Another to be honoured with the MBE, Seaman is England’s second most capped international goalkeeper. With over 400 league appearances for Arsenal FC and 75 matches for his nation, we take a look at some of the top quotes about David Seaman.
In 13 seasons at Highbury, Seaman triumphed in the Premier League twice, the First Division once, the European Cup Winners’ Cup once, and the FA Cup four times, ending his time there as the club’s top appearance maker for a goalie.
He started off as a youth with Leeds United before moving to lowly Peterborough United and working with two other clubs, helped by the former Arsenal goalkeeper, Bob Wilson, along the way.
His time with Arsenal saw nine major competitive trophies, a succession of clean sheets, one of the best saves ever seen in an FA Cup tie, the 1000th professional game of his career, and the second most matches by a player for the team in the Premier League.
His time with England saw him participate in two World Cups and two European Championships, and he stayed in the game up to the age of 40, after a remarkable 731 league appearances for five different clubs.
Seaman, who was highly identifiable by his moustache and the ponytail hairstyle look, also became something of a television personality after hanging up his boots, including quiz shows, celebrity contest shows, and charity football matches.
“…..the best save I’ve ever seen.”
Peter Schmeichel (after save in FA Cup semi-final 2003)
“He used to be the best keeper in the world…..”
Sepp Maier (former Germany goalkeeper)
“…..he is certainly good enough to keep his place for England…..”
Barry Fry (Peterborough manager)
“He’s still England’s number one.”
“He is still England’s number one…..He’s the best goalkeeper in England in all the time that I’ve played with my country…..He’s been absolutely outstanding and I would expect him to carry on because he is the best goalkeeper.”
“…..the greatest goalkeeper in Arsenal’s history.”
James McNicholas (Bleacher Report)
“…..tremendous professional…..His name is recognised and respected all over the world.”
Sven-Goran Eriksson (England manager)
“Even just being at Arsenal and now having the connection with David Seaman – I’ve got his number and get a text from him every now and then, it’s surreal.”
Aaron Ramsdale (Arsenal goalkeeper)
“His record is incredible and his achievements unbelievable but most importantly I will remember him as an ultimate professional who cared about others.”
Kevin Keegan (Manchester City manager)
“It tells you quite a lot that he is still Arsenal’s number 1 and I think he is still England’s best.”
Jussi Jaaskelainen (Bolton goalkeeper)