Eldin Jakupovic

LCFC’s Goalscoring Goalkeepers

After Eldin Jakupović made the switch to Leicester City on Wednesday, we took a look at two goalkeepers that have found the net while at the Club.

While the most unlikely of goalscoring sources, Jakupović has one professional strike to his name – a 94th minute equaliser against BSC Young Boys while playing for Swiss outfit Grasshopper.

In City’s 133-year history, there have been just two shot-stoppers that have found the net, while one current member of the squad was unfortunate not to have done so in 2014.

Herbert Bown vs. Hull City – 3 March, 1917

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Herbert Bown

Herbert Bown helped Leicester Fosse set a club record for consecutive shutouts.

Making his Leicester Fosse debut against Notts County in 1913, goalkeeper Herbert Bown went on to score a penalty for his side nearly four years later. He was in goal when City went a club-record seven successive league games without conceding a goal in 1919/20. Herbert was often described as an unflappable last-line before, during and after the First World War. His calm demeanour nonetheless disguised a taste for drama, for his goalscoring ambitions saw him take several Fosse penalties in reserve and wartime football, and he similarly got on the scoresheet during two ever-present seasons at Halifax in the Third Division North.

Peter Shilton vs. Southampton – 14 October, 1967

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Peter Shilton

Peter Shilton spent 11 years at Leicester City, making his first team debut in 1966.

Peter Shilton scored the only goal in his 1,249 games for club and country against Southampton. With the Foxes already 4-1 up, Shilton sent a long punt up field, but did not even know he had scored due to it being a misty winter’s day.

Describing the goal, Shilton said in a recent interview with Club Historian John Hutchinson: “I kicked the ball down the middle and I lost sight of it. I saw big Mike Stringfellow chasing it and I thought that it was him who had scored. I thought I’d just done a big kick. In the dressing room the lads were saying I’d scored. I thought they were taking the mickey. We had to catch a train back to Leicester at about 5 o’clock and it wasn’t until I saw it on the black and white news when I got home that I knew I’d scored. Nobody remembers my goal though because the week before, Pat Jennings had scored against Alex Stepney at Old Trafford and that was on Match of the Day.”

They all count, Peter!

Kasper Schmeichel vs. Yeovil – 25 March, 2014

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Kasper Schmeichel

The City stopper heads onto the bar against Yeovil.

Okay, so this one wasn’t awarded to our current stopper, but he was incredibly unfortunate not to be credited with it. With City going in search of a last-gasp equaliser, the Denmark international headed Danny Drinkwater’s cross onto the underside of the bar, and while it appeared to have crossed the line, Chris Wood was named as the official scorer after converting the loose ball from close range. The leveller extended the Foxes’ unbeaten run to 18 league games and they eventually went on to win the Championship by nine points.

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