Vince Bartram

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Vince Bartram
Personal information
Full name Vincent Lee Bartram
Date of birth (1968-08-07) 7 August 1968 (age 45)
Place of birth Birmingham, England
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Southampton (goalkeeping coach)
Youth career
Oldswinford FC
1985–1986 Wolverhampton Wanderers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1986–1991 Wolverhampton Wanderers 5 (0)
1989 Blackpool (loan) 9 (0)
1990 Cheltenham Town (loan) 5 (0)
1991 West Bromwich Albion (loan) 0 (0)
1991–1994 Bournemouth 132 (0)
1994–1998 Arsenal 11 (0)
1997 Huddersfield Town (loan) 12 (0)
1998–2004 Gillingham 187 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Vincent Lee "Vince" Bartram (born 7 August 1968 in Birmingham) is an English former professional footballer, who played as a goalkeeper from 1986 until 2004. He is now goalkeeping coach at Premier League side Southampton.

As a player he notably played in the Premier League for Arsenal, where he was understudy to David Seaman throughout the majority of his time at Highbury. He also played in the Football League for Wolverhampton Wanderers, Blackpool, Cheltenham Town, West Bromwich Albion, Bournemouth, Huddersfield Town and Gillingham.

Playing career[edit]

After attending Hagley RC High School, Bartram's first professional club was Wolverhampton Wanderers who in 1985 signed him from non-league, making his first team debut on 23 August 1986 in a 2–1 home defeat to Cambridge United, that marked the club's first-ever game in the fourth tier. However, this proved his only Wolves league outing until April 1991 as the club brought in Mark Kendall, and later Mike Stowell, who were both virtual ever-presents.

Instead, Bartram had loan spells with Blackpool, Cheltenham Town and West Bromwich Albion, before finally leaving Molineux for Bournemouth in July 1991 for £35,000. He played 132 league games for Bournemouth before moving to Arsenal for £250,000 in 1994. At Arsenal he was David Seaman's understudy, and played just 11 games in four seasons (all in 1994–95). To gain playing time, he spent 12 games on loan with Huddersfield Town in late 1997.

He signed for Gillingham in March 1998, initially signing on loan. He firmly established himself as the first-choice goalkeeper at the Priestfield Stadium and helped them to the Division Two play-off final in his first full season, where they lost out to Manchester City on penalties. The following season saw them go one step further as they beat Wigan Athletic in the play-off final to reach the second tier for the first time in the club's history.

In total, he made over 200 appearances for the Gills, before his retirement from the game in February 2004 due to a wrist injury. Bizarrely, the injury was caused by a collision with the opposition goalkeeper, Tony Warner, who had come upfield to try and score a goal from a last-minute corner.

Coaching career[edit]

Bartram is now a Level 3 FA Coach and is the goalkeeper development coach at the Southampton academy.[1]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Management Profiles". Southampton FC. 13 September 2010. Retrieved 14 September 2010.