Glove Story ‘Goalie Heroes’ pic appeal

Calling all goalies! Have you got any photos from back in the day, featuring a youthful you and one of your goalie heroes?

If so, please do bung the pics to us as soon as possible for your chance to star in GLOVE STORY alongside the likes of Shilton, Banks, Burridge, David James, David Seaman, Sir Arthur Conan-Doyle and Dragoje ‘The Eel’ Leković (Kilmarnock & Yugoslavia).


Clearly, our Goalie Heroes pages are the way forward to fame and fortune (well, a free book). Early adopters on a path to glory include Steve Hale, pictured here with Peter Bonetti (great work, ‘The Cat’ – Steve is now head of goalkeeping at Forest Green Rovers!) and Pete Weller, who is apparently being set free after a night in the cells with Neville Southall.

Please do send your own Goalie Heroes pics right away!

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Glove Story: so what’s inside?

Out this November, GLOVE STORY is a visual feast, featuring a unique collection of goalkeeping memorabilia and original illustrations by Doug Nash. Gloves and stars’ shirts from the 60s to date, vintage games and equipment catalogues appear alongside photography covering goalkeeping from park to international level.

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The book sets out to capture the essence of what it means to be a goalkeeper, shining a light on the concerns and obsessions of everyone who has ever been a member of the Keepers’ Union. We’re talking:

  • Exclusive interviews with legendary goalkeepers – memories, tips, stories, plus ‘My First Gloves’
  • Games, toys and memorabilia – from Subbuteo and Striker to Tonka and Corinthians
  • Features on all the top brands – adidas, uhlsport, reusch, Coffer, Sondico, Sells…
  • Secret goalies, from Arthur Conan-Doyle and Che Guevara to David Icke
  • The evolution of goalkeeping shirts, gloves, boots, training and thinking
  • Memories of goalkeeping summer schools
  • Fictional, cartoon, stand-in and endorsement-friendly keepers
  • The dawn of modern goalkeeping, coaching and development
  • The greatest ever saves, quotations, superstitions, blunders and Kids in Kit
  • Budgie – and whether Goalkeepers are Crazy, or just Different…

Here’s a few pics to give you a taster…


Thanks to mini-Nev Southall and co. Plus photographer Pete Blackman – cheers Pete! Can anyone guess where this was taken?


Spot the quality step-up in the GB Coffer range? Make mine a large one…

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Thanks to Mark Chilab for his youthful contribution to our Kids in Kits goalies special!

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Left or right? To find out the definitive scientific answer get Glove Story this Xmas! Thanks to Dave Morcom for the pic.

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Shirts left to right: The late great Les Sealey (Luton Town, matchworn), Alan Knight (Portsmouth), Uhlsport Jersey signed by Jimmy Rimmer, Nottingham Forest replica as worn by Mark Crossley & Steve Sutton. Photo: Pete Blackman.

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With thanks to Paul Woozley at – tons more of Paul’s insane tabletop games (and keepers) are featured in the book.
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Bob & Megs with staff and pupils at their goalkeeping school in Hertfordshire.

GLOVE STORY. From the authors of Got Not Got plus Rob Stokes and a cast of thousands. Ten quid to you. Out in November on the Conker label. 

All the author royalties from the book will be donated to the Willow Foundation.


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The Number 1 book for every goalkeeper, past and present

Aimed at goalkeepers and football fans, GLOVE STORY is set to become the 20th book in the popular Got Not Got series, to be published by Conker Editions in November 2017. There’s never been a goalie book like it.

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Are you, or have you ever been, a goalkeeper?

Do you dream of pulling on a quilted green or Dayglo orange football shirt? Does it make you sigh, just thinking about enormous latex gloves – or of diving in muddy puddles? If so, this might just be the football book for you.

Lavishly illustrated, GLOVE STORY marks out its territory and aims to cover every possible angle from the unique perspective of the goal-line. Memories and memorabilia. Gloves through the ages. Timeless tips. From goalie gear to keeper culture, GLOVE STORY safely gathers tales of larger-than-life characters, shot-stopping obsession and psychology between the sticks.

If your idea of the perfect Match of the Day is seven 0-0 draws – if you suffered from penalty phobia, or have ever secretly stashed a lucky charm in your glovebag – then you’ll need to catch GLOVE STORY.

GLOVE STORY will be available soon for advance order, priced at £10.00. All the author royalties from the book will be donated in support of the Willow Foundation.

Watch this space for more details, sneak previews and press kits. Look out for vintage goalie gear, astonishing stories, top tips, bad football cards, weird history, bizarre toys, exclusive star interviews and fantastic Top 100 goalie posters designed by GLOVE STORY illustrator Doug Nash – also in support of Willow.

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Glove Story

Are you, or have you ever been, a goalkeeper?

Do you dream of pulling on a quilted green or Dayglo orange football shirt? Does it make you sigh, just thinking about enormous latex gloves – or of diving in muddy puddles? If so, this might just be the football book for you.

