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At the age of forty a niggling shoulder injury, aggravated in last weekends game against Portsmouth, has forced the early retirement of David Seaman from football. Seaman played the majority of his football at the top and collected seventy-five England caps in the process. His career started with Leeds and although he also played at Peterborough and Birmingham, it was his form (at the then top flight team) Queens Park Rangers that really got him noticed and eventually landed him a lucrative move to Arsenal. At Arsenal he became one of the best goalkeepers England has ever seen, alongside the greats of Banks and Shilton. Several Premiership and FA Cup crowns followed and Seaman became the backbone in the famous Arsenal defence. As an Arsenal fan I have as many great memories of Seaman saves as I do goals by Henry and Wright ? that is how important a servant he was to the club over the years. Even in his last year at Arsenal he produced world class saves of note against Sheffield United and Southampton in the FA Cup (semi-final and final respectively) that were key for the Gunners in retaining the cup. During his England career his greatest moment was probably during Euro 96 where several key saves, including a penalty during the shoot out against Spain, turned him into a national hero. Unfortunately for all goalkeepers they will always be remembered more for the mistakes and for Seaman these happened to come in some very important games. The Nayim lob in the last minute of the Cup Winners Cup final against Real Zaragova and the fluke of a free kick by Ronaldhino that eliminated us from the last world cup against Brazil, are prime examples. It is rather inevitable that Seaman will have to carry these ghosts with him but in reality few players have had such successful careers as he has. During the last close season he left Arsenal and moved to Manchester City. To be honest he hasn?t had the best of times and rumour has it tha
t had the shoulder injury not recurred then he was to retire at the end of the season anyway. Personally I feel he would have been better off to call it a day when he left Arsenal, on the back of captaining them to the FA Cup. I can?t see Seaman going into management but expect him to become a goalkeeping coach in some capacity, possibly back with Arsenal and/or England. Meanwhile he can still be found mumbling and being the butt of many a pony tail and blooper joke on BBC 1 sports related quiz show ?They Think It?s All Over??. I applaud his services to all the clubs he has represented, as well as England, and will remember him as a gentleman, someone never in the news for the wrong reasons, but most of all one of England?s great goalkeepers. **Also I accept applause for not using a smutty Seaman lobbing title ? although I WAS so tempted!!**
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!! Life in the Seaman household these next few days is likely to be bloody depressing. Four months or so back in the World Cup finals the tears of David Seaman touched the heartstrings of a British nation after his disastrous error allowed Brazil's Ronaldinho to send a free kick soaring over his head and into an unguarded net to leave England's championship hopes in tatters. Forgive and forget, we thought, this guy has been a great servant over the years and had a marvellous tournament overall. Sven Goran Eriksson rushed to confirm that Seaman would remain his first choice keeper while he was still available for selection and had another couple of years left in him. Yeah, we thought, and so did Old Pony Tail, thinking again on potential retirement and signing on for a further period with Arsenal. Twelve years ago, that other great English keeper Peter Shilton bowed out on a high note, retiring from international football after a marvellous career, which culminated in a remarkable World Cup campaign. Shilton could go out of the game with his pride and status intact and his memory will always be sacrosanct. The same is unlikely to be true of Seaman. England's second game in their campaign to reach the European Championships finals against the unfancied minnows from Macedonia at Southampton was billed as a no contest, with England hotly fancied to take their points total onto six from two games. It never turned out that way, even though the match was one of the most exciting internationals I can recall in many a long year. Seaman looked distinctly out of touch for most of the game, although his early error probably led his fragile confidence so tattered that he just went to pieces after that. In a remarkable reprise of Ronaldinho's fluke goal in the summer, a speculative corner went soaring over the advancing keeper and direct into the net to set the Macedoni
