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Ahhh look at little Dani Alves in that huge goal.

With the game already won, PSG decided Alves would be the right choice to replace the sent off Paris goalkeeper during a recent league match.

No harm was done, but sometimes players have to make the move into goal while the game is still in the balance, and occasionally they do pretty well.

Here we take a look at the best efforts from outfield players forced to don the goalkeeper gloves.


Phil Jagielka

Mr Versatile Phil Jagielka has played in most positions, a midfielder turned defender, Jags is a managers dream.

Versatility is a god send for a football manager, Jagielka often played in goal in training and was so good that his manager at the time Neil Warnock didn’t usually have a keeper on the bench.

Jagielka’s first Premier League season was for Sheffield United just before his move to Everton where Jags has been a stalwart ever since.

On a cold December day in 2006 saw The Blades 1-0 up against Arsenal at Bramhall Lane.

An injury to Sheffield United keeper Paddy Kenny meant Jagielka had to don the keeper gloves for the last half hour.

Jag’s performed admirably and kept Arsenal out for a tense last 30 minutes to record a famous victory.

David Hirst

Football was a very different Beast in the early 90s. On New Years Day 1990 then Sheffield Wednesday manager Ron Atkinson decided it would be a good idea to let the players have a glass of champagne..on the morning of a match!

Party animal Hirst noticed most players weren’t drinking theirs so he helped himself to a few and then another few eventually stopping at 8.

It was to be an eventful match for young Hirsty.

Hirst started the match doing what he did best by opening the scoring before an injury forced the keeper off the field.



By this time Hirst was feeling a bit groggy due to 8 glasses of fiz, with the keeper going off, Hirst saw a perfect opportunity for a rest.

Hirst kept a clean sheet, later discovering that he had played with a broken finger.

 

 

Niall Quinn

Big Niall Quinn was built like a keeper but spent his career as a target man.

In 2000 after Manchester City’s Tony Coton was sent off, Quinn seemed the obvious choice and performed heroics that eventually saw opponents Derby County relegated.

Quinn had already scored when Coton gave away a penalty, up stepped pen taker Dean Saunders, but Quinn saved the penalty to relegate the Rams.

Some had joked that Quinn only got in the 1990 World Cup as 3rd choice goalkeeper, Quinn proved that the rumour might have been true.