Sunday, October 31, 2010

Focus On : Bruce Grobbelaar The Official Story

  Grobbelaar took over from the great Clemence which was a big challenge for anyone. Clemence decided to leave Liverpool for Tottenham once Grobbelaar arrived so he was thrown in at the deep end. Grobbelaar made some errors along the way, but grew into his role as Liverpool's custodian. He had seen some ugly scenes when he was fighting in the jungles of Africa and claimed that football was only a game not to be taken too seriously, but he took his craft close to heart. When he made an error his teammates claim he was furious with himself afterwards, striving for perfection. 

It speaks volumes for Grobbelaar's talent that he kept his place in goal from his Liverpool debut on the 29th of August 1981 to 16th of August 1986, playing 310 consecutive games.
Grobbelaar was Liverpool's number 1, apart from missing several games in the 1988/89 season due to a bout of meningitis, until England's u-21 goalkeeper David James took over in 1993. Grobbelaar had dared him in the newspapers to try to take his place. James did so and Grobbelaar went out on loan to Stoke. Grobbelaar reclaimed his place in the 1993/94 season, but James made the number one jersey his own from February 1994 onwards and Grobbelaar left for Southampton before the start of the 1994/95 season. 



Football League First Division: 1981–82, 1982–83, 1983–84, 1985–86, 1987–88, 1989–90
FA Cup: 1986, 1989, 1992
Football League Cup: 1982, 1983, 1984
European Cup: 1984
Charity Shield: 1983, 1987 (shared), 1989, 1990, 1991 (shared)
Screen Sport Super Cup: 1987

Runner up

Football League First Division: 1984–85, 1988–89, 1990–91
FA Cup: 1988
Football League Cup: 1987
European Cup: 1985
European Super Cup: 1985
World Club Championship: 1981–82, 1984–85
Charity Shield: 1984, 1985, 1993

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