ans up for a remarkable result. The even more ancient memories of Nayim's speculative long range winner against Seaman in a far off Cup Winners Cup final when the keeper was comprehensively beaten from a shot from fully 50 yards. After that Seaman was jittery and nervous and error prone, with ironic cheers resounding round St Marys when he managed to gather another long range punt. One felt for this grand old Yorkshireman, but really the die is probably cast and it may be that David has played his last game for his country. Age seems to have caught up with him and it looks like a new resident will be in place between the sticks when England's dubious qualification charge stutters back into life in the Spring. Bring on Calamity James - oh no! David Seaman was born in Rotherham on September 19 1963 and kicked off his career as an apprentice with Leeds United. It was a time when Don Revie's side was long gone and the club were on the decline and Seaman was allowed to leave and join Peterborough United (106 appearances) for £4,000, later moving on to Birmingham City (84 games) and QPR (175 matches), before George Graham made a master signing by bringing Seaman to Arsenal in 1990 in a £1.3m transfer which set a new British record for a keeper. Seaman became one of the mainstays of his remarkably successful Highbury rearguard, playing behind a wonderful back four and inspiring Arsenal to a number of major triumphs, including a League Championship in his first season. He emerged as number one England keeper following Shilton's retirement and became almost a fixture between the sticks for the side, retaining the vote throughout the reigns of a succession of England managers. His international high spot came during Euro 96 when his inspiring penalty saves during the shoot off against Spain were among the key moments of a high old campaign, although a year previously that Nayim punt had seen him re
ach a trough with Arsenal. Seaman has remained a key member of the Gunners team right up until this season, although increasing injury problems have seen him miss a lot of games. However, his re-emergence during last season's Double triumph prompted former Ipswich keeper Richard Wright to leave Highbury to seek first team football at Everton. Seaman has now played in more than 500 games for the Gunners and has in excess of 70 caps, but he may be on borrowed time. Ah well, Safe Hands, more time to spend with your family, but like Dracula, you just don't like crosses.
He is a really good player and he plays for a good team that are currently in the premiership. He has got a left leg and a right leg and so he is able to use both his right foot and his left foot when he plays football. He must know what he is doing because if he didn’t, he wouldn’t be playing football. He can also use his head, which is something not many people can say because if they use their head, it hurts them and they start crying and it becomes a disadvantage to them in the match. I think this player will have a good season and I hope he scores a lot of goals because he is probably in my dream team.
Well, he's not the worst keeper around - probably the best England have. However, he certainly won't be around after the World Cup, so both England and Arsenal will have to find replacements. For England, the short-term replacement is Nigel Martyn, and for both club and country, Arsenal's number 2, Richard Wright. Seaman, in his day, was quite athletic, a very good shot-stopper, good on crosses and had a respectable hair cut. He can still make the effort and save well enough, but he is getting a bit dodgy when trying to catch and he can't dive about as much. He has enjoyed a successful time with Arsenal, but he should be replaced soon by a younger man in Wright, who could turn out to be even better than the old man. Seaman's past his best, but will be remembered for the good player he was, and for that awful hair.
I think it’s time for Arsenal to invest in another young keeper, with Seaman’s injury their goal keeping position as been exposed. They need to go out and strengthen in this department, the two they have or not good enough. It also goes to show how much David Seaman means to Arsenal, in the papers people say he’s past it but I’m not so sure. He may not be international quality but I think he’s capable of doing a sound job for the gunners. He’s still a top quality goal keeper he has been a great servant for Arsenal and I do not think he’s past it yet. The last couple of matches in Europe and the premier league have just shown what a vital asset he is to Arsenal Football Club. Its sad when the media start bad mouthing you and saying that your football career is over, they have no right to do so. Seaman has been one of the best goal keeper for decade or so now, won countless honours with Arsenal. Whilst England may require younger blood I do not think the gunner need go in the same way. However, they should get a good number two to cover for Seaman if he’s injured. I look forward to Seaman’s return.
