving on for six-figure sums in the 1980s and 1990s, but by the end of 2011 we were struggling for half-arsed kids. Would you recognise some of the faces? Can you remember the calamitous custodians as well as the legends?
Here’s your chance to prove it, one way or the other.