Forgotten Goalkeeper in A Foggy Match

Forgotten Goalkeeper in A Foggy Match


In 1937, A goalkeeper had stayed on the field for 15 minutes not knowing that the soccer match had been canceled due to heavy fog


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In December 1937, a football match between Chelsea and Charlton football clubs at the Stamford Bridge stadium London was stopped in the 60th minute due to thick fog.

Charlton’s legendary goalkeeper Sam Bartram remained oblivious and kept on shielding the goal 15 minutes after the game had stopped, as he did not hear the referee’s whistle because of the crowd behind his goal post. He stood there with his arms outstretched and completely focused, looking forward so as not to be surprised by the opponent’s shots.

Fifteen minutes later, when the stadium police approached him and informed him that the match had been abandoned, Sam Bartram said these famous words with great sadness, “How sad that my friends forgot me when I was guarding their goal post.” Bartram thought his team was attacking and not allowing the opposing team to get close to the goal post.


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