First of all...get rid of that Pirate hair!!! Its looks silly and makes you seem that you are an old man trying to stay young by growing his hair...it won't work!! I have to admit that David Seaman has done great for England in the past, I remember the penalty saves at Euro 96 against Spain when I was watching in a beach pub in Newquay..great!! However, that was quite a while ago now. He is 37 and in my opinion is starting to show his age. Not so much because he can't get to shots because I am sure he is very fit. But.....he seems to be showing his age mentally. Its only my opinion but he seems to be getting too cocky and making silly mistakes. He seems to have completely forgotten the basics. Now I know that there is no-one else with the international experience that he has but how are they going to get it unless they get a game? I think its time for a bit of new blood...Nigel Martin for example. There are some great kids coming through the ranks such as the No 2. for Leeds, Robinson and I think its these type of players that should get into the England squad and go to training. Time to give someone else a chance for England? I think so.
David Seaman has been Arsenal's and England's main goalkeeper for many years now and he has been having some bad press recently for his performances. Yes David is getting older but I dont think he has lost any of his goalkeeper skills. For Arsenal he is still consistent and there rise up the league has been not just down to the forward line but also to their mean defensive line. The England team have been poor recently and David's form for his international team has slipped as well. He has only been as poor as the rest of the team so his position in the team should not be in doubt. There are not the quality of goalkeepers coming through to really test David Seaman so I think he will be around for a little but longer at the highest level. One thing though David, get a haircut!
David seaman used to be a great keeper but now his time has gone and i do not know why they keep playing him. His agility has gone with age, and he is no longer of making those great saves that he was 4 years ago. his distribution is no longer what it was, and it is time that we looked at Nigel Martyn as our keeper or even the classy Paul Robinson. they would give england confidence which would flow through the team ,and make them play better. with Seaman in goal, the team's defence is too fragile, and england play rubbish as a result. out with him!!!
David seaman may well be in his mid to late thirties but come on you people! It sickens me when I hear people criticising about David Seaman's dip in form or his being too old for the Arsenal and England job. I mean HE'S ONLY LET IN 2 GOALS IN TWO MONTHS! (or 12 games) So just let him get on with his job because he is an in form keeper, with a lot of experience and has been England's best keeper of recent years. He fully deserves the number one shirt, and I believe he'll still be there for World Cup 2002. he's been very influential at Arsenal where he has spent a very successful time spanding over many many years. He may have daft hair, but he's a great keeper, and I believe he's the only man that can be a goal keeper for Arsenal this year and I'm sure they'll finish top 3, hopefully they'll win the title.
When will England managers finally realise the blatantly obvious fact the David Seaman is no longer good enough for interntioanl football. Even his own club manager has saiod that he is no longer his immediate first choice. But for injury to Alex Mannager, Seaman could be on the bench all season. He never was a truly great goalkeeper, but in recent years he has become a joke. He is slow to react, useless on crosses, parry's too many shots and he generally does not play to the standard that is required at international level. Granted, England are not particularly endowed with world class goalkeepers. Martyn is at best competent, James is a liability and Weaver and Wright are too inexperinced. The most obvious candidate is Tim Flowers. However, like so many England players, Seaman isn't good enough, and has failed in the past, and considering his age, isn't going to get any better. Its pretty obvious that the current players aren't going to improve, so that means either using Flowers as a stop-gap, or throwing Wright in at the deep end and hope he swims. Whoever plays, they can't do any worse than Seaman.
In his day Seaman was the one of the best in the world. Nowdays though I think it is time for a change in the England team starting with the Manager and then secondly the goalkeeper. The only thing that has impressed me is that he still is able to grow his hair at his age! I am unsure if the longer hair has anything to do with him losing the ability to catch a football but he seems to have gone down in my estimations. It must be time to give other keepers a go and I don't mean the odd game here and there when Seaman is at the hairdressers. I mean full time all of the time. He is still a good keeper and Arsenal should still be proud but there are better English keepers out there including Nigel Martyn and even Richard Wright from Ipswich. When the new manager comes in for England he will make changes for sure and I hope he has the guts and the sense to start with the the England goalkeeper. He has served this country well and will go down as one of the England greats but now it's time for him to concentrate on what he does best.....growing his hair!
