“Hello and welcome to the Goalkeepers’ Union Podcast. Me, Matt Beadle, here with the Voice of Goalkeeping, Richard Lee…”
And so it begins. Another episode of a podcast spawned in the summer of 2018 following some rather ill-advised ITV punditry during England’s World Cup campaign. (You remember: Belgium’s Adnan Januzaj curled one beyond Jordan Pickford, prompting Lee Dixon to claim his mate down the pub suggested Pickford went with the infamous “wrong hand”, while Gary Neville seemed to think it was bizarre the England stopper was “in the air while jumping”.)
But let’s not dwell on that and instead focus on why we’re here:
What's the GKU Podcast all about?
Primarily, the aim is to offer a well-informed, objective and balanced perspective on goalkeepers and goalkeeping. Each week we produce a Between The Sticks episode, analysing all the key action from the Premier League and EFL, plus any other highlights we (or indeed you) spot along the way.
Alongside our analysis is a semi-regular Goalkeeper’s Cut franchise. Here, a special goalkeeper guest joins us to talk through his or her career, with a key focus on a goalkeeper’s mindset and the psychology behind what it takes to excel in a sport within a sport. Have a glance at the archive; we’re not far off our 200th episode.
Contributions from listeners are encouraged and welcomed. We want to produce content driven by you. Rates and reviews on iTunes wouldn’t go amiss, either (prizes sporadically offered for the most creative ones out there – especially those who support us on Patreon).
Please feel free to drop us a line via all the usual channels and let us know what you think. After all, Rich (and many other goalkeepers, for that matter) regularly refers to the Japanese practice of kaizen: continual, never-ending improvement.
Happy listening. Keepers… AWAY!
Me, Matt Beadle
A football writer and broadcaster by trade, Matt has contributed to various publications over the years. Loves the 90s, detests VAR, enjoys a rant and pays meticulous attention to the Clean Sheet Club. One-time winner of BBC’s Pointless.
VOG, Richard Lee
On his mission to banish the term “wrong hand” from a pundit’s glossary, Rich reflects on an eventful 15-year career to offer insightful goalkeeping analysis. Played in the Prem with Watford, the EFL with Brentford. One-time winner of Come Dine With Me.