- Kyle Walker was forced to go in goal during Manchester City’s draw at Atalanta
- The right back isn’t the first outfield player to have gone in goal for his team
- The likes of Vinnie Jones, Rio Ferdinand and Jan Koller have donned the gloves
Kyle Walker was brought on in goal for the final 10 minutes for Manchester City on Wednesday
He was called into action immediately but did well to get hold of a powerful Atalanta free-kick
The 29-year-old kept a clean sheet as City held on for a 1-1 draw in the Champions League
Manchester City’s Niall Quinn was the scourge of Derby County during their clash in April 1991
Vinnie Jones impressed in goal for Wimbledon despite conceding three goals at Newcastle
Lucas Radebe endeared himself to Leeds fans with his display at Manchester United in 1996
Jan Koller made some smart stops for Borussia Dortmund at Bayern Munich in November 2002
After Chelsea lost two goalkeepers to injury, captain John Terry stepped up at Reading in 2006
Phil Jagielka’s display against Arsenal in 2006 has gone down in Sheffield United folklore
John O’Shea produced an entertaining cameo for Manchester United at Tottenham in 2007
Rio Ferdinand’s stint in goal for United saw them lose 1-0 to Portsmouth in the 2007-08 FA Cup
Cosmin Moti scored a penalty and saved two as Ludogorets beat Steaua Bucharest in 2014
Harry Kane scored a hat-trick but conceded a soft goal during Spurs’ win over Asteras Tripolis
Kyle Walker stole the headlines during Manchester City’s draw at Atalanta on Wednesday night when he was forced to go in goal.
The right back was used as an emergency stopper by Pep Guardiola after substitute goalkeeper Claudio Bravo, who had replaced injured No 1 Ederson at half-time, was sent off in the second half.
Walker’s first involvement was to save a free-kick and the England international managed to keep a clean sheet as City left Italy with a point in the Champions League Group C fixture.
The 29-year-old is not the first outfield player to go in goal though as Sportsmail looks back at others who have donned the gloves in the past…
Niall Quinn vs Derby County (1991)
Sticking with Manchester City; April 20, 1991 will always be fondly remembered by their supporters as Niall Quinn day. City relegated Derby County in the old Division One with a 2-1 win. Quinn opened the scoring with a left-footed volley in the first half before turning his hand to goal when Tony Cotton was shown a red card for a foul in the penalty box.
Quinn stepped up and promptly saved Dean Saunders’ penalty – diving correctly low to his left to tip it behind for a corner.
Vinnie Jones vs Newcastle (1995)
The thought of Vinnie Jones bearing down on you when you’re through on goal would have been a daunting prospect for anybody, but for Newcastle’s attackers that became a reality on October 24, 1995.
Trailing 3-0 at St. James’ Park, Wimbledon’s trip up north became worse when goalkeeper Paul Herald was sent off on 47 minutes. With the Dons having made all of their changes, it was up to Jones to go in goal.
Although he did concede three goals, as Wimbledon went on to lose 6-1, the Wales international’s stint was entertaining and impressive as he made several good saves against an attack that boasted Les Ferdinand and David Ginola.
If you’ve seen the UK film version of Mean Machine, then you know where the character ‘The Monk’ got its inspiration from.
Lucas Radebe vs Manchester United (1996)
A match that helped seal Lucas Radebe’s legacy among Leeds supporters was his goalkeeping cameo at fiercest rivals Manchester United.
Mark Beeney was dismissed for handling outside his area with just 15 minutes of the match gone. With smaller benches than now, Radebe was called on to be Leeds’ auxiliary goalkeeper.
The centre back, who grew up as a goalkeeper initially in South Africa, was excellent spurning the likes of Andrew Cole and Brian McClair.
It took until the 72nd minute for Radebe to be beaten thanks to a Roy Keane strike right in the bottom corner as United won 1-0.
Jan Koller vs Bayern Munich (2002)
Bayern Munich versus Borussia Dortmund is always a spicy affair and their clash on November 9, 2002 was no different as the former won 2-1.
Playing at their old Olympiastadion, Bayern fell behind to their bitter rivals when Jan Koller gave Dortmund the lead.
