Can I thank and congratulate you on such a great, informative, well set
out easy to use website. All the info I needed to know was here and
helped me a great deal. Many, many thanks.
If you've got a moment, I'd like to explain what an impact your site has
had on me since August 2004.
Finally I am in a job where I can have weekends to myself and play
football for my local team here in the UK. I started back in August as a
sub, with an outlook to play 10 - 15 minutes each Sunday hoping to play
either in defence or wherever I was put. After 2 games I played for a
total of 5 minutes and was feeling a bit low, but knew, if I put in 100%
whenever I'm on the pitch I'd possibly get longer in the next match. But
in a strange twist of fate, the Saturday night before our 3rd game of the
season our keeper broke his foot in a bizarre accident while dancing in a
club. You may have guessed it by now, but I was asked to play in goal,
until our keeper was fit again.
I didn't have a clue what I was doing and in my first game between the
sticks we lost 6 - 1. So not being too down heartened, I decided to look
up goalkeeping tips on the net. Which is when I found your site. Every
lunch time at work, I wrote down notes and copied the summary on each page
to try and enforce in my mind your tactics. I photocopied my notes and
kept them in my bedside cabinet, and each morning before a game I would
read them with a coffee. Gradually, I became more aware of my footwork,
positioning and how important it is to keep focused. After a while I was
really starting to enjoy playing in goal, even making a great save in one
game that got a mention in our local newspaper.
Our original goalkeeper was asked to wait by the manager until he was
fully fit, but he moved away from our area, and was never really
interested in playing anymore (much to my delight). I did suffer a slight
slump in form and things werent going right. I don't know about you, but
in that sort of situation it felt like the whole team was against me, even
if they weren't. But my girlfriend kept me positive, so to did reading
your notes, and the cut out I had of the local paper!
Over the season, our team enjoyed much success, winning our league and
coming runners up in a KO cup competition which was played at a semi-pro
football ground. We picked up our league winners trophies and cup runners
up prizes in front of crowd of about 150. In it were all our closet
friends and family, and I collected my trophies, not as number 12 but as
Keep up the good work. No doubt I'll need your tips for next season!!
SUTTON ST JAMES FC
Sunday League Division 2 Champions
Mont Pell Cup Final Runners Up
Back left - Jonny Britton, Lewis Chapman, Steve Wright, Dan Piccaver,
Johnny Hubbard, Andrew Bennett, Phil-(big ears)-Newton.
Front left - Shaun Turner (C), Richie Smith, Jim Cooper, Phil Turner,
Andy Cooper, Ashley Godfrey