5 times outfield players went in goal for their North-West clubs

There can’t be much more exciting scenarios in football than when an outfield player dons the ‘keepers gloves and stands between the sticks.

Such a scenario became reality for Kyle Walker, as first-choice stopper Ederson had to be replaced at the interval and his understudy Claudio Bravo was shown a red card with 10 minutes to play in their Champions League tie with Italians, Atalanta.

Walker came on off the bench after some confusion over who he was replacing and was immediately called into action as he saved the free-kick conceded by Bravo a whole seven minutes before.

The Englishman went on to keep a clean sheet for City as they managed to hold on for a point, with the game ending 1-1.

Here we look at five other times an outfield player became number one for north-west clubs.

Rio Ferdinand – Manchester United (9.3.2008)

With a place in the FA Cup semi-finals at stake, Manchester United played host to Portsmouth at Old Trafford. First choice ‘keeper Edwin van Der Sar was replaced by Tomasz Kuszczak at half-time and the Polish stopper was shown red late on after bringing down Milan Baros in the box.

Rio Ferdinand was the man to don theblue jersey, but couldn’t keep out Sulley Muntari’s penalty kick, resulting in United crashing out of the cup to the eventual winners.

John McGinlay – Bolton Wanderers (30.10.1996)

League leaders in the old First Division, Bolton travelled to Reading looking to extend the gap at the top.

However, their promotion credentials were challenged an hour in as Wanderers’ ‘keeper, Keith Branagan, was given his marching orders, leaving the door ajar for Scottish International striker, John McGinlay to take the spotlight at the opposite end of the pitch.

McGinlay faced 26-minutes of Reading pressure, but, after tipping one over the bar, managed to keep the hosts out for a memorable win.

Paul Gallagher – Preston (3.11.2018)

A goal down away at Ipswich Town, bottom of the league at the time, Paul Gallagher was brought onto the field for Preston North End. Not only did he fire in the equaliser from a free-kick, but, following goalkeeper Chris Maxwell’s sending off, Gallagher volunteered himself to play in goal due to North End using all three substitutes.

The Scottish midfielder faced the last 15 minutes in goal, but managed to help his side come away from Portman Road with a point.

John O’Shea – Manchester United (4.7.2007)

With Dutch International goalie Edwin van Der Sar forced to depart United’s Premier League clash against Spurs at White Hart Lane and with the visitors out of subs, it was down to Irishman John O’Shea to wear the gloves.

The game was as good as won by the time O’Shea stepped up to the plate, as United had a healthy 4-0 lead, but with a one-on-one save and a laugh from Wayne Rooney under his belt, John O’Shea cemented his place in United folklore.

Dean Windass – Oldham Athletic (7.2.2009)

The Latics visited high-flying Leicester City in League One with low expectations and after Greg Fleming was dismissed early in the second-half, a result looked even less likely.

Step forward Dean Windass. The veteran striker faced the remaining 40 minutes in goal for Oldham, saving a penalty along with several other fine saves to earn his side a goalless draw.