Goalkeepers through the ages

Players I Complete A – Z I

Goalkeepers are a breed apart. There is a certain element of having to be slightly mad to be a goalkeeper recognised from the dawn of the game right up to the present.
When you think about those that stood out it is not often the raw stats that impress you about a goalkeeper – it’s commonly things like “How bold was he?”, “How good at coming for crosses was he”, “Was he a brave guy?”, “Did he have the best back line in front of him protecting him?”.
So goalkeeper stats are often a little illusionary. They don’t tell all the picture.

Saying that, there is nothing like being armed with the figures to get you started.

Here is a list of all the goalkeepers that have played first team games for Celtic through the ages, the number of appearances they made, the number clean sheets they have kept and a percentage of clean sheets against games played. Having said that….it’s all up to you…..

NB: The figures are taken from “An Alphabet of the Celts – A Complete Who’s Who of Celtic F.C.” and augmented with published statistics for after 1994 verified from 2 sources. The stats are up to the start of the 2011-12 season.

Name Seasons Games Clean Sheets %
Charlie Shaw 1913-25 436 240 55.05%
Packie Bonner 1978-96 632 254 40.19%
Davy Adams 1902-12 291 124 42.61%
Ronnie Simpson 1964-70 188 91 48.40%
Joe Kennaway 1931-39 295 83 28.14%
Magnus Hedman 2002-05 37 23 62.16%
Robert Douglas 2000-05 161 88 54.66%
Jonathon Gould 1997-2003 152 76 50.00%
Peter Latchford 1975-87 272 82 30.15%
Frank Haffey 1958-64 201 61 30.35%
John Thomson 1926-31 188 64 34.04%
John Kelly 1929-30 10 6 60.00%
Dmitri Kharine 1999-02 10 6 60.00%
John Mulrooney 1911-13 51 26 50.98%
Artur Boruc 2005-10 222 87 39.19%
John Fallon 1958-72 184 61 33.15%
Ally Hunter 1973-76 91 43 47.25%
John Hughes 1922-25 5 3 60.00%
Gordon Marshall 1991-98 136 60 44.12%
Evan Williams 1969-74 148 59 39.86%
Javier Sanchez Broto 2003 9 5 55.56%
Stewart Kerr 1993-02 40 18 45.00%
John Bonnar 1948-58 180 48 26.67%
Richard Beattie 1954-59 156 43 27.56%
Pete Shevlin 1924-27 103 36 34.95%
Denis Connaghan 1963-64 1971-77 56 22 39.29%
David Marshall 2003-07 47 17 36.17%
Carl Muggleton 1994 13 6 46.15%
Mark Brown 2007-10 13 6 46.15%
Willie Miller 1942-50 142 36 25.35%
Roy Baines 1976-79 16 7 43.75%
Joe Cullen 1892-97 73 20 27.40%
Jim Oliver 1909 2 1 50.00%
Frank Collins 1921-22 2 1 50.00%
Tom Duff 1891-92 9 4 44.44%
Andy McPherson 1902-04 32 9 28.13%
George Hunter 1949-54 38 9 23.68%
Allen McKnight 1939-40 17 5 29.41%
George Johnstone 1940-41 37 8 21.62%
Jamie Bell 1890-91 22 6 27.27%
Willie Donnelly 1900-01 5 2 40.00%
Jimmy Culley 1941-42 22 5 22.73%
Rab MacFarlane 1901-02 23 4 17.39%
Andy Bell 1951-55 28 3 10.71%
John Wallace 1932-34 18 3 16.67%
Tony Warner 1998-99 3 1 33.33%
James McLaughlin 1888-90 3 1 33.33%
Alan Rough 1988 7 2 28.57%
John Hunter 1941 17 1 5.88%
Donald McKay 1939-40 17 1 5.88%
Bob Smith 1940 15 1 6.67%
John Falconer 1931-33 8 2 25.00%
Bob Boyle 1912-13 10 1 10.00%
John Docherty 1896,97,98,1900 11 0 0.00%
Ian Andrews 1988-90 8 1 12.50%
Frank Connor 1960-62 8 1 12.50%
Willie Dunning 1888 6 1 16.67%
Mick Dolan 1888-94 4 1 25.00%
Tom Doyle 1935-38 5 0 0.00%
Rolando Ugolini 1944-48 5 0 0.00%
Willie Lawrie 1919-21 3 0 0.00%
Joe Coen 1931-32 3 0 0.00%
Alex Devanny 1949-52 3 0 0.00%
John Doherty 1937-39 2 0 0.00%
David Syme 1918-19 2 0 0.00%
David Robertson 1930-31 2 0 0.00%
Charlie Kelly 1891 2 0 0.00%
Willie Goldie 1960 1 0 0.00%
Leigh Roose 1910 1 0 0.00%
John Tobin 1888 1 0 0.00%
John O’Brien 1895 1 0 0.00%
Graham Barclay 1973-77 1 0 0.00%
Gordon Marshall 1971-72 1 0 0.00%
Eamonn McMahon 1953-55 1 0 0.00%
Dick Madden 1962-64 1 0 0.00%
David Nicol 1927-29 1 0 0.00%
Dan McGarvey 1941 1 0 0.00%
Bobby Wraith 1968-69 1 0 0.00%
Barry John Corr 1996-03 1 0 0.00%
Andy McCondichie 1995-99 1 0 0.00%
Tom Sinclair 1906 6 6 100.00%
Jack Kennedy 1965-67 1 1 100.00%
Benny McCreadie 1955-57 1 1 100.00%
Willie Duncan 1910 9 6 66.67%
James Foley 1934-36 6 4 66.67%
Lukasz Zaluska 2009 – 50 22 44%
Fraser Forster
2010 – 2014
197
102
52%
Craig Gordon* 2014 – 52 28 54%
*Most clean sheets in a single season (28)