Goalkeepers without gloves, those where the days
DATE: 22.06.2016 - SOCCERVOICE - NEWS - SEASON 2016-17
To see goalkeepers
with gloves in the early days of football was not usual, and it
wasn't before the 1974 World Cup that gloves was ok
As a previous footballer and growing up in the 70's it was seldom
you had goalkeepers wearing gloves. Watching games from the 1966 and
1970 World Cup and of course before that, it was seldom to see
anything but bare hands.
Famous goalkeepers such as Gordon Banks and Peter Shilton never
wearing gloves Shilton who was a goalkeeper in four different
decades, playing in the football league from 1966 to 1996, became
one who adjusted and started to use them when they were regular
Zepp Maier was one that really set the standard and when West
Germany became World Cup winners in 1974, he was in goal with his
massive gloves and since then the trend was changing.
But still you had goalkeepers that neglected
the fact that it was a World Cup winner wearing them, and just
played on without gloves. David Harvey was in goal for Leeds and
they won the league in 74, without any gloves.
Leeds reached the 1975 European Cup final and Harvey was replaced
with David Stewart who then had gloves on, so did the winner that
night, Zepp Maier, who again won a major trophy with his massive
David Stewart and other English goalkeeper used pairs who were more
or less glued to the hands, while Zepp Maier's was more like the
once used today. Derby County won the league in 1975, Colin Boulton
their goalkeeper was one who used the gloves occasionaly but not
Peter Shilton and Gary Bailey who used to be two of the best
goalkeepers in the late 70's played without them and also Wales
number one Dai Davies appeared in the early 80's without gloves.
In the 1976 FA Cup final between Southampton and Manchester United,
neither Ian Turner or Alex Stepney were gloves. Ray Clemence had
gloves in 1974 and in 1973 Jimmy Montgomery made some fantastic
saves wearing gloves.
Going into the 80's gloves were usual and you never saw a goalkeeper
without them. Looking at old clips and photos from the Gordon Banks
days, he could be with and without them.
In the 1970 World Cup game v. Brazil, when Banks made his fantastic
save from Pele's header, he had white gloves, he also used gloves in
the 1966 final v. West Germany, but that was not especially made for
In games for Stoke he could play without them, and has later said
that it was mostly used on rainy days and in dry weather it was
better to play without them.
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