In answer to the title question I would say............................................................................... .............................sadly he is now a long haired ponse. Sure a couple of years ago he was one of the best keepers around closely behind Peter Schmeichael now he doesn't seem to have that little something and I personally no longer feel I can trust him in goal for England and with Tim Flowers back on top form and Richard Wright coming onto the scene you begin to wonder how long he has left as England's number one. In his day he was a keeper to be reckoned with and was some kind of penalty saving god, but I feel his time has gone and he should step down and retire now whilst he is still the number one. I also think he should get his mop cut because that surely cant help his keeping and the greasiness of it cant help either no wonder ghe can't hold the ball now because when he pushes his hair back his gloves get covered in grease anyway to get back to the topic here I would have to say Kevin Keegan should say bye to Seaman as well as other oldies in the England team.
Apart from the superhuman effort to keep every shot at goal away from the net, not giving the team manager a heart attack when they go for a ball (think Schmeichel or Barthez) and perhaps an ability to marshal the defenders in front of them, not that much really. I’m of the old style of football thinking when it comes to goalkeepers....I want them quick, nimble and having a large presence about them (Schmeichel easily beats Barthez and Bosnich into a cocked hat for ability). Seaman has all three but as age and time progresses, he is losing his ability to be a decent goalkeeper for both club and country (think about THAT goal aginast England by Luis Figo, just one lapse of concentration....). As for his potential successors, Manninger looks good although slightly shaky, Martyn is JUST unfortunately shaky and Wright needs more time. It’ll be odd when Seaman’s time is eventually up....
David Seaman, has been an excellent goalkeepr for England for a number of years now, but recently I cannot help but feel that he has lost his bearings a touch. His kicking has become dodgy, and his judgements to come for crosses have become weak, against Brazil this was evident. When he came for a cross, totally missed the ball which led to the Brazilians equalising. I, hate to say anything bad about Seaman, because he seems such a nice guy, but I think if he was honest with himself, he would recognise that he is becoming a bit of a liability. His reflexes are not as sharp as they used to be, which is understandable considering his age. It's not his fault he gets picked, but sooner or later Seaman should call it a day, at the top level atleast. Against France he was Ok, made a few good blocks, but his kicking was a bit of a worry.
It was no comfort at all to read Wenger's comments on the new balls to be used in the Premiership this season. He said they'll fly farther, and truer, and faster. While this is good news for Henry, he hardly needs this boost... see, it's terrible news, surely, for Seaman. At the end of last season, he was letting in far too many long range efforts for comfort. Imagining these new balls flying in from the other end of the pitch is a terrible vision that has kept me from sleep on more than one occasion. Seaman's form has had a question mark over it for some time now, for Arsenal and for England. Last night's game against Chelsea, at Stamford Bridge, then, was a definite consolation. It had been disappointing to see what had once been the Premiership's stingiest defence let Charlton, of all people, score twice at Highbury (okay, our four at the other end mitigated the grief). But! after worrying that Hasselbaink was going to bury ball after ball after ball in the back of Seaman's net, it was sheer relief to see the pony-tailed one (and it IS a pony hair-do, sorry Dave) make a couple of excellent saves, most notably his incredibly quick reaction dive to deny the Dutchman's header. All is not quite lost... ... but i wouldn't be surprised if his form slipped through the season again. Soon it will be time to see Manninger have a crack at being No.1 goalie... so should Wenger let him hone his skills against lesser opponents? The Chelsea fixture had to have been one of the most worrying early games, and to see Seaman handle it with considerable aplomb was distinctly heartening. Let's hope it gives him the boost he needs to get back on form.
A former English football goalkeeper who retired from the game in January 2004.