We have several keepers for your perusal, not all of which we’ll do a full preview on. Lets start with some of the one or two game wonders shall we? These are the keepers who clearly stuck in your mind as being bad, perhaps because they only played once or twice.
Alan Judge has to be mentioned, he kept goal for us twice, once in a decent 1-1 draw at Sincil Bank against Bristol City. A week later he shipped seven against Derby and wasn’t seen of again, although he went on to have a decent career playing in the top flight for Oxford United. We’ve been talking a fair bit about Matthew Ghent this week too, he made one start for City, letting in a late goal against Dagenham to knock us out of the FA Cup.
John Burridge made the list too, he conceded three goals in four games for us in the early 1990s and wasn’t terrible, but he had been around a bit. Perhaps he’s made the list for being on veteran, much the same as Steve Sherwood. He played towards the end of the 1994/95 season, making six appearances after an injury to Andy Leaning. His record wasn’t all that bad, He kept two clean sheets, but conceded three in a 3-3 draw at home against Scunthorpe which pretty much did for him.
Two players who are unfortunate to be on the list are Simon Rayner and Paul Pettinger. Neither were terrible keepers, but neither made much headway in dislodging Alan Marriott as the number one. The big Canadian Rayner actually lived opposite me for a year or two, but once warned me ‘never to pop round’, so please do vote for him! Pettinger made three appearances between 2001 and 2003, but wasn’t able to stop the rise of Mazza.
Two players from the mid nineties who have incurred your wrath were both journeymen of sorts, Andy Leaning and John Vaughan. Leaning played a large part of the 1994/95 season, but it has been noted by one user he couldn’t kick a rolling ball and once the back pass rule went out of the window, his time as a keeper went with it. John Vaughan made 65 appearances for City between 1996 and 2000, but never firmly established himself as the number one aside from the one year we were in the third tier. He shipped five away at Torquay in 1999 and didn’t play again for the club.
Richard Wilson makes the list, a little unfair as he was a member of the GMVC winning side. He played ten times for us, but let in two away in four days against Bath and Kettering which threatened to derail our title challenge. He’s joined on the list by Ben Smith, another who failed to dislodge Alan Marriott from between the sticks. Peter Jackson didn’t fancy Mazza at all, probably because he was well liked, so he loan Smith from Doncaster. He shipped 15 in 12 matches, including four at home against Darlington. His last appearance came on New Year’s Day in 2008.
Mike Pollitt also makes the list. This, in my opinion harsh again. Pollitt wasn’t a brilliant keeper for City, but he was a long way from the worst. He played in 1992/93 as well as 1993/94. he was in goal for the thrilling cup ties against Everton, but often shipped goals. Losing 5-2 at Walsall was part of a five game run where he conceded 12. after he left he had a decent career though and ended up playing in the top flight.
Dean Greygoose joined as a youngster in the 1985/86 season, coming on loan from Cambridge United. He came as back up to Stuart Naylor, a fantastic keeper who later moved to West Brom. Greygoose was not fantastic at the time, although we won 3-0 against Brentford in his first game. He later conceded nine in four games, culminating in an awful outing at home to Blackpool in front of 2371. Remember, this was in what would now be League One. He left, Alan Judge arrived and he too made the list.
The final keeper on the list is Colin Withers, one for those with long memories. He arrived in the summer of ’69, but he didn’t try real hard. He let in three on the opening day against Colchester, another three in December against Bradford in the FA Cup and two against Watford in the league cup. three games, eight goals.
That concludes the brief round up, next are the four favourites for the vote.
Up next: the favourites for the title of worst keeper