They are not as other members of the team. There they stand on the edge of games, lurking in the shadows of stands, planning their interventions and specific acts of larceny like common criminals.
In this eviscerating account of the origins of modern day goalkeeping, former Bumford Town centre-forward Arthur Harrington, lays bare the scandalous tactics and personalities that came to transform a sweet and good-humoured sport into the grubby spectacle we see before us today.
Lamenting the disappearance of a more innocent age when goalkeeping was taken up by men disinterested in physical activity who shied away from getting in the way of the ball, Hatherington casts a withering eye over those he holds responsible: from Big Shorts McClusky to Elastic Ernie Fulton. “A role call of reprobates and attention-seekers, flinging themselves all over the place like salmons at a dsico”, is the sort of thing he says.
Blistering, yes. Fulminating? For sure.
Completely unreasonable? Probably.
Includes full colour pictures.