Alberto7 Posted February 19, 2005 Share Posted February 19, 2005 This story dates back to December 19th, but I thought I would share it: From the BBC website http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/t/tranmere_rovers/4110969.stm Tranmere face goalkeeping crisis Tranmere could be facing a goalkeeping crisis for their Christmas games after their 6-1 defeat at Hull on Saturday. Rovers were forced to make two goalkeeping changes during the match after John Achterberg and substitute Russell Howarth were both injured. Midfielder Theo Whitmore was forced to take over between the sticks in the second half and conceded five goals. "One goalkeeper is in hospital now and the other can hardly walk," manager Brian Little told his club's website. "Russell is in bits - how he got to half-time I don't know. When he came in he didn't know where he was." Tranmere entertain Barnsley on Boxing Day and have doubts over whether either keeper will be available. "With Russell's concussion it depends how bad it is. The doctors might suggest he has anything from 10 to 14 days," explained Little. "John will be a little bit longer, he has quite a sore leg so that's a problem for us. This got me to thinking. Does anyone remember this ever happening before? I remember some CSL teams playing with no backup keeper(some A-league teams have played with one keeper as well at times)but I don't recall a field player ever having to go in between the pipes. I once read that Bob Lenarduzzi replaced Tino Letieri in goal during one NASL game(when both played for the Whitecaps)when Tino went down with an injury but I don't know any more details? Anyone witness this before? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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