However, the game turned on six second-half minutes in which Roque Santa Cruz and Claudio Pizarro overturned the deficit before Dortmund goalkeeper Jens Lehmann was sent off… for arguing.
Dortmund had used their three substitutions so turned to their giant 6ft 6in striker Koller. The Czech Republic international kept a clean sheet during his 24 minutes in goal.
John Terry vs Reading (2006)
To lose one goalkeeper in a match to injury is unfortunate, to lose another in the same game is pure rotten luck. This fate applied to Chelsea at Reading in the Premier League on October 14, 2006.
After Petr Cech’s sickening head injury, the Blues were then without back-up goalkeeper Carlo Cudicini after he was knocked unconscious in second-half stoppage time.
Up stepped Chelsea’s captain to help preserve their clean sheet as they won 1-0.
Phil Jagielka vs Arsenal (2006)
Probably the most memorable spell in goal out of the names selected in this list. Sheffield United were back in the Premier League for the first time in 12 years and scrapping for survival when Arsenal came to Bramall Lane on December 30, 2006.
On 61 minutes, goalkeeper Paddy Kenny pulled up when taking a goal kick and couldn’t continue. With no substitute goalkeeper on United’s bench, Phil Jagielka went in goal.
It was a ploy that manager Neil Warnock often used, with Jagielka going in goal four times, and it worked as the hosts saw out a 1-0 win.
His close-range save from Robin van Persie is one that any professional stopper would be proud of.
John O’Shea vs Tottenham (2007)
John O’Shea was Mr Utility at Manchester United as the Republic of Ireland legend proved at White Hart Lane on February 4, 2007.
Leading 4-0 at Tottenham, United were cruising to victory when Edwin van der Sar pulled up in the final few moments.
Having already made their final substitution, which was O’Shea, Sir Alex Ferguson turned to his No 22 to go in goal – ahead of Rio Ferdinand who wanted the auxiliary role.
After being sold a short backpass by Ferdinand, O’Shea bailed out his team-mate by charging out of his goal and denying international team-mate Robbie Keane in a one-on-one scenario.
‘I asked Edwin whether he had a clean sheet bonus when we got into the dressing room because I want half of it!’ said O’Shea afterwards.
Rio Ferdinand vs Portsmouth (2008)
Ferdinand did get a chance to showcase his goalkeeping skills 13 months later though for United. It came in a home FA Cup quarter-final tie against Portsmouth, which they lost 1-0 – eventually costing them the chance at a second Treble.
The Red Devils were forced into replacing the injured Van der Sar at half-time but then his replacement Tomasz Kuszczak was sent off with 12 minutes to go for a foul on Milan Baros.
With no more substitutes left, Ferdinand went in goal with his first job to face a Sulley Muntari penalty.
The England centre back guessed the right way, low to his left, but Muntari’s effort was too powerful.
Cosmin Moti vs Steaua Bucharest (2014)
Without a doubt this is the most decisive piece of goalkeeping on our list.
Trailing 1-0 to Steaua Bucharest in the first leg of their Champions League play-off qualifier, Bulgarian side Ludogorets qualified for the group stages for the first time in their history in 2014 thanks to defender Cosmin Moti.
The centre back, went in goal after keeper Vladislav Stoyanov was sent off in the final minute of extra-time with the scoreline 1-1 on aggregate.
In an an incredible finale to the tie with Romanian champions Steaua Bucharest, Moti scored the first spot-kick and then saved two penalties as they prevailed 6-5 in the shootout.
Harry Kane vs Asteras Tripoli (2014)
It’s safe to say that Harry Kane is a lot better at scoring goals than saving them – as his performance on October 23, 2014 against Asteras Tripolis in the Europa League proved.
After scoring a hat-trick, the striker turned his hand at going in goal after Hugo Lloris was shown a straight red card for bringing down Tasos Tsokanis as the last man.
With no substitutes left, Kane took the gloves. His first action was to pick the ball out of the net after an embarrassing gaffe where Jeronimo Barrales’ tame free-kick squirmed under his body.