Monday, October 16, 2006

Chelsea keeper crisis - let's not get carried away...

First off, no one wants to see injuries of the like we saw at Reading at the weekend, but Cech and Cudicini were victims of clumsy challenges, both were accidents as replays have clearly shown.

Since then some fans and some in the media have been asking for greater protection. The fact is goalkeepers have never been so well protected.

In the 1957 FA cup final, United lost their keeper Ray Wood after Aston Villa's McParland crunched him causing him to fracture his cheek-bone.

A year later in the '58 cup final Bolton's Nat Lofthouse fouled United's Harry Gregg bundling him and the ball into the net, it was one of the biggest football injustices of all time - but the goal stood.

Things needed to improve and they have done. Keepers these days are something of a protected species. Let's keep things in perspective, we don't need any more protection for keepers.

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