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Brought to you by the magic of GoalieVision, here’s a zoomed-in pic of the pile of old football cards and stickers featured in our recent Furnace of Creativity post.

Glove Story is coming soon. Many of these stars will feature.


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Got Not Got: the Furnace of Creativity

Last year, 2016, was the first to tick by without a new Got Not Got book since 2011, so it’s great to be back on the case with big plans to ruin Christmas morning for hundreds of wives, mums and girlfriends up and down the country.

Here we are in the fabled Furnace of Creativity – aka Gary’s dining table – with GNG new boy Rob Stokes. He’s the one with hair.

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Watch this space over the next few days to discover what the new book’s all about.

Or alternatively you might just zoom in on the big pile of footy cards and stickers on the table.

Or on the bespoke glossy sticker on Derek’s computer.

Or you could look up Rob Stokes in a really big book of former footballers from the Portsmouth area and see where he used to play.*

No peeking at his Twitter feed, mind. Or his Instagram wotsit.

Exciting times ahead…


* No, you’ve gone and looked up Bobby Stokes – born in Portsmouth, famously played up front for Southampton, but did of course end his career back in Pompey. Our Rob may be a Portsmouth fan, but he played for Waterlooville from 1989 to 1998!

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Who Where When What If? – the grand Got Not Got festive quiz

We found a brilliant cache of old footy cards (birthday cards, get well soon cards – that kind of cards) up for sale on eBay and were immediately stumped by more than a few of them. Who? Where? When? Eh? That’s what you have to answer to claim your grand prize – any two of the 19 Got Not Got books currently available.

Here’s the cards, most of which offer a priceless window back in time to mystery terraces and unidentified players in curious kit. All you have to do is reply below, by email or on facebook and tell us who’s who, etc. There’s one point each to be had for the ground, the teams and the year – plus bonus points for any other info you can supply, eg the players in shot, the score, or anything else of note. Closing date is 20 Dec, and we’ll be calling in an independent Fourth Official to choose the winner.

1 – The one that started this whole thing off…


2 – Osgood Is Good


3 – On the wall and over the wall 


4 – Trendy waistband turnover time


5 – It’s Mooro


6 – Blues v Reds


7 – A lunge in time 


8 – Rare early shot of St Etienne? Bob teaches Sarah guitar while Pete thrills Debsey with an effortless frilly roll. Unless you know better…


Good luck!

Get your entries in, spread the word and alert your mates, have a splendid Xmas and here’s to a happy New Year – it’s going to be a big one for Got Not Got.

If you click on the cards and fiddle around you can get an enlarged version, handy for looking for mates in the crowd at Stamford Bridge in 1970… possibly.

Finally, thanks to eBay seller Better Cards and their fab old stock. There’s loads more where these came from, so why not check them out if you want a cool retro novelty birthday card for your daughter, featuring  a picture of a thoughful girl, a granny and a loaded rifle.

Derek & Gary





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Farewell Jimmy Hill

The weekend brought the sad news that Jimmy Hill had passed on… the following piece appeared in ‘Got, Not Got’… 

Best remembered by the kids of the ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s for his 30-year run as the opinionated presenter of BBC’s Match of the Day, Jimmy Hill is just as often recalled with a shake of the head by older fans who think of him as the bolshie type / player of principle who stood up and demanded a minimum wage for himself and his mukkas around the dawn of the ‘60s. And yet in-between these times, as manager of Coventry City, Hill undertook an influential, self-proclaimed football revolution for which he’s rarely given credit.

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Taking over late in 1961, the great moderniser began a PR onslaught, introducing Britain’s first continental-style one-colour kit, changing the club nickname from boring Bantams to mod-sounding Sky Blues, and leading the third division also-rans on a six-season romp up the leagues.

“Between us, we took excitement into the Third Division towns throughout England,” he wrote in his 1966 New Year programme notes. “We turned League matches into Cup ties, drab monotony into fervent patriotism. The strains of the Sky Blue song and the chants of Coventry City Cha-Cha-Cha often woke up local fans to reply just as noisily… “

Hill introduced Britain’s first electronic scoreboard and the Sky Blue Express supporters train. He rode a white horse around the Highfield Road pitch – mercifully his only Lady Godiva reference – personally overseeing the doling out free Bovril and tea at half-time from Sky Blue backpacks.

“We had started a revolution which was to reverberate around football. Some clubs wagged jealous tongues and ridiculed our so-called gimmicks; some journalists, too, who had willingly used our kinky stories in the headlines…”

He arranged ‘pop and crisp’ days for local kids to meet the stars, and took the lead in corporate entertainment, signing up ‘leading local business people’ as Vice President’s Club members. Before the match and at half-time, Sky Blue Radio rocked the tinny PA system: yet another famous first that was destined to catch on.

Job done, Hill quit for a career in TV two days before the Sky Blues’ debut in the top flight.

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