7 funniest times outfield stars went in goal 15 years after John Terry’s heroics

It's rare, but watching an outfield player forced to go in goal never fails to amuse.

The most likely reasons that force a manager to move an outfield player between the sticks are that they have either used all their substitutions or do not have a keeper on the bench.

This then becomes an issue if the starting goalkeeper picks up an injury or is sent off.

So, on the 15th anniversary of John Terry's goalkeeping cameo against Reading, here are seven of the funniest times that outfield players ended up in goal.

John Terry

Chelsea captain Terry became the third player to keep goal for the Blues during an ugly match away to Reading in October 2006.

After injuries to Petr Cech and Carlo Cudicini, the former suffering the injury that required him to wear a helmet for the rest of his career, Terry saw out the final minutes of the match in goal.

Chelsea had also been forced to play the final half an hour with 10 men after John Obi Mikel's sending off, while Reading were also reduced to 10 late on. The Blues won 1-0.

The former England defender was not required to make a save in an over-sized shirt which belonged to reserve goalkeeper Hilario, but did take a couple of drop kicks before the match ended.

Harry Kane

Fellow England international Harry Kane was unable to emulate Terry by keeping a clean sheet when he went in goal during a Europa League clash between Tottenham Hotspur and Asteras Tripolis in 2014.

The Spurs striker stepped in after Hugo Lloris had received his marching orders for a foul outside the box.

However, Kane was unable to keep out a tame shot from the resulting free-kick as his unconventional attempt to save the ball only helped it into the bottom corner.

Luckily for Kane, Spurs were already five goals in front and avoided a late capitulation to beat their Greek opponents 5-1.

John O'Shea

Seven years earlier, it was Spurs' opposition that had been forced to place an outfield player in goal, as John O'Shea pulled on the gloves for Manchester United at White Hart Lane.

First choice stopper Edwin van der Sar had suffered a late injury after Sir Alex Ferguson had used all three of his substitutions, preventing him from bringing on Tomasz Kuszczak.


The Irish defender kept a clean sheet as United saw out a 4-0 victory and even made a one-on-one save to deny Robbie Keane in stoppage time.

Phil Jagielka

Yet another player to keep a clean sheet was Phil Jagielka, who was effectively Neil Warnock's back-up goalkeeper at Sheffield United.

Warnock famously refused to include a goalkeeper on his bench, leading Jagielka to don the gloves more than once due to injuries or red cards for Paddy Kenny.

It was an injury that forced Kenny off in a match against Arsenal in 2006, meaning Jagielka would have to keep the Gunners out for over half an hour to secure a famous 1-0 win.

Jagielka produced a fine performance in goal as he kept out Robin van Persie with an excellent reaction save as Arsenal laboured to a defeat against the lowly Blades.

Vinnie Jones

Back in October 1995, Vinnie Jones produced a surreal goalkeeping display as Wimbledon were thrashed 6-1 away to Newcastle United.

Starting goalkeeper Paul Heald had been sent off after Wimbledon had used their three permitted substitutions, causing Jones to takes his place with the Dons already 3-1 down with 33 minutes remaining.

Jones proceeded to punch the ball away and save with his legs or feet at every opportunity as the St. James' Park crowd cheered his every stop.

Reflecting on his performance on Twitter years later, Jones said: "I nearly broke my cigar with one of those saves.

"I did enjoy seeing Les Ferdinand laughing after one of the other saves though, the Newcastle fans were brilliant that day I think they forgave me for grabbing Gazza's b******* , just a little bit."

Rio Ferdinand

Having tried to go in goal instead of O'Shea a year earlier, Rio Ferdinand got his chance between the sticks when United faced Portsmouth in an FA Cup quarter-final in 2008.

With Van der Sar having gone off injured at half-time, his replacement Kuszczak was then sent off after giving away a penalty for a foul on Milan Baros.

Ferdinand failed to keep out Sulley Muntari's spot-kick, which proved to be the only goal of the game as Pompey booked a place at Wembley.

To add insult to injury, the defeat also scuppered United's hopes of a treble as they would later win both the Premier League and Champions League that season.

Kyle Walker

As recently as 2019, Pep Guardiola's Manchester City were forced to play England defender Kyle Walker in goal during a Champions League match away to Atalanta.

With Claudio Bravo having replaced Ederson earlier in the match, the Chilean was then sent off for a reckless foul outside the area.

This led to Walker being substituted on to fill the void in the City goal for the final nine minutes and he began by saving the resulting free-kick.

City saw out a 1-1 draw against their Italian hosts, and he didn't concede after putting his gloves on.

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