David Seaman
Date of birth September 19 1963
Birthplace Rotherham
Nationality English
Previous clubs Queens Park Rangers, Birmingham
City, Peterborough United, Leeds
United
Date signed 18.5.90 for 1,300,000

eaman replaced the popular John Lukic in 1990, transferring to Arsenal from QPR for what was then a British record for a goalkeeper (1.3 million). He shared in Arsenal's considerable success as they regained the championship in 1990-91 and went on to win the FA Cup, Coca-Cola Cup and European Cup-Winners' Cup.

Having been rejected by Leeds as a youngster, the Rotherham-born Yorkshireman signed for Peterborough for 4,000.

Two years later, he moved to Birmingham for 100,000, as a replacement for Tony Coton. However promotion to the First Division was followed by relegation the following year, and Seaman was keen to stay in the top flight. Another transfer beckoned, this time to Queens Park Rangers.

His success with Arsenal bear testament to Seaman's consistency as the last line of defence, but so often it has been his mistakes, often occurring in high-profile matches against big names, that have stuck in the memory.

The Gascoigne free-kick that stunned Arsenal in the 1991 FA Cup semi-final is an incident that Seaman blamed himself for, but barely had his reputation been restored before another foul-up, this time for England, against Holland, in a World Cup qualifier where winning was essential. A retaken Ronald Koeman free-kick curled over the wall and eluded Seaman, and as a result England failed to qualify for the 1994 World Cup Finals.

Seaman was further humiliated by Nayim's 50-yard winner in the final minute of the European Cup-Winners Cup final in May 1995. But against this Seaman can lay claim to being one of the most consistent goalkeepers in the domestic game, and he would point to his penalty shoot-out heroics as a more reliable indicator of his abilities.

Ever-present during the 95/96 season, Seaman proved all his critics wrong during a magnificent Euro 96 tournament where the self proclaimed 'proudest man in England' produced not one but two penalty saves, against Scotland in the group stage and Spain in a quarter-final shoot-out, to earn England their semi-final berth. As with many 'keepers, David just gets better with age and will be looking to keep his place throughout the qualifiers for World Cup 98.

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