List of Premier League goalkeepers with 100 or more clean sheets

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In association football a goalkeeper may be said to "keep a clean sheet" if they prevent their opponents scoring any goals during an entire match.

Since the Premier League's formation at the start of the 1992–93 season, 14 goalkeepers have managed to keep 100 or more clean sheets in the Premier League.

During the 1997–98 season, Peter Schmeichel became the first player to keep 100 Premier League clean sheets.

Petr Čech and Edwin van der Sar holds the joint record for most clean sheets kept in a single season, with 21.[1] The record for consecutive clean sheets was also set by Čech, who became the first goalkeeper to keep ten consecutive clean sheets; Edwin van der Sar later eclipsed this when he went 14 games without conceding in 2008–09 for Manchester United.[2]

The first goalkeepers to keep a clean sheet in the Premier League were Tim Flowers and Erik Thorstvedt on the opening day of the inaugural season in a 0–0 draw between Southampton and Tottenham Hotspur; all other goalkeepers conceded that day.

Each year the goalkeeper who has kept the most clean sheets during the Premier League campaign is awarded the Premier League Golden Glove award. First presented in 2004–05, five goalkeepers have won the award, with Joe Hart holding the record for most wins at four.

Petr Čech became the keeper with the highest number of clean sheets while playing against AFC Bournemouth on 28 December 2015.

Players[edit]

List of Premier League goalkeepers with 100 or more clean sheets
Rank Player Apps Clean
sheets
Average Club(s) Ref.
1 Czech Republic Čech, PetrPetr Čech 402 190 0.48 Chelsea (162), Arsenal (28) [3][4][1]
2 England James, DavidDavid James 572 169 0.30 Liverpool (72), Aston Villa (21), West Ham United (18), Manchester City (19), Portsmouth (39) [5]
3 Australia Schwarzer, MarkMark Schwarzer 514 152 0.30 Middlesbrough (93), Fulham (56), Chelsea (2), Leicester City (1) [6]
4 England Seaman, DavidDavid Seaman 344 142 0.41 Arsenal (138), Manchester City (4) [7]
5 England Martyn, NigelNigel Martyn 372 138 0.37 Crystal Palace (25), Leeds United (82), Everton (31) [8]
6 Spain Reina, PepePepe Reina 285 134 0.46 Liverpool (134) [9]
= Netherlands van der Sar, EdwinEdwin van der Sar 313 134 0.43 Fulham (42), Manchester United (92) [10]
8 United States Howard, TimTim Howard 399 132 0.33 Manchester United (16), Everton (116) [11][12]
= United States Friedel, BradBrad Friedel 450 132 0.29 Liverpool (6), Blackburn Rovers (77), Aston Villa (35), Tottenham Hotspur (14) [13]
10 Denmark Schmeichel, PeterPeter Schmeichel 310 129 0.42 Manchester United (113), Aston Villa (7), Manchester City (9) [14]
11 England Hart, JoeJoe Hart 302 119 0.39 Manchester City (107), Birmingham City (10) [15]
12 Republic of Ireland Given, ShayShay Given 451 116 0.26 Blackburn Rovers (1), Newcastle United (91), Manchester City (15), Aston Villa (9) [16]
13 Denmark Sørensen, ThomasThomas Sørensen 364 109 0.30 Sunderland (36), Aston Villa (46), Stoke City (27) [17]
= Finland Jääskeläinen, JussiJussi Jääskeläinen 436 109 0.25 Bolton Wanderers (89), West Ham United (20) [18]
(Bold denotes goalkeeper currently playing in Premier League)
(Italics denote goalkeeper currently playing outside the Premier League)
Statistics correct as of 21 May 2017.

Milestones[edit]

Milestone Player Match Date
1st clean sheet England Tim Flowers Southampton 0–0 Tottenham Hotspur 15 August 1992
Norway Erik Thorstvedt Southampton 0–0 Tottenham Hotspur 15 August 1992
50th clean sheet Denmark Peter Schmeichel Manchester United 3–0 Arsenal 22 March 1995
100th clean sheet Denmark Peter Schmeichel Crystal Palace 0–3 Manchester United 27 April 1998
150th clean sheet England David James Portsmouth 0–0 Everton 1 December 2007

Consecutives[edit]

Games Player Club Dates Season(s)
14 Netherlands Edwin van der Sar Manchester United 22 November 2008 – 18 February 2009 2008–09
10 Czech Republic Petr Čech Chelsea 18 November 2004 – 15 March 2005 2004–05
8 Spain Pepe Reina Liverpool 29 October 2005 – 28 December 2005 2005–06
8 Czech Republic Petr Čech Chelsea 31 January 2007 – 7 April 2007 2006–07
7 Wales Neville Southall Everton 1 November 1994 – 17 December 1994 1994–95
7 Denmark Peter Schmeichel Manchester United 8 May 1997 – 30 August 1998 1996–97 and 1997–98
7 Wales Paul Jones Southampton 13 January 2001 – 17 March 2001 2000–01
6 Austria Alex Manninger Arsenal 31 January 1998 – 14 March 1998 1997–98
6 Czech Republic Petr Čech Chelsea 30 April 2005 – 17 September 2005 2004–05 and 2005–06
6 Spain David de Gea Manchester United 2 February 2013 – 30 March 2013 2012–13
6 England Joe Hart Manchester City 24 May 2015 – 19 September 2015 2014–15 and 2015–16
6 England Fraser Forster Southampton 13 January 2016 – 13 February 2016 2015–16
6 Belgium Thibaut Courtois Chelsea 1 October 2016 – 26 November 2016 2016–17

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "For the record: Premier League facts and figures". premierleague.com. 8 June 2016. Retrieved 22 May 2017. 
  2. ^ "van der Sar record" 9 September 2013. Independent.
  3. ^ "Petr Čech" 11 February 2014. Premier League.
  4. ^ Petr Cech matches David James' Premier League clean sheet record 13 December 2015. skysports.com
  5. ^ "David James" 9 September 2013. Premier League.
  6. ^ "Mark Schwarzer" 26 March 2015. Premier League.
  7. ^ "David Seaman" 9 September 2013. Premier League.
  8. ^ "Nigel Martyn" 9 September 2013. Premier League.
  9. ^ "Jose Reina" 9 September 2013. Premier League.
  10. ^ "Edwin Van der Sar" 9 September 2013. Premier League.
  11. ^ "Tim Howard" 9 September 2013. Premier League.
  12. ^ "Everton Premier League clean sheets" 27 December 2013. Premier League.
  13. ^ "Brad Friedel" 9 September 2013. Premier League.
  14. ^ "Peter Schmeichel" 9 September 2013. Premier League.
  15. ^ "Joe Hart" 25 May 2015. Premier League.
  16. ^ "Shay Given" 9 September 2013. Premier League.
  17. ^ "Thomas Sørensen" 9 September 2013. Premier League.
  18. ^ "Jussi Jääskeläinen" 26 March 2015. Premier League.