The Outsider: A History of the Goalkeeper Paperback – 7 Nov 2013
- Choose from over 13,000 locations across the UK
- Prime members get unlimited deliveries at no additional cost
- Find your preferred location and add it to your address book
- Dispatch to this address when you check out
Frequently Bought Together
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
Enter your mobile number below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
Getting the download link through email is temporarily not available. Please check back later.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
From Albert Camus to John Paul II, and all points in between - a superb account of the men who wear different shirts and play be different rules from everybody else. (READERS DIGEST)
A splendid history of the goalkeeper, whose lot has tended to be a thankless one (just ask Joe Hart). Wilson tells tales of violence against goalies, both verbal and physical, along with the burden of psychic stress carried by these singular players (THE SUNDAY TELEGRAPH)
The first-ever cultural, tactical and historical history of the goalkeeper, by Jonathan Wilson, acclaimed author of INVERTING THE PYRAMID.See all Product Description
What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?
Top Customer Reviews
His study of the history, esoterica and meaning of goalkeeping is no different containing an in-depth historical, philosophical and practical study of how the role of the goalkeeper originated and has developed since the game of football was invented.
He examines, profiles, critiques or interviews the colossuses of the sport from all continents of the world and his descriptions of greats such as Yashin, Zoff, Shilton, Seaman and Buffon never fail to entertain or educate.
Being Wilson he takes detours into tributaries and backwaters of the game with an acute and forensic examination of the battle for the number one position between the two fantastic Cameroon keepers N'kono and Bell and the political sensitivity of their rivalry.
Fans of literature too will have a field day with goalkeeper themed novels from writers as diverse as Camus, Nabokov and Glanville coming under scrutiny.
This is an eclectic masterpiece and anyone who has either been thrilled or stunned at the exploits of a goalkeeper or taken their place between the posts will understand what it means to be a true Outsider and be both entertained, educated and fascinated by this wonderful book.
One tiny quibble - I was a great fan of the Flying Pig, Tommy Lawrence, one of the first sweeper keepers but surely he didn't merit two mentions of Joe Mercer's eulogising quotation about him, sharper sub-editing would have caught that one!
Those points aren't a major annoyance though, and anybody who considers themselves a student of the art of goalkeeping will enjoy this thoroughly.
Personally, I suppose my interest in early football made the accounts of the Victorian goal keepers the most appealing section of the book, especially as a Southampton goalkeeper was identified as a significant figure in the evolution of this position. However, the book then changes direction and considers the role of goalkeepers throughout the world - a chapter on the two Cameroonian 'keepers being particularly interesting. The book is choc-a-bloc with detail as the author discusses the heroes of European football past and present as well as trying to evaluate whether Brazilian and Scottish goalkeepers are quite as poor as their historic reputation would suggest. As the book edges towards more familiar names of the 70's and 80's it is good to compare your own recollection of players with Wilson's assessment especially with regard to Peter Shilton who also wore the No. 1 jersey for Southampton.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a superbly researched and written book about that most enigmatic type of footballer, the goalkeeper. Read morePublished 16 months ago by M. V. Clarke
Good value for money..good delivery service... Easy to order... Happy customerPublished 24 months ago by T
for my goalkeeper son and he has thoroughly enjoyed all the various articles. Nice mix of past and present so a win-winPublished on 8 Jun. 2014 by Cecilia Walker
Wilson's previous works have already marked him out as arguably the most impressive football writer of his generation. Read morePublished on 18 May 2014 by JB
Unbelievably informative and entertaining guide to the most technical and unforgiving position in football. Read morePublished on 2 Feb. 2014 by T Lewis
Typical Jonathan Wilson fare. A weighty read detailing how the position of 'Goalkeeper' came about. I'll assume it's accurate as I, like you, have no intention of doing anything to... Read morePublished on 30 Jan. 2014 by Amazon Customer